1. No One is Illegal, Toronto: MAY DAY
2. Reflections on Immigrant Justice
3. Support Chris Hill: Six Nations indigenous prisoner
No One Is Illegal – Toronto, the Citizenship Studies Media Lab @ York and CUPE 3903 invite you to…
Status for All!: Reflections on Immigrant Justice Movements in Canada and the US
Thursday, March 29th
305 York Lanes
Davina Bhandar, Professor of Canadian Studies, Trent University
Monami Maulik, Desis Rising Up and Moving, New York City
Farrah Miranda, No One Is Illegal – Toronto
In preparation for large-scale May Day demonstrations for immigrant rights across Canada and the US, immigrant rights scholars and activists will come together to reflect on the demand for status. Within the context of nationalism and racism, how does the demand for status radicalize our communities? What is the impact of the racial organization of Canada on the question of status rights? What are the connections and alliances we need to make with other social justice movements? How are immigrant and refugee rights groups in Canada and the US mobilizing for change and how can we continue to build these movements?
Join us for a panel discussion on the central issues facing non-status immigrants in Canada and the US and the social justice movements that are mobilizing for change.
This event is part of a series leading to the May 5th “Status for All! Stop the Deportations” demonstration called by No One Is Illegal – Toronto.
For more information, contact Jean McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org
No One Is Illegal – Toronto: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell campaign: www.dadttoronto.org
Citizenship Studies Media Lab: http://csml.calumet.yorku.ca/
CUPE 3903: http://www.cupe3903.tao.ca/
Desis Rising Up and Moving: www.drumnation.org
MAY DAY OF ACTION
Saturday, May 5
Bloor and Christie (Christie Pitts Park)
No One Is Illegal-Toronto calls on all allies and supporters to endorse and help organise towards the next May Day of Action for Status for All on Saturday, May 5th.
Last May, millions of immigrants and allies across North America took to the streets to demand justice for immigrants and refugees and status for all. In Toronto, workers, students, trade unionists, activists and members of faith communities among others participated in a series of strong and vibrant immigrant rights demonstrations
including the May 27th National Day of Action for Status for All.
With the emergence of the new Conservative immigration ministry, we saw escalated attacks against immigrant communities: an increased number of detentions and deportations, arrests of students in schools, and new US-style enforcement tactics, including random identification-checks in malls, at subway stations, and on the streets.
We organised and fought these attacks. We organised in our work places, community centres, apartment buildings, schools and unions to show the Immigration Ministry that we would not accept these attacks. Together we were able to stop the random identification checks in a community viciously targeted by immigration officials, force immigration enforcement out of schools, slow down the deportation machinery of Immigration Canada, and win greater access to essential services for people without status such as school, health and police services amongst many others.
But the fight is not over. Everyday over 500,000 undocumented people across Canada, and over 80,000 in Toronto alone, live in daily fear of detention and deportation. They are our co-workers, fellow students, political activists, family, friends and community members. Working in the backs of hotels and restaurants, as domestic and agricultural workers, as taxi drivers and construction workers, and in other jobs no one else wants to do, undocumented and immigrant communities experience racial profiling, exploitative working conditions, and lack of access to essential services.
On May 5th we will come together to show our strength and continue to echo our demands. We will demand an end to detentions and deportations. We will demand access without fear to essential services. We will demand a full and inclusive regularization program.
We will demand justice, dignity and respect! Join us.
WAYS TO SUPPORT:
1)Endorse the May Day of Action by sending a short statement of support to email@example.com
2)Financial and in-kind
(photocopying, translation) donations.
3)Organise a contingent from your organization or community to come out on May 5th.
4)Organise a No One Is Illegal workshop/presentation at your school, union, agency, community centre or workplace.
FOR MORE INFO:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out
Support Chris Hill: Six Nations indigenous prisoner
Stop the Criminalization of Indigenous Resistance to Colonial Land Theft! Free Chris Hill! On January 3rd, Six Nations Police, in accordance with the demands of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), arrested and imprisoned Chris Hill, a 20 year old young Mohawk man of the Wolf Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, for allegedly “assaulting a police officer with a weapon” on April 20th, 2006 – the very day that the OPP and the RCMP invaded Douglas Creek Estates and violently attempted to evict the people of Six Nations from their land. That day, the OPP used tazer darts and batons on unarmed people, including women and youth, and arrested 16 people on a day that brought nation-wide attention to the struggle of Six Nations for land rights and autonomy.
Since the Haudonausaunee of Six Nations reclaimed Douglas Creek Estates, some 30 indigenous people have been charged by the settler-colony of Canada in relation to the Reclamation. Chris Hill is one of the latest to be charged. Interestingly, the warrant for his arrest in relation to April 20th was issued 6 months later in October of 2006. Since January 3rd, he has been sitting in Barton Street Jail in Hamilton, Ontario where he is locked up for 18 hours a day.
Chris Hill was denied bail on the basis of his record of “failure to omply” when he was a young offender. Chris Hill was denied access to legal aid on the basis of him not having a permanent address. His mother, Rhonda Martin, is a mother on assistance who just underwent surgery, and now faces lawyers’ fees in the thousands in order to be able to free her son.
Chris Hill sits behind bars for having defended his land. The
proceedings at the Cayuga courthouse have proven to be extremely lengthy, as nearly all court appearances have resulted in remand after remand.
Chris Hill needs moral, political and financial support and solidarity. Please send reading material and write letters of support to Chris Hill for him to receive while he awaits a trial date. Furthermore, please contribute to Chris Hill’s legal defense fund. Please continue to demand the end of the criminalization of the Six Nations Land Reclamation.
Address your letters of support to Chris Hill to:
Wentworth Detention Center.
165 Barton Street East
To contribute to the legal defense fund of Six Nations:
Send checks marked “legal defense” to:
Alternatively, to support Chris Hill directly, send checks, marked “legal
P.O. box 383
May the stars carry your sadness away,
may the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
may hope forever wipe away your tears,
And above all may silence make you strong.
Chief Dan George
The Mississauga Coalition for Peace and Justice
Open “The Windows of Dissent, in which activists take down the first fences on the streets and in their minds”
-Naomi Klein, GTA Activist