OPIRG-Toronto: October Calendar

OPIRG-Toronto: OCTOBER CALENDAR

1. Oct. 11 Film Screening: NEW WORLD BORDER

2. Oct. 17 NO ONE IS ILLEGAL STUDENT MEETING

3. Oct. 20 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO STOP SECRET TRIALS

4. Oct. 20 Film Screening: THREADBARE

5. Oct. 23 CRITICAL AREA STUDIES MEETING

6. Oct. 27 ANNUAL NEW COLLEGE CONFERENCE ON RACISM AND NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS

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1. Film Screening: NEW WORLD BORDER

Thursday, October 11, 2007

7:15pm

Bahen Centre (40 St. George Street), Room 1240

No One Is Illegal-Toronto invites you to a film screening of New World Border.  Every year, thousands die trying to cross borders, while many more are brutally arrested and deported.  New World Border looks at the US-Mexico border and explores the rise in migrant deaths accompanying the

rise in spending on “homeland security.”  The film also looks at the global reality of the free movement of goods and money across borders and the ever increasing criminalization of those seeking to escape poverty and war in order to survive.

The film will be followed with a short discussion of the current struggle for migrant rights in Canada.

This event is free and all persons are welcome.

For more information:

No One Is Illegal-Toronto

nooneisillegal@riseup.net

http://nooneisillegal.org

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2.  NO ONE IS ILLEGAL- STUDENT MEETING ALL ARE WELCOME!

Wednesday, October 17

4-6pm

OPIRG Office (563 Spadina Ave, North of College on East Side)

We are a campus based affiliate to No One Is Illegal-Toronto, a group of immigrants, refugees and allies that fights for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. We struggle against detentions and deportations and fight for status for all! On campus we are working to build an Education, Not Deportation: Access Without Fear Campaign to demand that all students regardless of their immigration status have access without fear to education.

For more info contact:

No One Is Illegal-Toronto

Email: nooneisillegal@riseup.net

Website: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org

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3. JUST SAY NO TO SECRET TRIALS IN CANADA

Saturday, October 20

12noon

277 Front St. West (at John St.)

Join the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials for a Peaceful Toronto Rally and Walk. They will be marching from CSIS through downtown and stopping at the Federal Court of Canada and ends at a potent symbol of Canada’s paranoia and misplaced priorities, Moss Park Armoury (Queen East and Jarvis).

Part of the Day of Action from Coast to Coast to Coast

BACKGROUND

The six-year campaign against secret trials won a major victory in February when the Supreme Court ruled that security certificates were unconstitutional.

However, the Harper government has already announced that it will introduce NEW security certificate legislation this fall. This is likely to be based on the ‘special advocate’ model, which will further entrench the use of secrecy in the immigration and justice systems.

Harper will be asking us to accept a new kind of unfair, secret trial and a different way of practicing racism. His government will be counting on Canadians to continue to accept the violation of the rights of immigrants, indefinite detention/house arrest and the practice of holding people under threat of deportation to torture.

The decision to introduce new security certificate legislation is an affront to democracy and to justice. No amount of tinkering can make a process fair that is essentially discriminatory, applying only to people without citizenship status. It is a process that relies on the alleged good faith of spy agencies and politicians, that replaces precise charges with vague concepts, that uses secret suspicions, profiling and association instead of evidence, and that has no end except deportation to further torture. It assumes immigrants are potential “threats to national security”. It cannot be reformed, and must be eliminated.

Let’s oppose new legislation that will only feed the national security agenda and allow CSIS to continue to target certain communities with impunity.

Let’s insist that the secret trial five, along with their families, be freed from the daily humiliation and indignity of draconian house arrest conditions and the ongoing threat of deportation under an unconstitutional law.

Join us on Saturday, October 20th to resist racist paranoia and send a resounding message to the government:

* No New Security Certificates;

* Immediately free the five from all conditions or charge them and provide them with a full, fair, and open trial;

* End deportation proceedings against the five;

* End deportations to torture; and

* Close “Guantanamo North”.

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4. Film Screening: THREADBARE

Saturday, October 20 @ 7pm

at The Brunswick Theatre

296 Brunswick Ave (west of Spadina, just south of Bloor St)

Tickets: $10 waged, $5 unwaged/students/seniors

No One Is Illegal-Toronto invites you to a screening of Threadbare. In August 2003, 24 South Asian Muslim men were arrested in pre-dawn raids, accused of having links to al-Qaeda, and thrown in maximum security prison. They were never charged, no evidence was ever brought against them in court, yet they were still brutally deported; their lives ruined.

On the National Day of Action to Stop Secret Trials, join us to learn about Canada’s history of criminalizing immigrants and refugees, and using the guise of national security to scapegoat Arabs and Muslims.

For more info, check out: toronto.nooneisillegal.org

or email nooneisillegal@riseup.net

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5. CRITICAL AREA STUDIES ACTION GROUP MEETING

Tuesday, October 23

4pm

OPIRG office (563 Spadina Ave)

We are a student-led organisation whose goals are to improve the state of the programs known as Area Studies at U of T, and to illustrate connecting issues of colonialism, equity, and diversity. Join us to kick-start our organising for 2007-2008 school year.

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6. ANNUAL NEW COLLEGE CONFERENCE on RACISM AND NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS

Saturday, October 27

10 am  – 5:30 pm

Wetmore Hall 21 Classic Avenue at Spadina

New College, University of Toronto

*EUROCENTRISM * IMPERIALISM * COLONIALISM * RACISM *

This conference is free and open to all. Each year for the past five years it has attracted over 300 scholars, students, activists, writers, community and cultural workers from a wide spectrum of interests. Lunch will be provided. Please register  at < nc.programs@utoronto.ca>

well ahead of the date so we can cater for everyone.

Tentative Program

10. am – 11.30 am -> Keynote Speaker: Ella Shohat.

Topic: “The Idea of Eurocentrism”

11.30 – 12 noon -> Discussion

12 – 12.30 pm  -> Lunch

12.30 pm – 1.30pm -> Imperialism and Child Raising

Practices (Panel I)

Speaker: Angela Aujla

Topic: “The Dissemination of Imperial Discourse

Through Contemporary Children’s Literature”

Speaker: Marianne Vardalos

Topic: “Raising Good Global Citizens: Liberal Humanism

as a Philanthropic Rationale for Imperialism”

1.30 – 2 pm -> Discussion

2pm – 2.15pm -> Break

2.15 – 3.15pm -> Canada’s Colonial Imperial Racism –

from Central Africa to Haiti (Panel II)

Speakers: Steve da Silva and Kabir

Joshi-Vijayan

3.15 – 3.30pm -> Discussion

3:30 – 3:45pm -> BREAK

3.45 – 4:45pm -> Second Keynote Speaker: Sunera Thobani.

Topic: “Exalted Subjects: Race and

the Making of the Canadian Nation”

4.45 – 5.15pm -> Discussion

Supported by the Office of the Principal, New College,

Caribbean Studies and Equity Studies

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