Marcia

Marcia will get help from Montreal Association from the Blind at last, despite immigration status

Marcia will get help from Montreal Association from the Blind at last, despite immigration status

Marcia, a blind, undocumented woman, learned yesterday that she would finally receive help from the Montreal Association for the Blind. Marcia has been trying to access the rehabilitation services she needs since she lost her sight in December 2015. She was repeatedly refused because of her immigration status. She finally held a press conference last week with the support of community organizations. “I am feeling happy. These are services that I really need to function: losing my sight is still very new and scary. I don’t know how to do much, all my life I have my eyes to...

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Undocumented Blind Woman Seeks Access to Vital Rehabilitation Services Based on Need, not Status in Coderre’s Sanctuary City

Undocumented Blind Woman Seeks Access to Vital Rehabilitation Services Based on Need, not Status in Coderre’s Sanctuary City

Montreal, 24 May 2017 — For more than a year, Marcia*, a blind undocumented woman, has been trying to access essential rehabilitation services offered by the Montreal Association for the Blind (MAB-Mackay). She was repeatedly denied access because of her immigration status, despite the City of Montreal’s adoption of a Sanctuary City policy in February 2017. Montreal community organizations are urging Mayor Denis Coderre to find a solution and urging MAB-Mackay to adopt a policy of access for undocumented Montreal residents. “I’ve lived and worked in Montreal for over 30 years, taking care of people’s children and homes. I...

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Timeline: Marcia’s Year-Long Fight for Access

Timeline: Marcia’s Year-Long Fight for Access

1981 Marcia arrives in Montreal on the invitation of a friend. She is 22 years old. She soon begins to work as a nanny. She remains in Canada with irregular status. 1982-2012. She continues to work as nanny and housekeeper in many households as well as caregiver at assisted care facilities for the elderly. Over the years, she made many friends and acquaintances, but is too afraid to reveal her status to anyone. She attempts to contact a lawyer to help regularize her status; but nothing works out because the advice is confusing and the fees very expensive for...

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MAB-Mackay: Healthcare based on need, not immigration status. Stop the discrimination! Access for All!

MAB-Mackay: Healthcare based on need, not immigration status. Stop the discrimination! Access for All!

Call for Signatures The City of Montreal adopted the “Déclaration désignant Montréal Ville Sanctuaire” on 20 February 2017. However, Montreal is very far from being a Sanctuary City, as this situation shows! facebook The Montreal Association for the Blind (MAB-Mackay) has refused to offer re-adaptation services to a member of our community, “Marcia”, solely because of her immigration status. We strongly disagree. MAB-Mackay should provide services based on need, not immigration status. We ask MAB-Mackay to provide full re-adaptation services to Marcia now. Add your name or the name of your organization See a list of signatories CONTEXT “Marcia”,...

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Call for donations: Support day-to-day survival for a blind, undocumented woman

Call for donations: Support day-to-day survival for a blind, undocumented woman

Make a donation here!! >>> https://www.youcaring.com/marcia-671343 Dear friends and allies, Members of Solidarity Across Borders are supporting an undocumented woman who has lived, worked and built community in Montreal for more than half her life, for over 30 years. At the end of November 2015, with severe diabetes and no medical insurance, Marcia was forced to undergo an emergency retina surgery. This surgery was unsuccessful, leaving Marcia blind. After the surgery, Marcia was forced to move because she could no longer afford her apartment and was unable to work, separating her from a neighborhood she made community in for...

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