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Undocumented Women Intercept Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on Eve of International Day against Racism: What About Us?

Undocumented Women Intercept Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on Eve of International Day against Racism: What About Us?

Montreal, 21 mars 2017 — Federal Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, was intercepted by three non-status women a few days before the International Day Against Racism as he entered Montreal’s Sheraton Hotel to give a speech at an academic conference. The women, active members of the Collective of Non-status Women of Montreal, were there to deliver a message directly to Mr. Hussen about their own vulnerability to exploitation and abuse because of their precarious immigration status. Undocumented people form an oppressed layer of Canadian society, racially defined, who are denied all economic, political and social rights. “My heart was...

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Sanctuary City: Videos from Solidarity Across Borders Press Conference (February 20, 2017)

Sanctuary City: Videos from Solidarity Across Borders Press Conference (February 20, 2017)

With the announcement of a limited and symbolic Sanctuary City motion to be considered (and eventually passed unanimously) by the City of Montreal this Monday, the migrant justice organization Solidarity Across Borders and allied groups organized a press conference to provide critical perspectives on the motion, rooted in the reality of undocumented migrants living in the Montreal-area. Background Information: – Community groups speak out on City of Montreal’s limited and symbolic Sanctuary City motion: http://bit.ly/Feb20PressConference – Solidarity City Declaration: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/solidarity-city/solidarity-city-declaration – Solidarity City Declaration Demands: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/solidarity-city – Education Without Borders Collective: http://collectifeducation.org/ – Public Statement: No Border Agents in our...

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Sanctuary City: Selected Media Articles (February 2017)

Sanctuary City: Selected Media Articles (February 2017)

Solidarity Across Borders Press Conference on “Sanctuary City” With the announcement of a limited and symbolic Sanctuary City motion to be considered (and eventually passed unanimously) by the City of Montreal this past Monday (February 20, 2017), the migrant justice organization Solidarity Across Borders and allied groups organized a press conference to provide critical perspectives on the motion, rooted in the reality of undocumented migrants living in the Montreal-area. (photo, left, by Jacques Nadeau, Le Devoir) Selected Media Articles English: (Video) CTV News Channel Video: Montreal is NOT a “Sanctuary City” (February 20, 2017) (interview with Solidarity Across Borders...

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UPDATED. Call to Action: Undocumented Montrealer Detained by SPVM in Traffic Stop, Faces Deportation from Coderre’s Sanctuary City on Monday

UPDATED. Call to Action: Undocumented Montrealer Detained by SPVM in Traffic Stop, Faces Deportation from Coderre’s Sanctuary City on Monday

UPDATE/GOOD NEWS: After the CBSA refused to stop “David’s” deportation, the United Nations stepped in, asking Canada to stop the deportation until the risk is evaluated. Canada has no reason to refuse the request. Meanwhile, his lawyer is working to get him released from detention as soon as possible based on the UN intervention. Huge thank you to everyone who wrote, called and spread the word! Denied Access to Refugee Claim, “David” is at Risk because of his Sexual Orientation Help Make Montreal a Real Solidarity City: CALL and WRITE to the Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of...

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Press Conference: Community groups speak out on City of Montreal’s limited and symbolic Sanctuary City motion (February 20)

Press Conference: Community groups speak out on City of Montreal’s limited and symbolic Sanctuary City motion (February 20)

Media Advisory – For immediate release Press Conference: Community groups speak out on City of Montreal’s potential Sanctuary City motion Montreal, February 19, 2017 — With the announcement of a limited and symbolic Sanctuary City motion to be considered by the City of Montreal this Monday, the migrant justice organization Solidarity Across Borders and allied groups are organizing a press conference tomorrow, Monday morning, to provide critical perspectives on the motion, rooted in the reality of undocumented migrants living in the Montreal-area.Press Conference Date: Monday, February 20, 2017 Time: 10:30am Location: 1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204Confirmed participants: – Gloria,...

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(Media Release) Undocumented Refugee Arrested in Coderre’s Sanctuary City Faces Deportation in Five Days

(Media Release) Undocumented Refugee Arrested in Coderre’s Sanctuary City Faces Deportation in Five Days

Undocumented Refugee Arrested in Coderre’s Sanctuary City Faces Deportation in Five Days Montreal, 22 Feburary 2017 — “David”* was getting a lift from a friend when the SPVM stopped the car in a random check and ordered everyone to produce their ID. After the police ran his name through their system, David, an undocumented man in his 30s, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Canadian Border Services Agency and handed over to immigration authorities. David is detained at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre and faces deportation on 27 February 2017 to a country where he is at...

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Solidarity Across Borders demands that the City of Montreal implement tangible and meaningful measures for a “Sanctuary City”; no more SPVM collaboration with CBSA

Solidarity Across Borders demands that the City of Montreal implement tangible and meaningful measures for a “Sanctuary City”; no more SPVM collaboration with CBSA

For Immediate Release – For news editors and the Montreal community   Solidarity Across Borders demands that the City of Montreal implement tangible and meaningful measures for a “Sanctuary City” The City of Montreal and Mayor Coderre need to get beyond cheap symbolism and words; no more SPVM collaboration with CBSA —– Media Contact (including interviews): Solidarity Across Borders tel: 438–933–7654 e-mail: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com —– Montreal, February 8, 2017 — This morning, the City of Montreal Executive Committee is expected to take the first steps to declare Montreal a “Sanctuary City”, similar to the hundreds of Sanctuary Cities that already exist in...

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Principles for a Regularization Program In Canada

Principles for a Regularization Program In Canada

Principles for a Regularization Program In Canada DRAFTED AT THE STATUS CONFERENCE, TORONTO, NOVEMBER 2004 Supported and endorsed by Solidarity Across Borders Principle 1: We need a comprehensive, transparent, inclusive and ongoing regularization program that is both equitable and accessible to ALL persons living without legal immigration status in Canada (non-status). Any such program must not be contingent upon a person’s participation in the labour force, nor should it exclude particular groups such as the poor, unwaged, unemployed and those who have ever accessed any government assistance. Likewise, it should not be limited to any group, such as members...

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TRUMP, YOU’RE NOT WELCOME! A Call to Resist & Disrupt Trump’s State Visit to Canada (2017)

TRUMP, YOU’RE NOT WELCOME! A Call to Resist & Disrupt Trump’s State Visit to Canada (2017)

TRUMP, YOU’RE NOT WELCOME! A Call to Resist & Disrupt Trump’s State Visit to Canada Date: Some time in early 2017, after January 20 Where: Likely Ottawa or nearby, details to be confirmed. Please post and share this callout widely. – web: https://trumpunwelcoming.org – fb: www.facebook.com/events/359917574358074 – en français: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/fr/stoptrump – en español: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/es/stoptrump —– This is a callout for anti-capitalist and anti-colonial resistance, rooted in a spirit of solidarity and mutual support, respecting a diversity of tactics. Canada is usually the first foreign visit of a newly-elected US President and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invited US President-elect Donald...

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Report-back from the Emergency “Open the Borders!” Demonstration against Donald Trump and the Far-Right (January 28)

Report-back from the Emergency “Open the Borders!” Demonstration against Donald Trump and the Far-Right  (January 28)

Report-back from the Emergency “Open the Borders!” Demonstration against Donald Trump and the Far-Right  (January 28, 2017) Immediately on hearing about Donald Trump’s anti-migrant, anti-Muslim executive orders last week, Solidarity Across Borders and the Resist Trump Network called an emergency demonstration to denounce these measures, and to expose the hypocrisy of the Trudeau government. Here are some of the necessary and straightforward demands articulated at the modest demonstration: i) immediately open the Canadian-USA border to all migrants from the USA into Canada; ii) immediately cancel the Safe 3rd Country Agreement with the USA; iii) implement an ongoing, comprehensive and...

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Arash Aslani Hunger Strike at Laval Immigration Detention Center (September 2005)

Arash Aslani Hunger Strike at Laval Immigration Detention Center (September 2005)

People’s History of Montreal:  Arash Aslani Hunger Strike at Laval Immigration Detention Center, September 2005 This month, September 2016, marks the 11th anniversary of an important and inspiring local action in support of migrant justice. In September 2005, Arash Aslani undertook a hunger strike inside the Laval Immigration Detention Center near Montreal. Arash had been detained for more than 10 months, and facing continued indefinite detention. He had previously been detained in Europe, after fleeing Iran as a political refugee. To try to end his detention, and bring attention to his situation, Arash started a hunger strike that lasted...

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Montreal- DC Anti-Border Solidarity Caravan (January 19-21, 2017)

Montreal- DC Anti-Border Solidarity Caravan (January 19-21, 2017)

Montreal- DC Anti-Border Solidarity Caravan Protest Donald Trump’s Inauguration (January 19-21, 2017) Donate and/or Participate! Donald Trump will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017. There will be protests against Donald Trump organized by DC-based community groups. Let’s show solidarity from Montreal by driving down together to oppose the sexist, racist, Islamophobic, far-right politics the Trump administration represents. A border may divide us and our comrades in the south, but our struggle is global. We resist not just Trump’s inauguration, but unapologetically stand against the politics of border imperialism as well. We are organizing a Montreal-DC Anti-Border Caravan. We would...

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