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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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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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Non Status Women to Prime Minister: “Continue to Ignore us, We don’t Exist”

Non Status Women to Prime Minister: “Continue to Ignore us, We don’t Exist”

A group of non status women began haunting the riding office of Justin Trudeau yesterday. After calling on Mr. Trudeau on numerous occasions to take a position on people living without status in Canada, a dozen women, shrouded and carrying blank placards, appeared before his office to symbolize the fact that they are invisible, silenced, and ignored. “You don’t see us, you don’t hear our voices, but we are here: we will stay here, we live here, it’s a fact!” said Leila, one of the spokespeople for the collective during a press point in front of Mr. Trudeau’s office....

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International Women’s Day: the Non-Status Women’s Collective of Montreal demands equality for undocumented women in a new video

Montreal, 8 March 2016 — Still waiting for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respond to their open letter and a subsequent press conference, the Non-Status Women’s Collective of Montreal is launching a new video on International Women’s Day: “we want to live in dignity, security and peace.” “I am a non-status woman living here in Canada. I got sick, no access to medicaire; got sicker and sicker … One day I ended up losing my eyesight. I need healthcare now, please,” testifies Marie in the short video. “I am a non-status mother, I came to Canada with my...

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Mother Living “Underground” in Montreal Speaks Out

Mother Living “Underground” in Montreal Speaks Out

The mother of 17-year old “Daniel” has released a recorded statement addressed to Kathleen Weil, the Minister of Immigration of Quebec. Describing her difficult life as an undocumented, single mother in Montreal, “Guadalupe” asks the Minister of Immigration to help bring her son, who is partially deaf, back to his community and family in Montreal. Listen to the audio statement On 16 June, supporters of the family rallied outside Weil’s offices. The deportation of this undocumented teenager, who was arrested in a high school where his status was known to staff, is a result of the failure of the...

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(Kreyòl) Afich, feyè ak odyo pou reyinyon kominotè nan 31 janvye (kreyòl, franse, angle)

(Kreyòl) Afich, feyè ak odyo pou reyinyon kominotè nan 31 janvye (kreyòl, franse, angle)

odyo (kreyòl) odyo (franse) odyo (angle) afich (kreyòl) afich (franse) afich (angle) feyè (kreyòl) feyè (franse) feyè (angle)  

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new video capsule: On vit ici, on grandit ici, on va à l’école ici !

new video capsule: On vit ici, on grandit ici, on va à l’école ici !

The Education Across Borders Collective (CESF) announces the release of a short video created using real life stories and testimonials from undocumented children in Quebec. This collective project aims to denounce the violation of the right to free access to school for these children. We invite you to watch this video and share it with your networks! -> You can view the video on our new website: www.CollectifEducation.org <- (The direct link for the video is: http://vimeo.com/96734613) In Solidarity, Members of the Education Across Borders Collective (CESF) www.CollectifEducation.org

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BUZAS FAMILY: GOOD NEWS, BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET

BUZAS FAMILY: GOOD NEWS, BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET

Update and Call for Continued Support –> video: Mercedesz Buzas appeals for your ongoing support Shortly before noon on July 2nd, the Federal Court ordered the government to suspend the deportation of the Buzas family, which was scheduled for the following day. The stay came in the context of a public campaign, including widespread media coverage. The family learned the good news at a public support rally calling on Minister Alexander to stop the deportation. –> photos of Buzas family at the rally –> media coverage of the case A huge thank you to all who wrote and called...

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Call to Action: Stop the Deportation of Sarah Maggali and her daughter Kezia Hope

Call to Action: Stop the Deportation of Sarah Maggali and her daughter Kezia Hope

STOP THE DEPORTATION OF SARAH MAGGALI AND HER DAUGHTER KEZIA HOPE KEEP THE PIKA FAMILY UNITED IN QUEBEC AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION -> Hear directly from Sarah Maggali and Kezia Hope in the following video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkGJaFx0xek -> For more info, visit: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/famillepika (June 29, 2014) Solidarity Across Borders is urging support for the Pika Family of Sherbrooke in their attempt to remain united together in Quebec, where they have lived for five years. Sarah Maggali, the mother of the family, along with their eldest daughter, Kezia Hope (7 years old) are facing removal to the Republic of the Congo on...

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(photos, videos & articles) Report-back: Demonstration against the xenophobic Charter (October 20, 2013)

(photos, videos & articles) Report-back: Demonstration against the xenophobic Charter (October 20, 2013)

Montreal, October 21, 2013 — Yesterday more than 1000 protesters marched against the proposed Quebec Charter of Values, in a grassroots effort called “Ensemble contre la charte xénophobe” (Together against the xenophobic Charter). The demonstration is part of a wave of demos and actions against the Charter (there are anti-Charter demonstrations every Sunday this month), and today’s demo emphasized a pro-feminist, pro-queer, anti-oppression struggle against the Charter, based on the Basis of Unity included below. The organizers of the demonstration felt it was important to describe the proposed Charter publicly as xenophobic, racist and sexist, and not to shy away...

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(Oct 29) Solidarity Picket with Djaber Kalibi

(Oct 29) Solidarity Picket with Djaber Kalibi

Solidarity Picket with Djaber Kalibi Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 12:30pm In front of the Complexe Guy-Favreau 200, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest métro Place-d’Armes Due to his resistance against the dictatorship of Iran, revolutionary activist Djaber Kalibi is facing removal from Canada. Only a concerted community mobilization will overturn the decision of the Minister of Public Security. Please attend this solidarity picket in large numbers, which will take place on the same day as Djaber’s hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board. Context & Media Reports: * (Video, with English subtitles) Arrêtons l’expulsion de Djaber Kalibi! www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BFeOmvdTFo* (Web) Solidarity with Djaber Kalibi http://comitesoutien.wix.com/solidaritedjaber#!english/c1pu2...

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Communiqué: Montrealers Tear Down Immigration Detention Centre Fence

Communiqué: Montrealers Tear Down Immigration Detention Centre Fence

Montreal, 12 August 2013 — Montrealers tore down part of the fence surrounding the Laval Immigration Detention Centre yesterday in an act of spontaneous collective rage. Earlier that day, about a hundred people gathered in the shadow of the wall to stand in solidarity with those who have been detained and deported. Silhouettes depicting loved ones from whom we’ve been separated and bright banners were fixed to the fence. Messages of solidarity in Arabic, Hungarian, Spanish, Urdu, English, and French were read aloud, while remnants of clothing were strung along the length of the wall, symbolizing the violence experienced...

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