Canada Day: Migrant Justice Movements Outraged by Trudeau’s Move to Exclude Refugees

July 1, 2019
Canada Day: Migrant Justice Movements Outraged by Trudeau’s Move to Exclude Refugees

Montreal / Halifax, 1 July 2019 – Solidarity Across Borders and No One Is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk are speaking out against an underhanded attack on refugees and migrants in the Liberal government’s omnibus budget bill (C-97), which passed on June 20. Despite Trudeau’s usual rhetoric of diversity and welcoming newcomers on Canada Day, Canada is closing its doors on thousands more refugees under C-97 reforms. “This attack on refugees and migrants signifies the escalation of a racist and exclusionary immigration policy, which goes hand and hand with the ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state,” said Stacey...

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Montreal is neither a Sanctuary City nor safe for Undocumented Migrants

June 25, 2019
Montreal is neither a Sanctuary City nor safe for Undocumented Migrants

On June 5th, the City of Montréal announced the adoption of a new policy, “Access to Municipal Services without Fear.” Solidarity across Borders does not think that this policy will really benefit non-status people in Montreal nor that their lives will now be free from fear. The adoption of this policy is definitely a victory, because the city has at last been forced to recognize the existence of non-status people in our community. This results from tireless struggles led by the Non Status Women’s Collective and other community groups, and not any spontaneous concern for the safety of non-status...

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Status 4 All Annual Demonstration: Building a Solidarity City Together!

May 31, 2019
Status 4 All Annual Demonstration: Building a Solidarity City Together!

STATUS FOR ALL! BUILDING A SOLIDARITY CITY TOGETHER! Festive March (and picnic!): Bring your children June 16 2019 at 2:30 PM Parc Nelson Mandela (Métro Plamondon) Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/862684417413089/ As the Canadian and U.S. governments crack down on border crossings, as far-right, anti-immigrant sentiment rises to new heights here in Quebec, and as the City of Montreal continues to refuse to take action to support undocumented community members, Solidarity Across Borders invites you to take the streets with us for our annual festive and family-friendly March for Status for All, and to build a Solidarity City together! We demand...

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No to a New Prison for Refugees and Migrants in Laval

May 14, 2019
No to a New Prison for Refugees and Migrants in Laval

add your name or the name of your organization here We, the undersigned groups and individuals, are joining the struggle to stop the construction of a new prison for migrants in Laval, scheduled to open in 2021. In 2016, the Canadian government announced the construction of two new prisons for migrants – one near Vancouver and one near Montreal – and more money for “alternatives to detention.” The announcement was made in response to broad public outrage against Canada’s imprisonment of refugees and migrants, sparked by hunger strikes by migrant detainees protesting their indefinite detention. The Liberal government presents...

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Background: Immigration Detention in Canada and the New Refugee Prison in Laval

May 14, 2019

Is the imprisonment of migrants in Canada new? No. Canada has detained migrants and refugees since it was founded as a state, inheriting the practice from England, which used it to control access to the lands it had colonized. At various times through its history, Canada has detained migrants in quarantine and internment camps, sheds at entry ports, converted hotels, and regular prisons. Currently, there are three dedicated migrant prisons: the Laval Immigration Prevention Centre, the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre, and the Vancouver International Airport holding centre. A new centre is under construction in Surrey, BC. Canada also continues...

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Abolishing Prisons, Restoring Justice

April 19, 2019
Abolishing Prisons, Restoring Justice

A panel on prison abolition and restorative justice models https://www.facebook.com/events/2235256576791357 Saturday, 11 May 2019 at 2pm H1220, 12th floor, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West (Guy-Concordia metro) In settings like Southern Cameroon and Tiohtià:ke*, alternative justice practices can play an important role in undermining colonialism and oppressive state justice systems. Speakers will present their restorative justice initiatives in Southern Cameroon and Tiohtià:ke and the importance of prison abolition in the context of colonialism and the injustice of the state system. childcare / interpretation from french to english / accessible to wheelchairs Speakers: – Ntebo Ebenezer Awungafac arrived in Canada...

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Urgent to Act: Canada trying to Close its Land Border to Refugees

April 18, 2019
Urgent to Act: Canada trying to Close its Land Border to Refugees

–> 23 to 30 April: Week of Action against Bill C-97’s Anti-Immigrant Provisions –> 20 to 27 May: Week of Action against Safe Third Country Agreement / to Open the Borders   What is Happening The Canadian state is attempting to further close Canada’s borders to the global dispossessed, specifically those arriving via the United States. Former cop Bill Blair, now “Border Security Minister,” is currently trying to convince officials in the United States to extend the Safe Third Country agreement to apply to the entire length of the border. If Blair is successful, people who cross the border...

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