Declaration Against Racist Bill 21

April 5, 2019

Solidarity Across Borders Rejects Racist Bill 21, Issues Call to Action! Solidarity Across Borders stands in solidarity with the communities affected by the racist Bill 21 tabled last week by the CAQ government. We emphatically reject the dishonest rhetoric of state “secularism”: banning the wearing of religious symbols is a clear targeting of an already precarious and marginalized Muslim community (especially Muslim women), and is an expression of sexist, Islamophobic, anti-Sikh, and anti-Semitic hatred. In a Euro-Christian settler-dominated society, secularism has become the default language of white supremacy. We have a long and dark history in Quebec of discrimination...

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New Migrant Prison Being Constructed in Laval: Let’s Stop It!

March 23, 2019
New Migrant Prison Being Constructed in Laval: Let’s Stop It!

A new migrant prison is being built in Laval, right beside the old one. Far from ending detention, the state has responded to popular mobilizations against the imprisonment of migrants (including inspiring hunger-strikes by migrant detainees in Ontario) by pouring millions into creating a new, “prettier” place to imprison migrants, and new projects to control migrants outside prison (so-called alternatives to detention) such as biometrics and a voice recognition/gps cell phone system (a system which is already being piloted in Montreal!). At the same time, the government just announced the reintroduction of an annual deportation quota. Detention is key...

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Bring Lucy Back! The campaign to support Lucy Granados continues!

March 22, 2019
Bring Lucy Back! The campaign to support Lucy Granados continues!

Renewed support is needed for Lucy Granados, the Montreal community member and organizer for the rights of undocumented migrants who was violently arrested on March 20th and deported on April 13th, despite a very strong public mobilization (background here: https://bit.ly/2GrwsZk). Lucy remains in a great deal of distress; her current precarious situation gives no space to heal from the trauma and violence of the past months (let alone the past years, living as an undocumented woman in Montreal). Her arm – injured by the CBSA – remains only partially functional, with no ability to move her fingers on her left...

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Call to solidarity for Monika and ‘Alexa’

March 21, 2019
Call to solidarity for Monika and ‘Alexa’

UPDATE: The Federal Court stepped in to stop the government from deporting Monika and her daughter. The stay will last until the end of the school year or end of judicial proceedings. It’s not over, but a good victory for now. !! URGENT !! Help block Monika and her daughter Alexa’s deportation! Ten years ago, Monika left Hungary at the age of 18 with her daughter Alexa* who was barely a few months old at the time, to build a new life in Montreal. Her entire family left Hungary because of anti-roma discrimination and the rise of neo-Nazi movements...

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SOLIDARITY CITY DECLARATION (updated)

March 21, 2019
SOLIDARITY CITY DECLARATION (updated)

For thousands of undocumented immigrants across the country, cities such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are sweatshops. Immigrants and refugees work the most precarious and dangerous jobs. The Canadian economy cannot survive without this super-exploited work force, made particularly vulnerable by their lack of permanent status and...

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Principles for a Regularization Program In Canada

March 20, 2019
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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Rally – Montreal Stands with Guineans

March 9, 2019
Rally – Montreal Stands with Guineans

Join us for a solidarity gathering to support the Guinean community, who since 2016 has been organizing together to fight deportations from Canada. Saturday, March 30th at 1pm Jean Talon metro, Montreal https://www.facebook.com/events/2310535595889483/ #MontrealaveclesGuineens Canada is moving to deport Guinean asylum seekers at this time, when instead the government of Canada should recognize the deteriorating human rights situation in Guinea and reinstate a moratorium on deportations. Also Canada’s Liberal government must immediately grant status to Guinean refugees currently in Canada. Canada’s has extensive economic relationships with Guinea, particularly acute in Quebec through corporations with extensive mining operations in the...

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