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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Rage for Lucy: Bring Her Back! No More Detentions and Deportations!

April 15, 2019
Rage for Lucy: Bring Her Back! No More Detentions and Deportations!

One year after the deportation of Lucy Granados, Montreal community gathers to denounce racist and colonial immigration system and demand her return. Photos here! On April 13th, friends and supporters of Lucy Francineth Granados marked the one-year anniversary of her deportation with a rally at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre. One year ago, they had gathered in the same location in an attempt to physically block her deportation. Lucy Francineth Granados lived in Montreal from 2009 to 2018. In March 2018, she was violently arrested at her home by four CBSA officers. She spent 24 nights in the migrant...

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Call to Action: Open the Borders

April 8, 2019
Call to Action: Open the Borders

updated April 2019 Since 2017, tens of thousands of people have entered Canada from the US at irregular border crossings, seeking a safe haven. People continue to arrive, every day. This phenomenon is often blamed on Trump, but it must be understood globally and historically: worldwide, tens of millions of people have been forced to leave their homes because of wars, political oppression, military violence, extractivism, climate change, etc. Although it is directly involved in creating economic and social devastation in the Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, and Asia, and although it is founded on the theft of...

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Mutual Aid Night For Migrants (25 July)

April 8, 2019
Mutual Aid Night For Migrants (25 July)

(If you need to get in touch beforehand, please contact us by e-mail at solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com.) Thursday, 25 July, 6:30pm-8:30pm 7378 Lajeunesse St. (Jean Talon metro) * if you are facing deportation (failed refugee claim, criminal record, non-renewal of visa, etc) * if you are having difficulties accessing services because of immigration status * if you want to connect with others struggling with precarious immigration status … Come out to this free mutual aid night to discuss options, share strategies, gather information, learn about resources, and break the isolation. We will summarize legal proceedings and basic options, share resources, answer individual questions, discuss possible...

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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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