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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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 (31 October)

April 8, 2019
Mutual Aid Night For Migrants (31 October)

(If you need to get in touch beforehand, please contact us by e-mail at solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com.) Thursday, 31 October, 6:30pm-8:30pm 7378 Lajeunesse (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 political...

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