Noise Demo and Info-Picket against the New Migrant Prison
Thursday, 5 September, noon to 1pm
Outside offices of Lemay, 3500 St Jacques St, Montreal (right beside métro Lionel Groulx)
**BRING YOUR POTS, NOISE-MAKERS; INSTRUMENTS!
On August 23rd, the Superior Court of Quebec granted Construction Tisseur Inc. a temporary legal injunction against Solidarity Across Borders. In June, Tisseur got the federal contract to build the new migrant prison in Laval and began construction on the site on August 5th. When SAB organized an information-picket to reach out to Tisseur workers about the project at Tisseur’s headquarters in Val-David last Thursday, Tisseur responded by taking SAB to court the very next morning. The court refused SAB’s request for a postponement and granted the injunction, barring Solidarity Across Borders from returning to Tisseur’s headquarters in Val-David.
This sets a very disturbing precedent that could undermine future public actions against Tisseur and other companies. In the past, the Canadian gold-mining company Barrick Gold also used courts to try to stop the publication of Noir Canada. In both cases, the goal is to censor, intimidate and silence critics
Join us with your pots & pans, instruments and other noise-makers outside the offices of Lemay, one of the architecture firms helping to build the new migrant prison in Laval. Let’s send a clear message to these profiteers: we won’t be silenced! We will continue to challenge their participation in this project!
Canada imprisons refugees and migrants indefinitely, including children. It imprisons people it thinks will resist deportation (because e.g. they are too afraid to return to the countries they fled from) and people who can’t get identity papers from their own governments. The Trudeau government responded to years of popular protest against immigration detention by pouring millions of dollars into strengthening the system, including building the new migrant prison in Laval to replace the old one. Tisseur, Lemay and their confreres are profiting from this investment into the continued violence of detention and deportation.
** This is the second in a series of Thursday noon-hour actions leading up to a multi-city day of action on October 3rd. Stay tuned for the next action on SAB’s facebook, email list and website and get in touch if you want to organize one!**
Read more about immigration detention in Canada and the new migrant prison here.
Sign a statement against the new prison here.
No Prisons! No Borders!