Coco Memorial Fund

August 2, 2021

Costanza Graziani

COSTANZA GRAZIANI
09.09.1992 | 14.06.2021

This fund is set up by Coco’s parents. It is a way to say that…
Coco is present and continues to care for her loved ones and passions, in a different way.
If you so desire, one way to express your feelings about Coco is by contributing to the causes that Coco cares deeply about as a way to support the work that she did and continues to do.

Solidarity Across Borders (SAB) is an organisation Coco was and continues to be involved in, dedicating her time and energies to, therefore the beneficiaries of this fund will be SAB.

At SAB, Coco was involved in a number of committees and initiatives: anti-detention committee, visits to Laval detention center, building relationships with the people detained, bringing them supplies during covid-related lockdown last year, being a bond person; taking a number of initiatives and most notably delivering food regularly to the undocumented community members. Coco had mentioned at various occasions as to how SAB was a chosen family for her.

Coco’s spirit continues to be present in the work we do of fighting the injustices. She remains with us, her spirit contributing to collective strength and nurturing our capacity for collective care. Coco’s generosity, unconditional solidarity, drive to fight the injustices, systemic and relational, and numerous beautiful qualities gives her a special place in the hearts of many of us. We fondly keep her memories close to us as she continues to live with us, in our hearts and in our organizing.

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Costanza Graziani (Coco) passed away in her sleep in the early hours of June 14, 2021 leaving her parents and friends grieving. Coco went through a surgery in June 2020 and following post-operative complications she was in intensive care for seven months followed by four months in rehabilitation centers. During that time, Coco received care from her parents who came to Montreal and stayed here all along. Her grandmother, her friends and comrades cared for her from far or near given the restrictions related to the pandemic.

Despite the difficult times, Coco’s sense of humour, patience, resourcefulness and determination provided her and her loved ones hope for the future. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at the rehab in Italy, the beautiful space that was her home for the last few weeks. In her last weeks, Coco enjoyed eating pasta, drinking water and looked forward to swimming and tricycling.

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Donations to Coco Memorial fund can be made in the following ways:

* Cheque
Make a cheque out to “Solidarité sans frontières” and mail it to:
Solidarity Across Borders
CP 65083 BP MOZART
MONTRÉAL, QC
H2S 2S0
[Please indicate “Coco Memorial fund” in the note.]

* Paypal
Donate through PayPal here.
[Please indicate “Coco Memorial fund” in the note.]

* E-transfer
Email the donation to us at solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com
[Please indicate “Coco Memorial fund” in the note.]
[Please send a separate e-mail with the e-transfer answer to solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com]

A heartfelt thanks to you!

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MEMORIAL DOCUMENT
Please feel free to add your testimony to Coco Memorial document here.

 

 

Solidarity Across Borders is a migrant justice network based in Montreal, active since 2003. We are composed of migrants and supporters, and we organize together to support individuals and families who are confronting an unjust immigration and refugee system. We engage in popular education, support work, as well as political mobilizations, including demonstrations, pickets, delegations, and direct actions.Our main demands are an end to deportations, detentions and double punishment, and support for a full, comprehensive and ongoing regularization program (ie. Status for All!). We also actively campaign to build a Solidarity City, the creation of a community that rejects a system that engenders poverty and anguish, not solely for immigrants and refugees, but also for other Montrealers confronting these same realities.
SAB supports open borders and the free movement of people seeking justice and dignity, meaning freedom to move, freedom to return, and the freedom to stay.
More information can be found at https://www.solidarityacrossborders.org

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