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A MONTH AGAINST BORDERS AND DEPORTATIONS!

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by unidos

A MONTH AGAINST BORDERS AND DEPORTATIONS!

Solidarity Across Borders declares June 2016 a “Month Against Deportations.”

In the context of ongoing struggles for justice and dignity for all migrants, refugees and undocumented people, Solidarity Across Borders and allies are organizing actions throughout the month of June to publicly denounce the violence, racism and oppression of border controls, and their daily impact on tens of thousands of people in Montreal.

This summer we will amplify our voices as community members, lovers and fighters, with public art projects, demonstrations, community meals, and a variety of activities in fierce resistance to colonial borders and economies built on the deportation of certain people.

We invite you to join us this June, and into the future!
Not one more deportation! Down with colonial borders!

Schedule of events ::

★ Saturday June 4th @1pm: Borders are bonkers, theatre action
★ Saturday June 4th @7pm 
(location to be announced): Demo and block party with le Collectif de résistance antiraciste
★ 
Saturday June 11th from 8am to 6pm: Picnic and soccer tournament with Antiracist Soccer  [https://www.facebook.com/events/476583835872683/]

★ Monday le 13 juin @18h: atelier ” FILM Audiotorie”

★ Tuesday June 14th @6:30pm, QPIRG Concordia (1500 de maisonneuve Ouest, room 204): “Building a Solidarity City” workshop
★ Thursday June 16th, evening in Parc Jarry: Film screening with Cinema Politica
★ Monday June 20th @6:30pm, QPIRG Concordia: 
workshop for new members of Solidarity Across Borders
★ Saturday & Sunday June 24&25 
(location & times to be announced): Party and mural painting!

Over the past decade, deeply racist and Islamophobic border controls have strengthened. These border controls fortify the “Global North” in order to manage the migration of people from the “Global South”, who are only permitted entry if they can contribute to the destructive advancement of Canadian capitalism, or be exploited under it. Extending its power through imperialism and colonial occupation of Indigenous land, the Canadian state uses these border controls to assure that the majority of those who migrate to Canada live and work in precarity.

As we fight this reality, we want to celebrate the inspiring struggles that have taken place this past year against racism and exploitation, by migrants here in Montreal and around the world.
We have taken to the streets under the banner of ‘Refugees Welcome’ along with others across the world, as the “migrant crisis” was spotlighted within global mainstream consciousness. We know that this crisis is nothing new, although we also know that there has been a notable increase in deaths, by the thousands, this past year, as a direct result of increased border militarization.
Here in Montreal, we have seen the inspiring mobilization of the Haitian community in a collective fight against deportations, following the lifting of the moratorium on deportations to Haiti and Zimbabwe, with the Non-Status Action Committee.
We have seen the Non Status Women’s Collective in Montreal courageously denounce their conditions of oppression and exploitation, demanding status for all. These non-status women have spoken about living their everyday lives as if hidden under a mask, invisible, and struggling for a life of dignity, security and peace. Non status people continue to live in precarity in the shadows of our society.

As we celebrate resistance in our communities, we also want to mourn those who lives were stolen while in the custody of immigration and border authorities.
Since the year 2000, 14 people have died in Canada Border Services Agency custody. Most recently, Francisco Javier Romero Astorga died while being detained at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario, in March 2016.
This is part of a larger struggle against police violence and anti-Black racism, which has seen the mobilizing, in Montreal, of Montreal Nord Republic and Montreal Noir, following the death of Jean-Pierre Bony by Montreal police in April 2016.

We know that struggles against immigration controls, for justice and dignity, are fought by thousands of people in our city, in our communities, often in isolation, and we want to honour those individuals and families for whom courageous resistance is part of daily life.

In confronting and actively fighting the systemic racism inherent in Canada’s exploitative immigration regime, and its oppressive foundations in capitalism and ongoing colonialism, we aspire towards strengthening our networks of solidarity and mutual aid, to counter this reality, here in Montreal.
Join us!

Urgent Help: Single Mom and Kids facing Eviction

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Projection of In the Shadow of Borders

Posted on: May 19th, 2016 by unidos

In the Shadow of Borders: documentary film screening followed by discussion
Monday, June 13 , 2016
6pm at L’auditore
5214 St Laurent (L’auditore )
(Radio Centre-Ville)

Cost: Free
Accessibility information: This venue is wheelchair accessible. There are accessible washrooms.
Language: English, French and Spanish with french subtitles

IN THE SHADOW OF BORDERS: trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ReOyEY
Website: http://shadowofborders.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MigrantJusticeDocumentary
Email: info@shadowofborders.com

Please join us Monday, June 13, to watch In the Shadow of Borders, a 37 minute documentary film produced in 2015. Is Canada the welcoming country for migrants it likes to call itself? In the Shadow of Borders challenges this myth and, through personal stories of detention, denial of essential services, labour exploitation and deportation, exposes how precarious are the lives of those without status.
By connecting histories—of indigenous sovereignty, of Canada’s role in displacement, of its discriminatory policies—this documentary portrays grassroots resistance to xenophobic governmental practices and the struggle of migrants for freedom of movement.

We also invite you to stay after the screening to talk about the film and ongoing migrant struggles. People who participated in making the film, along with some of those interviewed and active in organizing around these issues in Montreal will be present for the discussion. The film is in English, French and Spanish and this projection will be of the English subtitled version, however DVDs of the Spanish and French subtitled versions will be available at the event.

This documentary is meant to serve as a popular education film, so if you cannot make the event or would like to share the film with others, we encourage you to organize your own screening! It could be shown in your home, workplace, school, community group, local park, etc. We can also help to organize screenings with someone to answer questions, facilitate a discussion and provide materials for workshops. Please be in touch at mexicanxsunidxs@gmail.com and we can get you what you need to set up your event. Also keep following our website and Facebook page to receive news of other screenings

Website: http://mexregularizacion.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MurUnidxs
Email: mexicanxsunidxs@gmail.com

Reparations for Noé, Justice for Migrant Workers!

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by unidos

Reparations for Noé, Justice for Migrant Workers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/702832409862282/

Rally
Sunday, 19 July at 2pm
corner of Queen Mary and Côte des neiges (in the park)

Fundraiser (indiegogo)
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/justice-pour-noe-et-tous-les-travailleurs-migrants#/story

Our comrade and friend Noé Arteaga Santos has struggled for almost 7 years to get justice from Savoura, his former employer. Savoura is a Quebec-based tomato producer which relies on the labour of temporary migrant workers.

Noé came to Quebec in 2008 under the Temporary Foreign Workers programme, to work picking tomatoes for Savoura. After Noé participated in the organization of a very short strike to demand that a sick co-worker receive medical care, Savoura abruptly fired him. Noé was then forced to return to Guatemala.

Returning to Canada, Noé brought a human rights complaint against Savoura. More than six years later, the tribunal decided in his favour: Savoura fired Noé without just and sufficient cause. Moreover, Savoura contravened articles 10 and 16 of the Charter of rights and freedoms, discriminating against its workers on the basis of their ethnic origin and language (read the entire decision here: http://canlii.ca/t/gfqbm).

This constitutes a huge victory, not only for Noé but for all temporary migrant workers and all farm workers, almost invisible in our society. Working in precarious conditions, often exploited by their employers, they provide us with food.

However, in spring 2015, before an agreement on compensation for Noé was reached, Savoura declared bankruptcy. However, the Savoura label continues.

We are launching a compaign in solidarity with Noé and all temporary migrant workers, to demand that Savoura and the Quebec Minister of Labour, Sam Hamad, assume their responsibilities in this affair and that they end the exploitation of migrant workers.

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Justice for Noé Committee
supported by Immigrant Workers CentreMexicans United for RegularizationSolidarity Across Borders, le Comité pour les droits humaines en Amérique latineObservatoire critique de droits humains des immigrants et immigrantes and the Industrial Workers of the World

We are not inventing dead people, neither the fear

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by unidos

Canada must remove Mexico from the list of safe countries for refugees. 

Since Mexico signed NAFTA in 1994, 20 million Mexicans were forced to migrate,fleeing out of fear, only to die at the hands of organized crime or arepressive government (narco-state)… looking for a safe life in countries like Canada, which has a responsibility toMexicans because its mining business are provoking displacement, poverty, violence, natural disaster, social collapseand death! 

One month ago, 43 students from the teacher’s rural school Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos-Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero-Mexico, went missing. During the night of Sept. 26 and the early morning of Sept. 27, the municipal police of Iguala, along with elements of the Mexican army, carried out an operation which resulted in six people dead (three of them students), twenty injured, and 43 students detained-disappeared (missing). This event is clearly a state crime carried out by organized crime, municipal police, and the army, with total impunity. Governor Ángel Aguirre, ousted from his position without any legal responsibility, mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca Velázquez and his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda, leader of the drug-cartel Guerreros Unidos were fugitives until Nov. 4. The municipal police chief, Felipe Flores is still a fugitive, while parents of the missing students have received death threats if they keep up their public claim demanding their sons be returned to them alive: “Alive they were taken and alive we want them! One of the students, Julio César Mondragón was found with his face skinned and his eyes gouged out, as a  message to the civil population who fight against repression.

 

It is politically and humanly immoral that the Canadian government has considered Mexico, its North American Free Trade Agreement partner, a safe country for refugees, since Feb. 2013, when Jason Kenney, then Minister of Immigration officially declared that this decision will discourage “bogus claimants who are seeking to take advantage of a system that allows them to stay in Canada for years even if their claims are rejected”. Mexico is not a democratic country, the majority of its citizens live with fear, paying a lot of money to the narco-state to remain alive.

 

This is not only about the six students who were killed or the 43 who are still missing (considering the pain-terror that their families are living). It is also about the countless clandestine mass graves filled with dismembered bodies that have been discovered while searching for the students which is a Mexican reality that Canada does not want to recognize! While there are more than a hundred universities and more than 103 international organizations from around world, the European Congress, the UN and the OAS Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and the United States government have openly admitted huge concerns about human rights violations in Mexico, Canada keeps quiet?

Andrés Barreda, guarantor of the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT), Chapter Mexico, stated during an interview with Periodistas de a Pie“Why if Canadian mining companies in the state of Guerrero where most of the gold in Mexico is found are very powerful and are taking huge amounts of this metal, have they not said anything about Ayotzinapa? Why has the Canadian government not commented about theviolence that has occurred in Guerrero? This is a scandal! It is an extraordinarily suspicious silence. We know that narco-trafficking is linked to mining and it is territorial and geopolitical. It terrorizes the population and increase the vulnerability of the people who are stripped of their lands, where there are strategic resources like gold, iron, silver, manganese… Mining is implicated with narco-trafficking; they launder money together”.

The Mexican government has authorized 200 concessions to Canadian mining companies in “CostaChica” and about 100 in “Costa Grande”, both in Guerrero, granted up to for 50 years, withoutconsulting the population. According to the Centre for Human Rights Tlachinollan, there has been200,000 hectares of land ceded to Canadian mining companies to exploit and expropriate resources such as gold, silver, and zinc along 32 mining deposits of the 42 that exist in Guerrero.

 

Ayotzinapa is not an isolated tragedy, and it is not only about organized crime:

*43 students (16 to 22 years) from the rural teacher’s college in Ayotzinapa-Guerrero, Mexico, were declared missing after a violent encounter with municipal and military corps, leaving a total of six people dead, three of them students (one of them skinned, leaving behind a young wife and a two month-old baby). More than twenty graves filled with corpses have been found in Iguala´s surrounding area. There is a precedent of violence against Ayotzinapa: in 2011, two students from the same school Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos were shot to death and another 20 tortured by the State of Guerrero Ministerial Police.

 

*On June 30 (2014), 22 people were killed (3 of them underage) by military forces in Tlatlaya, Estado de Mexico, the same state where Lucía Vega Jiménez, the 42 year old Mexican migrant who committed suicide while in CBSA custody on Dec. 20, 2013, at the Vancouver’s Airport “Holding Centre”, was fleeing from; it is more than obvious she didn’t want to be deported to the most violent place in Mexico during 2013, also with the highest rates of femicides. Everyday 6.4 women are murdered in the country, between 2006 and 2012 femicides increased 40%.

 

*Approximately 130,000 Mexicans have been killed (including children and pregnant women) from 2007 to 2013. 36,718 people have died in the first twenty months of the current administration of Enrique Peña Nieto.

*According to Human Rights Watch more than 26,000 citizens have gone missing from 2005 to date. In the last two years alone, 4,397 people have disappeared in Guerrero.

 

*102 journalists have been killed since 2000, 24 are officially missing, and 222 have been assaulted in 2014 alone; also the National Commission of Human Rights has stated that every 26 and a half hours a journalist is attacked while 90% of these cases go unpunished.

*United Nations Human Rights office of the High Commissioner, after its Periodic Universal Exam, declared that Mexico and Central America are sub-regions with the most social inequality and come second place in the world in terms of violence with 26 people murdered per each 100,000 residents.

*Human rights violations include 4,841 reported cases of torture and 9,758 cases of kidnapped migrants and trans-migrants. Of these, 158 cases are collective, with no fewer than 50 victims each.There are countless numbers of immigrants from Central and South America who have been murdered, disappeared, kidnapped, extorted, raped and/or assaulted while crossing through Mexico. The tragedy of the 72 migrants brutally killed in 2010, San Fernando, Tamaulipas (58 men and 14 women, although some journalists talked about more migrants murdered), remains unpunished for their families!

*The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has recently denounced Mexico for 2,000 children disappeared or been killed; they have been proven to be connected to Mexican state-forces.

 

*According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in terms of economic inequality, Mexico ranks second worst in the world. 45.5% of the population (53.3 million people) live in poverty, of which 9.8% (11.5 million) live in extreme poverty; likewise 23.3% (27 million) of the population are living in food poverty with 12.5%  chronically malnourished.

*As a result of a failed state, there are self-defense and community police groups in 15 states of the country, which covers at least 106 municipalities (5.11% of the Mexican territory). These are mainly located in three states: Michoacan, Guerrero, and Chiapas.

*From 2008 to date, 90 activists were unofficially executed at the hands of public officials while defending human rights, also 669 arrested. The activism in Mexico has a terrible reputation in terms of security and freedom but it is rich in spirit and history. Just to mention: Mariano Abarca was assassinated on the night of November 27, 2009 in Chicomuselo in front of his house; he was shot in the head and chest by a man on a motorcycle who was a Blackfire (a Canadian mining company) employee. He had been abducted in August 2009, and again received death threats during the week of his death and had filed a complaint against the company one day prior to his death.

*Since Mexico signed NAFTA in 1994, 20 million of Mexicans have been forced to migrate, fleeing out of fear, poverty, and lack of freedom, looking for a safe life in countries like Canada and the United States.

*The indigenous activist for human rights, Nestora Salgado, was unjustly incarcerated in 2013 for defending her community from organized crime and mining. She was the Regional Coordinator of theCommunity Police Community (CRAC-PC) when the navy detained her illegally. We demand she be released from prison. Her daughters have received death threats, while she is still being punished in jail.

 

*The expense of corruption in Mexico is 1.5 billion dollars annually, according to the Center for Economic Studies of the Private Sector.

Although we are raising our voices for Mexico, this is not only about Mexico: it is also about all the countries included on the list of Designated countries of origin which are NOT SAFE for their citizens.

*Canada must review the Refugee Protection Act and rectify the list of Designated countries of origin: it is not only about Mexico! People from other countries are suffering similar atrocities, including mining.

*Canada used to say when employees, officials and judges from CIC (Canada and Immigration Citizenship) and IRB (Immigration and Refugee Board) denied refugee claimants under the offensive argument that, “our presidents and authorities work to provide us security”; then CBSA deports failed refugee claimants back to their “safe” countries of origin, often to vulnerable conditions… to die. Veronica Castro died days after CBSA deported her to Mexico.

 

We love our beautiful beaches, and we are very proud of our roots and cultural heritage. Nevertheless, Mexico has been plundering one and another and another time for the people in the power. So, no matter what they say (Enrique Peña Nieto, Felipe Calderón…), Mexico is not a safe country: we are not inventing all the people disappeared, decapitated, dismembered, skinned, cut into pieces and bagged; people hanging from the bridges with a narco message to terrify all the population who knows that if they complain can be the next one dead. All these people we have lost in this stupid-fake drug-war, have a name, a story, and a family full of sadness, impotence and fear.

 

For the reasons cited above (and more), migrants, activists, writers, journalists, students, agricultural workers, artists, filmmakers, indigenous, parents whose loved ones are missing or have been killed by the state; members of human rights and social justice organizations across Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and members of the international community, demand the Canadian government remove Mexico from the list of safe countries for refugees, and stops the indiscriminate and illegal exploitation of strategic natural resources through murderous mining.

They were taken alive, we want them back alive!

Endorsement:

No One is Illegal-Vancouver, Mexicanos Unidos por la Regularización, Justicia for Migrant Workers, National Assembly for Environmental Affected, Solidaridad Sin Fronteras, Immigrant Workers Centre,Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing, Radical Desi, Café Rebelde, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, Comité Cerezo México, Building Bridges-Human Rights Vancouver, Vancouver South Cultural Project, Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (including the Mexican activists Humberto Robles, Marisela Ortíz and Malú García Andrade), the actresses Ana Colchero, Francisca Guillén y Pilar Ixquic Mata, the song-writer Michelle Solano,  the independent journalists Edgar Rocha and Dawn Paley, also Patricia Paul, judge during the pre-hearing of the Permanent People’s Tribunal, Chapter Mexico, about Migration, Refuge and Forced Displacement.

 

https://www.change.org/p/conservative-government-remove-mexico-from-the-refugee-list-of-safe-countries

Chilean man defies deportation, is forced into hiding for supporting mother; Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander asked to step in

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by unidos
Press Release


Chilean man defies deportation, is forced into hiding for supporting mother; Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander asked to step in

Montreal, 4 August 2014 — Hector Reyes-Hidalgo has remained in Canada to care for his ailing mother despite a deportation order which would have sent him back to Chile on Saturday, August 2nd.

Mr. Reyes-Hidalgo came to Canada four years ago as a refugee but his refugee claim was refused. In the meantime his mother, Julia Hidalgo-Aguillera, a Canadian citizen, was diagnosed with ALS. Because Ms. Hidalgo-Aguillera is economically and physically dependant on her son, who is her sole care-giver, she applied to sponsor him and he also applied for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds. However, the government began deportation proceedings based on the refused refugee claim before the new applications were decided.

“He had little choice but to stay, because in reality there is no one else available to take care of Julia if he is not here,” said Noé Arteaga, who was supporting the family as they desperately tried to find a legal solution with the two levels of government prior to the looming deportation. “He has been forced into hiding for chosing his mother’s well-being over his own, for acting like a good son is supposed to do.”

“Hector and Julia did everything they were supposed to do according to Immigration Canada. A sponsorship application has been filed. Another application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds has been filed. This situation makes no sense. It is mindless bureaucracy and a hard-nosed ideology taking precedence over human lives. It is utterly pointless and cruel to separate Julia from her son and leave her without a care-giver,” added Mostafa Henaway, who helped try to find a solution for the family through regular channels.

Solidarity Across Borders calls on Federal Minister of Immigraton Chris Alexander to regularize Mr. Reyes Hidalgo’s situation without delay. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Minister Alexander must respond to inland applications for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds like Mr. Reyes-Hidalgo’s. Minister Alexander would be able to read and respond to Mr. Reyes’ humanitarian application very rapidly, allowing Hector to quickly return to his mother.

While Mr. Hector Reyes-Hidalgo is in hiding, awaiting a response from the government, friends of the family have organized an emergency rotation to take care of Julia in the short-term.

Source
Solidarity Across Borders:
www.solidarityacrossborders.org
solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

Media Invitation: Noé Arteaga Holds Press Conference on Labour Minister Sam Hamad’s Bill 8

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by unidos

Noé Arteaga fera un  Point presse concernant le projet de loi no 8
© Photo: Victor Vargas Villafuerte.

Media Invitation: Noé Arteaga Holds Press Conference on Labour Minister Sam Hamad’s Bill 8
Montreal, July 18 2014

Media representatives are invited to attend a press point in which Noé Arteaga, ex-Temporary Foreign Worker, will give his position concerning the bill proposed by Labour Minister Sam Hamad that aims to prevent migrant workers from unionizing.

Date: 20/07/2014

Location: Main entrance of St. Joseph Oratory, 3800 Queen Mary (Cote-des-Neiges metro), Montreal

Contact: 438-878-5416

Context: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-8-41-1.html

Usage and archival of this photograph is limited to illustrate the event described on the communiqué. Right of usage of the photographs can not be granted to a third party or syndicated. Author has to be credited on the caption. This license of usage is limited and revocable at any moment. For any additional usage of the photograph communicate with the author.

PUBLIC STATEMENT: HEALTH CARE FOR ALL!

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by unidos

- PUBLIC STATEMENT: HEALTH CARE FOR ALL!

- NO BORDER AGENTS IN OUR HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

- FOR A SOLIDARITY CITY

(September 3, 2013) The Solidarity City campaign in Montreal calls on all Quebec hospitals and medical facilities to refuse access to agents of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Medical facilities should exist to offer quality and accessible health care, not to collaborate in the detention and deportation of migrants. All medical facilities in Quebec should be off-limits to border agents.

There have been troubling incidents of CBSA harassment at hospitals in the Montreal-area. In late July, at least three border agents intervened at the Montreal General Hospital, trying to arrest a 57 year-old woman with heart problems. CBSA agents even entered a monitored care area in the emergency room. (info: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/supporters-outraged-at-cbsas-presence-at-montreal-general-hospital-to-detain-and-deport-a-57-year-old-woman-who-recently-suffered-heart-attack)

Last year, border agents similarly entered the emergency room of the Royal Victoria Hospital, despite opposition from medical personnel. There are also credible reports of more incidents.

The role of medical facilities is to provide the best care possible to patients, and the presence of CBSA agents disrupts that mission.

We make this public statement as part of an effort to build a Solidarity City in Montreal that rejects isolation and fear and aims to create networks of support and mutual aid, as neighbors, workers and members of a shared community,

We demand Health Care For All: meaning that no one should be refused health services as a result of their immigration status. We also support efforts to preserve and reinforce a universally accessible and publicly funded health care system.

More generally, everybody should have access to health care, education, social housing, food banks, unemployment benefits and any other social welfare regardless of immigration status. Labour norms and human rights should apply equally to all.

We ask that all medical facilities in Quebec, especially the Montreal-area, disallow the CBSA on their premises as an urgent matter of public policy and health.This callout is supported by the following organizations and individuals working in the health care sector in Quebec:

Organizations:
- Solidarité sans frontières / Solidarity Across Borders, Montréal
- Centre d’aide aux familles latino américaines (CAFLA), Montréal
- Centre des femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs, Montréal
- Clinique communautaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal
- Collectif Justice Santé / Health Justice Collective, Montréal
- À deux mains services de santé / Head & Hands Health Services, Montréal
- Médecins du Monde Canada, Montréal
- Projet Refuge, Montréal

 

[To support this declaration, as someone working in the health care sector, please write to solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com with you name and affiliation(s); you can sign as an individual or as an organization. If you are not in the health care sector, but would like to support the Solidarity City campaign, consider signing the following Solidarity City declaration as an organization: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/solidarity-city/solidarity-city-declaration. Contact solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com to endorse the Solidarity City declaration.]

Journée de élaboration de banier et convivence familiale

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by unidos

À Montréal Qc. et par tout au Canada , il y a des milliers de familles qui vivent dans
l’invisibilité en raison de la vulnérabilité de son Statut; Cependant , de nombreuses organisations et individus se sont organisés pour faire valoir les droits des immigrantes en tant qu’être humains parce que nous avons tous le droit à une vie meilleure sous la protection et la sécurité de nos familles . Afin de visualiser , de sensibiliser et de mobiliser la population à son tour passer une journée à la fois de la convivence familiale avec nos voisins et amis, etc . Le MUR invite au public en général à promouvoir les 2 semaines d’activités organisées par la Coalition de Statut Pour Toutes et tout, également a mobiliser pour la manifestation le 7 Juin 2014.

Nous vous encourageons avec votre famille, amis, voisins et passer un journée de convice avec nous !!
Vous pouvez apporter des collations et boissons alimentaires à partager avec tout le monde!!

Journée de élaboration de banier et convivence familiale.

Dimanche 1 Juin , 2014
12:00
2515 Delisle ( CEDA ) Montréal Qc . H3J1K8 métro Lionel-Groux
Note: Le rende-vous sera dans le Parc.

Solidairement
Mexicain.e.s Uni.e.s Pour la Régularisation
Plus d information.
514-342-211 – 514-619-3648

Building a Solidarity City

Posted on: November 13th, 2013 by unidos

An invitation from Solidarity Across Borders …
Building a Solidarity City: An annual conference on building our networks of mutual aid and collective support
Two days! NOVEMBER 23 & 24, 2013 (Montreal)
Solidarity Across Borders is organizing a two-day conference to discuss and share strategies about building and reinforcing local networks of mutual aid and support, as well as assuring access to free and quality services related to health, education, food, housing, shelters and more, for non-status migrants and all residents of Montreal. We’re inviting local community members, organizers, activists and all people interested in this topic.
Workshop-Discussions-Panels during the weekend:
Supporting Indigenous Sovereignty & Self-determination (with Ellen Gabriel, Amanda Lickers, C. Monge & Chelsea Vowel) * Education For All! * Food for All! * Resisting Gentrification in Montreal * Deportation, Prison & the Double Punishment of migrants * Making shelters safer spaces for all *  Immigration support: a strategy session * Health Care For All! * No Borders Movements & Building Solidarity Cities across North America (New York City, Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal)
WHEN : Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24, 9am-5pm
WHERE : 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia
* Childcare and kids activities on-site (free)
* Whisper translation (English, French, Spanish)
* Free
* Wheelchair accessible
* Free breakfast and lunch available on-site
* Please confirm your participation (solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com / 438-933-7654)
* This event is for migrants, community organizers and allies

FINAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
* 9am-10am: Breakfast and Coffee
* 10am-12pm: A) Opening Panel: Supporting Indigenous Sovereignty & Self-determination (with Ellen Gabriel, Amanda Lickers, C. Monge & Chelsea Vowel)
* 12pm-1:30pm: Lunch
* 1:30pm-3pm: Workshops: B) Education For All!; C) Food for All! Status for All!
* 3:30pm-5pm: Workshops: D) Resisting Gentrification in Montreal; E) Deportation, Prison & the Double Punishment of migrants

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
* 9:30am-10am: Breakfast and Coffee
* 10am-12pm: Workshop: F) Making shelters safer spaces for all
* 12pm-1pm: Lunch
* 1pm-2:30pm: Workshops: G) Immigration support: a strategy session; H) Health Care For All!
* 3pm-5pm: I) Closing Panel: No Borders Movements & Building Solidarity Cities across North America (New York City, Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal)

[FULL DESCRIPTIONS BELOW or www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/building-a-solidarity-city-conference-november-23-24/final-conference-schedule]

-> You can attend the discussions that directly interest you, or the entire two days. The discussions will be organized to share strategies between participants. We are hoping that concrete projects will emerge from this day.
-> Please confirm your attendance (and if possible, which workshops you are interested in attending).

-> The conference is fully wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility needs, please get in touch at solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

-> We will also be offering free childcare and kids activities on-site. Please contact us (at least 48 hours in advance, if possible) to request childcare. We will also have free bus/metro tickets available.

ENDORSE the Solidarity City Declaration:
We encourage Montreal-area organizations and groups to discuss and collectively sign the Solidarity City declaration, which is linked here:
www.solidarityacrossborders.org/fr/solidarity-city/solidarity-city-declaration
The SOLIDARITY CITY declaration is currently signed the following organizations:
Solidarité sans frontières * Personne n’est illégal-Montréal / No One Is Illegal * Dignidad Migrante * Mexicains Unis pour la Regularisation (MUR) * Centre des travailleurs et travailleuses immigrantEs (CTI) * Apatrides anonymes * Artivistic * Assemblée populaire et autonome de Hochelaga (APAQ-Hochelaga) * Assemblée populaire et autonome de Montréal (APAM) * Assemblée populaire et autonome de Villeray (APAQ-Villeray) * Association pour la liberté d’expression * Association de locataires de Villeray (ALV) * Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE) * La Belle Époque * Café l’Artère * Centre communautaire des femmes sud-asiatiques / South Asian Women’s Community Centre * Centre d’éducation et d’action des femmes (CÉAF) * Centre des femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs * Centre des femmes italiennes de Montréal * Centre des femmes de Verdun * Centre d’orientation paralegale et sociale pour immigrants (COPSI) * Centre Québécois de Formation pour les jeunes en matière de droits humains  * Centre Social Autogéré de Pointe St-Charles * Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble * Coalition des familles homoparentales * Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (COBP) * Comité d’Action de Parc-Extension (CAPE) * Comité citoyen de Parc-Extension * Comité logement Ahuntsic-Cartierville * Comité logement de la Petite-Patrie * Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL) * Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain-CSN * Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC) * Coopérative d’habitation Le Peuplier de Pointe-Saint-Charles * Coopérative d’habitation Port d’attache (Parc Extension) * Laboratoire de recherche en relations intercuturels (LABRRI) * Médecins du Monde * Médi@s Libres – collectif de média alternatif * Mouvement Action Justice * People’s Potato * P.O.P.I.R. – Comité Logement * Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC) * Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at Concordia * Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill * Réseau de la Commission Populaire / People’s Commission Network * Réseau Koumbit * Services Juridiques Communautaires de Pointe- Saint-Charles et de Petite Bourgogne * Southwest Solidarity Network / le Réseau de Solidarité du Sud-Ouest * Stella, l’amie de Maimie * Syndicat des auxiliaires de recherche et d’enseignement du Concordia (SAREC/TRAC) * Tadamon

If your organization would like to endorse this declaration, or needs more information (including a presentation about the Solidarity City campaign) get in touch (solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com).
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FINAL UPDATED CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

A)

Opening Panel: Supporting Indigenous Sovereignty and Self-Determination
Saturday, November 23, 10am-12pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

Panelists include:

* Ellen Gabriel: Ellen (Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, Turtle Clan) is an Indigenous human rights activist, former head of the Quebec Native Women’s Association, chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka” Crisis.

* Amanda Lickers: Amanda is an anarcha-queer Onkwehon:we cis-woman. She belongs to the Turtle Clan of the Onondowaga nation, part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Focusing on combating ecocide, hating the police, and harvesting medicines, Amanda hopes to work towards dismantling all systems of oppression, slashing at their social, cultural and material infrastructures.

* C. Monge: Mr. Monge is a displaced Indigenous (Nahuatl) person from Mexico who has been an asylum seeker in Canada since 2008. He works closely with undocumented migrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries in their fight for inclusion in Canadian society, through the process of regularization of their migratory status. Mr Monge is active with Mexicans United for Regularization (MUR) and the Status For All campaign.

* Chelsea Vowel: Chelsea is Métis, Plains Cree from Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta. She teaches Inuit youth under Child Protection and blogs as âpihtawikosisân. Chelsea is passionate about law, culture and language, and trying to deconstruct harmful myths with the hope that there can be a restructuring and renewal of the relationship between Canadians and indigenous peoples

From the Status for All Indigenous Solidarity Statement: “We believe we cannot speak meaningfully about apartheid globally, and unjust migration policies, without first speaking about the realities of apartheid here in Canada.

From its very foundations, Canada has been based on the theft of Indigenous lands, and the genocide and displacement of Indigenous peoples. In crucial ways, the Canadian state’s treatment of Indigenous peoples, historically and currently, is an apartheid system – from the imposition of the Indian Act, band councils and reservation system, to stolen children and residential schools; from the continued theft of lands and resources by governments and corporations, to the cultural appropriation of native traditions and culture.

Today that legacy continues, whether through the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Indigenous peoples in the racist Canadian prison system; through the complicity of Canadian authorities in the disappearance or murder of hundreds of native women in the last three decades alone, through Children’s Aid Societies taking the place of residential schools to continue the theft of native children; or through resource extraction projects such as the Alberta Tar Sands, which contribute to the ongoing environmental devastation of Indigenous territories. Canada’s genocidal past is celebrated in the names of our streets, towns, and cities, while continuing to erase the genuine identity of the original peoples of this land.”

Read the full statement here: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/statement-of-support-for-indigenous-struggles-and-sovereignty

B)

Workshop-Discussion: Education For All!
Saturday, November 23, 1:30pm-3pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

How can we organize together to ensure that all non-status children get access to primary and secondary schools for free? How can me make links between the struggle for the right to free education and the movement against racism and xenophobia in the context of a Charter of Values (now Bill 60) that is encouraging the rejection of the Other. The Education For All collective invites you to this workshop on the theme of access to education, in order to present the past two years of our campaign, and to brainstorm together our next steps. You are encouraged to respond and make proposals on the following questions: 1. Do you have experience with the problem of exclusion from school due to immigration status? 2. What can we do together to coordinate our forces to put an end to this exclusion?

This workshop is organized and facilitated by the Collectif éducation sans frontières. Info: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/education-across-borders-collective

 

C)

Workshop-Discussion: Food for All! Status for All!
Saturday, November 23, 1:30pm-3pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia
For full conference info: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/building-a-solidarity-city-conference-november-23-24

This workshop will be an overview of the Food for All campaign for organizations and individuals within the food service sector in Montreal as well as anyone interested in joining the campaign. It will outline a no borders analysis of the food system, as well as steps that the Food for All committee has taken toward meeting our main goal, that is: working toward ensuring healthy, accessible food for everyone in Montreal regardless of immigration status. The aim will be to encourage the creation of a city-wide network of food service providers and other individuals who can collectively make this goal a reality.

 

D)

Workshop-Discussion: Resisting Gentrification in Montreal: Assuring access to affordable, sanitary and safe housing for everyone
Saturday, November 23, 3:30pm-5pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

Part of building a Solidarity City is ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, sanitary and safe housing. This effort means working to resist the growing gentrification of working class neighborhoods: St-Henri, Point-St-Charles, Verdun, Côte-des-Neiges, Parc Extension, Villeray, St-Michel, Ahuntsic, Plateau-Mt-Royal, Centre-Sud, Hochelaga and more. By “gentrification” we refer to the organized process of displacing poor and working class people from neighborhoods by the development of high-end housing and businesses. Gentrification involves complicity between capitalist property developers and municipal politicians and bureaucrats.

While housing is technically accessible to non-status people, who are not asked for proof of citizenship or other papers in order to rent an apartment or sign a lease, increasing gentrification is forcing people with limited incomes, including non-status families and individuals, to move from previously accessible neighborhoods.

The goal of this session will be to create an active anti-gentrification committee. During this session, we will: i) share basic analysis about gentrification in Montreal; ii) share information about current grassroots campaigns against gentrification; iii) strategize about organizing together as an anti-gentrification committee, as part of the Solidarity City campaign.

One goal of the anti-gentrification committee will be to organize a city-wide consulta (popular assembly) in the new year, to launch a long-term (5 years) campaign to demand and implement an effective moratorium on condominium development and conversion anywhere in Montreal. The condo moratorium is part of a larger effort to resist capitalist developers in Montreal.

This session is open to all who want to be part of the new anti-gentrification committee, and who are also in agreement with the basic demands of Solidarity Across Borders, for accessible, safe and sanitary housing for all, and against gentrification and capitalism. We encourage workshop participants to confirm their participation by e-mail at solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

E)

Workshop-Discussion:  Deportation, Prison & the “Double Punishment” of Migrants
Saturday, November 23, 3:30pm-5pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

“Double punishment” is the term used to describe the unjust policy used against non-citizens who face deportation after being punished for a criminal conviction. In other words, non-citizens who commit criminal offenses are punished twice: once when they’re sentenced for their crime, and then again by being permanently removed from Canada, often after living here since childhood. This workshop is intended for local community members who would like to actively oppose double punishment and be actively involved in local organizing campaigns. The starting point of this workshop is: opposition to deportations & detentions, support for a regularization program for all non-status migrants, opposition to prisons and the prison industrial complex, and the abolition of double punishment.

This workshop is organized and facilitated by members of No One Is Illegal-Montreal.

F)

Workshop-Discussion: Making shelters safer spaces for all: Opening access to non-status womyn and womyn with precarious status
Sunday, November 24, 10am-12pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

What are the realities and lived experiences of migrant women and trans people, living without status or with precarious status, here in Montreal? What barriers do they confront when accessing shelters? What strategies and practices promote better access to shelters for women and trans people, regardless of their immigration status? What are the challenges and limitations encountered? How do we deal with the question of interactions with police and border enforcement agents?

This workshop aims to bring to bring together workers from shelters and women’s centres across Montreal, as well as women and trans people living in shelters and directly affected by the immigration system and/or violence. We hope to create a space for exchange surrounding practices of solidarity and resistance employed by shelters and women’s centre to promote the creation of safer spaces for all.

This workshop is for people who identify as women and/or trans. This is not a public workshop, please confirm your attendance in advance at: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

[Solidarity Across Borders holds a position that includes women-identified trans in its concept and demands for womyn.  We recognize that we may be working with groups who do not share this analysis, and we will work respectfully and collaboratively in a space of solidarity despite these important differences.]

G)

Workshop-Discussion: Immigration support: An informal strategy and brainstorm session
Sunday, November 24, 1pm-2:30pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

This workshop is intended for people who do direct support within their communities with people struggling against the immigration system, outside of a formal institutional network.

Those who work within institutions are welcome to attend but the workshop is meant to focus on grassroots direct support and anti-border movement building.

Come share your experiences and resources in this informal strategy session.

H)

Workshop-Discussion: Health Care For All: Sharing Strategies
Sunday, November 24, 1pm-2:30pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

This workshop period is geared towards organizations and individuals working in the health care sector who have signed the Public Statement: “No Border Agents in our Hospitals and Clinics/Health Care For All”, and is also open to people interested in joining SAB’s newly formed Health Care For All Committee. Signing the statement is a symbolic first step and great way to show that healthcare providers are committed to providing health services for all people, regardless of immigration status, and to keeping border agents out of healthcare settings. The goal of this workshop is to create a space for dialogue around concrete ways to follow through with this commitment. It will be a chance to share ideas about how to put the statement into practice, including discussion about the barriers that exist, how healthcare providers can navigate around them, as well as how we can work to confront and break them down. People are encouraged to bring their personal or organization’s experiences of the challenges and successes in providing healthcare for all.

Public Statement: No Border Agents in our Hospitals and Clinics/Health Care For All: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/public-statement-no-border-agents-in-our-hospitals-and-clinics-heath-care-for-all

I)

Closing Panel: No Borders Movements & Building Solidarity Cities across North America (New York City, Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal)
Sunday, November 24, 3pm-5pm
1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor, métro Guy-Concordia

This panel will share experiences and analysis about building networks of mutual aid and support from community organizers in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Panelists include:

- Juan Baro and Maria Mercado from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, New York City
info: http://movementvsdawnayday.org/
- Harsha Walia from No One Is Illegal-Vancouver
info: http://noii-van.resist.ca/
- members of No One Is Illegal-Toronto
info: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/
- Jaggi Singh & Rosalind Wong of Solidarity Across Borders in Montreal
info: www.solidarityacrossborders.org

The Urgent Need for Regularization for all Immigrants

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by unidos

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 1st Colloquium for Reflection and Discussion of Migrant Issues, which will take place at UQAM in Montreal on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th. The theme of this colloquium is:
The Urgent Need for Regularization for all Immigrants
Various social and political stakeholders are meeting at this colloquium to analyse current issues surrounding migration in Canada today. The reality of the situation on the ground for migrants is quite different from what the Canadian government would have us believe, and Canada does not deserve the reputation it has for being a champion of human rights. On the contrary, human rights violations against migrants are getting worse with legal reforms that are part of Stephen Harper’s Law C-31. Add to this the detention, deportation, workplace abuses, and lack of access to essential services such as health and education that migrants are already facing. Given this situation, the only solution is a regularization program that would guarantee life, physical integrity, freedom and rights for all migrants.
Program
Friday, October 11th
4pm to 6pm:
First Workshop
General Characteristics of Migration in Canada

6pm-7pm:
Coffee and refreshments

7pm to 9pm:
Second Workshop
Immigrant Women and LGBT

Saturday, October 12th

9:30am to 12:00pm
Third Workshop
Education, Health and Work

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Fourth Workshop
Cases of Affected Communities.
Final Conclusions and Closure
Starting at 4:00pm:
Cultural Cocktail FB

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