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No One Is Illegal

The No One is Illegal campaign is in full confrontation with Canadian colonial border policies, denouncing and taking action to combat racial profiling of immigrants and refugees, detention and deportation policies, and wage-slave conditions of migrant workers and non-status people.

We struggle for the right for our communities to maintain their livelihoods and resist war, occupation and displacement, while building alliances and supporting indigenous sisters and brothers also fighting theft of land and displacement.

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email: noii-van@resist.ca
tel: 604-682-3269 +7149

 
 

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GLOBAL APARTHEID: Fortress north america and the new world border

FILM & PANEL
Tuesday May 9th, 2006 -- 6:30 pm
at SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St.)

FILM -- "New World Border" (28 min)
by Jose Palafox and Casey Peek.

"New World Border" documents the rise of human rights abuses along the US-Mexico border since the implementation of border walls (such as Operation Gatekeeper) that have been erected in populated areas throughout the border region during the last decade. This documentary includes interviews with immigrant rights organizers, testimony from immigrants, analysis of 'free trade' policies, and discusses current efforts to build a vibrant movement for immigrant rights."

PANEL -- Global Apartheid and the New World Border

JOAQUIN MURIETA [SEATTLE] is an organizer for the Latino Liberation Movement in Seattle. He is a Xikano born to immigrant parents and like many others, knows and feels the effect of US immigration policy on his family and his community. The Latino Liberation Movement has recently organized four student walkouts with seven high schools and two middle schools as part of the increasing resistance opposing exclusionary and racist US immigration policies which most recently brought over 2 million people to the streets in coordinated demonstrations in over 100 US cities on April 10.

JAGGI SINGH [ MONTREAL ] -- a writer, independent journalist and activist based in Montreal. He is an organizer with No One Is Illegal - Montreal, Solidarity Across Borders and the International Solidarity Movement. He has been active in organizing against capitalist globalization, as well as current movements against war and racism, and for self-determination and genuine solidarity.

SUNERA THOBANI [ VANCOUVER ]-- UBC Professor of Women's Studies. She is past president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) and a founding member of the cross-Canada Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity (RACE) network. Her research focuses on globalization, citizenship, migration and race and gender relations.



S.T.A.T.U.S. Coalition presents...
MAY DAY 2006:
Long live International Workers' Day!

Commemorating the International Workers' Struggle and Migrant Labour & Immigrant workers Resistance...

SATURDAY APRIL 29 @ 7:30 PM- 1 AM
DINNER WILL BE SERVED. DJ’S AFTER 10 PM.
CAPRI HALL, 3925 Fraser (corner East 23rd Ave)
5-10$ suggested donation - includes dinner

Beer and wine sold during dinner (7:30-8:30 pm) and after performances (10 pm onwards)

Community performers, poets, and multimedia presentations...

  • Dhol Nation Academy, Surrey
  • Hugo Rojas: Latino musician
  • Marcus Youssef: NeWorld Theatre, Vancouver
  • Mariam Durrani: Pakistani vocalist
  • Mexican Migrant Workers
  • Ndidi Cascade: renowned performer who has performed with Femi Kuti, Michael Franti, Kelis, K-OS, & Kardinal Offishall
  • Oscar Villalobos: Latino poet
  • Sinag Bayan: Filipino cultural collective
  • Wayde Compton: writer, poet, and editor whose books include Performance Bond and Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature.
  • Yyadzehe Gatica: currently in from Oaxaca, Mexico with the Consejo Indigena Popular de Oaxaca – Ricardo Flores Magon

Child care available - call to request, Wheelchair accessible

Info: saic@resist.ca or 778-552-2099

S.T.A.T.U.S. is a coalition of community-based organizations in the Vancouver area belonging to movements and struggles of the people of the Global South (Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Middle East, the Caribbean region) and the struggles of such migrant communities in Canada.

On April 29th, 2006 we invite you to join us in remembering the history of May Day and celebrating the struggles of workers around the world, and in particular highlighting the struggles of migrant labour and immigrant and non-status workers in North America.

From the 1886 strikes for the eight hour day to the mobilization of hundreds of thousands in the Global South demanding "WTO out!", from the Haymarket Five to the cries of migrant farm workers and sweat-shop labourers in North America demanding an end to wage-slave labour - May Day has become an international day of solidarity between workers.

As colonial projects of the past are carried forward through neo-liberal policies of the present, the attacks on workers of the Global South and migrant workers in the North continue to escalate. Modern day slavery continues through multi-national run sweatshops from South Asia to New York. Farmers are displaced from their lands in Latin America by free trade agreements to the fields of the North where they continue to be exploited through Seasonal Agricultural Worker Programs. Since the days of the Chinese workers building the Railroad, non-status workers in Canada continue to fuel the economy by serving as a hyper-exploitable pool of labour with no rights to services, no ability to assert the right to minimum-wage, or any other forms of labour protection. Immigrant workers, particularly immigrant women, in North America continue to face conditions of deskilling and racism in the workforce leading to an over-representation in non-unionized, temporary, low-income jobs in the service sector and garment industry.

Let us share these histories and build solidarity for the future...



Stand Vigilant against Racism and Immigrant Scapegoating

Saturday, January 21st, noon to 2 pm at the Peace Arch  The Whatcom County Farm Worker Solidarity Committee and No One is Illegal-Vancouver invite you to a day of public protest and education against the Minuteman Project and against government anti-immigrant policies... RESERVE A SEAT ==>


Fighting Without Loosing Tenderness/Luchar Sin Perder La Ternura

On January 21st 2006, starting at 7pm and until our bodies hold up...Saint Michael’s Church, 409 East Broadway (across from Kingsgate Mall). Let us join happiness with rebelliousness, tenderness with solidarity and celebration with struggle. There will be exhibitions of Capoeira and Indigenous dances from Oaxaca, film, crafts and photo exhibitions and lots of traditional Oaxacan food. And finally, dancing for all tastes.  DETAILS==>

Este 21 de enero de 2006 a partir de las 7 de la noche y hasta que el cuerpo aguante, en la iglesia de San Miguelito, ubicada en 409 Est Brodway St., frente al mall de Kingsgate: juntemos alegría con rebeldía, ternura con solidaridad y fiesta con la lucha. Habrá exhibición de Capoeira y de bailes indígenas de Oaxaca, cine, exposición artesanal, fotográfica y mucha comida tradicional de Oaxaca- México, y baile para todos los gustos.



Court Support for Secwepemc Defenders

TUESDAY JANUARY 10, 2006 @ 9:30 AM COURT OF APPEAL 800 SMITHE STREET

Beverly Manuel and Nicole (Mayuk) Manuel are appearing in the BC Court of Appeal on Tuesday to legally challenge a criminal conviction for participating in a road block at Sun Peaks Resort, near Kamloops, BC. Over the past five years, there have been over 57 arrests of Secwepemc community members defending their rights to Secwepemc territories against the corporate mega-development project of Sun Peaks Resort      ==> READ MORE


Sanctuary update: Jan 2006

St. Gabriel's in Montreal is now one of at least five other churches in Canada sheltering refugees avoiding deportation. On Jan 2nd, 2006, Abdelkader Belaouni took sanctuary in Montreal... Read more sanctuary updates ==>


Security Certificates Updates Dec 2005

December 30, 2005- Mohamed Harkat is denied bail after a Federal Court judge struck down his latest bail application. The judge found that Harkat's incarceration "has been lengthy but not unusual"

December 10, 2005- The Federal Court of Canada has rejected Adil Charkaoui's bid to invalidate the national security certificate the government issued against him by having it be declared unconstitutional as it opens up "torture loopholes'' - 

December 6, 2005- Hassan Almrei, who has been held in solitary confinement at Toronto MetroWest since October 2001, is denied bail by a Federal Court judge, who ruled his release poses a "risk to national security".

December 4, 2005- Mahmoud Jaballah, Mohammad Mahjoub, & Hassan Almrei issue an open letter for the releae of CPT hostages. "We hope and pray to see these captives freed as much as we hope and pray for our own freedom here in Canada, a freedom for which James Loney has worked so hard," the statement said.    Read more on Security Certificates ==>



Legal Challenge to Safe Third Country Agreement

December 29, 2005- The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International, Canadian Council of Churches, and a directly-affected asylum-seeker in the US launched a legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement. The CCR also released a report "Closing the Front Door on Refugees: Report on the First Year of the Safe Third Country Agreement" that can be found at  www.web.ca/ccr/closingdoordec05.pdf.   Read more on Safe Third Country Agreement ==>


Time is up for the Minutemen

October 2005- No One is Illegal-Vancouver denounces and completely opposes the Minutemen Project.  We oppose all such vigilante attacks against our communities. On October 1, 2005, the Minutemen launched their campaign on the U.S./Canadian border. They have already been met with clear opposition from community groups on both sides of the border. We affirm that this opposition will continue to grow and that we stand united against and will not tolerate any such activity on the Canadian side of this border..... Read more on Anti-Minutemen Campaign ==>


No One is Illegal Opposes Beefing of Transit Security

August 9, 2005- Immigrant and refugee communities represented in No One is Illegal Vancouver  are outraged at the security meetings conducted by Federal Transportation Minister Jean Lapierre to discuss security in Canada’s public transit system in the wake of the London bombings.  read more

 


Mohamed Cherfi Released by US Authorities

July 2005- Mohamed has just been released by the U.S. authorities. His release was made possible when the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals granted him political refugee status in June—a status which has yet to be granted him by the Quebec and Canadian authorities.     Read more on the National Campaign==>



Four Secwepemc Defenders Jailed

In Kamloops Supreme Court on June 16 2005, four Secwepemc Nation members received jail sentences for their participation in a 4 hour roadblock on August 24, 2001 at Skwelkwek’welt (Sun Peaks Ski Resort) Press Release and support==>

Press Conference and Salmon Lunch Friday July 15


UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has been in Canada the past few weeks. On June 15, after visiting many detention facilities and groups fighting immigration policies, they stated that they are gravely concerned about Canada's system of "trial using security certificates."    Read No One is Illegal Vancouver's submissions ==>