NO ONE IS ILLEGAL - VANCOUVER
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Struggling for justice, autonomy and self-determination for (im)migrants, refugees and indigenous peoples.
No One is Illegal-Vancouver 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.
There has always been racism in Canada's refugee and immigration policies built into the very structure of the system. The exclusion of Chinese migrants after Confederation, the internment of Japanese-Canadians during World War II and the refusal of Jewish refugees in the “None is too Many” policy after World War II are three well-known examples.
The domestic consequences of the “War on Terrorism” includes massive arrests and the interrogation of immigrants and refugees, the passing of legislation granting intelligence and law enforcement agencies much broader powers of intrusion into the private lives of people, pervasive government and media censorship of information, the silencing of dissent, and widespread racial profiling and criminalization of Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities. Legislation such as the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Statutes of Canada 2001, and the Anti-Terrorism Act has strengthened the association between terrorism and immigration. We reject those apologists who claim that racist policies such as Bill-C36, Security Certificates, Anti-Terrorism Legislation, and Safe Third Country make North Amerika safer.
There is a clear link between capitalist globalization worldwide and the displacement of indigenous peoples in the global South and North. Free trade is used to open borders to capital, while exploiting the people whose free movement it regulates through displacement, deportation, and an apartheid system that creates hyper-exploitable labour on which the economy of the North is built upon. We aim to expose and educate people about the links between the "War on Terrorism" abroad and "Fortress North America" at home from an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal perspective, while asserting a vision for open borders and social/economic justice.
The liberation of those fighting for refugee rights and those fighting for aboriginal rights is fundamentally linked. Borders, a creation of colonization, are the cartographies of anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggle. Those colonial forces that cause dispossession of aboriginal peoples are the same forces of the G8 nations that create war, poverty and destruction throughout the global South. Immigrant and aboriginal communities are building greater trust in our visions of an alternate world.
Migrants from communities of the South and indigenous peoples are the living reality of globalization and war, and as such, they are the human face of the anti-war and anti-corporate globalization movements. We believe that any movement striving for social justice must honour these struggles and act accordingly.
The call for 'fairer immigration policies' is not enough. It does not adequately respond to either the lived reality of most migrants or the reality of the Canadian government's increasingly restrictive and racist policies. The support for Indigenous self-determination and lands, the demand for an end to practices that displace people in the Thirld World, and the call for freedom of movment is our best hope for a transformation - and not merely a reformation - of existing power structures.
==> The regularization of all immigrants, refugees, migrants, and non-status people
==> An end to deportations and detentions of migrants, immigrants and refugees
==> An abolition of security certificates
NATIONAL AND CROSS-BORDER ALLIES
No One is Illegal Campaign is part of worldwide movement of resistance against displacement and criminalization of (im)migrants/ refugees and indigenous peoples.
Palestine Community Center Vancouver, Native Youth Movement Chapters, Iranian Federation of Refugees Vancouver, Rainbow Refugee Committee Vancouver, No One is Illegal-Toronto, Project Threadbare Toronto, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, No One is Illegal-Montreal, STATUS Coalition Canada, The Justice Coalition for Adil Charkaoui, No One Is Illegal-Winnipeg, Desis Rising up and Moving (DRUM-NYC), Vermont Refugee Assistance, Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants (NYC), Homeland Resistance (NYC), Center for Constitutional Rights (NYC), Border Action (Arizona), National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (UK).