Solidarity Across Boarders marches for Canada to “Ouvrez les frontières”

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Justin Trudeau’s Montreal office (529 rue Jarry Est) was the venue for a demonstration under the banner of Solidarity Across Boarders.

“Ouvrez les frontières!” chanted attendees as a marching band played and people danced. Hot chocolate was served for all on the chilly Sunday afternoon of December 13th.

Amidst the fanfare, the demonstration was a serious call to the nascent Liberal government and their current stance on immigration and non-status workers living in Canada.

In light of Canada’s current acceptance of Syrian refugees, Solidarity Across Boarders is urging the government to take their immigration policies a step further. This includes the regularization of current non-status people who are working without documentation, further relaxation of immigration laws, and a halt to the arrest and detaining of already vulnerable individuals.

The rally was also held to denounce racism, in particular islamophobia that has contributed further resistance to immigration.

After a public address was made (some of which can be heard above), the rally marched over to rue Saint-Denis and down to Jean-Talon.

Among the speakers were representatives in support of non-status women living in Canada, and Mexicans united for regularisation.

For more information on their campaigns, or to get involved, please visit Solidarity Across Boarders

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December 17th March Against Violence: Sex Workers Rights are Human Rights

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In this interview for Off The Hour we speak with members of L’Action putes et allié-e-s du Québec (APAQc) who are themselves sex workers, and who have put together a march and vigil in Montréal set for December 17th, the International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers, taking place at 4pm in front of the Palais de Justice.

We discuss the impacts of the sex work criminalization law Bill C-36, paradoxically titled “The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act,” but also we discuss some of the ways that institutions and individuals can better support sex workers who have been victims of violence and oppression.


You can follow APAQc on Facebook here, or through their website here.
And be sure to check out December17.org!

 

This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.