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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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Demand Justice : Bring Daniel Home! One Year Since Youth Deportation

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In October of 2014, the 17 year old undocumented minor “Daniel” was deported from Canada, after the authorities detained him while visiting his friends at school. Kept in isolation from his family, Daniel was then sent back to Mexico to fend for himself within just over one week. One year later, we speak with Mary from Solidarity Across Borders about the campaign surrounding his case, as well as the broader issue of human rights for undocumented migrants living in Canada.

This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.

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Fight for 15 Campaign Launches to Raise Minimum Wage in Quebec

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On November 10th, on the other side of the main gates of McGill university, members of the “Coalition contre le travail précaire”, the 15plus.org campaign and many other political organizations in the community of Montreal united to protest the current minimum wage in Quebec. The current minimum wage is $10.55 in Quebec and the idea is to raise that to $15 for all workers regardless of their age, race, gender, job category, or immigration status.

Julien Daigneault, from 15plus.org, was present as the first spokesperson leading the speech. Participants encouraged passers by on Sherbrooke street to sign the petition to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour as the protest went on. It’s important to note that the campaign is fairly recent in Quebec, but several states in the USA as well as Alberta have succeeded in having mimimum wage raised to $15 an hour already. Several studies have shown that $15 an hour is the required minimum wage for an individual worker living alone in Montreal to lift themselves above the poverty line and escape debt.

This report was produced by Dinith Karunanayake for CKUT Radio.

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Migrant Justice Activists Rally to Bring Home Deported Mexican Teen

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On his 17th birthday last October, Daniel was separated from his family and deported alone to Mexico by the CBSA. Over the past 8 months, Solidarity Across Borders has been leading the effort to return Daniel to his family and community in Montreal. The campaign is now taking aim at the Quebec Minister of Immigration, demanding that Daniel be allowed to return and that the government introduce a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in regard to immigration status in public schools. CKUT’s David Zinman was at yesterday’s rally organized by Solidarity Across Borders in front of the office of the Immigration Minister.

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Bill C-24 Interview with Fuerza/Puwersa

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A year ago, when Bill C-24 “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship” was being discussed, a statement was issued by several groups, such as No One Is Illegal, Solidarity Across Borders, Fuerza/Puwersa and more. They renamed the bill the “Stealing Citizenship Act” in light of their criticism.

Lalo, member of Fuerza/Puwersa was interviewed by CKUT member Anouk Millet. He came back on the criticism and gave more insight on the impacts of the bill on immigrants, located inside or outside Canada.

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Bill C-24 Interview with BCCLA’s Executive Director

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Since it passed in June 2014, Bill C-24 “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” has been very controversial. Many groups have opposed the bill from the very beginning. One of them being the British Columbia Civil Liberties Associations. The organization has recently put in place a petition to stop the bill and has issued a statement in which it reaffirms its commitment to challenging this new law in the courts.

CKUT member Anouk Millet talked to Josh Paterson, BCCLA’s executive director.

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Migrants Continue to Fight for Access to Public Schools in Quebec

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Despite formal recommendations from the ombudsman in Nov 2014, Quebec continues to exclude children with precarious immigration status from free access to education. January 30th 2015 was the date given to the Minister of Education to present a plan of action. To this day families of undocumented children continue to be forced to prove their status or pay $5000-$7000 fee for school. Last year the Ombudsperson made 6 recommendations to the Quebec government, which included the recommendation to change the regulation of the Law on Public Education that defines residency. This exclusion of children from school in Quebec violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights both of which Canada has signed. CKUT spoke with members of the Education Without Borders collective.

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Première émission de la voix des immigrants

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Le monde évolue. La société se transforme. Citoyens et citoyennes de 4 coins de la planète bougent. Pour toute savoir sur leur présence au Canada, écoutez la voix des immigrants. La voix des immgrants – une émission d’informations qui vous renseigne sur les immigrants au Québec et au Canada.

Écoutez la première émission du 27 novembre 2014.

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Entrevue avec Noé Arteaga sur l’exploitation des travailleuses et travailleurs temporaires au Canada

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Nous vous présentons un reportage au sujet des conditions que doivent affronter aujourd’hui les travailleurs temporaires au Canada. On vous invite à écouter ce que nous a préparé Stefan Christoff, en entrevue avec Noé Arteaga qui s’exprime contre les structures du gouvernement conservateur envers les travailleurs migrants et immigrants.

 

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Update on Inquest in to Lucia Vega Jimenez’s Death

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After Lucia Vega Jimenez died under Canadian Border Service Agency’s custody in December 2013 a petition with over 8,688 signatures called for a civilian inquiry into her death. Community groups continue to demand an investigation and a comprehensive review of migrant detention policies.

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Remembering the Komagata Maru

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May 2014 marked a century since the tragic episode of the Komagata Maru, a ship that was transporting hundreds of Indian immigrants to Vancouver, British Columbia. This story reveals the Canadian government’s history of deliberate exclusion policies. Activists in the Indian diaspora in Canada say there are many examples which show how the legacy of the Komagata Maru live on through state racism today. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Dolors Chew to find out more and filed this report.

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Status Quo for the Awan family

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The Awan family’s struggle cominues. Khurshid Begum Awan has now been in sanctuary in a Montreal church for over nine months. Off the Hour’s Amelie Phillipson brings you a report from yesterday’s street party organized by the Awan family support committe.

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Solidarity Across Borders raises money for Ivonne Hernandez

 

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On Saturday May 10, 2014, Solidarity Across Borders organized a brunch to raise
money for Ivonne Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant fighting to stay in Canada with
her one year-old son. Just like Ivonne, more than half a million people
in Canada live without papers today. The fundraiser attracted families
and friends in an effort to raise awareness about the problems that
immigrants face.

We talked to Ivonne, as well as Bruno, a participant and Renata, a woman who came from Hungary with her family two years ago to escape discrimination.

Please visit Justice Pour Ivonne’s website for more information.

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Deepan Budlakoti still facing deportation

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Deepan Budlakoti was born in Canada, but Canadian Immigration has launched deportation procedings against him. CKUT’s Carla Greene speaks with Deepan to hear about his Kafka-esque situation and what he’s doing to fight against it.

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Djaber Kalibi facing possible deportation

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Djaber Kalibi is an iranian immigrant facing deportation. On Tuesday, March 25th, Solidarity Accross Boarders organized a picket in solidarity with Djaber Kalibi, in the context of a campaign advocating for a status for all. Solidarity across boarders denounced the abuses of the Canadian immigration system, and cited many examples of injustices towards migrants. 

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Citizenship: A Right or A Privilege?

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On Tuesday March 11th, Carla Green and Amelie Phillipson hosted a live panel discussion on Off the Hour. The panel centred around the question: citizenship: a privilege or a right? Carla and Amelia spoke with Malek, a Montreal student who has gone through the Canadian immigration process, Jaggi Singh from No One Is Illegal and Solidarity Across Borders, and Noa Mendelsohn Aviv from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. In the wake of Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s proposed changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act, they discussed what Canadian citizenship means now, what it’s meant in the past, and what it will mean in the future if the amendment passes.

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Interview with Khurshid Begum Awan

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Khurshid Begum Awan has now been in sanctuary for over six months. She chose to take sanctuary in a Montreal church last August to avoid deportation back to Pakistan. Her husband was deported last year and now lives in hiding as the family has received threats. His life is constantly in danger and so would be Khurshid’s if she returns to Pakistan. Being in sanctuary is also stopping Khurshid from getting the medical care that she currently needs. This situation causes Khurshid, as well as her daughter Tahira and grandson Ali who live in Montreal a lot of daily stress. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson met her in the Church were she as taken sanctuary.

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Lucia Vega Jimenez’s case: an update from Shireen Soofi

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On December 20th 2013, Lucia Vega Jimenez killed herself under the detention of the Canadian Border Services Agency in Vancouver BC. Her death, which was kept a secret for over a month, has sparked many questions and political action in the migrant justice community. No One Is Illegal put together a petition with over 7,000 signatures demanding an independent civilian investigation in to Lucia’s death and the end of racist and anti-migrant policies from the Canadian Government. On Tuesday February 25th the BC Coroner Service called for an inquest in to Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death. Sula Greene spoke to Shireen Soofi from No One Is Illegal about what the inquest will look like in the coming year and whether significant change in the CBSA is on the horizon.

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Pakistani refugee Khurshid Awan remains in sanctuary to avoid deportation

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Khurshid Begum Awan has now been living in sanctuary in a Montreal church for six months to resist a deportation back to her native Pakistan. Living in sanctuary causes Khurshid, her daughter Tahira Malik and young grandson Ali immense daily stress. Back in Pakistan, her husband is constantly risking his life as the family has experienced threats and violence. The Awan Family support committe organizes monthly pickets in their support. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson attended the last one on Thursday and brings you an update on the family’s situation.

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Hamilton declared a Sanctuary City

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Last year, Toronto was declared a sanctuary city, meaning that the city’s services were accessible to all its residents regardless of immigration status. Hamilton’s municipality followed in its footsteps in a historic vote. This is a clear symbolic gesture, but there still is a long way to go. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke to Maria Antelo from the city coalition of Hamilton.