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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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Expulsion et expropriation par la police mexicaine : les Mexicain(e)s Uni(e)s pour la Régularisation dénoncent la complicité du Gouvernement Canadien

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Le 4 septembre dernier, la police fédérale de l’Etat de Mesxico a expulsé violemment une famille de sa propriété en vue d’une expropriation menée par une entreprise privée. Marisol Mendez Trujillo dénonce le non-respect du préavis obligatoire de 20 jours et de la violence de la dépossession.

La famille Mendez a vécu au Canada pendant 5 ans, demandant l’asile politique en raison d’harcelement, de vol et d’extorsion de fonds. Apres sa demande d’asile refusée en 2013, la famille a été renvoyée au Mexique.

Les Mexicain(e)s Uni(e)s pour la Regularisation (MUR) dénoncent ainsi la complicité du gouvernement canadien dans cette affaire et réclament des réparations proportionnels aux préjudices physiques et moraux subis par la famille.

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Mexican Horror Story: Legislative Elections and the Future of the Crisis-stricken Mexican State

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Mexico is in the midst of an internationally-ignored humanitarian crisis, with more than 24, 000 cases of state-perpetrated disappearances and kidnappings since 2006, and a most recent case of 43 missing students from the College of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

Adding to these numbers, the lead-up to the Mexican legislative elections saw dozens of political assassinations and more than 70 kidnapping and extortion cases. Despite his and his party’s alleged complicity in these human rights violations, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) re-secured a majority in Congress in the Mexican legislative elections on June 7.

On that same day, families of the 43 missing students and other Mexicans  took to the streets in several states in Southern Mexico and burned ballot boxes, as a way of disrupting these elections that were seen by many as a referendum on Peña Nieto and his political party.

CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian spoke with Andalusia Knoll, a freelance multimedia journalist based in Mexico City, and Dagoberto Acevedo, a member of the Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine, to get their take on what the future holds for the Mexican state and its people.

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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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Interview with caravan members from Ayotzinapa, Mexico

 

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On September 26th 2014, police forces in the State of Guerrero, Mexico, attacked a busload of students from a rural teacher training school in Ayotzinapa. This attack resulted in the death of six people, and the forced disappearance of 43 students. On April 20th 2015, a caravan from Ayotzinapa travelled to Montreal. In this interview, Hilda Legideño Vargas, the mother of one of the disappeared students, and Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena, a student from the teacher training school, explain why they have travelled to Canada in their struggle to find the 43 students. Brought to you by Simone Lucas from CKUT’s News Collective.

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Migrant Justice Organizations Petiiong Canadian Governmetn to Remove Mexico Safe Country List

CKUT’s Sula Greene spoke with Karla Lottini from No One Is Illegal Vancouver about a new petition on change.org demanding that the Canadian government remove Mexico from its list of delegated safe countries. They spoke about Canada’s economic and political interests in maintaining good relations with its NAFTA partner and the human rights crisis that continues to unfold in Mexico.

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Dawn Paley on “Drug War Capitalism” and Current Struggles in Mexico

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Independent journalist and author Dawn Paley is currently on a book launch tour across North America for her latest work, “Drug War Capitalism”, just released on AK Press. In this interview with CKUT’s Aaron Lakoff, she discusses some of the main points of her book, as well as ongoing protests in Mexico for the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa.

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Radio Doc: Mexico to Montreal – Justice for the 43

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We look at the ongoing protests in Mexico and solidarity actions here in Montreal, focusing our discussion on the idea of justice. What would justice mean for the missing students of Ayotzinapa, and for all those affected by the violence of the drug war? Emma Noradounkian and Molly Korab speak with Mexican students and activists here in Montreal to see what’s next.

This documentary was produced in collaboration between the McGill Daily and the CKUT news collective.

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Montreal reacts to 43 Mexico missing

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Last Wednesday a dozen people showed up to demonstrate outside of the Mexican Consulate in downtown Montreal. The protest came after activists interrupted the Consulate’s Altar of the dead event on Saturday November 1. Wednesday’s demonstration was less pronouned in attendance but just as pronounced in the hearts of those who came to stand up to the violence surrounding the 43 dissappeared students in Mexico. CKUT’s Leila Lemghalef brings us what some activists had to say.

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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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Lucia’s case and the Rights of Migrants

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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. Sula Greene spoke to Karla Lottini and Shireen Soofi from No One Is Illegal about their demands and the circumstances surrounding Lucia’s death.

Shirene Soofi: I am Shirene, I got involved with No One Is Illegal just over a year ago, after being involved with Solidarity Across Borders in Montreal, with Migrant Justice Collective and Anti-Colonial Migrant Just Work. It is through the injustices that I saw, taking place under the oppressive Canadian government and the Mexico exclusionary and racist policies that they are implementing on migrant, that became involved in No One is Illegal.

Lucia Vega Jimenez was in Canada from 2010. Since then she was arrested, and people were deported to Mexico. In between then, in 2013, she came back. On December 1st she was arrested by a transit police for an unpaid bus ticket, and form then she was transferred to immigration authorities and incarcerated pending for deportation. And from then, she was transferred to Vancouver Deportation Center, and was in detention until she hung herself on December 20th, and then die 8 days later at the hospital. And so, since then CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) keep it as a secret for more than a month until it got out public, and created huge public outcry for justice after her death.