CKUT correspondent Claudia Edwards spoke with a queer Muslim refugee from Iran about his personal experiences with cyberbullying, and with xenophobia, Islamophobia and homophobia while living in Canada. The difficulties that come with the integration process, along with the services and kinds of support that would help to better serve the refugee community, are also explored.
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.
On Thursday, August 27, 2015, musicians and concert goers attend the second in a series called “Rock n’ Roma Against Deportations”, a fundraiser to support the struggle of Roma families facing deportation from Canada. Despite the rise in Neo-Nazi movements in countries like Hungary and Czech Republic that are openly targeting Roma, as well as a continuation of centuries of systemic and social violence against Roma throughout Europe, the Canadian government continues its own racist scapegoating of Roma communities, particularly refugees. Simone Lucas and Avi Gross-Grand interview Dafina Savic, Executive Director of Romanipe (link:https://romanipe.wordpress.com), an organization mobilizing around racism and discrimination the Roma face worldwide and in Canada.