Your Friday migrant justice update from No One Is Illegal – Toronto

An appeal to pack the courts in Toronto for a critical legal challenge to immigration detention

We need you to pack the courthouse for an important legal fight to end part of the injustices of immigration detention.

As you know, nearly 200 migrants jailed indefinitely without trial or charge, have been waging a courageous struggle against immigration detentions and deportations in a max-security prison in Lindsay, Ontario since September 2013. Those migrants have gone on hunger strike, boycotted their detention reviews, refused to enter their cells and organized despite the violence and alienation of prisons.

To support their struggle, the End Immigration Detention Network, has organized rallies and petitions, gone to the United Nations, uncovered deep discrepancies in the detention review process, and worked to shed light on the injustice of detentions and deportations. The spotlight on the abuses inherent in the system has shone even brighter as a result of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death in immigration custody in Vancouver, in December 2013.

Our struggle is entering a critical new phase. In this coming week, we need you to pack a downtown Toronto courthouse, for an innovative court challenge we are launching. We cannot reveal the details of this step yet., but we urge you to fill out this form, if you are available between 9am and noon, on December 11, 12, 15 or 16.

We will email you details on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. Your presence in the courthouse will be critical in showing broad community opposition to immigration detention. We will also be holding a meal and rally following the court appearance.

Photos from our surprise visit to Lindsay’s maximum security prison

On Saturday, November 29th, 30 of us gathered from Peterborough, Guelph and Toronto at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario. Ranging in ages from 22 months to 75 years, we made our way down on a dirt road behind the prison to Pod 3 where nearly 200 immigrants are jailed without charge or trial, many indefinitely.

2One of their photos

Revolutionary music blasted from our soumd system, we beat on drums, clanged pots and set off fireworks appropriately titled ‘prison break’.

By the time a police line formed to stop us moving further, prisoners in three pods were in their cell windows, screaming, jumping flicking lights, and banging on the windows.

We interspersed our music with chants, ‘end detentions, end end detentions’, and ‘no prisons, no borders’. When we stood quietly, we could hear night reverberating with the thump of fists on plexiglass windows.

With the police only one side of us, some of our comrades lit off more fireworks. Read the full update, and look at the pictures by clicking here.

Important information on the imminent deportation of 3,500 Haitian and Zimbabwean residents

Montreal, December 4, 2014 — This past Monday, the Canadian government announced the end of the moratorium on deportations to Haiti and Zimbabwe, which cruelly exposes at least 3500 people to potential removal in the coming years, if not earlier. Most of these individuals and families live in the Montreal-area.

Solidarity Across Borders, a migrant justice network active in Montreal for the past decade, denounces the fact that Haitian and Zimbabwean migrants living in Canada have been left in limbo for years and are now threatened with deportation. We reiterate our core demand of status for all: all migrants living in Canada should be regularized.

By regularization, we mean an inclusive and ongoing program for all migrants to gain full and permanent residency status, as well as access to full rights and services. Read the full statement here.

No One Is Illegal-Toronto is an all volunteer grassroots migrant justice organization that fights for livelihood, food, education, healthcare, childcare, shelter, accessible services, freedom of movement, justice and dignity for all people, particularly undocumented and migrant worker communities in Toronto. We also act in solidarity with Indigenous movements for self-determination and organize against wars, economic and environmental attacks that push people out of their homes in the first place.

Source, NOII-Toronto newsletter, h/t Marvin