Sunday, March 16, 2008

One of the fields of action in which anarchists have recently become active is the field of "immigrant support". The No-One-Is-Illegal network has been at the forefront of this work. What follows is an appeal from the Toronto No One Is Illegal group for support for a national day of action this coming May 3.

Call for Endorsement: National Day of Action for Status for All!
by No One Is Illegal Toronto
Call for Endorsement
Saturday, May 3, 2008
12 Noon
No One Is Illegal-Toronto is calling on all allies and supporters to endorse and help organise the May Day of Action for Status for All on Saturday, May 3rd.
Millions across North America have taken to the streets in the last two years, demanding Status for All! In Toronto, workers, students, trade unionists, activists and community members have led passionate demonstrations calling for justice and dignity for immigrants and refugees.

We continue to fight against the Conservative government's ongoing attacks on migrant communities. The last year has seen unprecedented targeting of refugees in Sanctuary. Asylum seekers have been arrested from schools, workplaces and even hospital beds. Families have been torn apart. Over 12,000 friends, family, and community members have been deported.
In the face of intimidation and fear, our communities have refused to be silenced. Together, we have forced immigration enforcement out of Toronto District schools. Inspired frontline community workers have taken up the struggle for Access Without Fear. We have fought and won a full Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy at many community agencies.
But the fight is not over. There are over 500,000 undocumented people living and working across Canada, over 80,000 in Toronto alone. They are forced to live in daily fear of jailing and deportation. At the same time, new categories of "temporary foreign workers" without full status and without rights are being created by federal and provincial governments. These workers are exploited as cheap labour, based on fear of deportation.
On May 3rd, we will take to the streets. We will demand an end to detentions and deportations. We will demand access without fear to essential services. We will demand an end to security certificates and secret trials. We will demand a full and inclusive regularization program. We will demand justice, dignity and respect!
1)Organize a loud contingent to come out on May 3rd.
2)Endorse the May Day of Action by emailing NOII a short statement of support.
3)Financial and in-kind (photocopying, translation) donations.
4)Organize a NOII workshop/presentation at your school, union local, agency, community centre or workplace.
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