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(en) Canada, Montreal, June 18-25: March on Ottawa! NO ONE IS *ILLEGAL! A call for solidarity and support ...

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Date Fri, 22 Apr 2005 13:37:41 +0200 (CEST)

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March on Ottawa!
June 18-25, 2005
Solidarity Across Borders -- a Montreal network of self-organized refugee
groups, individuals and their allies -- is planning a one-week march from
Montreal to Ottawa to draw attention to the struggles of refugees and
immigrants for life and dignity in Canada and Quebec.
The four basic demands of the Solidarity Across Borders network are: the
regularization of all non-status people in Canada; an end to deportations; an
end to detentions; and the abolition of security certificates.

Lack of status, deportations, detentions, and security certificates all
contribute to making migrants vulnerable to exploitation, poverty, insecurity
and indignities that no one should suffer. In the current political context, as
Canada rushes to harmonize its border policies with the United States and
create a unified "Fortress North America" in the context of the so-called "war
on terror", the situation of immigrants and refugees is worsening.

Every day, thousands of migrants and their families struggle against the
uncertainties created by the racist and anti-poor processes of criminalization
carried out by Immigration Canada. They are forced underground; threatened with
detention or with deportation to often desperate situations; and subjected to
discriminatory legal standards which fall far short even of international human
rights standards. The migrants leading the march are simply demanding their
basic rights to a secure life, dignity and a future.

The one-week walk to Ottawa will take place from June 18th to 25th, 2005. We
will begin the march in downtown Montreal, proceed through some of Montreal's
immigrant and working class neighbourhoods and out to the West Island. By day
two, we expect to be marching out of the island, and onto the highway that will
take us to Ottawa. We are contacting Mohawk and Algonquin peoples whose lands
we will be passing through to acknowledge them as the first peoples of the land
and to express solidarity with their struggles for self-determination. During
the march, we will be stopping to speak to people in communities and towns
along the route.

The march is an enormous undertaking, reflecting the seriousness of the current
situation of migrants. It recalls earlier marches to demand basic rights and
dignity for workers and for women. The preparation is intense: outreach across
the country, along the march route and within Montreal; logistical support for
a week-long march; physical training; childcare for the march; gathering
material supplies; setting up events along the way, and more.

Strong public support is crucial for the success of this historic march and we
are calling on you to help give that support.


-> participating in the walk;

-> organizing solidarity actions in your city the week before or during the
march (delegation to government office, picket, march, public speaking event,

-> endorsing the march (organisational endorsements; send to email address

-> inviting us to give a presentation on our campaign and the march at your
school, community centre, organisation, religious centre, etc. (if you are in

-> donating (both financial and in-kind donations or loans (food, vehicles,
shoes, cell phones, bicycle carts, etc.) are greatly needed - please contact us
for more details);

-> including an article about the march in your publications, newsletters,
websites, on your radio shows, etc.;

-> sending us letters, audio recordings or videos of support (we will use these
in our public outreach work as well as during the march, to encourage

-> sending us personal accounts of your struggle as a refugee or migrant
(again, these will be used in public outreach and during the march);

-> writing a letter to your MP to express support for the march and encourage
your MP to offer tangible support for the march and our demands;

-> passing on this message through your networks and encouraging further
support; and

-> participating in the organizing effort (if you are in Montreal).

Please don't hesitate to contact us for more details on any of the above or
other ways of getting involved. In addition, we are contacting groups along the
route and in Ottawa for the specific forms of support we need from those
communities. If you are in Ottawa or one of the communities on the road to
Ottawa, please contact us to find out how you can help or participate.

We thank you for taking the time to read through this appeal and respond. We
look forward to being in touch with you and we have no doubt that, with your
support, our common struggle will succeed.

-- Solidarity Across Borders

e-mail: sansfrontieres@resist.ca
tel: 514 859 9023
web: www.solidarityacrossborders.org

* [Ed. Note: The No One is Illegal Montreal is
an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative]

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