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(en) Canada, Montreal, Day 1: No One Is Illegal* March on Ottawa for Regularization (photos, audio, print coverage, plus organizing notes)

Date Sun, 19 Jun 2005 11:33:15 +0300

June 18, 2005 -- The NO ONE IS ILLEGAL MARCH ON OTTAWA began today in
Montreal. A spirited and diverse demonstration of up to 1000 people (at
the high point), marched through downtown Montreal, and north to two
mainly immigrant neighborhoods: Parc Extension and Cote-des-Neiges.
The demonstration was opened by Kahntinehta, a Mohawk elder from Kahnawake
Mohawk territory. She was followed by remarks by members of the Behlouli
family (Smail, Nacera, Yasmine, Kenza and Kahiina), who have been active
members of both the Action Committee of Non-Status Algerians and
Solidarity Across Borders, and who will be marching as a family the entire
route to Ottawa. Dorothy Dube, a non-status Zimbabwean refugee who took
sanctuary in a Montreal-area church in 2002, also addressed demo

Throughout the demonstration, many directly affected migrants addressed
by-standers and the crowd, including representatives of migrant
communities from the Congo and Iran, and individuals facing deportation to
Egypt and Palestine. As well, members of the South Asian Women's Community
Center (SAWCC), the Immigrant Workers Center (based in Cote-des-Neiges)
and the Migrant Workers Support Center (defending the interests of
seasonal farmworkers in Quebec, mainly from Latin America).

Today's demonstration ended in Kent Park, with a neighbourhood festival,
including an open-air concert with local acts Syncop, Nomadic Massive and

The march continues tomorrow to the village of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, on
the tip of the island of Montreal. On Monday, marchers will leave the
island, and be welcomed in the evening on the Mohawk territory of


--> Comprehensive Photo Essay about Day 1:

--> More Photos and Links: http://www.yayacanada.com/1865.html

--> Two-hour Special Broadcast by CKUT Radio:

Includes interviews with Pakistani refugee Shamim Akhtar and her daughter
Sadaf, who first proposed the idea of a march to Ottawa for regularization
in 2003, but were deported from Canada in 2004. As well, interviews with
Solidarity Across Borders organizers Smail, Babar, Tatiana and Amir.

These two hours were taken from a week-long special broadcast on CKUT
entitled "Broadcasting Across Borders". You can catch the rest of this
broadcast today (Sunday) from 2-4pm, or this coming Monday to Friday from
5-6pm on 90.3FM (or online at www.ckut.ca). The broadcast will highlight
some of the issues behind this historic walk.

--> Why We Are Marching: http://solidarityacrossborders.org/en/march#15

The text of the flyer that was handed out in the thousands to Montrealers
during today's march.

--> "Status, Survival, and Solidarity" by Aaron Lakoff and Seth Porcello:

--> More coverage available courtesy of CMAQ (Quebec Indymedia):


--> The March to Ottawa continues on Sunday, June 19. We meet at 9am at
metro Snowdon, and march to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, on the tip of the island
of Montreal. To know where the march is, phone 514-848-7583. Join us!

--> To join the march from Montreal any time between MONDAY, June 20 to
FRIDAY, June 24, visit http://solidarityacrossborders.org/en/march#7 for
more info about shuttles. Shuttles leave in the morning, and return at

NOTE: We need drivers (especially people who can drive standard) to help
with the shuttles, plus more cars! If you can help, e-mail
ssf_navette@yahoo.ca as soon as possible, or phone 514-848-7583.

--> There will be buses from Montreal to Ottawa (and back) on June 25, to
greet the marchers as they arrive on Parliament Hill. Buses leave Montreal
at 9am, and cost $10 per adult (children are free). To reserve a space,
phone 514-859-9023 and leave your name and number. There will also be
buses from Toronto to Ottawa on June 25; contact nooneisillegal@riseup.net
for details.

--> You can reach the Solidarity Across Borders media team at

[prepared by Aaron, Jaggi and Pat, late-night media team]

FOR PHOTO ESSAY OF DAY 1: http://gallery.cmaq.net/noiimarch_2
[Links to more audio, photo and print coverage of the March are included below.]
* [Ed. Note: The No One is Illegal Montreal is
an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative]

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