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(en) Canada, NO ONE IS ILLEGAL MARCH to Ottawa - UPDATE

Date Fri, 24 Jun 2005 09:11:20 +0300

Dear Friends and Allies - It's been an intense 48 hours for
the organizers and participants of the March on Ottawa, as we enter
past the halfway point in the march and get closer to Ottawa.
Late on Tuesday night, Solidarity Across Borders organizers learned
that five children of a non-status Mexican family were seized by
agents of the Canadian Borders Services Agency (CBSA) at their
home in Montreal. The Arellano-Diaz family have lived in Montreal
for three years, but have been forced to live underground for the past
three months. They represent literally thousands of Montrealers who
live the anguish of not having status, and of being picked up for
detention and removal. Currently, the five children (3, 6, 7, 11 and 18)
are in detention. The 3 year-old is a Canadian citizen.

We are marching to Ottawa for the regularization of all non-status
people, and the case of the Arellano-Diaz family illustrate just why
regularization is needed now. Various organizers involved with
Solidarity Across Borders have returned to Montreal from the March
to support the family at this very difficult time.

Meanwhile, we are busy with all the organizing related to the march.
A core of 100-150 people are marching each day, with many others
joining on a daily basis. The food prep kitchen, and our main offices in
Montreal, are both busy with supporting the demo.



We are encouraging people to show up in large numbers for an
unforgettable rally to mark the end of this historic march. Buses are
leaving from Montreal to Ottawa on Saturday, June 25 at 9am sharp,
to return later that evening. The buses leave from in front of the Hall
Building at Concordia University (1455 de Maisonneuve West, near
metro Guy-Concordia).

To reserve a space on the bus from Montreal to Ottawa, please phone
514-859-9023 (leave your name and telephone number clearly and
slowly) or e-mail sansfrontieres@resist.ca. We are asking for a $10
voluntary contribution to help meet expenses. Children ride free of

There are also buses being organized from Toronto to Ottawa on June
25. For more info, nooneisillegal@riseup.net or


As the No One Is Illegal March on Ottawa gets closer to Ottawa each
day this week, marchers rely on your support and solidarity. Please
continue the pressure on Immigration Minister Joe Volpe, by faxing
and phoning his offices this week. Ask Minister Volpe implement a
comprehensive and inclusive regularization program, based on the 12
principles supported by the No One Is Illegal march. Also, ask that
Minister Volpe meet with the marchers, face-to-face, to discuss their
demands. You can reach the Immigration Minister in Ottawa at (613)
992-6361 (phone) and (613) 992-9791 (fax). You can also reach him
at his riding office in Toronto at (416) 781-5583 (phone) or (416)
781-5586 (fax). Be polite and patient, but also persistent. Make sure
your message is heard loud and clear.


We still need donations to help us meet the various costs of this
march (bus rentals, gas and many other costs). Any donation, $5,
$50, $100 or more, is greatly appreciated. We are currently asking for
up to 250 people to donate $50 each, which will help us meet a large
part of our costs. So far, at least 100 people have donated, but we need
a lot more!

If you can contribute to the 250x$50 plan for the Solidarity Across
Borders March on Ottawa, write a cheque in the name of "Solidarité
sans frontières" with "250x50" in the memo line.

All cheques can be mailed to the following address:
Solidarity Across Borders/No One Is Illegal
c/o QPIRG-Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204
Montreal, Quebec


If you are part of a collective, community group, or organization who
supports the four main demands of the No One Is Illegal March on
Ottawa, we are asking for your endorsement. Please email your
endorsements, encouragements, or letters of support to
sansfrontieres@resist.ca, or call and leave a message at
(514)859-9023. At this point in the march, your words of support can
help to fuel the momentum of the marchers, so don't hesitate to
get in touch!

Media updates

A full range of audio reports from CKUT are available for download:

Report 1 - An audio collage introducing the march
Report 2 - A daily report called in on June 21st
Report 3 - Sophie Harkat speaks on SAB
Report 5 - Human Rights Marchers
Report 6 - Avy Go on the STATUS campaign
Report 7 - OCAP on SAB and 15th Anniversary

Photo gallery of Day 3

Photo gallery of Day 4

For a whole range of audio, video, and written reports from the march
in English and French, visit the Quebec Indymedia site at:

In Solidarity,
Solidarity Across Borders
* [Ed. Note: The No One is Illegal Montreal is
an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative]
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