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(en) Canada, (updates) NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!: March for Status to Ottawa (less than 3 weeks away!; June 18-25, 2005)

Date Tue, 31 May 2005 11:14:01 +0300

[Second announcement; Please post and forward widely; Important updates below.]
less than three short weeks! The march, organized by Solidarity
Across Borders in Montreal, will begin on June 18 and walk from
Montreal to Ottawa (over 200 kilometres), arriving on June 25.
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. Solidarity Across Borders is a Montreal-area campaign
initiated by several groups active in defending the rights of
migrants, immigrants and refugees. The majority of groups within
Solidarity Across Borders are self-organized committees of persons
directed affected by repressive anti-immigrant and "anti-terrorist"
laws and regulations.

Below you will find some important updates concerning the march.
We need your involvement, your solidarity and your support!
Please read and get in touch.

To stay in touch, e-mail us at sansfrontieres@resist.ca, phone us at
514-859-9023 (messages only) or check our website at
http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org. If we don't reply with 2
days, don't hesitate to get in touch again!


The march on Ottawa will begin on SATURDAY, JUNE 18 at
NOON at the corner of Atwater and Ste-Catherine (metro Atwater)
in downtown Montreal.

We will marching through downtown Montreal, along
Ste-Catherine Street, and north on St-Denis and St-Laurent to Parc
Extension; we'll go west along Jean-Talon into Cote-des-Neiges.
The first evening, around 6pm, we'll be stopping at Kent Park,
where a neighborhood party is planned, with food and music
(confirmed acts include Nomadic Massive!). Marchers will be
staying at a local school and community center for the night.

Day 2 of the march will begin on SUNDAY, JUNE 19 at 9AM at
metro Snowdon. We'll be marching through Notre-Dame-de-Grace
and other West Island neighborhoods towards
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, where another night of festivities is

PLEASE NOTE: We are well aware that most people will not be
able to march the entire one-week duration of the march. BUT, we
encourage everyone who wants to support the march to at least join
us for the first day of the march on June 18. We are hoping for the
maximum turnout possible on both June 18 and June 19, the
Montreal portions of the march.


Various committees of Solidarity Across Borders, and supporters in
Ottawa and Hull, have been working hard organizing the march
route from Montreal to Ottawa.

We will be marching through the lands of the Kanienkeha:ka
(Mohawk) and Algonquin peoples, and publicly supporting their
demands for sovereignty and self-determination.

On June 20, we'll be marching off the island of Montreal from
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue to Hudson, where the ferry will take us to
Kanehsatake for the evening. On June 21, we will get onto
highway 344 to St-Andre Est. On June 22, we'll continue along the
344 to Grenville/Hawkesbury. On June 23, we'll be on highway
148, on the Quebec-side of the Ottawa river, continuing the march
to Ottawa. By June 24, we'll be crossing over to Cumberland,
Ontario from Masson. On Saturday, June 25, we'll be marching
into Ottawa to end the march.

Shuttles: There will be daily shuttles from Montreal that will join
the march from Montreal. So, even if you can't be on the march
each day, you can join the march on the days you are available.
Daily shuttle information will be posted on our website. As well,
buses are being organized for Saturday, June 25, from Montreal to
Ottawa, to allow people to greet the marchers in Ottawa for the
final protest. Bus information will also be posted in the coming

Lodgings and Food: Food and housing is being organized for every
day and night of the march. We encourage anyone who intends to
march to register in advance, so that we can properly plan.

Special Needs: We are also aware that children, older folks, as well
as people with disabilities, might not be able to march the entire
route. Don't let that stop you from joining the march. There will be
vehicles that will enable people who can't march continuously to
participate. If you have a special need, don't hesitate to get in


We encourage participants to register for the march, so that we
have good idea about numbers to prepare for lodgings and food.
Even if you're not marching the entire distance, you are
encouraged to register in advance. You can register for the march
on our website:


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 50 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

Please e-mail sansfrontieres@resist.ca if you're sending a donation.


To date, we know that there will be solidarity actions in Vancouver,
Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and New York City. Buses are
being organized from Quebec City, Joliette and Trois-Rivieres to
Montreal. There will also be affinity actions such as the upcoming
"Borderhack" at San Diego/Tijuana, and the No One Is Illegal
International Conference in London on June 25. And of course,
there is a lot of organizing in Ottawa-Hull. If you're organizing a
local solidarity action, or an action in affinity with the goals of the
No One Is Illegal March On Ottawa, please get in touch at


We are actively soliciting the endorsements of organizations for the
No One Is Illegal March on Ottawa and its four main demands.
Dozens of groups have so far endorsed the march, including the
Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), the Canadian Union of Postal
Employees (CUPW), the Quebec Women's Federation (FFQ),
l'Organisation populaire pour les droits sociaux (OPDS) and many

If you endorse the march and the four main demands, please
e-mail sansfrontieres@resist.ca


Solidarity Across Borders organizers have produced a 24-page,
two-colour, bilingual (English-French) tabloid newspaper for
distribution in Montreal and beyond. The newspaper contains
several articles analyzing migrant and refugee issues in Canada,
and also includes the testimonies of several refugees themselves. If
you can help distribute the paper in Montreal, or beyond, please get
in touch.


There are a variety of events related to Solidarity Across Borders
scheduled in Montreal in the coming days, almost on a daily basis.

For a complete list of upcoming events, consult our website, or get
on our organizing list by e-mailing sansfrontieres@resist.ca


There are only three more organizing assemblies scheduled before
the march!: June 3, June 10 and June 17. All assemblies are at
QPIRG Concordia (1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204, near
metro-Guy Concordia). Childcare is available on site, as well as
translation for English, French, Arabic and Spanish. The
assemblies begin at 6:30pm sharp, with an intro for newcomers at


As part of the preparations for the march on Ottawa, we have
organizing weekly practice marches. The next practice march will
be this SUNDAY, June 5 at 10am. The rendez-vous will be metro
Snowdon. This practice march will walk along what will be the
second day of the march (from Cote-des-Neiges to


There are more than a dozen committees, as well as more than fifty
organizers involved in organizing the march to Ottawa, but we still
need help!

The various committees and sub-groups include:

Logistics (dealing with lodgings, transport, the march route and
more); Cote-des-Neiges Neighborhood Party (organizing the June
18th Kent Park neighborhood party, after the first day of the
march); Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Welcoming Committee (June 19);
Outreach (mobilizing Montreal-area groups and individuals, as well
as maintaining links with Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, and
communities along the route); Ottawa Welcoming Committee;
Legal; Medical/Physical Training; Media; Women's Committee;
Food; Kids; Art and Theatre; Propaganda; Postering; and more.

To get involved, please phone or e-mail.


e-mail: sansfrontieres@resist.ca
phone: 514-859-9023 (messages only)
web: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org

If we don't reply to your e-mail or phone call within two days,
please get in
touch again!

To get on our low-volume announcements list, please send an
e-mail to
sansfrontieres@resist.ca with "announcements" as the subject.
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