Alpha has spent his entire life in jail. He is 16 months old. Watch till 2:08 to find out why.

It’s Glory Anawa’s 29th birthday today. Since February 2013, she has been imprisoned in immigration jails in Ontario without charge or trial. Canada cannot deport her but will not release her.

Her son, Alpha Ochigbo was born in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre on August 25th, 2013. Alpha has not seen a single day of freedom.

Alpha is Glory’s second child that she is raising inside an immigration jail. Her daughter Tracy was born in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the United Kingdom.

Horrific as Glory’s story is, it is not an exception. Racialized and poor migrants are locked up in jails around the globe for the desire to move. Without adequate supports, women, children and trans people face great harm.

We know this also because December is the one-year anniversary of Lucia Jimenez Vega’s death in immigration enforcement custody in Vancouver.

Today, Glory marks her birthday in prison. Migrant justice activists across these lands mourn Lucia’s death. Today, we honour the lives and struggles of the millions that are forced out of their homes, the thousands that die crossing borders. Today, with you, we reaffirm our commitment to struggle until all these walls fall, until we all are free, until no one is illegal.

Freedom to Move!
Freedom to Return!
Freedom to Stay!

http://www.truthaboutdetention.com
http://www.endimmigrationdetention.com

For media inquiries, please email migrantstrike@gmail.com

Pack The Courts: Critical Legal Challenge to Immigration Detention

Scales of JusticeDear friends,

We need you to pack the courthouse for 1 morning for an important legal fight to end part of the injustices of immigration detention.

As you know, nearly 200 migrants jailed indefinitely without trial or charge, have been waging a courageous struggle against immigration detentions and deportations in a max-security prison in Lindsay, Ontario since September 2013. Those migrants have gone on hunger strike, boycotted their detention reviews, refused to enter their cells and organized despite the violence and alienation of prisons.

To support their struggle, the End Immigration Detention Network, has organized rallies and petitions, gone to the United Nations, uncovered deep discrepancies in the detention review process, and worked to shed light on the injustice of detentions and deportations. The spotlight on the abuses inherent in the system has shone even brighter as a result of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death in immigration custody in Vancouver, in December 2013.

Our struggle is entering a critical new phase. In this coming week, we need you to pack a downtown Toronto courthouse, for an innovative court challenge we are launching. We cannot reveal the details of this step yet, but we urge you to fill out this form, if you are available between 9am and noon, on December 11, 12, 15 or 16. We will only need all of you to be there for one of these mornings.

We will email you details on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. Your presence in the courthouse will be critical in showing broad community opposition to immigration detention.

Please fill out this form, and share this call out with trusted friends and family members.

With love and solidarity,
End Immigration Detention Network

Surprise Noise Demonstration at Lindsay Max-Security Prison

On Saturday, November 29th, 30 of us gathered from Peterborough, Guelph and Toronto at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario. Ranging in ages from 22 months to 75 years, we made our way down on a dirt road behind the prison to Pod 3 where nearly 200 immigrants are jailed without charge or trial, many indefinitely. Revolutionary music blasted from our soumd system, we beat on drums, clanged pots and set off fireworks appropriately titled ‘prison break’. By the time a police line formed to stop us moving further, prisoners in three pods were in their cell windows, screaming, jumping flicking lights, and banging on the windows. We interspersed our music with chants, ‘end detentions, end end detentions’, and ‘no prisons, no borders’. When we stood quietly, we could hear night reverberating with the thump of fists on plexiglass windows. With the police only one side of us, some of our comrades lit off more fireworks. Then in what can only be described as ‘police intelligence’, two officers tried to stomp out the fireworks sending them flying in all directions. We laughed, we chanted and we continued. The youngest amongst us – toddlers – insisted on making their own way back, forcing the police to stop trying to herd us out. Slowly, we marched back out on the street, past Pod 1 and 2 where those in max-security remand are held, still making music, still singing, still chanting, still insisting: Until All Walls Fall, We Will Continue.

If you haven’t yet, please take action to end immigration detention, click here.

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Ontario finally allows Red Cross investigation of immigration jails, but deaths and indefinite imprisonment continues

Toronto – End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN), Canada’s leading detention watch group, welcomes the decision to allow Red Cross access to Ontario’s provincial prisons for the first time since 2008. However, the lack of any real oversight of prison conditions of immigration detainees adds to the dire need to end maximum-security imprisonment of immigrants without trial or charges. A GlobalNews report today documented 11 deaths in immigration detention custody since 2000.

Since September 2013, over 100 migrants held in a maximum-security prison in Lindsay, ON have been on a protest strike against endless detentions, sham judicial review processes, and imprisonment in maximum-security jails. EIDN is coordinating the strike, and in June 2014 released an expose on immigration detention showing signs of political interference in detention release processes. In July 2014, the United Nations condemned Canadian immigration detention practices in response to an application EIDN filed.

“Endless, cruel and illegal imprisonment is part of Stephen Harper’s lock ‘em up agenda, but why are provincial governments, particularly Ontario where most detainees are jailed, co-operating with this injustice? Wynne and other Premiers need to stop upholding Harpers’ anti-immigrant platform,” says Tings Chak, an organizer with EIDN. Continue reading

Mvogo forced to fight for release despite UN ruling in his favour

This morning, Mr Michael Mvogo will be back in front of an administrative board demanding his release from indefinite imprisonment at a maximum security prison in Ontario, where he’s being held despite a United Nations Opinion calling for his release. In a decision rendered in June of this year, with implications for all immigration detainees, the UN also asked for repatriations for Mr Mvogo for 8 years of jail without trial or charge.

In an almost unheard of legal step, lawyers for Mr Mvogo will finally get the chance to cross examine a Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officer who was involved with Mr Mvogo’s detention for many years.

“Canada Immigration should follow International law and respect human rights. Its been three months since the United Nations said I should be freed, but I am still behind bars. Does Canada immigration listen to no one? Is there no one to stop their abuses?” said Mr Michael Mvogo in a statement released today. Continue reading

Migrant Justice Groups Call for Overhaul of Immigration Detention after Secret Red Cross Report Released

Toronto, September 25, 2014 — Migrant justice coalition the End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) is calling for an end to maximum security imprisonment of immigrants without trial or charges after a secret Red Cross report on deplorable detention conditions became public. Since September 2013, over a 100 migrants in a maximum security prison in Lindsay, ON have been on a protest strike against their endless detentions, bogus judicial review processes and imprisonment in maximum security jails.

The Red Cross report found denial of family contact, increasing imprisonment of minors and children, violation of basic legal rights, worsening mental health in detention, and alternatives to detention as key areas of concern.

QUOTES

Syed Hussan, End Immigration Detention Network
“Detainees are on strike, the UN has issued a condemnation, and now the Red Cross has joined a growing chorus of criticism against the inhumane, jailing of immigrants without trial or charge. The Canadian immigration detention systems is unjust, unfair and cruel. It must end.

Canada should stop being a rogue state, end maximum security incarceration, release migrants after 90 days if they can’t be deported and overhaul the entire judicial review system.” Continue reading

The Campaign to End Immigration Detention – 1 year in

DSC_0510On September 17th 2013, 191 one hundred and ninety one immigration detainees held in the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, began a non-cooperation protest.

They went on hunger strike and at first demanded better prison conditions. Soon the strikers demands expanded to the entire immigration detention system that detains hem, requesting a review of the detention process and demanding their freedom.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the ongoing strike. This is a brief history of the struggle to date: the strike, the ongoing resistance on the inside and the campaign that continues on the outside. If you haven’t yet, please take action to support their resistance. We are an all-volunteer organizing project, please financially support our work. 

140917_FB 1 yearOn Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 an organizer with No One Is Illegal-Toronto gets a call informing them that detainees in immigration hold, recently transferred from across Ontario to a maximum security prison in Lindsay, Ontario have gone on hunger strike and refused to enter their cells.

Running Down The Walls, an annual run to raise money for the Anarchist Black Cross is in communication with prisoners at this time. Organisers from Fuerza Puwersa in Guelph set up a TrappCall phone line, which allows detainees to collect call cellphones on the outside. They begin to get calls from people who have decided to take a stand against what has become their indefinite detention. Connections are quickly made with organisers from No One Is Illegal-Toronto and form what is to become the End Immigration Detention Network. In conjunction with the detainees, activists on the outside craft a set of demands focusing on prison conditions and release a petition alongside a solidarity statement signed by migrant justice organisations across the country. Continue reading

September 2014: United Against Detentions 

0616 migrant 05.JPGJoin these actions or TAKE ACTION from wherever you are.

OTTAWA – CREATIVE SHOES ACTION
Wednesday, 17 September, 12pm
CBSA Headquarters, 120 Metcalf Street

OTTAWA – COMMUNITY FEAST
Wednesday, 17 September, 6pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 201

TORONTO – THESE WALLS WILL FALL / PROTEST-CONCERT
Wednesday, 17 September, 8pm
Meet at Cloud Gardens, Richmond W & Temperance Street.

GUELPH – CREATIVE ACTION
Saturday, 20 September, 9am
Guelph Farmers Market, 4 Gordon Street

MONTREAL – RALLY: NO BORDERS, NO PRISONS
Saturday, 20 September, 12pm
Laval Immigration Detention Centre, 200 Montée St-François and then proceeding to the Federal Training Centre across the street. Continue reading

Actions across Canada mark 1-year anniversary of ongoing protest-strike by immigration detainees

Canada – Protests, surprise actions, concerts, and community feasts are being organized across the country to mark the 1-year anniversary of the ongoing protest-strike by immigration detainees in a maximum security prison in Lindsay, ON. These immigrants are been jailed indefinitely without trial or chargein one case for ten years. Immigrants have gone on hunger strikeboycotted their legal proceedings, refused to be locked-down and turned away prison services to demand a 90-day limit on detentions pending deportations, an end to maximum-security imprisonment of immigration detainees and an overhaul of the judicial review process.

Over the last year, the End Immigration Detention Network has released a report with signs of political meddling in legal proceedings, and the United Nations has issued an opinion against Canadian immigration detention, the first such opinion in Canadian history. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been caught in multiple scandals over the last year, including attempting to hide the suicide of Lucia Jimenez in their custody, using international fixers to deport migrants not to their countries of origin and using traffic stops as a guise to racially profile and detain people. Continue reading

THESE WALLS WILL FALL! Protest-Concert for #MigrantStrike

Sep17ProtestConcert

Massive outdoor free protest concert to celebrate the courageous 1-year long resistance of immigration detainees on strike in Ontario.

THESE WALLS WILL FALL
w/ Indigenous & PoC Artists from Across Turtle Island

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8PM – 11PM — WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
CLOUD GARDENS (short walk to concert site)
COME TO PROTEST! COME TO DANCE!

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Featuring:

SHINING SOUL
Arizona’s finest Red-Brown power hip-hop duo

¡ALAS!
Undocumented & Decolonial Mujer Lucha Rap

ROSINA KAZI
Singer, song-writers, one-half of Toronto’s own LAL

TEST THEIR LOGIK
Anarcho-Rap Rhythm Renegades

LIDO PIMIENTA
Colombian darling, Soundsister, improv virtuoso

More to be announced.

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On September 17, 2013, 191 migrants jailed in a Lindsay maximum-security prison went on hunger strike against their endless detention without trial or charge. Over the last year, despite being locked in cages, their resistance has continued. They have boycotted their detention reviews, refused to go on lock down, and refused unjust prison orders. As a result, strike leaders have been deported, faced coercion and fines while some have been released. They continue.

On the outside, we have mobilized to support. We have beaten down the doors of immigration enforcement headquarters, we have shown corruption in the detention review process, and we have even won a case at the United Nations.

On September 17th, we gather to celebrate and to remember. We will come together as families and friends of those jailed without an end in sight. We will express our outrage at the recent racist anti-immigrant raids in Keele-Finch. We will strengthen our struggle to overthrow prisons and border controls that separate, detain and deport us. We will pledge our commitment to fighting alongside Indigenous nations asserting sovereignty. We will insist these walls must fall. AND WE WILL DANCE.

No One Is Illegal! Freedom to Move, Return, Stay!

Actions taking place in many other cities, find one near you.

http://www.nooneisillegal.org
http://www.endimmigrationdetention.com