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.

MONTREAL – PRESS POINT
Wednesday, 17 September, 9am
Immigration and Refugee Board, Guy Favreau Complex, 200 René Lévesque West.
CONTACT SOLIDARITY ACROSS BORDERS: 438 933 7654 – Noé Ricardo (French, Spanish); Virginia (English)

OTTAWA – CREATIVE SHOES ACTION
Wednesday, 17 September, 12pm
CBSA Headquarters, 120 Metcalf Street
CONTACT NO ONE IS ILLEGAL – OTTAWA: 613-265-1364 – Deepan Budalkoti

OTTAWA – COMMUNITY FEAST
Wednesday, 17 September, 6pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 201
CONTACT NO ONE IS ILLEGAL – OTTAWA: 613-265-1364 – Deepan Budalkoti
 
TORONTO – OUTDOOR PROTEST-CONCERT
Wednesday, 17 September, 8pm
Secret Location. Meet at Cloud Gardens, Richmond W & Temperance Street.
CONTACT NO ONE IS ILLEGAL – TORONTO: 416 276 2174 – Tings Chak

GUELPH – CREATIVE ACTION
Saturday, 20 September, 9am
Guelph Farmers Market, 4 Gordon Street
CONTACT FUERZA-PUWERSA: 519 328 8835 – Mina Ramos. 519 831 2806 – Erica Rathie.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
CONTACT SOLIDARITY ACROSS BORDERS: 438 933 7654 (En, Fr, Sp)

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