CAIA contingent in May Day of Action

The Coalition Against Israel Apartheid is proud to join No One Is Illegal’s May Day of Action on May 1, 2011. We are organizing a Palestine solidarity contingent for this march. Bring your flags, banners and join us to demand status for all and justice for Palestine.

1pm, May 1 (International Workers Day)
Rally and March. Free Meal.
Queen St. W & Jameson St. (Parkdale)Find this event on Facebook.

Why a Palestine Solidarity Contingent?

As a result of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, today there are millions of Palestinian refugees, many of whom live without status all over the world. Issues of status, forced migration and refugee rights have always played a central role in the fight for justice for Palestine. A key demand of the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is for Israel to respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Israel is a world-leader in ‘homeland security’ and border technology. Israeli technology and weaponry can be found at border fences and immigration detention centres in Canada and around the world. The BDS campaign targets these companies that profit from the exportation of Israeli apartheid.

More about NOII’s March:

On the eve of the 2011 Federal Elections, ‘vote’ on the streets.

On this International Workers Day, May 1st, join the tens of thousands of people across North America and millions across the planet as we pour onto the streets. Workers waged and unwaged, migrants with and without status. We refuse to be silent in the face of deepening austerity, job losses, environmental destruction, imperialist wars and corporate greed.

BECAUSE Family sponsorships now take up to 14 years and refugee acceptance rates have been cut by 56%
BECAUSE Border guards now have the power to invade women’s shelters.
BECAUSE Ford wants to sell public housing, cut TTC buses and charge fees for services; cuts that will impact women, migrant and poor communities the worst
BECAUSE Temporary migrant workers deemed ‘low-skill’ will be thrown out of Canada after 4 years
BECAUSE Harper wants the ‘ethnic’ vote, but doesn’t want immigrants.
BECAUSE Migrant justice organizers have been beaten, arrested, jailed and continue to face police harassment
BECAUSE Every day in Toronto, 70 community members are swept up and deported
BECAUSE Racist immigration policies are creating conditions of modern day slavery
BECAUSE The Canadian state continues to resist indigenous sovereignty and liberation
BECAUSE We are living in a historic period and we have the power to choose which side of history we want to be on.

For all these reasons, and so many more, we will take to the streets. Democracy doesn’t begin and end with a ballot box. Unwilling to wait for the change we want to see, we will create it. From the ground up. By the power of the people.

WHY NO ONE IS ILLEGAL MAY DAY OF ACTION?
In April 2006, days after Harper came to power, he began a series of round ups in the Dufferin Mall area, racially profiling, arresting and detaining hundreds of migrants without full status. In response, thousands of people took to the streets for the 1st Annual May Day of Action for Status for All in Toronto. We did so in conjunction with the massive immigrant rights demonstrations in the United States and keeping with the history of International Workers Day to defend the most marginalized members of the working class. For the last six years, we’ve fought the Federal Tories at every step, stopping deportations, attacking further regressive immigration policies and supporting our communities. We’ve won access to schools, to food, to healthcare, to anti-violence against women services for some. At the same time we’ve lost some of our strongest voices to detention, and deportation – most recently Daniel Garcia, deported from Parkdale on January 1, 2011. This May Day, we will march from Parkdale, where Daniel Garcia was arrested to Dufferin Mall, where the US style immigration enforcement raids began over 5 years ago.

No Pitching at CoPro13! Demand Hot Docs Respect Cultural Boycott of Israel

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) is disappointed to learn that Hot Docs has partnered with the Israeli organization “CoPro Documentary Marketing Foundation” to organise a Canadian Delegation to CoPro 13, a forum for international documentary co-productions to be held in Tel Aviv from 23 – 30 May, 2011. According to Hot Doc’s December 2010 press statement “Canadian producers will pitch to Israeli broadcasters, funders and co-producers, and will be provided with assistance towards the cost of travel and accommodation.”

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Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) to host events outside of Pride Toronto

April 15, 2011

Following this week’s report from City of Toronto staff concluding that the term ‘Israeli apartheid’ does not violate the city’s anti-discrimination policy, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is announcing new plans for Pride 2011 that will pose a challenge for Mayor Rob Ford. Instead of marching as a contingent in the parade this year, QuAIA will focus its Pride Week activities on hosting a community event to raise awareness of Israeli apartheid, and how LGBTQ communities can pressure the Israeli government to comply with international law through the campaign for boycotts, divestments and sanctions. QuAIA will also continue to contest Israel’s “pinkwashing” campaign, which attempts to use LGBTQ human rights to obscure Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.

“Last year’s struggle was around censorship and our right to march in our community’s Pride parade,” says QuAIA spokesperson Tim McCaskell. “With the City report settling that debate, now is the time for us to move beyond the parade to build our community’s response to Israeli apartheid.”

QuAIA’s new plans will pose a challenge for Mayor Rob Ford, who announced that he would cut more than $100,000 in city tourism funding for Pride Toronto if QuAIA continued to march.

“Rob Ford wants to use us as an excuse to cut Pride funding, even though he has always opposed funding the parade, long before we showed up,” says Elle Flanders of QuAIA. “By holding our Pride events outside of the parade, we are forcing him to make a choice: fund Pride or have your real homophobic, right-wing agenda exposed.”

For more information, please visit the QuAIA website or email quaia.toronto@gmail.com.

CAIA joins the Global Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) Day of Action

March 26, 2011
As part of the 2011 Global BDS Day of Action, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, held a march and rally in Toronto. CAIA was joined by allied groups including anti-poverty activists, environmental justice groups and migrant justice organizers. The march targeted the centre of the Canadian economy and the heart of Canadian complicity in Israeli apartheid – Toronto’s financial district. Over 100 people marched under the banner Divest Now! The march highlighted local divestment campaigns being organized by Teachers for Palestine and Students Against Israeli Apartheid at the University of Toronto and York University.

The day was filled with energetic chants, passionate speeches and a memorial for the martyrs killed on Land Day and all our fallen comrades. The march was centred around creative BDS actions including dancing, posting a huge “Divest from Israeli Apartheid” banner on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the presentation of a plaque in honour of the 35th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day. The event ended at Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) where activists filled the ‘comments and suggestions’ box with dozens of cards telling MEC to drop Israeli products now!

For more information on the Day of Action please see our leaflet