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.