Toddler Alan Kurdi’s tragic death by drowning on September 2nd is a call for urgent action on the global refugee crisis — the largest since World War II. This crisis isn’t inevitable. It is time for Canadian immigration and refugee policies to change. It is time for us to call for an end to the wars and environmental and economic collapse that forces people to become refugees and migrants.
As part of the month of #RefugeesWelcome actions called by 30+ cities across Canada, Toronto will be hosting a rally and teach-in with members from different refugee and migrant communities. Let’s share, learn, resist, and build. #RefugeesWelcome is a call to end all forces of displacement, all fortressed borders, and all migrant deaths – it is a call for the freedom to stay, move, and return.
WANDA NANIBUSH is an Anishnaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator and community organizer from Beausoleil First Nation. She organizes with Idle No More.
BAYAN KHATIB is author of ‘Iraq: The Untold Tales’, sits on the steering committee of Lifeline Syria, and is Communications Manager at a non-profit organization, UOSSM-Canada (Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations) which coordinates medical relief missions to conflict zones.
EDEN EYASU is journalist, editor, writer and poet from Eritrea, and 2015 PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence at George Brown College. From 1999-2001, Eyasu sat on the editorial board of the private newspaper, Setit. In 2001, much of the staff of Setit were arrested in a government crackdown on the press. Ten journalists were imprisoned; four are now thought to be dead.
SIRVAN GHAZI is a member of the Kurdish Students Association at the University of Toronto and the Rojava Solidarity Collective. He fights for the rights of all oppressed people as an internationalist, and works in solidarity with migrants across the globe.
TINGS CHAK is is a multidisciplinary artist, architect and migrant justice organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto. She is the artist and author of Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention.
TRACEY JASTINDER MANN is a social worker, facilitator and organizer with No One is Illegal Toronto.
More speakers to be announced.
This event is organized by No One is Illegal – Toronto and endorsed by a number of progressive social justice organizations, including the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.