"We should remember that until 1976, it was illegal for lesbians and gay men to immigrate to Canada,"...."If gays and lesbians have learned anything about our history, we should stand in solidarity with the people who are being targeted today."
The following is a series of up-to-date stories about the current situation in Occupied Palestine brought to you by the Electronic Intifada.
Misconceptions in the Immigration Debate
What Would Crazy Horse Do?
We are not a nation of immigrants. We might have been. We nearly
exterminated the entire population of indigenous peoples but in the end
we failed. The natives are still here despite our determined drive to
genocide. The tribes are still identifiable despite our determined
campaign to scatter and destroy their languages, cultures and religious
No legislation is much preferable to what is on offer in Congress. The future for immigrants rights will be determined not by election-year Congressional wrangling but by more bodies in the streets...The mass outpouring of protest over the Sensenbrenner bill has thus far prevented Congress from passing anti-immigrant legislation. We need to redouble our efforts to continue to build a movement that stands squarely for full and complete legalization of undocumented immigrants.
MAY 27: March for Immigrant Rights! STATUS FOR ALL! (Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Peterborough, Fredericton...)
Across Canada, migrants, refugees and their allies will demonstrate against the deportation and detention of migrants and refugees, and for a full, inclusive, unconditional and ongoing regularization program, meaning STATUS FOR ALL!
NO WAR ON IRAN!
The S.T.A.T.U.S Coalition brings together community-based organizations in the Vancouver area belonging to movements and struggles of the people of the Global South (Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Middle East, the Caribbean region) and the struggles of such migrant communities in Canada...Today it is our duty to speak out against any potential foreign invasion of Iran...(C)ontrary to the argument put forward by the U.S in order to legitimize its illegal actions, US military action against Iran will not liberate the Iranian people from the current regime or improve the situation for human rights. Only an uprising of the Iranian people can produce genuine democracy within Iran.
Canadians have been proud of their country's role of world peacekeeper and as the beacon of peace and hope and refuge for us Americans who feel that our country's aggressive militarism endangers us and harms our reputations and souls. Now Canadians need to wake up to the fact that their new minority, disliked government is leading them down this same slippery slope to the fascistic militarism of their immediate neighbors to the south.
Stop the Deportations! STATUS FOR ALL!
Dignity and Justice for Immigrant Communities!
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Fredericton, Peterborough,
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Gather at 2pm
Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Side)
With historic marches with hundreds of thousands of immigrants taking to
the streets in the US, grassroots immigrant groups are mobilizing for a
National Day of Action this coming May 27, 2006, with demonstrations
planned in several cities.
Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson & Howe)
UN chastises Canada for human rights record
Geneva - A United Nations watchdog group has harshly criticized Canada for its failure to live up to its commitments under an international treaty that protects people's economic, social and cultural rights.
In a tough assessment, one of the committee's 18 independent experts noted that "some situations (in Canada) had actually got worse" since Canada's record was last scrutinized in 1998.
Please join a...
May Day March & Rally
Monday, May 1, 2006 at 5:00 PM
Gather at Main & 17th Avenue (West-Side Corner)
*Expose and oppose the exploitation of migrant labour now!
Solidarity with migrant and undocumented workers!
Organized by SIKLAB-Vancouver (Advance the rights and welfare of
overseas Filipino workers), Filipino Nurses Support Group (FNSG),
Grassroots Women, and the Bus Riders' Union, participating
organizations of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS)
Main Street & 17th Avenue (West-Side Corner), Vancouver
***No One is Illegal-Vancouver*** Presents:
GLOBAL APARTHEID: FORTRESS NORTH AMERICA & THE NEW WORLD BORDER
Tuesday, May 9, 2004 @ 6:00 PM
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings; Room 1900
"New World Border"
A film by Jose Palafox and Casey Peek that documents the rise of human rights abuses along the U.S.-Mexico border since the implementation of border walls that have been erected in populated areas throughout the border region during the last decade.
SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings), Room 1900, Vancouver
MARCH FOR PALESTINE: SUPPORT THE PALESTINIAN RIGHT OF RETURN
A Rally and March to mark Al Nakba (May 15) and 58 years of Dispossession
When: Saturday, May 13, 12:00 Noon
Where: Meet @ the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street Side)
Join us in a rally and march to protest Israel’s continuing crimes of war,
occupation and human rights abuses. To denounce the Canadian, U.S. and
British governments continued sponsorship and support of these crimes.
For Justice for Palestine: From the river to the sea, Palestine will be
Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street Side)
We are a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color who work in the LGBT movement. We are writing to you in response to Jasmyne Cannick's article "Gays First, Then Illegals", which ran in The Advocate, in which she, a black lesbian, argues that she cannot support the current battle for immigrant rights because LGBT people have not yet won the right to marry. We are writing to express our profound disagreement with her, and to offer alternative LGBT perspectives to the current immigration battles happening across the country.
(W)e need to recognise the sub-Saharan African and Latino workers who die attempting to open up the labour markets of the rich world for what they are: globalisation's unsung martyrs.
S.T.A.T.U.S. Coalition presents...
**MAY DAY 2006**
"Long live International Workers' Day!"
Comemorating the International Workers' Struggle,
Migrant Labor and Community Resistance...
Community performers, food, music, picture and video
Saturday, April 29th @ 7:30 P.M.
CAPRI HALL, 3925 Fraser (corner East 23rd Ave)
5-10$ suggested donation
(No one turned away)
Child care available - call to request.
Alcohol may be sold after 10p.m.
Info: email@example.com or 778-552-2099
CAPRI HALL, 3925 Fraser, Vancouver (corner of East 23rd Ave.)