Welcome to the website of No One Is Illegal Vancouver!

Posted by admin on Aug 16th, 2007

The website is a fairly comprehensive site, some navigation tips:
* Top menu includes extensive factual backgrounders.
* Blogroll below, categorized in right-hand menu, includes news and NOII updates.
* Large buttons on the right link to principles, photos, and campaigns.

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Response to Missing Mexican Migrant Workers Article

Posted by admin on Jul 27th, 2015

During the week of July 20, 2015, several news sources, including Castanet Media, the CBC, HuffingtonPost, Vancouver Sun, and KelownaNow, published stories about four Mexican farmworkers who had not been seen since late June 2015.

We, the undersigned, are outraged at the sensational and overtly racist coverage of this ‘story’, which reinforces and perpetuates negative stereotypes of Mexicans as criminals. The inclusion of mug-shot like photos of two of the men in select articles, the emphasis on the men’s temporary and foreign statuses, as well as the statement that both Canadian Border Services Agency and U.S.Department of Homeland Security had been alerted (Castanet) to the situation “to track” (VancouverSun) the group, actively frame Mexican migrants as constituting security threats and public menaces to both Canada and the United States. Ultimately, the suggestion that these men may do something illegal, particularly when no criminal act hasbeen committed, reflects the racist biases of these news outlets.
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Frontlines Beat Pipelines II: Fundraiser for the Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Center

Posted by admin on Jul 17th, 2015

Thursday, September 10 at 7:00pm – 11:00pm in PDT
Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street,
Unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories

Opening by CHRISTIE LEE CHARLES
RUP SIDHU
JILLIAN CHRISTMAS
JB THE FIRST LADY
KIMMORTAL
& in from Seattle! ABYSSINIAN CREOLE (Khingz Equiano and Gabriel Teodros)

Tickets: http://frontlines.bpt.me/

Even if you can’t attend in person, you can purchase and donate a ticket for low-income folks

Free for low-income folks: noii-van@resist.ca to reserve.

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Canada Border Services Agency ignores coroner’s jury in Lucia Vega Jimenez case

Posted by admin on Jul 15th, 2015

By Tara Carman

http://www.vancouversun.com/private+security+firm+gets+contract+monitor+Vancouver+airport+holding+cells/11205566/story.html

The federal government has awarded the Canada Border Services Agency security contract for the immigration holding centre at the Vancouver airport to Garda Canada, ignoring a coroner’s jury recommendation that CBSA use its own officers.

The jury made the recommendation amid revelations that a supervisor from the previous security firm, Genesis, falsified room check records the morning Mexican national Lucia Vega Jimenez hanged herself in a shower stall. The inquest heard evidence Genesis frequently understaffed the centre to the extent that guards could not safely perform room checks, and that guards routinely played video games or watched movies on overnight shifts.

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Babies behind bars and other news and updates

Posted by admin on Jun 28th, 2015

IMMIGRATION CHANGES:

It’s official – second class citizenship goes into effect

Last Friday, part of Bill C-24 went into effect, officially creating a two-tier citizenship system. As a result of this new law, dual citizens and people who have immigrated to Canada can have their citizenship taken away while other Canadians cannot. The government’s press release last week tried to justify this discriminatory law by raising the threat of “jihadi terrorism,” but Bill C-24 could easily be used against non-terrorists—for example, a journalist who is convicted of a “terrorism offence” in another country for reporting on human rights violations by the government.

Read more: https://bccla.org/2015/06/its-official-second-class-citizenship-goes-into-effect/

Hundreds make final bids to stay in Canada after deportation hold lifted

Mr. Lafleur is one of 3,500 people in Canada – 3,200 Haitians and 300 Zimbabweans – who were affected when the federal government lifted a hold on deportations to their home countries in December, deeming the situation in Haiti and Zimbabwe to be stable. Those without status were given six months to apply for residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/hundreds-make-final-bids-to-stay-in-canada-after-deportation-hold-lifted/article24728764/

New Tory legislation will force deportation of foreign criminals and strip them of refugee protection

The government’s plans is to change several acts to make it easier and faster to remove non-Canadian criminals out of Canada, including some who have already been accorded refugee protection and permanent residency status, he said.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/new-tory-legislation-will-force-deportation-of-foreign-criminals-and-strip-them-of-refugee-protection

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Who killed Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan? Black Lives, Racisms, Police & Immigration.

Posted by admin on Jun 21st, 2015

SK Hussan

http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/blog/hussansk/33683

A week ago, Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan, a 39 year old Somali man died in immigration detention custody after being denied adequate medical care, and then being ‘restrained’ by border and prison officials. Hassan, as he was known to his friends, came to Canada from Mogadishu in 1993 as a teenager. He was granted refugee status, but according to family members, didn’t gain permanent resident status because of his mental illness.

“He was moved from school to school. No one knew how to deal with him. He finally dropped out and we kept him at home,”  Deina Ibrahim told the Toronto Star. “Being bipolar, he had his good days and bad days. On a bad day, he got agitated and people would call police on him. He was just in and out of hospital a lot.”

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How Human Rights Organizations Are Implicated in Migrant Deaths

Posted by admin on Apr 23rd, 2015

https://nacla.org/blog/2015/04/23/how-human-rights-organizations-are-implicated-migrant-deaths

by Joseph Nevins

The deaths of unauthorized migrants have long scarred the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. But as evidenced by a single incident on Sunday, April 19, the Mediterranean is the global epicenter of such fatalities.

An estimated 850 migrants—from a variety of countries, including Eritrea, Syria, Sierra Leone, and Bangladesh— perished when their less-than-seaworthy vessel capsized in the waters between Libya and the Italian island of Lampedusa. According to one report, “authorities described a grisly scene of bodies floating and sinking in the warm waters, with the majority of the dead apparently trapped in the ship at the bottom of the sea.”

In response, Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, borrowed a page from the talking points of U.S. authorities by pointing the finger at migrant smugglers. Using words that obscure how the growing strength of the European Union’s border policing apparatus—what many call “Fortress Europe”—effectively requires migrants to rely on professional smugglers and take ever-riskier routes to reach their hoped-for destinations, Renzi called smugglers “the slave drivers of the 21st century.”

It is hardly surprising that officials charged with policing national territorial boundaries do not indict the very system that kills migrants: the nation-state and its associated apparatus of exclusion for those deemed undesirable or unworthy. In the case of international human rights organizations, however, one can and should expect much better. Instead, one gets (at best) handwringing and calls for governments to make greater efforts to rescue endangered migrants. Meanwhile, these same organizations uphold and legitimize the very practices that make migrant fatalities inevitable, and thus help reproduce them.

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Keynote Panel: United Against Austerity

Posted by admin on Apr 1st, 2015

Tuesday April 28th from 6-8 pm.
Vancouver Public Library – Central Location (350 West Georgia Street)

FB RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/899719583412239/

Territorial Welcome by Audrey Siegl (ancestral name sχɬemtəna:t) from Musqueam nation.

Followed by Fantastic Speakers

  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Reilly Yeo: co-creator of Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives and a specialist at OpenMedia.
  • Arielle dela Cruz Yip: Philippine Women Centre of BC
  • Paul Finch: BC Government and Service Employees Union Treasurer
  • Adrienne Montani: Provincial Coordinator of First Call BC
  • and COMEDY by Sean Devlin of Shit Harper Did

* Why Unite Against Austerity *

All around the world – from Quebec to Greece to Chile to South Africa – tens of thousands of people are rising up against austerity.

Governments and the mainstream media say there is not enough money, and belts must be tightened. Cuts to social spending and wages ensue, while fossil fuel companies and other corporations receive subsidies. Unions are attacked. Indigenous nations are denied inherent land rights and resources from their lands are extracted. Environmental regulations are reduced. Migrant workers are forced into even more precarious working conditions. Vital public services including education, childcare, housing, women’s centers and healthcare are cut, but the prisons and military are expanding. And all of this is justified by a prevailing atmosphere of scarcity and fear.
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Videos from: Frack off! Indigenous Land Defenders Against Fracking

Posted by admin on Apr 1st, 2015

Unist’ot’en Camp and Skwomesh Action in a talk about Indigenous struggles against fracking. Also featuring poetry by Crystal Smith de Molina; Tsimshian & Haisla.

Richmond man sues feds, Border Security TV show over filming of search and interrogation at Vancouver airport

Posted by admin on Mar 31st, 2015

http://www.theprovince.com/entertainment/Richmond+sues+feds+Border+Security+show+over+filming+search+interrogation+Vancouver/10923128/story.html

By Keith Fraser, The Province March 26, 2015

A Richmond man is suing the federal government and the producers of a TV show after he was allegedly filmed without his permission at the Vancouver airport while he was being detained, questioned and falsely accused of money-laundering, gang membership and gang affiliations.

Neil Lim, a building manager, says that on March 23, 2013, as he was about to board a plane to Hong Kong for a three-week vacation, officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) demanded he produce travel documents and his backpack.

After two inspections were completed without incident, he says, an officer along with two unidentified men carrying video recording equipment from the show Border Security: Canada’s Front Line approached him.
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Indigenous Resistance News

Posted by admin on Mar 29th, 2015

Video: Naverone Woods Family Statement

Naverone Christian Landon Woods, 23 year old Gitxsan man, fatally shot by transit police on Dec 28, 2014. His death at the hands of police was profoundly tragic. It was also incredibly troubling; raising many questions about the use of deadly force by police, the role of armed transit police on our public transit system, and the broader dynamics of racism and colonial violence.

Watch statement from his family:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UmMRLObbW0&feature=youtu.be

Hubie, The Watchman

Since 2000, Hubert Jim has watched over the area known as Sutikalh—in the pristine wilderness of Cayoosh Canyon near Pemberton, British Columbia—with an attentive eye and clear love for it. From the nearby highway, following along a creek bed to a small opening, he occupies a lone cabin that was erected during a blockade. Hubert Jim, a member of the local St’át’imc First Nation known as “Hubie” to locals, has lived at Sutikalh since the blockade began. Outsiders commonly refer to Sutikalh as a “camp,” but Hubie explains that “15 years is too long to call this place a camp. For me, its Sutikalh Home.”

Read more: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/hubie-watchman

Grassy Narrows First Nation Holds Logging Protest in Kenora

In March of last year, the Grassy Narrows’ youth group released a statement rejecting the plan, as did the community’s chief and council. “The trees, like the water, are sacred,” stated Brenda Kokokopenace, an Anishinabe Elder from Grassy Narrows. “We have a duty to protect Mother Earth, and that duty is sacred, too. It is good to see the youth standing up for the land. It shows they know who they are and that they can wake up the people who have lost that connection.”

Read more:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/grassy-narrows-first-nation-holds-logging-protest-in-kenora-1.2996899

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