National Day for Immigrant Rights and Status for All!

Posted by admin on May 27th, 2006

May 27: National Day for Immigrant Rights and Status for All!
Stop the Deportations! STATUS FOR ALL!
Dignity and Justice for Immigrant Communities!

Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Fredericton, Peterborough, and more…

For our poster (available in Spanish, Punjabi, Chinese, English, Arabic, Farsi) and more information:

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Gather at 2pm
Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Side)
In solidarity with marches in the US, please wear white.

==> Family-friendly march
==> Free charter buses will be at 12:30 pm at Kwantlen College, Surrey and 1 pm at parking lot corner Fraser and Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. Return 5 pm.

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. Across Canada, migrants, refugees and their allies will demonstrate against the deportation and detention of migrants and refugees, for a full, inclusive, unconditional and ongoing regularization program, and for full rights and dignity for immigrant communities against racism, poverty, and criminalization.

We are demonstrating because hundreds of thousands of people live without status, without sufficient access to health care or education, and in great fear of being detained or deported, all the while being the most exploited in the workplace. For decades immigrants have been scapegoated, and now since 9/11, the false link between immigrants and terrorism has developed with the racist use of Anti-Terrorism legislation and Security Certificates. Thousands of migrants, especially immigrant women, are forced to live in poverty; while thousands of temporary workers perform hard and dangerous labour, yet are denied their basic rights.

Join us on May 27 as we refuse to be silenced and as we refuse to live in fear. Celebrate our communities courage as we stand together to demand status for all and dignity for our friends, families, and communities!

==> COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING:  From Monday May 22nd to Saturday May 27th, CO-OP Radio will bring daily reports leading up to May 27th National Day for Immigrant Justice and Status for All! Tune in daily (May 22nd to May 25th) to the Brown Bagger lunch show noon to 1pm for reports from across Canada and Wake up with Co-op (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30-9 am) for reports from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Also tune into Bulland Awaaz (Monday May 22nd 5-6 pm), The Rational  (Monday May 23rd 6-7 pm), Y57 Youth Show (Monday May 22nd 7-8 pm), Voices of Palestine (Tuesday May 23 8-9 pm), Collective Perspectives (Wednesday May 24th 6-7 pm), and Americana Latina Al Dia (Saturday May 27 noon-1:30 pm) for programming on (im)migrant justice! In Vancouver, also check out community programming leading upto the march on Latino Soy, Radio India, Radio Punjab, and Arab Media Channel.

Organized by STATUS Coalition, a coalition of 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. Our current members are: Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, Bolivia Solidarity Committee, Canadian Network for a Democratic Nepal, Consejo Indigena Popular de Oaxaca -Ricardo Flores Magon – Vancouver, Committee for Solidarity with Colombia, Iranian Federation of Refugees, Iranian Refugee B.C, La Surda Latin American Collective, Justicia 4 Migrant Workers B.C, No One is Illegal, Palestine Arab Women’s Association, Palestine Community Center, Salaam Vancouver, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Vancouver Status of Women 

Endorsed and supported by: Americana Latina Al Dia, Anti capitalist Community Forum, Anti-Trafficking Coalition Vancouver, Al-Awda Vancouver, Anti-Poverty Committee, B.C. Committee for Human Rights in the Phillipines, BC Latin American Collective, Bulland Awaaz, Bus Riders Union, Café Rebelde Coalition, Canada Palestine Association, CAW National, Chetna Association, Collective Perspectives, Co-op Radio, CUPE Local 15, Downtown Eastside Residents Association, Filipino Nurses Support Group, Grassroots Women, Group of Relatives and Friends of Political Prisoners in Mexico, Haiti Solidarity BC, Headlines Theatre, Hospital Employees Union, International Solidarity Movement, Muslim Canadian Congress, Latin American Connexions, Latinos in Action, Kalayaan Resource & Training Centre, North Shore Women’s Centre, Palestine Human Rights Committee, Philippine Women Centre, of B.C, Poets Against the War, Red Star Club, Rainbow Refugee, SIKLAB (Overseas Filipino Workers), Red Mexicas in Canada, SFPIRG, Teaching Support Staff Union, Ugnayan Ng Kabataang Pilipino Sa Canada (Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance), Vancouver Internationalist Bolivarian Circle “Bob Everton, Voices of Palestine, Wake up with Co-op.

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