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2006: Over 1000 People March in Toronto to Demand Status for All!

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Toronto, May 27, 2006 - Over a thousand immigrants, refugees, non-status people, trade-unionists and other supporters took to the streets as part of Toronto's mobilization for the Status for All! National Day of Action. Participating groups included the Canadian Auto Workers, the Philippine Women's Centre as well as other Filipino organizations, the Iranian Federation of Refugees, Portuguese and Hispanic groups, including the Support, Don't Deport Coalition and the Centre for Spanish Speaking People, the Canadian Tamil Congress, the Canadian Labour Congress, CUPE, KAIROS, and many others.

The march was led by Kimberly and Gerald Lizano-Sossa, the 14- and 15-year old brother and sister targeted and detained by immigration enforcement at their school, and slated for deportation alongside their parents at the end of their school year. Kimberly and Gerald were joined by their 2-year old Canadian-born sister Joshlynn, their parents and extended family.

2006: National Day of Action - Status For All! (Callout)

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May 27 2006 Poster:::::
Stop the Deportations!
Saturday, May 27, 2006
National Day of Action
(Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal)

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!

Building on ongoing organizing efforts led by migrant communities across the Canadian state, we are demonstrating because hundreds of thousands of people live without status, while hundreds of thousands more are exploited by the arbitrary and racist policies of Immigration Canada. Thousands of migrants are forced to live in poverty, 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.

We are demonstrating as part of a struggle for self-determination as migrants, immigrants and refugees, supported by our allies.

Join us on May 27, in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere. We refuse to be invisible; we refuse to live in fear. We demand STATUS FOR ALL!

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