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2008: MAY DAY OF ACTION: STATUS FOR ALL! (Callout)

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May 3 2008Saturday, May 3, 2008
Christie Pits Park (at Christie subway station)
12 Noon

*This is a child-friendly demonstration.
Food and drinks will be available.
There will be vehicles on-hand for those with reduced mobility.*

Millions across North America have taken to the streets in the last two years demanding Status for All! In Toronto, workers, students, trade unionists, activists and community members have led passionate demonstrations calling for justice and dignity for immigrants and refugees.

The last year has seen unprecedented targeting of refugees in Sanctuary. Asylum seekers have been arrested from schools, workplaces and even hospital beds. Families have been torn apart. Over 12,000 friends, family, and community members have been deported.

On March 14th 2008, the Conservative government introduced a series of amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), buried in Bill c-50, a 136-page "budget implementation bill". If passed, the Minister will have the discretion to refuse applications even where the applicants meet the elitist and racist criteria for permanent residence, to refuse to even examine humanitarian applications filed from abroad, and to arbitrarily set quotas on the "category" of person that can enter Canada – including quotas based on country of origin.

In the face of this intimidation and fear, our communities have refused to be silenced. Together, we have forced immigration enforcement out of Toronto District schools. Inspired frontline community workers have taken up the struggle for Access Without Fear. We have fought against, and stopped the deportations of allies and friends.

But the fight is not over. There are over 500,000 undocumented people living and working across Canada, over 200,000 in Toronto alone. They are forced to live in daily fear of jailing and deportation, without access to essential services. Bill C-50 would create even more categories of "temporary foreign workers" without full status and without rights. These workers will be exploited as cheap labour, as mere commodities, used and then removed. We will not stand for this.

On May 3rd, as part of the National Days of Action for Status for All, we will take to the streets. We demand an end to detentions and deportations. We demand access without fear to essential services. We demand an end to security certificates and secret trials. We demand a full and inclusive regularization program. We demand justice, dignity and respect!

JOIN US!

The March will be followed by a community fair featuring music, performers, food, childrens activities and visual art displays.

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Free Breakfast and Sign Making at
Central Neighbourhood House
Saturday, May 3, 2008
349 Ontario St from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

FREE BUS DEPARTS 11am from CNH to Christie Pits Park
(at Christie subway station)12 Noon
Rally and March to Dufferin Grove Park
for Food, Games and Music!!

Come out with workers from CNH and CUPE 4308, allies and our community
to this important event. This is a child-friendly event. Food and
drinks will be available. There will be vehicles on-hand at Christie
Pits Park for those with reduced mobility.

Breakfast will be provided at 10 a.m., please feel free to bring food
also to share with each other. If you need more information, contact
Sandra Costa at 416-925-4363

NOTE: A Free Bus will be returning to Central Neighbourhood House at
5:30pm on Saturday leaving from Dufferin Grove Park..

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A bus with wheelchair accessibility will be available for any persons
with limited mobility throughout the May 3rd Day of Action for Status
for All.

The bus will be available to drive persons from Bathurst Station (the
closest wheel-chair accessible subway station) to Christie Pitts Park
between 11:30am and 12:00pm.

The bus will also be available throughout the march. Speak to a march
marshal to access a ride in the van along the march route.

At the Community Fair at Dufferin Grove Park, rides can be provided
between Dufferin Grove Park and a nearby wheelchair accessible subway
station. The bus will be available from the beginning of the fair
until 5:00pm. To access a ride, visit the water station at Dufferin
Grove Park.

Please contact No One Is Illegal-Toronto at 416-604-5765 to discuss
any additional information on the van or if you want to schedule a
specific time for pick up at Bathurst Station.