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the City is a Sweatshop 2010

Mar/19/2010 - 10:00 am

No One Is Illegal-Toronto is organizing days of education, community building and idea sharing, ‘The City is a Sweatshop’, from March 19-21, 2010.

Please read, download, print and post the attached backgrounder on why the City of Toronto is a Sweatshop, and look out for more details on the events coming soon.

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The City of Toronto is a Sweatshop

We are exploited at workplaces, even killed, whether we have work permits or not…

(Source: No One Is Illegal-Toronto, Justice for Migrant Workers, Worker’s Action Centre)

We cannot apply for welfare when we are poor and hungry…

(Source: Ontario Works Directive 3.1)

We are kicked out of Toronto Community Housing when we lose our status…

(Source: TCH Eligibility Requirements)

Solidarity with Sandrine

Sandrine Simo Teclaire Massudom is a non-status woman from Cameroon, and a mother of two young children. Despite having recently given birth in the last week to a newborn boy, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is still threatening to deport Sandrine to Cameroon. We say No to Deportations! Status for All!

-> Video:

-> Web site:

-> Sample Letter to the Immigration Minister:

For more information, please contact: - 514-848-7583

May Day 2010

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Convinced that organized communities can win radical demands and create real alternatives

Believing that the struggle for Status for All is the struggle for good jobs, housing, food, education, shelter, freedom, justice and dignity for all people

No One Is Illegal-Toronto calls its supporters and allies to take to the streets to demand Status for All on May Day – May 1, 2010!

Immigration Canada Caves in the Face of Organizing


After years of tireless organizing by Caregivers Action Centre, Migrante, and many other groups and allies across the country, Immigration Canada extended the number of years within which Live-In Caregivers can apply for permanent status. Minister Kenney also acceded to removing the second medical test required to gain permanent status. This is proof that grassroots organizing can win changes.

Migrants in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver program (LCP), largely women from Caribbean countries and the Phillipines, must currently complete 2 years of domestic work within 3 years in order to apply for permanent status. The changes announced today would extend the time period from 3 to 4 years, and allow caregivers to count the hours worked towards the 2 years, potentially reducing the amount of time to be able to apply for status. The requirement for a second medical test prior to applying for permanent residence has also been removed for caregivers.

Live-In Caregivers and their allies have won a significant victory in ensuring status for migrants. But these changes are not enough. The LCP still ties a person's immigration status to their employer, and continues to exploit women and put them in a vulnerable position based on their status.

Family of four cruelly deported

Immigration Canada rushed to expel family before agreement with US expired

Link To photos from Rally on October 29th to stop the deportation of the Des Roy Family

Montreal, 29 October 2009 -- A family of four was deported this morning after a very painful parting from friends, community members and supporters.

Early this morning, over 150 people gathered in support of Ranjit Dey Roy, Ratna Rani Dey Roy and their two sons, Swaikot et Swakshar, outside the Immigration Canada building on St-Antoine street. Tears flowed as community members and supporters took their leave from the distraught family. Shortly after 8am, the family was taken into custody by Immigration agents. They were deported to the United States, where they face undergoing new immigration proceedings and probable deportation to Bangladesh. The family is currently in New York.

May Day of Action: Over 2000 People Take to the Streets!

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On May 2, 2009, over 2000 community activists, migrants and allies took to the streets.

We occupied the Yonge and Dundas intersection in the heart of downtown Toronto to make visible the non-status people that this sweatshop city wants to hide away.

We dropped 50 foot banners that read 'No One Is Illegal' and 'Stop the Raids' to make clear that migrants, with or without status, working people and the poor will not be criminalized.

We went to the gates of City Hall dropping massive banners at its doors to insist that Toronto, Ontario and Canada cannot ignore us.

School by school, college by college, hospital by hospital, shelter by shelter, food bank by food bank - one after the other we are going to liberate our homes, our workplaces and our communities. We will make them sanctuaries for all residents. If the powerful few will not let us in to their house of decisions, we will change the decisions where they are put in to practice.

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