Archive for the ‘immigration’ tag
From Uppity Brown Woman:
**Please distribute widely**
FORUM: Supporting Non-Status Women Fleeing Violence
Thursday October 2, 2008
Location: Ryerson University
55 Gould St
** March and Rally to follow at 12:00pm **
* Learn about how recent changes to immigration law impact diverse women, including women without status
* Hear about attacks on safe spaces and community responses to support non-status women fleeing violence
* Q&A with immigration lawyer, front line workers and service providers
To register please contact Sonia at email@example.com or (416) 531-0778, ext. 221 by September 25, 2008
MARCH and RALLY at the Immigration Refugee Board
Thursday October 2, 2008
Meet 12:00pm at the corner of Yonge St. and Gould St.
Let Them Stay!
* Support domestic violence survivor Isabel Garcia and her children to stay in Canada
* Call for protection of women fleeing violence through the refugee determination process
Isabel Garcia, single mother and survivor of domestic violence, and her children are just one of many families whose lives have been put at risk as a result of negative decisions at the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Isabel came to Canada with her children 3 years ago seeking protection from her violent ex-husband in Mexico. Ignoring overwhelming evidence pointing to a lack of state protection for women surviving domestic violence in Mexico, the Immigration and Refugee Board heartlessly denied Isabel’s claim for asylum.
By issuing an abrupt and last minute deportation notice, Immigration Enforcement ensured that Isabel and her lawyer did not have time for a fair review at the Federal Court for a stay on her removal. Isabel made the difficult decision to go into hiding rather than face further violence in Mexico.
Canada’s failing Immigration and Refugee Protection Act is allowing huge numbers of women fleeing violence to fall through the cracks. The Federal Court of Canada has begun to question decisions of the Refugee Board and has recently overturned several decisions where women faced gender violence.
These women have been unable to access shelters, crisis centers, professional support, guidance or counseling because of Immigration Enforcement’s targeting of these spaces.
Stand up against immigration decisions and policies that put women and children, like Isabel and her family, at risk of violence. Join us as we call on the government to:
* Let Them Stay! – Allow this family to stay in Canada while their Humanitarian Application is considered, and to grant their Humanitarian Application
* Ensure protection for women fleeing violence through the refugee determination process
For more information, visit http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/node/24
Carranza Barristers and Solicitors
Centre for Feminist Research
Community Development Council Durham
Community Social Planning Council
Mennonite New Life Centre
No One Is Illegal – Toronto
North York Women’s Shelter
Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses
Parkdale Community Legal Services
Ryerson Students Union
Ryerson Women’s Centre
Ryerson Working Students Centre
Step It Up Campaign
the Stop Community Food Centre
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre
Toronto Women’s Bookstore
Workers Action Centre
EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22ND at 4:00 PM
JOIN US IN PROTESTS AT I.C.E. OFFICES ACROSS THE NATION !
In DETROIT: Joins us in front of the I.C.E. Office At East Jefferson Ave
& Mount Elliot at 4:00PM
It is imperative that we send a message to I.C.E., President Bush and the upcoming Democratic Party Convention that there must be AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON ALL RAIDS, DEPORTATIONS, INCARCERATIONS AND SEPARATION OF FAMILIES.
On the defensive after congressional hearings that raked I.C.E. over the coals for the cruel, abusive and “Gestapo like” raids in IOWA, I.C.E. responded with a so-called “humanitarian” way to deport half a million people – AND THEIR U.S. CITIZEN FAMILIES!..
I.C.E. announced that it has OVER 100 TEAMS of agents working full time to seek out and arrest these 500,000 people who, even accord ing to I.C.E., have done nothing wrong except come to this country, accepted employment from U.S. companies, pay taxes and support their families.
Already we have witnessed I.C.E. agents waiting outside of schools and day care centers to track down parents. I.C.E. has enlisted police in some states to set up road blocks as people come to church on Sunday. I.C.E. agents are coming into our neighborhoods in the dead of night and knocking on our doors, terrorizing our children.
THIS MADNESS MUST STOP!
On Friday, August 22nd, we call on all organizations and concerned individuals, but especially LATINAS, to organize protests in front of your local I.C.E. office at 4 p.m. (at your local time) to demand an immediate moratorium
on raids, deportations, incarcerations and separations of families until comprehensive immigration reform is finally agreed on in the next Congress
Ask your delegates and especially members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to stand with you on Friday, August 22nd, in front of I.C.E.
We call on Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama to make clear their commitment to our community by joining in this call for an immediate moratorium on the convention floor!
FOR MORE INFORMATION IN DETROIT CONTACT:
Latinos Unidos de Michigan
Hypatia (818) 427- 4223 Rosendo (313) 580 – 5474 Ignacio (313) 587- 9285
Pro-Immigration Awareness Movement
Evelyn (313) 258 – 24 86
As WoC PhD posts:
While Jon Justice continues to enjoy full privileges as a radio host after posting mock rape videos in which he made racist comments about Latinas and immigrants while assaulting a piñata with public defender Isabel Garcia’s face pasted to it (see my original post for more), his efforts to have Garcia dismissed from her job as a public defender in Arizona have gone forward. Garcia is currently under investigation by the AZ state bar for participating in a protest against a book signing for a book that supports active discrimination against immigrants and subversion of their rights. “Justice” and others, have misrepresented the events to say that Garcia’s “toting of a severed piñata head of a police officer” constitutes violation of the bar’s code of conduct. Garcia was actually picking up the head after protesters split the piñata open in traditional form. She and others actively protested the incitement of anti-immigrant sentiment and abuse of immigrants and the Latin@ community in AZ which they felt were being exacerbated by the event and the author. Should the review board decide that Garcia is guilty of violating codes of conduct, she could lose her license to practice law in the state of Arizona and would also lose her job as a public defender.
Coalición de Derechos Humanos asks for help defending Isabel Garcia.
Also, WoC PhD writes:
Anyone who is concerned about sexual violence, racism, and/or the place where these two things intersects needs to take action to support women’s rights in Arizona. You can make your voice heard by joining the write in campaign I mentioned in the previous post AND by doing the following:
- Contact Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry in support of Isabel Garcia. 520.740.8661 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the Journal Broadcast Group, expressing your opinion of Jon Justice and the tactics of 104.1FM, and your concern that local KGUN 9 would be associated with an outlet that is so obviously NOT an objective media source. Contact Julie Brinks: 520.290.7600 or e-mail: email@example.com
- Contact the Board of Supervisors, voicing your support of Isabel Garcia, who has broken no rule or regulation as a Pima County employee.
Pima County Board of Supervisors
30 West Congress Street, 11th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Receptionist – (520) 740-8126
Fax – (520) 884-1152
Ann Day, District 1
Ramón Valadez, District 2
Sharon Bronson, District 3
Ray Carroll, District 4
Richard Elías, Chairman, District 5
It is beyond outrageous that Jon Justice is able to attack Isabel Garcia personally in such a misogynist and racist manner, but that he is able to do so with impunity while he also tries to destroy her career. Don’t let this happen.