No One Is Illegal Fredericton would like to invite anyone interested in supporting the efforts of sanctuary city in Fredericton to the Borderless Solidarities Workshop on Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 3:30pm at the Fredericton Public Library (12 Carleton St). This is an important workshop that will gather together key community organizers, activists and service providers to discuss how to make Fredericton a sanctuary city. The workshop is presented in partnership with the Fredericton Public Library as part of 2017 Mayworks Festival.
Please help us in planning by confirming your attendance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to extend this invitation to interested colleagues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For further details and updates, check out our Facebook page.
We look forward to hearing from you and we hope that you can attend our workshop.
Borderless Solidarities Workshop
10:00am – Opening
10:30am – Syed Hussan, No One Is Illegal and Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Canada’s largest migrant workers rights coalition by Skype
11:30am – 1:00 pm – No One Is Illegal 101 & Sanctuary City 101
1:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch break (we suggest you grab lunch downtown or bring your own)
1:30pm – 3:30pm – Solidarity Building Workshops
At least 14 people (9 civilians and 5 soldiers) were killed in the U.S. missile strikes on the Shayrat Military Airbase in Syria on April 6, 2017. This unilateral action taken by the U.S. is a blatant act of imperialist aggression and an egregious violation of international law, which cannot be justified. The strike, authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump, was linked to a chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Sheikun that reportedly killed as many as 100 people on April 4. There is no conclusive proof who is behind this attack.
U.S. attacks on Syria have already killed scores of civilians, including children. For example, the war against the Islamic State waged by the U.S.-led coalition, under Obama, carried out three massacres in Syria in July 2016.
The Pentagon says it is considering further military action against Syria. U.S. military troops in Syria now number over 1,000.
The U.S. attack further escalates the war in Syria and in the larger region while also increasing the possibility of military confrontation between nuclear weapons powers. Russia and Iran are also intervening on the side of the Assad regime in a war in which there are no sides to support.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously promised that Canada would not participate in any further military attacks on Syria but is now supporting the illegal U.S. bombing on Syria on April 6.
No One Is Illegal Fredericton calls for a peaceful solution to the war in Syria — one that does not punish Syrians for Assad’s war crimes with more bombs and economic sanctions.
We demand that Canada stop selling weapons to countries that are funding and arming the war in Syria, including cancelling the $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
We demand that Canada open its borders to all refugees, apply pressure on the U.S. to lift its ban on refugees from certain countries and lift the cap on private sponsorship of Syrian refugees.
Freedom to move, freedom to stay and freedom to return.
Request for sign-ons: Support Fredericton becoming a sanctuary city
In the interests of human dignity for all people, we affirm our support for an access without fear policy in the City of Fredericton, so that Fredericton can count itself among the growing list of Canadian cities that are sanctuary cities: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Vancouver, and Montreal which are likely to be joined soon by Ottawa, Saskatoon, Regina, and Winnipeg.
A sanctuary city is a place where all residents, including those with uncertain or no immigration status, have full rights to city-administered services without fear, also known as “access without fear.”
As part of a sanctuary city policy, we ask that our city not use municipal funds or resources to enforce federal immigration laws. Immigration enforcement is under federal jurisdiction, and there is no need for municipal staff to perform or assist immigration enforcement activities. We call on city employees to refrain from providing information on any resident’s personal status to federal immigration enforcement agencies. We urge that the municipal staff offer city-administered services with no questions asked to any residents who might be at risk of detention or deportation. We ask that the city provide training and revise its policies in an effort to prevent discrimination based on immigration status. Such policies can be set out expressly in law or simply observed in practice. Denying services on account of a person’s country of origin is discriminatory, and is contrary to both the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the provincial human rights law. Discrimination on the basis of immigration status should be considered a violation of these laws.
Globally, there are over 21 million refugees, and over 40 million people internally displaced by natural of human-made disasters, or by industrial projects. In addition, many more people find themselves unable to survive where they are, and are required by economic necessity to seek a better life elsewhere. The recent immigration policy changes in the US will require more cities in other nations to act as sanctuary cities, and Canadian cities must be among them.
Fredericton has already demonstrated its concern for the global refugee crisis by accepting more refugees per capita than any other city in Canada. Many individuals, service providers and social justice and faith-based groups have been working together with pride and love, building the skills and resources for meeting this challenge. Our community is ready to take the next step: status as a sanctuary city.
Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT)
Atlantic Human Rights Centre, St. Thomas University
Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network
Canadian Union of Postal Workers Fredericton/Oromocto Local
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) NB
Cinema Politica Fredericton
Community Food Smart
Faculty Association of the University of St. Thomas (FAUST)
Fredericton District Labour Council
Fredericton Homeless Shelters Inc.
Fredericton Gender Minorities Group
Fredericton Palestine Solidarity
Fredericton Youth Feminists
Grace House for Fredericton
Human Rights Department, St. Thomas University
Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton
Imprint Youth Association
Raging Grannies of Fredericton
Refugees Welcome Fredericton
Reproductive Justice NB
New Brunswick African Association
New Brunswick Media Co-op
New Brunswick Multicultural Council
New Brunswick Refugee Clinic
No One Is Illegal Fredericton
Organizers of the 6th annual Celebration of Faith in Diversity (CFID)
STU Refugee Sponsorship Community Group
Queer’s Allied People Society
Queer East Artist Collective
United Campus Labour Council
Union of Graduate Student Workers UNB Fredericton & Saint John
Wil-Doo Community Bike Club
On July 26, 2016, No One Is Illegal Fredericton wrote Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety, to demand an end to immigration detention. Read the letter here. Six months later, on January 15, 2017, Minister Goodale responded. Read his reply here.
On January 18, 2017, No One Is Illegal Fredericton wrote to Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey reiterating concerns over Canada’s immigration detention system. Read the letter here. DeCourcey responded on March 8, 2017. Read his reply here.
Sixteen people have died in immigration detention since the year 2000 — four of them died in maximum security prisons in Ontario since No One Is Illegal Fredericton wrote our letter to Minister Goodale. The Toronto Immigration Holding Centre and other immigration detention centres are being expanded. The Toronto Star reported on February 23, 2017 that an average of 48 children are held in Canadian immigration detention every year.
More information at: www.endimmigrationdetention.com
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4 at 12:30pm
WHERE: Fredericton City Hall, corner of Queen and York
On January 29, 2017, a group of Muslims were praying in a mosque at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre when a gunman opened fire, killing six people and injuring more.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, Fredericton will join actions across the country that will express our grief and solidarity with the victims of this horrific act of violence committed at the Quebec mosque.
We will take a stand for:
(1) More humane immigration and refugee polices in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide. We must demand that the Canadian government remove caps and restrictions on refugees entering the country and scrap the Safe Third Country Agreement and the Designated Country of Origin list, which stops people from seeking asylum in Canada. We must end immigration detention and deportations.
(2) The elimination of all federal legislation that attacks racialized Black and Brown Muslims and refugees, including the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act and the anti-terror legislation such as Security Certificates and Bill C-51.
(3) No walls and bans against Muslims and refugees on stolen Indigenous lands! We affirm our solidarity with the Wolastoq people on whose lands we reside on.
There will also be a sign and poster-making event on THURSDAY at 6:00pm at the Bibliothèque publique de Fredericton/ Fredericton Public Library (12 Carleton St.). There will be some paint and poles (for a large fabric banner) but please bring all the other materials you will need. We suggest Bristol board, foam boards, wood handles (for the signs), glue, markers, glitter, stickers, etc.
For more information, contact: email@example.com
Community members will be circulating a letter from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) outside MP Matt Decourcey’s office on February 1st at 12:00pm asking the government of Canada to act on the US Travel Ban
Decourcey’s office is located at 494 Queen St. in Fredericton.
Dear Matt Decourcy,
My name is [NAME] and I live in [CONSTITUENCY].
I am writing because I am deeply concerned about the recent US travel ban, including both its impact on Canadians and immigrants and refugees worldwide.
I join the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in calling on the Canadian government to take the following steps to honour its constitutional, legal and international law obligations immediately:
Suspend the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement, which prevents asylum-seekers travelling from the US from claiming refugee status in Canada, unless they qualify for the limited exception under the agreement.
Put in place procedures to efficiently process applications from all asylum seekers from countries affected by the ban who are in the United States and wish to seek refuge in Canada.
Increase the number of refugees accepted by Canada in 2017 to accommodate individuals from countries currently affected by the U.S. ban, and in particular raise the cap recently imposed on refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Ensure Canadian airlines and other commercial enterprises do not collude with a foreign domestic order – and refuse boarding passes to immigrants, dual citizens, refugees and asylum seekers ̶ that discriminates on the basis of country of origin, ethnic origin, or religious belief.
Ensure clear guidelines are provided by Canada and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all consular officials to assist any Canadians from the U.S. ban-listed countries who are overseas and find themselves stranded, detained, or otherwise prevented from returning to Canada.
Review the impact of all information sharing agreements with the United States, including, but not limited to the Security Canada Information Sharing Act introduced by Bill C-51; the information sharing agreements pursuant to the Canada-U.S. Security Perimeter Agreement; and the particular impact of Canadian national security agencies including the Canadian Border Security Agency sharing information with U.S. agencies. Canada must ensure that innocent persons are not put at risk by information provided by Canada.
Review the implementation of the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITARS), which has been used on several occasions by Canadian companies to unlawfully discriminate against individuals lawfully in Canada on the basis of their country of origin or contacts to a foreign country.
Provide immediate assistance for any individuals who may be stranded at Canadian airports, bus and train stations as a result of the ban, including those who anticipate being denied entry on arrival to the United States and those who have been turned away by U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance.
As your constituent, I would like to be notified as soon as possible of the steps you, your office and the Canadian government are taking to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees.
[YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION, INCLUDING YOUR ADDRESS]
Vous pouvez trouver votre député-e à l’aide de votre code postale ici.
Cher Matt Decourcey,
Mon nom est [NOM] et j’habite dans la circonscription de [VOTRE CIRCONSCRIPTION].
Je vous écris pour vous faire part de mes inquiétudes par rapport au récent décret américain sur l’immigration, qui porte atteinte à la fois aux Canadiens ainsi qu’aux réfugiés à l’échelle mondiale.
J’appuie les démarches de l’Association canadienne des libertés civiles qui demande au gouvernement canadien d’agir immédiatement sur les points suivants afin d’honorer ses obligations constitutionnelles, légales et de droit international:
Suspendre l’Entente entre le Canada et les États-Unis sur les pays tiers sûrs, qui interdit aux demandeurs d’asile en provenance des États-Unis de demander l’asile au canada, à moins qu’ils ne remplissent les conditions d’une des exceptions prévues par l’Entente.
Établir des mesures efficaces pour traiter le volume de demandes d’asile des demandeurs provenant de tous les pays affectés par le décret américain qui se trouvent aux États-Unis et qui souhaiteraient demander l’asile au Canada.
Augmenter le nombre de réfugiés acceptés par le Canada en 2017, afin d’accommoder les individus en provenance de pays affectés par le décret américain, et plus particulièrement augmenter le plafond récemment imposé sur les réfugiés en provenance de la Syrie et de l’Iraq.
Assurer que les compagnies aériennes et autres entreprises canadiennes ne collaborent pas avec le décret américain – en refusant d’octroyer des cartes d’embarquement aux immigrants, aux individus ayant une double nationalité, aux réfugiés ainsi qu’aux demandeurs d’asile – qui constitue de la discrimination sur la base du pays d’origine, de l’origine ethnique, ou des croyances religieuses.
Assurer que des consignes claires sont données par le Canada et le Ministère des affaires étrangères à tous les consulats officiels pour assister tous les Canadiens venant des pays visés par le décret américain, qui sont outremer et se retrouvent bloqués, détenus ou empêchés de retourner au Canada de toute autre façon.
Réviser l’impact de toute entente de partage d’information avec les États-Unis, incluant, mais ne se limitant pas à la Loi sur la communication d’information ayant trait à la sécurité du Canada introduite par le projet de loi C-51; les ententes de partage d’information conformément à l’Accord canado-américain sur la sécurité du périmètre; et l’impact particulier des agences de sécurité nationale canadiennes incluant l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada qui partage de l’information avec les agences américaines. Le Canada doit s’assurer que les personnes innocentes ne sont pas mises en danger par l’information qu’il transmet.
Revoir la mise en œuvre de la Réglementation américaine sur le trafic d’armes au niveau international, qui a été utilisée à de nombreuses occasions par des compagnies canadiennes afin de discriminer illégalement contre des individus se trouvant légalement au Canada, sur la base de leur pays d’origine ou de leur lien à un pays étranger.
Procurer une assistance immédiate à tout individu pouvant être détenu aux aéroports, stations d’autobus et de trains canadiens en raison du décret, incluant ceux et celles qui anticipent un refus à leur arrivée aux États-Unis, ainsi que ceux et celles à qui l’entrée aurait été refusée par le service douanier américain.
L’Association canadienne des libertés civiles a justifié toutes ces demandes, ainsi que plusieurs autres que vous trouverez à l’adresse suivante:
En tant qu’électeur(trice), j’apprécierais qu’on m’informe des actions que vous, votre bureau ainsi que le gouvernement du Canada comptez prendre afin de protéger les droits des immigrants et réfugiés.
Merci de l’attention que vous porterez à ma demande,