Let Lucy Stay: “Lights for Lucy” vigil held at Fredericton City Hall

“There are no windows. I want to see the light. I want to breathe. I don’t even know what my name is any more.” – Lucy Francineth Granados

Last night, April 10, “Lights for Lucy” vigils occurred in many communities including in Fredericton, New Brunswick. St. Thomas University students made signs and newcomer youth joined us on the steps of City Hall to demand that Lucy Granados, a mother of three and community organizer for the rights of undocumented women and workers in Montreal, be allowed to stay in Canada. Lucy’s deportation hearing is scheduled on April 13. 

At the vigil, speeches were delivered by community members, including Dr. Gül Çaliskan, an organizer with No One Is Illegal Fredericton and a professor of sociology at St. Thomas University.

Read her speech below:

Can we chant for Lucy? Let Lucy Stay!
We are here today because we dream of a better world—a world without borders, without the systems that force people to leave their homes.
A world where there is justice and dignity for migrants; a world where indigenous peoples have self-determination.
A world where those wishing to return to places they have left can do so.
It is a world where the state does not separate people into geographic territories.
This world might seem so far away.
But I can see it. Can’t you? We have no choice but to continue to dream that world.
Because, this world we envision puts a mirror for us to see this land.
Half a million of our friends, neighbors, co-workers, peers, and community members are undocumented in this land that we presently call Canada.
Even now, tens of thousands of refugees await decisions on their cases.
Nearly a hundred thousand migrant workers work in dangerous and difficult conditions.
Hundreds of people face indefinite periods of detention.
Nearly 100,000 migrants in Canada have been jailed without charge. Migrants are the only population of people in Canada who can be jailed on administrative grounds, without ever being charged with a specific criminal offense. That punishment is inflicted on up to 807 children per year.
Segregation is a legally recognized form of torture, and it must end.
In 2017, over 20,000 people entered Canada overland, escaping Trump’s America. They have access to few services, they lack full status, and they face possible deportation.
In the face of these challenges, communities across Canada are fighting back, as they envision the possibility of another world.
In dozens of places across the country, directly affected people and organizers are struggling for dignity.
The non-status women are organizing in Montreal.
We struggle to stop individual deportations (Lucy and Abdoul are only two of them).
Caregivers fight to stop the upcoming program closure that might deny status to thousands of workers.
Like many communities in cities across the country, in our city we are working to nurture a culture of commitment to reducing barriers and to accessing services for migrants who have precarious status or no immigration status.
We dream that future world, and so we demand full access to dignity, rights, and services for all people, regardless of immigration status, with a clear and consistent anti-colonial perspective. That commitment takes us a few steps closer to the world we dream of.
We will continue to hold that vision that feels so far away, yet so near.

Today, we say LET LUCY STAY.
Every day, we will demand, NO MORE DETENTIONS. STATUS FOR ALL, STATUS NOW!

 

About Lucy: 

Lucy Francineth Granados is a single mother, the sole supporter of her three children, and is known in her community as an advocate for the rights of women, undocumented migrants and temporary workers. She has made Montreal her home for the last nine years and is dear to so many of us.
Since four Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) agents violently arrested her on Tuesday March 20th, leaving her with a badly injured arm, Lucy has been treated with violence and total inhumanity by the CBSA. Lack of sleep, fear, confusion and the appalling conditions of her detention following her arrest led to two emergency hospitalizations, on the 26th and on the 29th.
Lucy originally left Guatemala after being threatened by maras (criminal gangs which spread to Central American countries from the United States). She traveled alone through Mexico on the infamous La Bestia train to the US and later to Canada, her husband having died. If Lucy were deported, her children would immediately lose their sole source of financial support.
Last year she filed a humanitarian application for permanent residence in an attempt to regularize her status. This is when she came to the attention of the CBSA who then sought to arrest her before her file could even be studied by Immigration Canada. Lucy’s attempt to regularize her status made her a target for the CBSA.

 

Lucy’s supporters are encouraged to: 

Share any of these images (https://www.facebook.com/pg/NoOneIsIllegalFredericton/photos/?tab=album&album_id=623491081320222) on social media using the hashtag #LetLucyStay and tag Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
On Twitter: @AhmedDHussen & @RalphGoodale
On Facebook: @AhmedHussenLib & @ralphgoodale

Call or write Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (dial 613-995-0777, 613-954-1064 and 416-656-2526 or write to Ahmed.Hussen@parl.gc.ca and minister@cic.gc.ca) and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (call 613-947-1153, 306-585-2202 and 613-991-2924, email ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca and Hon.ralph.goodale@canada.ca). Copy Fredericton MP Matt Decourcey (matt.decourcey@parl.gc.ca). Ask them them to stay Lucy’s deportation until her application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds is decided.

Sign the petition to Let Lucy Stay here. 

 

 

Resourced by the NB MediaCo-op, Change.org petition

Fredericton to rally for former child refugee facing deportation

Media Advisory

January 12, 2018

Fredericton — On Monday, January 15, Fredericton residents will gather at MP Matt DeCourcey’s office (494 Queen St.) at 12:00pm to show their support for letting Abdoulkader Abdi stay in Canada just before he goes before his second detention review hearing in St. Hilaire, NB at 2:00pm.

Abdoulkader Abdi is a 24 year old man who came to Canada as a child refugee from Somalia. He spent his childhood in foster care in Nova Scotia and is currently in segregation at the Madawaska Correctional Regional Centre in St. Hilaire, NB, where he is facing deportation. The Department of Children’s Services failed to make an application for Canadian citizenship for Abdoul, which has left him facing deportation today as an adult.

Abdoul’s supporters from across the country are calling on the Canadian government to release him from detention and halt his deportation until the Federal Court hears his court case. The group demands the same for all others who came to Canada as young children but were denied citizenship by the inaction of child welfare agencies and the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Fredericton residents will hold an information picket outside Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey’s office and hand deliver a letter to the MP that they sent to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed D. Hussen, himself a Somali refugee, on Jan. 5, 2018. The media and public are invited to be present.

BACKGROUND

Abdoulkader Abdi came to Canada when he was six years old with his mother and sister. He became a permanent ward of the state at the age of seven years old and then spent his childhood in 20 different foster homes in Nova Scotia. The Department of Community Services (DCS), which is responsible for child protection in Nova Scotia, did not make a citizenship application for Adboul and his sister. The Deputy Minister of that department recently stated that Canada has no policies for children in its care who are non-citizens. DCS does not expect to fix this policy gap until March 2019. Abdoul can’t wait. He is currently in detention, awaiting possible deportation, away from his young daughter, his sister and family. He has been informed that he will be deported to Somalia, an extremely dangerous country where he has no family or system of supports.

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Contact: noiifredericton@gmail.com

No One Is Illegal Fredericton is a migrant justice group that demands an end to immigration detention and deportations.

Stop the deportation of Abdoulkader Abdi

Please send letters to stop the deportation of Abdoulkader Abdi.

No One is Illegal Fredericton is urging the government of Canada to intervene to stop the deportation of Abdoulkader Abdi who came to Canada at the age of six, with his sister and two aunts, all as jointly-sponsored refugees fleeing Somalia.

Abdoul became a permanent ward of the state at the age of seven years old. The Department of Community Services (DCS), which is responsible for child protection in Nova Scotia, did not make a citizenship application for Adboul and his sister. The Deputy Minister of that department recently stated that Canada has no policies for children in its care who are non-citizens. DCS does not expect to fix this policy gap until March 2019. Abdoul can’t wait. He is currently in  detention, awaiting deportation, away from his daughter and family and to a country where he cannot speak the language.

Feel free to use No One Is Illegal Fredericton’s letter here  for your letters.

Please send letters or call:

Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Minister@CIC.GC.CA, Te: 613-954-1064

Hon. Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety
Ralph.Goodale@parl.gc.ca, Tel: 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
MCU@Justice.GC.Ca

Updated: Grant permanent residency to Mohamed Amine Maazaoui

Mohamed Amine Maazaoui was granted permanent residency in late 2017.


No One Is Illegal Fredericton calls on Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen to support the granting of permanent residency to Mohamed Amine Maazaoui. Mohamed is currently in sanctuary at a Shediac Bay Church.

Read the letter  here  and please send your own letter for Mohamed Amine Maazaoui.

Andrea Bear Nicholas on The Role of Colonial Artists in the Dispossession and Displacement of the Maliseet, 1790s-1850s

Andrea Bear Nicholas on The Role of Colonial Artists in the Dispossession and Displacement of the Maliseet, 1790s-1850s
Thursday, May 4 at 7pm
Conserver House, 180 Saint John St., Fredericton
Andrea Bear Nicholas is a professor emeritus and the former endowed chair of Native Studies at St. Thomas University. She is an advocate for the Maliseet language and coordinates an Adult Immersion Program in the Maliseet First Nation at St. Mary’s ​First Nation. Andrea has published on various topics including treaties, language, education, women’s issues and Maliseet history.
Andrea was recently awarded the 2016 Canadian Studies Network Prize for the Best Article Published in the Journal of Canadian Studies. The article, “The Role of Colonial Artists in the Dispossession and Displacement of the Maliseet: 1790’s-1850’s,” can be read here:  https://muse.jhu.edu/journal/330
​​Presented by No One Is Illegal Fredericton as part of the 2017 Mayworks Festival.
Contact: noiifredericton@gmail.com.

Borderless Solidarities Workshop

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 noiifredericton@gmail.com. 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.

Agenda

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

No One Is Illegal Fredericton condemns U.S. bombing of Syria and the Assad regime

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.