No One Is Illegal Fredericton’s statement on the Pittsburgh tragedy

No One Is Illegal Fredericton expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the 11 people killed during shabbat services at the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA, on October 27, 2018.

The 11 people who lost their lives in this act of anti-semitism are: Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Rose Mallinger, 97; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Cecil Rosenthal, 59; David Rosenthal, 54; Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 87; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; Irving Younger, 69.

As Fredericton residents gathered in a workshop to make our city a safer place for everyone to access services, regardless of their status, the news broke about this latest hate crime. We learned that, prior to the attack, the gunman sent chilling messages to HIAS, an American organization that has worked to protect refugees for more than 130 years.

We send our solidarity to HIAS and all people who are organizing against fascism, racism, white supremacy, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry. We also express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones, two black people killed by a white supremacist in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 24.

We join all of you at HIAS in saying, “Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.” #HIAS #refugeeswelcome

 

Tell Canadian officials to condemn Israel’s massacre in Gaza

On Monday, May 14th, 2018, peaceful Palestinian protesters were shot and tear gassed by Israeli security forces. At least 60 Palestinians are dead, some as young as 8 months old. An additional 2,700 are wounded.

In response to this massacre, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland tweeted the following:

“Deeply concerned by violence in Gaza Strip. We are saddened by deaths + injuries that occurred today + over past weeks. It is inexcusable that civilians, journalists + children have been victims. All parties to the conflict have a responsibility to ensure civilians are protected.”

The Minister’s statement puts the onus of this tragedy on the Palestinian victims who were injured or lost their lives in peaceful protest. We are calling on Minister Freeland to retract her statement and take a stance against the murder of Palestinians. We ask that those who support freedom and peace in Gaza email her your concerns at chrystia.freeland@parl.gc.ca.

You may copy and paste the following letter to send to the Minister:

Dear Honourable Chrystia Freeland,

On Monday, May 14, 2018, the day before the 70th anniversary of Nakba (when 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes), Palestinians peacefully protesting near the Gaza border fence were shot and tear gassed. Israeli security forces killed at least 60 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded over 2,700. The dead include eight children under the age of 16.

In response to this event, you posted a tweet that read as follows:
“Deeply concerned by violence in Gaza Strip. We are saddened by deaths + injuries that occurred today + over past weeks. It is inexcusable that civilians, journalists + children have been victims. All parties to the conflict have a responsibility to ensure civilians are protected.”

The notion that it is even partially on the onus of the victims of this onslaught is abhorrent. As is widely noted by journalists, these protests have been peaceful and Israeli soldiers have not been injured. Insinuating that the people of Gaza exercise equivalent violence against Israeli citizens only serves to justify the violence used in this massacre.

I ask that you retract your statement on the events of May 14th, 2018 in Gaza and issue an apology to the victims and their families for suggesting they may have been responsible for this injustice against them.

No One Is Illegal Fredericton is also calling on our MP, Matt DeCourcey, also the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to take a stance against these injustices as well. He can be reached at matt.decourcey@parl.gc.ca.

You can copy and paste the following letter to send:

To the Honourable Matt DeCourcey,

I am asking you as the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs to take a stance against the massacre in Gaza that claimed the lives of at least 60 Palestinians, including 8-month-old Leila al-Ghandour. Israel has unconscionably deployed hundreds of snipers to fire on protesters as the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Currently the hospitals in Gaza City cannot treat the gunshot wounds as the number of those wounded rises in the thousands.

This use of force is unjust and unequal. I am calling on the Canadian government to take a stance against such injustices. As a world leader, Canada has a responsibility to draw attention to this massacre and foster peace.

The injustices against Palestinians have been ongoing for 70 years. For 70 years, Canada has remained silent on this issue. It is time that Canada lives up to its international reputation as a leader in peace and human rights.

No One Is Illegal is also holding a public vigil May 17th at Fredericton City Hall at 8:30 pm for the victims of this senseless massacre.

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.