Statement of support for protest against weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia through Saint John

Fredericton – The migrant justice and anti-war group, No One Is Illegal Fredericton, expresses its support to those planning to protest the next scheduled shipment of Canadian arms to Saudi Arabia through the port of Saint John. The protest is planned for the King Street entrance to the port at 7:00 am on Saturday, December 22. 

Why the protest? 

  1. Canada has been selling Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) and other weapons to Saudi Arabia as part of a $14.8 billion arms agreement. These weapons leave Canada through the port in Saint John under export permits approved by the Canadian government. Canadians are increasingly dissatisfied with this deal and are raising questions about the Canadian trade in military hardware.

    2. Canada’s military export agreement with Saudi Arabia is supposed to require that the weapons not be used to violate the human rights of civilians. There is evidence, including video, that shows LAVs and other Canadian-made military equipment being used by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and also against their own citizens. Canadians are increasingly distressed about our complicity in Saudi policies.

    3. Saudi Arabia, in its war against neighbouring Yemen, has bombed water treatment plants, food storage depots and hospitals, blockaded shipments of food and water to ports, and killed many Yemeni people, including children. Canadians support humanitarian efforts, but these are contradicted by our participation in the arms trade.

    4. According to UN agencies, some eight million people are on the verge of starvation, 20 million face food insecurity brought by a Saudi-imposed economic blockade and an estimated 85,000 children under five have starved to death over the last three years as a result of the war.

    5. Saudi Arabia denies rights to its own citizens, especially women. The government jails women for seeking fundamental rights, and is currently threatening to behead at least one of them.

    6. Germany and some other EU countries have already cancelled or suspended weapons sales to Saudi Arabia because of Saudi-led coalition atrocities in the war on Yemen. The US Senate passed a resolution to end US involvement in Yemen war over a conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and brought famine to the country and as a signal to punish Saudi Arabia for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

We call on the Canadian government to:

1. Cancel the arms deal with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and all members of the Saudi-led coalition and stop the sale of all weapons to these countries.

2. Support a lasting ceasefire in Yemen and resumption of humanitarian aid through Yemeni ports immediately.

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

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

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.


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 ( 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 and and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (call 613-947-1153, 306-585-2202 and 613-991-2924, email and Copy Fredericton MP Matt Decourcey ( 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. 



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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, Tel: 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

It’s Rally Time! Fredericton March Against Islamophobia and Deportations

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.

No automatic alt text available.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: