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    ===== NO ONE IS ILLEGAL-MONTREAL NEWS AND EVENTS DIGEST BULLETIN DE NOUVELLES ET D ÉVÉNEMENTS DE PERSONNE N EST ILLÉGAL ===== MAY 1, 2006 -- LE 1er MAI 2006
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      NO ONE IS ILLEGAL-MONTREAL NEWS AND EVENTS DIGEST
      BULLETIN DE NOUVELLES ET D'ÉVÉNEMENTS DE PERSONNE N'EST ILLÉGAL
      =====

      MAY 1, 2006 -- LE 1er MAI 2006 (1.11)

      No One Is Illegal-Montreal sends Mayday greetings to all who resist
      borders and global apartheid. In particular, we send a message of
      support and solidarity to the Mayday immigrant strikers in the "United
      States". In struggle, -- The No One Is Illegal Collective of Montreal.

      Para el Primero de Mayo, el día del trabajador, Nadie es
      Ilegal-Montreal dirige un saludo solidario a todos que resisten las
      fronteras y el sístema de aparthied global. Además, mandamos un
      mensaje en apoyo a los trabajadores en pie de lucha quienes realizarán
      la huelga en "Estados Unidos". La lucha sigue y sigue. -- El colectivo
      de Nadie es Ilegal en Montreal.

      Personne n'est illégal-Montréal envoie ses salutations du Premier mai
      à toutes celles et ceux qui résistent aux frontières et à l'apartheid
      mondial. Nous aimerions particulièrement envoyer un message de soutien
      et de solidarité aux grévistes immigrant-e-s des "États-Unis". En
      lutte, comme toujours, -- le collectif Personne n'est illégal de
      Montréal


      ::::: MONTREAL EVENTS/ÉVÉNEMENTS À MONTRÉAL :::::

      1) 1o de mayo/1er mai/May 1st: Manif de solidarite avec les
      mobilisations des immigrants aux E-U/Solidarity demo with immigrant
      mobilizations in the United States
      2) (May 13, 12pm) Rally Against "Guantanamo North"/Manif contre le
      "Guantanamo du Nord" (13 mai, 12h)
      3) (May 13, 5pm) A Supper with Kader/Un souper avec Kader (13 mai, 17h)
      4) (May 20) Montreal's 7th Anarchist Bookfair/Le 7e Salon du livre
      anarchiste de Montréal (20 mai)
      5) (May 23) Film Night -- Apatrides Anoymes et No One Is Illegal --
      Cinéma-Cabaret (23 mai)
      6) (May 27) Status for All! National Day of Action (Vancouver,
      Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal)

      ::::: MAYDAY USA IMMIGRANT GENERAL STRIKE :::::

      7) MAY 1: "A Day Without Immigrant" Strike/Boycott: Over 100 events in
      60+ cities
      8) radioActive San Diego: Live radio coverage of May 1st Strike/Walkout/Boycott
      9) Spanish-English Mayday Pamphlets, by Arizona Indymedia, San Diego
      Indymedia and Delete the Border (San Diego)

      ::::: SOLIDARITY :::::

      10) Joint Committee for Migrant Workers in Korea: Request for
      International Solidarity
      11) Please donate to the Esperanza Fund and help the families of
      Canada's Secret Trial detainees

      ::::: SIX NATIONS :::::

      12) Message from Hazel Hill from Six Nations (April 28)
      13) Audio: The Other Side: Interviews with Hazel Hill, Clyde Powless
      & Janie Jamison (CFMU Radio Hamilton)
      14) Winnipeg Six Nations Solidarity Protesters Delay Traffic (The
      First Perspective/The Drum)
      15) Westbank First Nation shows solidarity with Six Nations (Kelowna
      Daily Courier, BC)
      16) Coast Salish Territories/Vancouver: Non-native supporters stand in
      solidarity with Six Nations
      17) Six Nations Clan Mothers taking land dispute to the UN (CP)
      18) Up-to-date News from/about Six Nations

      ::::: NEWS/NOUVELLES :::::

      19) (La Presse) Un «Guantanamo du Nord» en Ontario
      20) (Radio-Canada Montréal) Les nouveaux visages de l'esclavage
      21) (Radio-Canada Ottawa) Où sont les réfugiés?

      22) (Toronto Star) Immigration seizes girls to lure parents
      23) (Toronto Sun) Kids hauled out of classes
      24) (AP) Teen immigrant from NYC faces deportations to Senegal

      -----
      The No One Is Illegal News and Events Digest is a bilingual (English
      and French) weekly selection of analysis, news and events, compiled by
      the No One Is Illegal collective in Montreal. To subscribe or
      unsubscribe, visit:
      https://lists.resist.ca/mailman/listinfo/nooneisillegal-l;
      to contribute, e-mail nooneisillegal@...

      Le bulletin de nouvelles et d'événements de Personne n'est illégal
      rassemble une sélection hebdomadaire et bilingue (anglais - français)
      de nouvelles, analyses et événements compilée par le collectif
      Personne n'est illégal - Montréal. Pour vous abonner (ou vous
      désabonner), suivez ce lien:
      https://lists.resist.ca/mailman/listinfo/nooneisillegal-l;
      pour contribuer au bulletin, contactez-nous par courriel:
      nooneisillegal@...
      -----


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      (français ci-dessous... English below the French and Spanish ...)

      C O N V O C A T O R I A

      La Asociación Comunidad Mexicana de Québec convoca a toda la comunidad
      Mexicana, Latinoamericana y pueblo en general, a unirse a una sola voz
      como parte de la lucha de los derechos de los inmigrantes en EU.
      Apoyemos con nuestra fuerza, recursos e idealismos manifestándonos con
      inteligencia y en forma civil y ordenada el día Lunes, 1º de Mayo del
      2006, a las 13:00 hrs. Frente al Consulado General de los Estados
      Unidos. En el No. 1155 St. Alexandre.

      Para información y colaboración. Tel: (514)481-9534 (Les invitamos a mostrar su
      creatividad realizando sus propias pancartas de protesta para la
      manifestación).

      (avisa a todas las personas que conoscas)


      C O N V O C A T I O N

      L'Association de la Communauté Mexicaine du Québec convoque toute la
      communauté mexicaine, latino-américaine et population en général, à
      s'unir en une seule voix afin de faire part de la lutte pour les
      droits des immigrants des É-U. Appuyons avec notre force, ressources
      et idealisme en manifestant intelligement et avec civisme et ordre en
      date du lundi 1er mai 2006 à 13:00hrs en face du Consulat Général des
      Etats-Unis. L'adresse est le 1155 rue St-Alexandre. Pour avoir des
      renseignements et collaborer, s'adresser au (514)481-9534 (On vous
      invite à faire preuve de créativité en réalisant vos propres pancartes
      de protestation.)

      Visita nuestro sitio Internet: www.comexqc.org
      Correo electrónico: info@...
      Teléfono: (514) 993-8320


      C A L L O U T

      The Association of the Mexican Community in Quebec is asking the
      Mexican and Latin-American Community, as well as the general
      population, to unite in one voice in order to support the struggle for
      the rights of immigrants in the United States. Let us support with our
      strength, resources and idealism on Monday, May 1st at 1pm in front of
      the U.S. Consulate located at 1155 rue St-Alexandre. For more
      information or to get involved please contact (514)481-9534 (We invite
      you to use your own creativity to make your own protest banners and
      placards).

      Website: www.comexqc.org
      Email: info@...
      Telephone: (514) 993-8320
      ==========


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      [English below]

      MANIF CONTRE LE "GUANTANAMO DU NORD"

      Contre l'ouverture d'une nouvelle prison pour les non-citoyens détenus
      sans accusations
      sans procès
      sous des informations secrètes et des soupçons
      sous la menace d'être deportés vers la torture
      pour une durée indéterminée

      ---
      samedi, le 13 mai à midi
      au Complexe Guy-Favreau
      (René-Lévesque, coin St-Urbain. métro Place-des-arts)
      ---

      Quatre détenus sous un "certificat de sécurité" - Mahjoub (presque six
      ans), Jaballah (sous son troisième certificat), Almrei (quatre ans et
      demi), Harkat (plus de trois ans) - ont été transférés dans les
      nouvelles installations de Kingston le 24 avril dernier.

      Cette prison, sous la directions de les Services frontalières, a été
      construite pour les détenus des certificats de sécurité. Ce
      "Guantanamo du Nord" crée un précédent au Canada et témoigne de
      l'intention du gouvernement de garder les réfugié(e)s en détention de
      façon arbitraire et pour une durée indéterminée. Le transfert vers
      cette nouvelle prison signifie également que les détenus seront loin
      de leurs familles et de leurs avocat(e)s.

      Des groupes de Vancouver, de Toronto, de Kingston, d'Ottawa, du Québec
      et de Halifax dénoncent l'ouverture d'un Guantanamo du Nord et
      demandent au gouvernement de libérer immédiatement les détenus,
      d'abolir le certificat de sécurité et de cesser les déportations vers
      la torture.

      ***Nous avons besoin de vous pour aider à mobiliser ! Faites circulez
      dans vos réseaux et venez en grand nombre !

      --------------------------------------------
      Coalition Justice pour Adil Charkaoui
      www.adilinfo.org
      justiceforadil@...
      tél. : 514 859 9023

      ::::::::::

      RALLY AGAINST "GUANTANAMO NORTH"

      Oppose the opening of a new prison for non-citizens detained
      without charge
      without trial
      under secret evidence and suspicions
      under threat of deportation to torture
      indefinitely

      ---
      Saturday, 13 May, 12pm (noon)
      Complexe Guy Favreau
      (Rene-Levesque, corner St-Urbain. metro Place des arts)
      ---

      The four Ontario "security certificate" detainees - Mahjoub (almost
      six years), Jaballah (on his third certificate), Almrei (four and a
      half years), Harkat (over three years) - were transferred to a new
      prison in Kingston, Ontario on 24 April.

      Dubbed "Guantanamo North", the new six-cell facility was built
      especially for security certificate detainees and is run by the
      Canadian Border Services Agency. It establishes a dangerous precedent
      in Canada and signals the government's intention to keep refugees in
      indefinite, arbitrarydetention - no charges, no trial, no end in
      sight, under threat ofdeportation to torture. The move to the new
      prison will also cut detaineesoff from their families and lawyers,
      adding a new layer of hardship to the unbearable situation they and
      their families are already living. In coordination with groups in
      Vancouver, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa,Quebec City and Halifax, we are
      calling for a demonsration to:

      * denounce the establishment of "Guantanamo North";
      * demand the immediate release of 'security certificate' detainees;
      * call for the abolition of security certificates; and
      * call for an end to deportations to torture.

      ***We appreciate your help in mobilising people to come out !

      Coalition Justice for Adil Charkaoui
      www.adilinfo.org
      justiceforadil@...
      tel. 514 859 9023
      ==========


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      Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! Because...
      Inscris-le dans ton calendrier! Dis-le a tes ami(e)s! Parce que...

      You are invited to ... Vous êtes invités ...

      A SUPPER WITH KADER ** UN SOUPER AVEC KADER

      For the past four months, our dear friend Abdelkader Belaouni, has
      taken sanctuary within the confines St. Gabriel's Church in defiance
      of a deportation order from Immigration Canada.

      Join us on Saturday, May 13, for a community supper at the church to
      celebrate his act of resistance and to learn more...

      Childcare/childrens' activities will be available
      Transportation to and from the dinner is also available. Please call
      (514)267-3701 in advance for a ride.

      Unfortunately, the space is not wheelchair accessible. There are three
      stairs to get down into the basement where the event is being held.
      For more information, please get in touch (contact info below).

      !~!~!~!~!~!~!~

      Depuis quatre mois, notre cher ami Abdelkader Belaouni, prend refuge
      dans l'église Saint-Gabriel de Pointe-Saint-Charles, défiant ainsi un
      ordre de déportation d'Immigration Canada.

      Venez le samedi, 13 mai pour un souper communautaire a l'église pour
      célébrer son acte de résistance et pour vous informer.

      La garderie/activites pour enfants seront disponibles.

      La transportation aller-retour est aussi disponible. SVP appeller en
      avance, au (514)267-3701 pour arranger un lift.

      Malheureusement, l'espace n'est pas accessible aux fauteuils roulants.
      Il faut descendre trois marches pour accesser l'espace.

      :::::
      SATURDAY MAY 13
      LE SAMEDI 13 MAI

      ST GABRIEL CHURCH
      2157 rue Centre
      (metro Charlevoix)
      17h à 21h

      ** FREE / GRATUIT **
      :::::

      community * music * info * musique * communauté

      Contact: soutienkader@... + 514-859-9023
      http://www.soutienpourkader.net
      ==========


      (((((4)))))

      Montreal's 7th Annual Anarchist Bookfair
      For complete info: http://anarchistbookfair.taktic.org

      Le 7e Salon du Livre anarchiste de Montréal
      Pour des renseignements: http://salonanarchiste.taktic.org
      ==========


      (((((5)))))

      SOIRÉE-CABARET DE FILMS
      Présentée par les Apatrides anonymes et No One Is Illegal

      Le mardi 23 mai
      À partir de 19h
      Au Toc-toc (6091 av. du Parc, près de Van Horne)
      Contribution demandée de 5$

      En plus des films, il y aura des invités, de la musique et quelques surprises.

      Informations : 848-7583 ou apatridesanoymes@...

      :::::

      FILM NIGHT AND CABARET
      organized by Apatrides Anonymes and No One Is Illegal

      Tuesday, May 23rd
      Films start at 7pm
      at Toc-Toc (6091 Parc, at Van Horne)
      $5 or pay what you can.

      Night to include films, talks and music, and some surprises.

      INFO: 848-7583 ou noii-montreal@...
      ==========


      (((((6)))))

      :::::
      Stop the Deportations!
      STATUS FOR ALL!
      Saturday, May 27, 2006
      National Day of Action
      (Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal ...)
      :::::

      Across Canada, migrants, refugees and their allies will demonstrate
      against the deportation and detention of migrants and refugees, and
      for a full, inclusive, unconditional and ongoing regularization
      program, meaning STATUS FOR ALL!

      Building on ongoing organizing efforts led by migrant communities
      across the Canadian state, we are demonstrating because hundreds of
      thousands of people live without status, while hundreds of thousands
      more are exploited by the arbitrary and racist policies of Immigration
      Canada. Thousands of migrants are forced to live in poverty, without
      sufficient access to health care or education, and in great fear of
      being detained or deported, all the while being the most exploited in
      the workplace.

      We are demonstrating as part of a struggle for self-determination as
      migrants, immigrants and refugees, supported by our allies.

      Join us on May 27, in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere.

      We refuse to be invisible; we refuse to live in fear. We demand STATUS FOR ALL!

      -----
      -> IN VANCOUVER
      Action to be organized by the STATUS (Standing Through Action Towards
      Unity and Solidarity!) Coalition. More details coming in the coming
      weeks.

      For more information, or to get involved, please phone 778-885-0040 or
      e-mail saic@...

      -> IN TORONTO
      The STATUS FOR ALL! March will meet at 1pm at O.I.S.E. (252 Bloor
      Street West at the St. George subway station). We will march through
      the city and end with a community festival.

      For more information or to get involved, contact
      nooneisillegal@...; http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org

      -> IN OTTAWA
      The Status For All! event will begin at noon at the Human Rights
      Monument on Elgin Street. More details in the coming weeks. Event
      co-sponsored by the Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee and the
      International Solidarity Committee of Canadian Union of Public
      Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

      For more info: knastov@..., jsquires@... or 613-328-5831.

      -> IN MONTREAL
      The Montreal STATUS FOR ALL March will gather at NOON at Philips
      Square (McGill and Union, metro McGill) in downtown Montreal. We will
      march north along St-Laurent and Parc into Parc Extension, where will
      stop for a lunch and speakers. We will then continue west into
      Cote-des-Neiges where the day will end with a community picnic in Kent
      Parc (corner of Appleton and Cote-des-Neiges).

      For more information or to get involved, contact: 514-859-9023,
      sansfrontieres@...; www.solidarityacrossborders.org
      ---

      To endorse the STATUS FOR ALL National Day of Action (May 27, 2006),
      please e-mail: sansfrontieres@...

      If you are organizing an action or demonstration in your local
      community, please get in touch with details: sansfrontieres@...

      NO BORDERS, NO NATIONS, STOP THE DEPORTATIONS!
      JUSTICE AND DIGNITY FOR ALL MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES!
      ==========


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      by Lee Siu Hin - Immigrant Solidarity Network
      info@...
      (213) 403-0131
      Los Angeles, CA USA

      As of April 24th, we have over 100 events at 60+ cities for the May
      1st mobilization listed at our calendar!

      "El Gran Paro Americano 2006" "The Great American Boycott 2006"
      "Un dia sin immigrante" "A day without an immigrant"

      Nationwide Immigrant General Strike Wear White T-Shirt at May 1!

      http://www.NoHR4437.org
      http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org

      Dear immigrant rights activists:

      As of April 24th, we have over 100 events at 60+ cities for the May
      1st mobilization listed at our calendar.

      On May 1, we are calling No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying,
      and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your
      areas (stock exchanges, anti immigrant corporations, etc.) to protest
      the anti-immigrant movements across the country.

      No Work
      No School
      No Selling
      No Buying…

      - Yes To Immediate Amnesty
      - Yes To Family Unity
      - No To Criminalization of Immigrants
      - No Border Fences and Racism
      - No Increased Immigrant Enforcement

      On May 1, we will wear "white" a T-Shirt and/or white arm bands, we
      can paint and write our political demands (and creative arts) at the
      T-shirt go to rally, protest, strike, vigil, work or school--we will
      have a ocean of white T-shirts with our political demands from east
      coast to west coast, at the street, work place, school, bus station &
      store... and our voice will be LOUD AND CLEAR AND CANNOT BE SILENT FOR
      EVER!

      We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the
      millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S. We believe that
      increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only
      serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in
      terms of deaths and family separation.

      The success of the March 25 Los Angeles "Gran Marcha" proves that we
      can make it happen! A new civil rights movement of the 21st century is
      building, a multi-ethnic movement to link immigrant rights, social
      justice and anti-war together.

      Therefore, activists and organizers have a particular responsibility
      to point out the links between Katrina's impact, immigrant rights,
      civil liberties, labor rights and the U.S. war in Iraq. We need to
      make the connections between: wars in Africa, south America, Asia,
      Iraq, Palestine and Korea, and sweatshops in Asia as well as in Los
      Angeles and in New York; international arms sales and the WTO, FTAA,
      NAFTA & CAFTA with AIDS, hunger, our reproductive rights, child labor
      and child soldiers; multinational corporations and economic
      exploitation with racism, homophobia and poverty at home--then we can
      win the struggle.

      United We Win! Together We Can Achieve Our Dreams!

      Lee Siu Hin
      National Immigrant Solidarity Network
      ==========


      (((((8)))))

      Live radio coverage of May 1st Srike/Walkout/Boycott

      radioActive sanDiego will be taking calls from the street all day on
      MayDay, from 10AM to 6:30PM.

      CALL IN LIVE FROM THE STREET @ 619-269-4693 and we will put you on the
      air! Call in with your news, reports, stories and personal experiences.

      Listen online at http:/radioActiveradio.org

      You can also tune in to 106.9FM to hear the live coverage and find out
      where to go!

      Also, http://deleteTheBorder.org has a list of local events as well as
      a PDF pamphlet for distributing at Mayday events.

      All over the US, massive actions are being planned as part of the call
      for a General Strike / Walkout / Boycott // No Work, No School, Buy
      Nothing, Sell Nothing. Take part! Help organize your community to join
      the General Strike and Walkout against HR4437 and for Amnesty!

      Freedom of movement!
      Equal rights for all people regardless of immigration status!
      An end to deportations and detention centers!

      MayDay 2006 will be a day remembered for a long, long time. Call in to
      radioActive sanDiego, help us provide coverage for the community and
      make your voice heard!
      ==========


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      Individuals involved with Arizona Indymedia, San Diego Indymedia and
      Delete the Border produced this bilingual pamplet, providing a radical
      analysis between May Day and pro-immigrant actions. Please distribute
      widely. It is an 11'' x 17'' pdf that is easy to print and fold. There
      is a "generic" version which allows you to include local details in
      the document before you print it. You can download the pamplet at:

      http://sonoranstyle.net/mayday
      OR
      http://deletetheborder.org/node/1022

      Best of luck on May 1.
      In solidarity from the Southwest,
      Jessica, Arizona IMC
      ==========


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      From: "Wol-san Liem" <wol-san@...>
      Subject: Support Migrant Workers Rights in S. Korea, Request for Solidarity

      Dear Ally,

      As you know, the struggle of migrants is one and the same struggle all
      over the world. In South Korea, like in the U.S., migrant workers are
      fighting inhumane working conditions and unjust government policies,
      which are not only degrading but also life threatening.

      On April 18th, a young Indonesian migrant worker in South Korea, Nur
      Fuad, fell to his died after having falling from a third story window
      while trying to escape during an immigration crackdown.

      Since 2003, the South Korean government has pursued a policy of brutal
      crackdowns and forced deportations against undocumented migrants,
      sadly resulting in several cases like Nur Fuad's. In response,
      migrant workers and human rights activists have staged numerous
      protests to demand an end to the government's policy and the
      legalization of all migrant workers.

      Since April 25, the Joint Committee for Migrants in Korea (JMCK), a
      coalition of human rights groups and migrant centers, have been
      staging a sit-in struggle in Gwanghwamun Open Park in downtown Seoul.
      They have been there day and night for the last several days.

      There will be a public protest calling for legalization this Sunday
      afternoon. JCMK's demands are as follows:

      We demand:
      - That the South Korean government legalize all undocumented migrant
      workers and grant them the same recognition it does Korean residents
      abroad!
      - That the government ratify the UN agreements on migrant workers and
      guarantee them overall human rights!
      - That the government immediately abandon the murderous policy of
      crackdowns and deportation for undocumented migrant workers!
      - That the government legalize all undocumented migrant workers and
      guarantee their right to work!

      JCMK would very much like solidarity statements from groups in the
      U.S. and all over the world.

      Below is JCMK's statement. You can send message of solidarity by
      email to jcmk@... or fax to (82 2) 312-1688.

      http://www.jcmk.org/

      :::::

      <Statement>

      Limitless Grief for the Late 'Nur Fuad'

      Nur Fuad's body is now being sent to Indonesia, his homeland.
      Nur Fuad died on April 18th 2006, after falling from the third floor
      of the Immigration Bureau at Inchon while trying to avoid being
      captured by a Bureau regulation official. When one imagines who this
      thirty-year-old Indonesian youth, who came to Korea with a Korean
      dream, will miss and what he might have been thinking as he breathed
      his last breath and closed his eyes, it is impossible not to feel deep
      sorrow. Moreover, when one looks at the Korean government's
      irresponsible manner of dealing with Nur Fuad death, it is impossible
      to restrain deep resentment. With its actions, the government asks for
      impeachment.

      Nur Fuad's death is the result of a murder attributable to the
      government's policy of crackdowns and deportation. It is our belief
      that if this policy is not fundamentally revised more tragedies and
      needless deaths of undocumented migrant workers will doubtless less
      occur. The numerous cases of migrant worker who have already died
      testify to this fact.

      We have protested every time a death has occurred due to a
      violent crackdown, calling for an end to government's wrongful policy.
      But the government has neglected our demands and continued its
      murderous attack. How many more undocumented migrant workers must be
      arrested before the government is satisfied? How many more
      undocumented immigrant workers must die before the government realizes
      it must pay attention to our demand? How long will this policy, by no
      means beneficial for national image or interests, last?

      It has recently been reported that many countries are
      competing for seats on the UN Human Rights Council. The Korean
      government seems to be very optimistic, expecting to safely take 13 of
      the 47 seats assigned for Asian countries. However, we cannot but
      question whether a government that adheres to a coercive policy of
      crackdowns and deportation which results in the deaths of innocent
      migrant workers, is really qualified for membership in the UN Human
      Rights Council at all. Even if South Korea manages to enter, it will
      only do so by drawing a veil over its faults. Its membership will
      have no meaning at all. The families of migrant workers, who watch
      their sons, husbands and fathers go to Korea to fulfill a beautiful
      Korean dream and come back as cold dead bodies, will never acknowledge
      Korea as an advanced nation that protects human rights. Rather they
      will severely censure Korea for human rights violations and develop
      strong anti-Korean sentiment.

      We, the Joint Committee for Migrant Workers in Korea (JCMK), a
      coalition of migrant workers' human rights activists and
      organizations, are staging a sit-in protest against the government's
      policy. We strongly urge the Korean government to abandon its policy
      of crackdowns and deportation and replace it with the legalization of
      all undocumented migrant workers. This is the only way to prevent
      more tragic events like Nur Fuad's death from happening in the future.
      We hope that if the government changes its policy that the inhumane,
      unjust and violent crackdowns and deportations will end and we can
      then construct a truly multicultural and multiracial Korean society in
      which all migrant workers are accepted as members and allowed to live
      safely and with dignity.

      We, the sit-in protestors of JMCK, make clear that we will
      fight to the end until the day when all migrant workers in Korea can
      work legally and honorably and go back to their homelands happily
      after their work is concluded.

      Once again, we pray for the soul of the late Nur Fuad and
      express our condolences to the bereaved family who are in great
      despair and grief.

      We demand:

      That the South Korean government legalize all undocumented migrant
      workers and grant them the same recognition it does Korean residents
      abroad!
      That the government ratify the UN agreements on migrant workers and
      guarantee them overall human rights!
      That the government immediately abandon the murderous policy of
      crackdowns and deportation for undocumented migrant workers!
      That the government legalize all undocumented migrant workers and
      guarantee their right to work!

      April 26th, 2006
      Joint Committee for Migrant Workers in Korea
      ==========


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      Please donate to the Esperanza Fund and help the families of Canada's
      Secret Trial detainees...

      Letters for the detainees and their families (details below) are also
      appreciated)

      Friends

      As many of you know, the four secret trial detainees who have not yet
      made bail have been transferred to Kingston's Millhaven Federal
      Penitentiary in a new facility specially built for secret trial
      prisoners. There are six cells in the special unit (perhaps no doubt
      because there remain two individuals out on bail under this atrocious
      regime!). This transfer, while long expected, has been extremely
      stressful and nerve-wracking for the men and their families, who are
      no longer in the same city.

      In the past, many of you have donated to the Esperanza Fund, which is
      run by the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada to help meet the
      extraordinary expenses of families who have been thrown into poverty
      with their loved ones behind bars on secret "evidence." Those expenses
      are continuing to rise, especilly now that families must travel long
      distances, as well as arrange for food and accommodation, in a city
      that is three hours away. In addition, special things like
      extracurricular activities and tuition for post-secondary education
      are beyond the reach of these families, and they need your help.
      (Mahmoud Mahjoub has three children, Mahmoud Jaballah has six).

      The Esperanza Fund is hoping to raise a significant amount of money to
      help meet these growing needs, and we hope you can help. If you would
      like to donate, please send cheques in any amount made out to Homes
      not Bombs (earmarked "Esperanza") and mailed to PO Box 73620, 509 St.
      Clair Ave. West, Tornto, ON M6C 1C0. We can issue tax receipts for
      donations over $100, but you MUST contact us for details on how that
      process works first, since the receipts come from another foundation.
      Because there is absolutely no overhead or administrative fees, every
      cent you donate will go directly to the families.

      Meantime, it is a very isolated and lonely place where the men have
      been transferred, so a short note or postcard of support for their
      rights to bail and to be free of deportation to torture, among other
      things, would be a welcome and timely gesture during this difficult
      period.

      The new address for the four detainees -- Mohammad Mahjoub, Mahmoud
      Jaballah, Mohamed Harkat, and Hassan Almrei -- is:

      Kingston Immigration Holding Centre
      c/o CSC RHQ Ontario Region
      440 King Street West
      PO Box 1174
      Kingston, Ontario K7L 4Y8

      This remains a difficult and stressful time for the families of the
      men as well. If you would like to send a brief letter of support to
      "the family of Mohammad Mahjoub" or the "family of Mahmoud Jaballah),
      you can send them to the Homes not Bombs PO Box and they will be
      forwarded.

      Meantime, be sure to join the Freedom Caravan to Ottawa, June 3-10, and
      Camp Hope in Ottawa during this June's Supreme Court hearings, June 11-16.
      If you cannot make it, perhaps consider holding a vigil on June 13 in
      your community, or sending a banner for the Supreme Court lawn. More
      details at www.homesnotbombs.ca

      Peace

      Matthew Behrens
      Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada
      (tasc@...)
      ==========


      (((((12)))))

      Message from Hazel Hill
      Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 7:11 AM

      Friday morning, and I just wanted to touch base with everyone. things
      are quiet around the camp. we are currently in the process of
      re-organizing, re-structuring, etc. so that we're not all over the
      place. the women are in the process of getting the information
      organized and hopefully (?) we will have a daily report coming out
      from the site. At least that is my personal goal, perhaps early
      evening, maybe even once in the morning and once at night.

      The Caledonia residents are getting a bit frustrated, not only with
      us, but there is alot of anger toward police for not getting us out of
      there, and now they want to block our roads on the rez, stop accepting
      status cards etc. it really is alot of garbage and i understand their
      frustration, but it was clearly stated by my daughter who wrote in to
      one of their blogs, "the racism is not new, it has just been hidden
      better until this incident" something along those lines anyway. and i
      agree with her. as do many. not all of them feel that way, but it is
      not uncommon in any of the cities towns and townships along the grand
      river, and it shouldn't even surprise us, they were taught their
      history and believe us to be just like them......but it is their
      spirit that is stirring and questioning their truth, and that is where
      the anger comes from. it is easier to be angry and racist than to
      admit that they might be wrong and there might be truth to what we are
      saying. so, have compassion in your hearts for those people, don't
      react to their anger and if you're going to the site tonight, lets
      stay by the front gate, we'll have a sing, and let's ignore their
      behavior. The media is just waiting for us to react and give them a
      show, we need to stay proud and allow those people to have their own
      say, in their own way, without even acknowledgeing it. As far as them
      stopping us from shopping in "their" town, quite frankly, if they
      don't want our business, caledonia may soon turn out to be a ghost
      town without it.

      Will touch base soon.

      Hazel
      ==========


      (((((13)))))

      The Other Side: Interviews with Hazel Hill, Clyde Powless & Janie
      Jamison (CFMU Radio Hamilton)

      http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=17785
      ==========


      (((((14)))))

      Caledonia protesters delay Winnipeg downtown traffic

      FP/Drum Staff
      The First Perspective/The Drum: http://www.firstperspective.ca
      April 28, 2006

      WINNIPEG -- Four-dozen demonstrators showed their support for Six
      Nations Mohawks on Friday morning by partially closing a Winnipeg
      bridge prior to police intervention.

      They closed off the right hand lane on the Midtown bridge for a very
      short period of time likely less than a minute or two before police,
      who were stationed nearby, moved in and ordered the demonstrators off
      the roadway portion of the bridge.

      "Nobody got arrested and nobody got hurt, so we will live to fight
      another day," said Peter Kulchyski, who was carried off the traffic
      portion of the bridge by three members of the Winnipeg police.

      "I think it went pretty good considering people were not trained
      properly," said Kulchyski, an Aboriginal studies professor who is on
      sabbatical and was acting as picket captain.

      He was a veteran of protests dating back to the 1970s, but many of the
      demonstrators were new to this type of activity. With more experience,
      they could have held up traffic a while longer, he explained
      afterward.

      The evening before, when planning strategy, they decided their goal
      would be to slow traffic but leave one lane open while pamphlets were
      passed to drivers and passengers in other lanes. During the
      demonstration, police ordered the picketers onto the sidewalks and
      walkways, saying loudly that they were doing this to keep
      demonstrators from being hit by vehicles.

      After the police intervened, the demonstrators mostly confined
      themselves to the sidewalks and meridians, although occasionally they
      walked into the traffic lanes to hand out pamphlets while cars were
      stopped by red traffic lights. Close to a dozen cops watched.

      The demonstration began around 8 a.m. and lasted about a half hour.
      Some motorists opened their car windows to take the pamphlets that
      were being handed out, but other drivers in the morning rush either
      refused to open windows or yelled at the demonstrators. Most of the
      verbal hostility occurred before police cleared the bridge.

      "Some people did not want any information, but those who took it were
      supportive," said Shelagh Pizey-Allen, who estimated that 30-50
      motorists took her pamphlets.

      When the demonstrators returned to their drum circle on grass near the
      foot of the bridge there was general discussion of participation in
      future events. Heather Lightning, one of the organizers, said the
      extent of future actions would largely depend on what happens at the
      Caledonia camp site near Hamilton.

      Lightning said the First Nations organizations in Manitoba haven't
      been active on the issue. That is why individual citizens both
      Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ­ decided to act. "The chiefs'
      organizations in the province haven't done anything," she said.

      The only chief at the demonstration was Chief Terry Nelson of the
      Roseau River First Nation. Speaking prior to the demonstration, he
      said that it was a mistake for First Nations organizations, like Union
      of Ontario Indians, to tell people to stay away from the Caledonia
      site saying that they didn't want people going into an area that could
      be unsafe.

      UOI had called for cooler heads to prevail, but Nelson said the Native
      people who were standing up for their rights were not responsible for
      cranking up tensions. "They should be condemning the police and
      courts."

      He also said that people across the country would respond with railway
      blockades if the police or military move against the Six Nations camp
      at Caledonia and kill people.

      The demonstration held Friday morning (April 29) is among a series of
      events being held across the country to show solidarity with the Six
      Nations and to deter governments and police from using force to evict
      demonstrators at a sub-division construction site at the town of
      Caledonia.
      ==========


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      From KelownaDailyCourier.ca
      Local
      Natives show support for Mohawks
      By Daily Courier Staff
      Wednesday, April 26, 2006, 12:01 AM

      http://209.115.237.105/kelowna/publish/article_1813.php

      A small group of protesters held an "information" protest along
      Highway 97 in Westbank Tuesday, but they didn't rule out the
      possibility of shutting down the bridge in the future.

      The natives were supporting members of the Mohawk Nation near
      Caledonia, Ont., who have occupied land planned for a housing
      development.

      "There are going to be repercussions – it could be a rough summer,"
      said Pierre Kruger, a native from the Coast of B.C.

      "If police enforce the theft of land, it might come to shutting down
      the (Okanagan Lake) bridge. If I had my way, that would have happened
      today. But that's up to the elders."

      There were about a dozen protesters walking the sidewalk across
      Highway 97 from the Westbank First Nation office. Most of the
      protesters were from out of town.

      Alex Louie, a native from Oliver who organized the protest, said most
      Indians don't support the elected chiefs and councils at Six Nations
      or the WFN.

      "The grassroots peoples believe that the traditional people are in
      charge of making any decision on Okanagan land rights and
      sovereignty," he said. "The membership has been excluded from
      negotiations here (WFN self-government).

      "What the (WFN) council and provincial and federal governments want
      has no bearing on what the people want.

      "The grassroots people do not believe in the Canadian government's
      land selection process because aboriginal title exists throughout
      Okanagan territory."

      WFN Chief Robert Louie said the protest was not approved by the
      Westbank band council.

      "WFN supports the right of peaceful assembly, and although we
      sympathize with the Mohawk Nation and their plight, we have our own
      land issues to deal with here," he said.

      Protester Ethan Baptiste, also from Oliver, said if Ontario police
      don't back down in their standoff with the Mohawks, it will have
      consequences across the country.

      "Blockading the bridge may be extreme, but that's the kind of extreme
      measures that will be taken across the country," he said.

      There were several non-natives on the protest line.

      "I'm supporting them because I think they have much more respect for
      the land than our culture does," said Lynda Barrer of Kelowna.
      ==========


      (((((16)))))

      NON-NATIVE SUPPORTERS STAND WITH THE SIX NATIONS

      As non-native, multiracial groups in Coast Salish Territories/
      Vancouver, we extend our solidarity to the Six Nations Community in
      Caledonia, Ontario and condemn the police violence and criminalization
      of the community who are standing for their rights. The racist
      colonial legacy of Canada continues to devastate the lands and lives
      of indigenous peoples and as non-native supporters, we affirm our
      solidarity with the Six
      Nations community in calling for immediate end to construction by
      Henco Industries; a withdrawal of OPP and enforcement forces; and for
      a just resolution as determined by the clan mothers.

      1. Al-Awda (Palestinian Right of Return) Coalition-Vancouver
      2. Anti-Capitalist Community Forum
      3. Anti Poverty Committee
      4. Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society
      5. B.C. Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
      6. B.C Latin-American Collective
      7. Bolivia Solidarity Committee
      8. Bus Riders Union
      9. Canadian Network for Democratic Nepal
      10. Canada Palestine Association
      11. Downtown Eastside Residents Association
      12. Haiti Solidarity B.C
      13. Grassroots Women
      14. International Solidarity Movement
      15. Iranian Federation of Refugees
      16. Justicia for Migrant Workers
      17. Mostly Water Newswire
      18. No One is Illegal-Vancouver
      19. Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance
      20. Filipino Nurses Support Group
      21. Palestine Community Centre
      22. Palestine Solidarity Group
      23. Palestinian Arab Women's Association
      24. Philippine Women Centre
      25. Seven Oaks Magazine
      26. SIKLAB (Overseas Filipino Workers)
      27. StopWar.ca
      28. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
      29. South Asian Women's Alliance
      30. Vancouver Status of Women
      31. Voice of Palestine-Vancouver
      ==========


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      Six Nations clan mothers taking Caledonia land dispute to UN

      Canadian Press

      Thursday, April 27, 2006

      http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=48c36ed6-6991-4dac-994f-dad417720a39&k=2635

      CALEDONIA, Ont. -- Aboriginal activists occupying a southern Ontario
      housing development are taking their case to the United Nations.

      On Thursday, Six Nations clan mothers were drafting a statement about
      the land protest for the United Nations.

      Although they seldom speak in public, the clan mothers are considered
      the protectors of the land in the Six Nations Confederacy and have
      been wielding influence behind the scenes.

      Former Six Nations resident Doreen Silversmith, 49, will deliver the
      clan mothers' message to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and
      Cultural Rights in Geneva next week.

      When Canada last appeared before the committee in 1998 it was
      chastised for the "gross disparity between aboriginal people and the
      majority of Canadians.''

      The committee also expressed concern about poverty rates among
      aboriginal women like Silversmith, who rose from a street person to an
      outspoken native activist.

      Silversmith was still waiting for written instructions from the clan
      mothers Thursday night as she prepared to board the plane for Geneva
      on Friday.

      When they took over the site two months ago, the protesters erected a
      large banner proclaiming "Six Nations Land.''

      They claim that land is part of the original Haldimand Grant to the
      Six Nations people and had never been surrendered.

      Governments say the sale was approved in the 1840s.

      Don and John Henning, owners of Henco Industries, say they have a
      clear title to the land and satisfied all the municipal requirements
      before they started building houses on the site last fall.

      Apart from delivering the clan mothers' missive, Silversmith will tell
      her own tragic story.

      After growing up on the Six Nations Reserve, she went to Toronto where
      she slept on the street and in shelters for the homeless.

      She ended up in a mental health hospital, written off as "a drunken,
      crazy Indian.''

      However, through the help of a nurse, she joined an alcohol treatment
      program and hasn't touched a drop of booze since June 26, 1980.

      Representatives of international human rights groups have also taken
      note of the Caledonia occupation.

      Bryant Greenbaum, who works as a human rights lawyer in South Africa,
      visited the Douglas Creek Estates protest site Thursday to learn about
      First Nations land issues and see how they compare with tribal issues
      in his own country.

      Greenbaum said he was impressed with the way the Six Nations activists
      were conducting their protest.

      "I see a peaceful political activism that can make positive changes,''
      Greenbaum said.

      While touring the site, he said he heard stories similar to those
      related to him by Zulu and Xhosa tribal leaders in South Africa, where
      land reform and reclamation is also a big issue.

      Tribes that lost indigenous territories during the apartheid years are
      seeking compensation or return of ancestral lands.

      "The images I've taken, the stories I've heard and the dialogue I've
      engaged in today will be taken back with me to South Africa and will
      be totally empowering for (the tribal people trying to get their land
      back),'' he said.
      ==========


      (((((18)))))

      Six Nations Resources, Information and Up-to-date News

      Indigenous Coverage:

      --> Gathering Place First Nations Canadian News, with reports and
      photos from people visiting the support camp and blockade:
      http://gatheringplacefirstnationscanews.ca/breakingnews.htm

      --> If you'd like the latest info from the standoff at Caledonia you
      can listen live to the local Six Nations radio station CKRZ over the
      internet: http://www.ckrz.com/index.html

      --> NDN News Page on Caledonia and Six Nations:
      http://www.ndnnews.com/Caledonia%20Occupation.htm

      --> Turtle Island Native News Network page on Six Nations:
      http://www.turtleisland.org/news/news-sixnations.htm


      More Information:

      --> Settlers in Support of Indigenous Sovereignty Six Nations
      Solidarity Page: http://sisis.nativeweb.org/actionalert/

      --> Six Nations Caledonia Resource Page by Autonomy and Solidarity:
      http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/2012?PHPSESSID=6636d4771ff904c3899dfc6202cb0186
      ==========


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      http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20060426/CPACTUALITES/604260811/1024/CPACTUALITES

      Le mercredi 26 avr 2006

      JUSTICE
      Un «Guantanamo du Nord» en Ontario
      Tristan Péloquin

      Affirmant vouloir leur procurer de meilleurs services, l'Agence des
      services frontaliers du Canada a transféré lundi quatre hommes visés
      par un certificat de sécurité dans une aile isolée du pénitencier de
      Kingston.

      Indignée par l'ouverture de cette aile spéciale, une coalition
      d'organismes opposés aux certificats de sécurité qualifie l'endroit de
      «Guantanamo du Nord», en référence à la prison américaine à ciel
      ouvert située à Cuba, où sont détenus plusieurs centaines de
      «combattants illégaux».

      «C'est un précédent très inquiétant. En regroupant pour la première
      fois les personnes visées par un certificat de sécurité en un même
      endroit, le Canada laisse planer une utilisation encore plus grande de
      la détention arbitraire», dénonce Mary Foster, de la Coalition Justice
      pour Adil Charkaoui.

      Très controversés, les certificats de sécurité permettent au
      gouvernement de détenir pour une durée indéterminée et sans déposer
      d'accusations formelles des résidants permanents soupçonnés
      d'appartenir à des organisations terroristes. Six individus sont
      actuellement visés par cette mesure, dont le Montréalais Adil
      Charkaoui, qui a recouvré une liberté partielle et surveillée après
      avoir passé 21 mois en cellule.

      Six cellules spéciales

      Même si la Cour suprême doit se pencher sur la constitutionnalité de
      ces certificats à la mi-juin, le gouvernement libéral a décidé avant
      les élections de créer ce «Centre de surveillance» spécial, situé à
      l'intérieur du pénitencier à sécurité maximale Millhaven, près de
      Kingston.

      Six cellules y ont été aménagées. «Nous y avons transféré (les quatre
      détenus) pour pouvoir leur donner un meilleur service, a expliqué hier
      Cara Trest, porte-parole de l'Agence des services frontaliers. Ils ont
      accès à des services médicaux et dentaires, à la vidéoconférence, au
      téléphone et peuvent sortir dans une cour surveillée. Ils ont aussi
      accès à une pièce pour accueillir de la visite.»

      Pour Adil Charkaoui, ce centre de détention n'en est pas moins une
      aberration. «Au début, lorsque j'ai entendu parler de l'intention du
      gouvernement d'y transférer les détenus, j'ai cru que c'était plutôt
      une bonne idée. J'ai passé près de deux ans dans une cellule de deux
      mètres sur deux mètres et demi, et j'ai failli devenir fou. Je me suis
      dit: Au moins, dans une prison fédérale, ils auront accès à des
      services.»

      Isolation

      Mais le fait que les détenus soient isolés des autres prisonniers
      change complètement la donne, croit-il. «Ce n'est pas facile pour un
      gardien de prison de commettre des mauvais traitements devant 40 ou 50
      détenus. Mais devant trois ou quatre individus isolés, tout est
      possible. On risque de se retrouver avec un Abou Ghraib canadien.»

      Des manifestations sont prévues au cours des prochains jours à Ottawa,
      Toronto, Halifax et Vancouver pour dénoncer l'ouverture du Centre de
      surveillance. Une marche est aussi prévue à Montréal le 13 mai
      prochain.
      ==========


      (((((20)))))

      http://radio-canada.ca/radio/sansfrontieres/72250.shtml

      CANADA, Immigration
      Les nouveaux visages de l'esclavage

      On estime qu'il y aurait entre 200 000 et 500 000 personnes sans
      papiers au Canada. Pour ces immigrants illégaux, dont certains sont au
      pays depuis plusieurs années, la vie quotidienne est extrêmement
      compliquée. Ils sont souvent exploités par leurs employeurs, leurs
      propriétaires et n'ont aucun moyen de défense.

      La situation est particulièrement difficile pour les enfants, qui
      ravalent leur souffrance, de peur de trahir leur famille.

      L'organisme qui leur vient en aide, Solidarité sans frontières,
      demande la régularisation de tous les immigrants illégaux au pays.
      L'organisme déplore que des milliers de personnes doivent vivre dans
      la pauvreté, privées d'accès aux soins de santé ou à l'éducation et
      dans la peur d'être emprisonnées ou déportées. Une grande journée
      d'action est prévue le 27 mai à Toronto, Vancouver et Montréal.
      ==========


      (((((21)))))

      Où sont les réfugiés?
      Mise à jour le jeudi 27 avril 2006, 10 h 30 .

      http://radio-canada.ca/regions/ottawa/2006/04/27/002-refugies-perdus.shtml

      Le Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés demande au fédéral d'expliquer
      ce qui est advenu de milliers de demandeurs d'asile. Seize mois après
      l'entrée en vigueur d'une entente canado-américaine sur les réfugiés,
      les deux pays n'ont toujours pas publié le bilan prévu au bout d'un
      an.

      Le Conseil souligne également que le nombre de demandeurs de statut de
      réfugié a chuté de plus de la moitié depuis l'entrée en vigueur de
      l'accord.

      L'année dernière, 4000 personnes ont fait une demande de statut de
      réfugié à un poste-frontière canadien. C'est une diminution de plus de
      la moitié par rapport à l'année précédente.

      Les défenseurs des réfugiés estiment que l'accord sur les tiers pays
      sûrs conclu entre le Canada et les États-Unis a fermé la porte aux
      personnes dans le besoin.

      En vertu de cette entente, un réfugié doit présenter sa demande dans
      le premier pays visité. Si par exemple les États-Unis rejettent cette
      demande, le réfugié ne peut se tourner vers le Canada.

      Selon Nicole Laviolette, professeure de droit international à
      l'Université d'Ottawa, il y a lieu de s'inquiéter. Mme Laviolette
      affirme qu'on a carrément perdu la trace de milliers de réfugiés, dont
      certains tentent peut-être d'entrer au pays de façon clandestine. À
      Ottawa et à Washington, on se contente de dire qu'un autre mois
      pourrait s'écouler avant que le rapport soit publié.
      ==========


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      Immigration seizes girls to lure parents
      Apr. 29, 2006. 07:18 AM
      ISABEL TEOTONIO
      STAFF REPORTER

      http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1146261012873&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154&t=TS_Home


      In a highly unusual move contradicting federal protocol, immigration
      officials went to a Toronto school yesterday and threatened to take
      away two young sisters if their parents, illegal immigrants, did not
      show up to turn themselves in within 30 minutes.

      Their Costan Rican mother, who arrived in tears at St. Jude school a
      short time later, was taken to a detention centre with the frightened
      girls, age 7 and 14. But she was released into a friend's care last
      night with her daughters.

      "This is very strange. I don't understand what happened," Alvaro
      Serdas said through an interpreter, of the incident involving his wife
      Denia Araya and daughters Lisbeth and Hacel. "I think maybe
      Immigration released them because they're scared they did something
      wrong in going to the school," said Serdas, who was shocked that
      officials would essentially threaten to hold children ransom to lure
      their parents out of hiding.
      "All we know is that there was a call made to Ottawa and it was from
      there that came the order to release them," Serdas said last night.
      Fearful that their release was a sting operation to lure him and his
      two other children, aged 18 and 21, out of hiding, he said he probably
      wouldn't be reunited with his family until today.

      Late yesterday, spokeswoman Anna Pape, of the Canada Border Services
      Agency, could not confirm details of the school incident but said such
      a move "completely contravenes protocol," particularly in the case of
      a failed refugee claimant who didn't report for deportation. The
      Serdas were ordered deported back to their native Costa Rica last
      year.

      "What took place was contrary to CBSA protocols and the family has
      been re-placed," Pape said. "We don't want to create a situation where
      parents without status or facing removal keep their kids out of
      school. We're not in the business of using children to apprehend
      parents in violation of the Immigration Act."

      A spokesperson for the Toronto Catholic District School Board said the
      board is planning a meeting Monday to discuss what principals should
      do if faced with a similar situation and parents don't show up to
      retrieve their children.

      Mary Jo Deighan confirmed that immigration officials arrived at the
      school, in the Weston Rd. and Sheppard Ave W. area, yesterday morning.
      The school arranged for a Spanish speaker to call the Serdas'
      cellphone — they don't have a land line and the school didn't have
      their home address — and relay the threatening message.

      Lisbeth and Hacel were sent to the office, where they and their mother
      were eventually led to a van that took them to the Rexdale immigration
      holding centre.

      Deighan said the students' removal was done "quietly" and "none of the
      other kids saw" what happened.

      "We have to abide by federal laws that govern us," said Deighan, who
      nonetheless called it a tough situation. It would have been even
      tougher had neither parent shown up.
      But the whole scenario should never have occurred in the first place,
      Pape said, calling the St. Jude incident a textbook example of what
      shouldn't happen.

      An example of the proper protocol took place Thursday at Dante
      Alighieri Academy, when immigration officials removed Kimberly
      Lizano-Sossa, 15, and her brother, Gerald Lizano-Sossa, 14.

      The students and their parents, Francella Sossa and Gerald Lizano,
      came to Canada as visitors from Costa Rica in 2001. They applied for
      refugee status, fearing they'd been targeted by a dangerous drug
      dealer. They were denied and told to show up for a deportation flight
      on Feb. 16. When they did not, a warrant was issued for their arrest —
      along with the grandparents who had joined them last year.

      Thursday morning, working on a tip, immigration officials descended on
      a north-end building, arresting the grandparents and then Francella
      Sossa and her 2-year-old Canadian- born daughter, Joshlynn.

      The family, except the father — who was working on a construction site
      and remains at large — were driven in an unmarked van to the high
      school, where staff were told to get the students.

      "It was heart-wrenching," recalled vice-principal Anita Bartolini, who
      broke the news to Gerald during lunch with his friends. "I walked him
      out to the van, and the looks on the mother and grandparents' faces
      was `help me,'" recalled Bartolini, who was one of about 50 students
      and staff who held a vigil outside the detention centre yesterday,
      praying for the release of their friends.

      Kimberly, described as a straight-A student, was led to the office by
      her art teacher, where principal Angela Piscitelli broke the news and
      comforted the sobbing teenager.

      "I was so distraught, but I said she had to comply," recalled
      Piscitelli, who was also part of the prayer service. "I called Sister
      Pat, a teacher chaplain, who came in and put her hands on Kimberly's
      shoulders and told her, `You're going to walk out of here with
      dignity.'"

      "These are two great kids," said Piscitelli, surrounded by students
      holding signs that read: "Stop the Deportations Status for All."

      Inside the detention centre, Kimberly and Gerald were aware of the
      vigil but couldn't see the supportive crowd. They spoke with the Star
      by phone.

      "It's amazing to have my friends outside," Kimberly said, choking back
      tears. "But my dreams are still to live here, study here and go to
      university to become an architect."

      The family is expected to be deported soon.

      Meanwhile, a warrant for the father, Gerald Lizano, remains in effect.

      A demonstration to protest the family's removal is planned for 4 p.m.
      today outside the detention centre at 385 Rexdale Blvd.
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      Kids hauled out of classes
      Brother and sister removed from school as frantic father hides from authorities
      By VIVIAN SONG, TORONTO SUN

      http://torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2006/04/29/1556453-sun.html

      There is no anger laced in Gerald Lizano's words.

      Instead, there's just a palpable sense of brokenness as he speaks
      about how his two eldest children were taken out of school mid-morning
      Thursday by immigration officials and held in a detention centre.

      "I was going crazy," Lizano told the Saturday Sun in an exclusive
      interview yesterday. "How could (immigration officials) go to school
      and take them away in front of other students like they're criminals?
      ... If someone made a mistake it was me. I made the decision to stay.
      To me, (immigration shouldn't be able) to go to school."

      Lizano, a framing carpentry foreman, is in hiding after his wife
      Franssella Sossa, 38, three children and parents-in-law were found and
      taken to the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre at Rexdale Blvd. and
      Hwy. 27 Thursday.

      The family is being held for failing to appear at the airport Feb. 16
      for a deportation order back to Costa Rica after a failed refugee
      application in 2001. They can't eat or sleep and relatives are
      concerned about the grandparents who suffer from diabetes and high
      blood pressure.

      Lizano's oldest child Kimberly, a popular, honour roll student was in
      art class when she was called to the principal's office Thursday at
      Dante Alighieri Academy.

      "The principal said she had bad news for me," Kimberly, 15, said in
      phone interview from inside the detention centre.

      "She said a lady from immigration was here and I started crying."

      Kimberly knew right away.

      Just as her younger brother Gerald, 14, knew immediately what was
      about to transpire when he was taken to an immigration officer during
      lunch and escorted to a van where his family waited.

      "When the woman identified herself, he started crying," said the
      vice-principal outside the detention centre where dozens of students
      and teachers held a prayer vigil for the family.

      Principal Angela Piscitelli said though the experience was wrenching,
      "schools aren't above the law ... it was our duty to hand over the
      child."

      The children knew of the risks because the father had braced the
      family for the consequences of his decision to keep the family in
      Canada.

      But his children were doing so well in school Lizano wanted to let
      them finish the school year.

      "I want my kids to grow up in a country where they can do better, and
      give them the right direction," Lizano said, seated at a kitchen
      table, his hands occupied with a paper clip.

      "We were afraid all the time."

      Lizano is no stranger to fear. The family came to Canada in 2001
      because they feared they were on a hit list from drug lords.

      Lizano's brother-in-law was an undercover drug cop in Costa Rica where
      vengeful drug dealers have been after his family, Lizano said.

      "I fear for the kids. If I go back to Costa Rica and something happens
      to my kids, who's going to be responsible?" he asked.

      A pile of reference letters from employers attesting to his hard work
      and citizenship remain unheard, he said, adding he spent $10,000 on
      legal fees that amounted to nothing.

      'SHOULDN'T SUFFER'

      "I'm trying my best to stay strong because of my family," Kimberly
      said. "I feel I have to be a role model for them."

      Anna Pape, spokesman for Canada Border Services Agency, meanwhile,
      stressed illegal immigrants shouldn't fear keeping their children in
      school, saying officials removed the children to keep them with their
      families.

      "Children shouldn't suffer for their parents' decisions," she said.

      The children are scheduled to be released into the care of a family
      member today after a flurry of phone calls were made late last night.

      Yesterday morning, two more students from Costa Rica were removed from
      their classrooms after immigration officials gave the mom 30 minutes
      to get to the school -- a move Pape said was a "breach of protocol."
      The family has since been released.

      "We do not enter schools or use children as a measure of apprehending
      people in contravention of the Immigration and Refugee Act.

      "We don't want to face a situation where children are kept at home."
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      Teen Immigrant From NYC Faces Deportation
      By GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO
      From Associated Press
      April 28, 2006

      ATLANTA - The FIRST international robotics
      championship is supposed to be about the world's best
      young engineering wizards showing off their skills.
      But for an illegal immigrant getting a U.S. education
      under the threat of being deported to Africa, it meant
      a secret revealed.

      An upset victory the East Harlem Tech robotics team
      scored over elite New York City schools had unintended
      consequences for 18-year-old Amadou Ly. He had to tell
      his teammates about his immigration problems because
      he had no valid ID to board a flight to Atlanta.

      "I never wanted to share this with people," said Ly, a
      lanky senior from Senegal.

      Three days a week for six weeks, as long as janitors
      didn't kick them out of spare rooms, Ly and his 18
      teammates worked with donated tools to build a robot
      capable of shooting balls into a goal.

      His teammates' elation over the chance to compete with
      hundreds of teams from the U.S., Canada, Israel and
      Brazil turned to shock when they learned Ly would have
      to take an 18-hour train ride to get to the
      Thursday-through-Saturday competition.

      "I felt real bad," said 17-year-old Glenn Wright. "If
      I was him ... Just thinking what college to go to is
      hard for me, I don't know how I could handle it."

      Ly and his mother came to the U.S. on a visit to New
      York in 2001, when he was 13. His mother knew no
      English, but decided to overstay the tourist visa to
      give her son a U.S. education. About a year later, she
      returned to Dakar broke and left him in the care of a
      friend in Indianapolis, who soon changed her mind and
      sent the teen back to New York.

      He found another Senegalese acquaintance and enrolled
      in high school, where he is three months shy of
      graduation. He dreams of studying math and computer
      science at New York City College of Technology in
      Brooklyn, where he's been accepted, but doesn't have
      enough money - or perhaps enough time.

      Ly is in the middle of deportation proceedings that
      started in November 2004, after a police officer asked
      for his visa when he was injured in a car accident.
      Federal immigration officials detained him after he
      was treated at a hospital, he said.

      Ly will be in court in July, with deportation possible
      by the end of the year in the worst-case scenario,
      said his lawyer, Amy Meselson of the Legal Aid
      Society.

      Ly says he hopes to stay in the U.S. long enough to
      master English and get more education, so he can go
      back and help his countrymen.

      "In Senegal, I may eat breakfast today but tomorrow it
      is not promised," he said. "I don't have a problem
      going back but I want to finish my education. I admit
      being overstayed, but at least I'm not doing anything
      bad for the country."

      And if he's sent back to his family in Dakar, what
      will he miss the most?

      "Everything," Ly said, a wistful smile spreading over
      his face.

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