Photos, Audio, Flyer: STATUS FOR ALL March in Montreal
- MONTREAL -- Several hundred demonstrators marched along Jean-Talon Boulevard this past Saturday, May 5, 2007, as part of a pan-Canadian Day of Action for immigrant justice demanding: STATUS FOR ALL!
--> A PHOTO ESSAY from the May 5 Montreal demonstration and Parc Extension Community Festival (including Mayworks!, the Contingent Précaires, and a Mayday action by the Committee of the Unemployed) is linked at: http://gallery.cmaq.net/may5statusforall
--> The "WHY WE ARE MARCHING" flyer text that was passed out in the thousands on May 5 is linked at: http://solidarityacrossborders.blogspot.com/2007/05/why-we-are-marching.html
The protest, organized by Solidarity Across Borders, marched east into Villeray and Rosemont, and west to the busy Jean-Talon market-area until finally crossing into the mostly immigrant Parc Extension neighborhood. Many demonstrators covered their faces in a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the hundreds of thousands people who live without status in Canada. The day ended with a Community Festival in Athena Park in the heart of Parc X, with dancing, music, food and speakers.
Montreal's May 5 demonstration – under the theme "Immigrant rights are workers' rights" – was the culmination of several Mayday activities supported by the Solidarity Across Borders network, including the Mayworks Festival, and the "Contingent Précaires" on Mayday. As well, our demonstration was undertaken in solidarity with immigrant justice mobilizations in the United States. We particularly emphasized the immigrant worker traditions of Mayday, dating back to they Haymarket martyrs of 1886.
-> Aside from various speakers at the May 5 demo and community festival, Solidarity Across Borders recorded the following RECORDED STATEMENTS that were played at the demonstration:
* A message from Kader Belaouni, in sanctuary at the St-Gabriel's Church in Montreal since January 2006; Kader marched with Solidarity Across Borders from Montreal to Ottawa in 2005, and continues to defy a deportation order, and to demand permanent residency in Canada. His message is linked at: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=23048
More info about Kader is available at: http://www.soutienpourkader.net
* A message from Amir Hodhod, from Jersey City; Amir was an active member of Solidarity Across Borders who also organized and marched to Ottawa in June 2005 to demand a full and inclusive regularization program for all non-status migrants; in 2006, Amir was deported to the United States, where he continues his struggle for status. His message is linked at: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=23046
More info about Amir Hodhod is available at: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/node/124
* And a message from Amir Kazemian, who was in sanctuary in a Vancouver-area church for almost three years, before winning status this past February. His message is linked at: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=23047
-> Several of the MAINSTREAM MEDIA articles about May 5 demonstrations are linked on the Solidarity Across Borders news blog:
Montreal Gazette: Protesters march for refugees, migrants; many demonstrators wear masks in show of solidarity with illegal, non-status immigrants
Canadian Press: Demonstrators demand status for migrants
CTV (Toronto): Protesters rally against deportation of refugees
Radio-Canada: Marche de solidarité avec les clandestins
Presse Canadienne: Marche pour les libertés civiles à Montréal
If you're interested in knowing more about Solidarity Across Borders, supporting our work, or getting involved, please attend our next GENERAL ASSEMBLY (May 11), or our COMMUNITY DINNER (May 12):
--> Solidarity Across Borders GENERAL ASSEMBLY
FRIDAY, May 11th
1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204
6pm: for newcomers
6:30pm: assembly begins
Childcare and rides are available upon request, please phone 514-848-7583 to confirm.
Snacks will also be available.
--> Our next COMMUNITY DINNER
Welcome to all!
A free dinner, with music, films and more...
SATURDAY, MAY 12th, 6pm
6839 rue Drolet, corner Belanger
Metro Jean-Talon, exit Jean-Talon South
(one street south of Jean-Talon and one street West of St-Denis)
Solidarity Across Borders is a Montreal-based network engaged in the struggle for justice and dignity of immigrants and refugees. We are comprised of migrants, immigrants, refugees and allies, and come together in support of four main demands: the regularization of all non-status people (Status for All!), an end to deportations, an end to detentions, and the abolition of security certificates.
514-848-7583 / sansfrontieres@...