Sanctuary and Resisting Deportations (No One Is Illegal Radio, November 2008)
- No One Is Illegal Radio reports about the frontline struggles for justice, dignity and self-determination by migrants, refugees and indigenous peoples.
The November 2008 edition of No One Is Illegal Radio focuses on resisting deportations by sanctuary. On ths month's edition of No One Is Illegal Radio: The Talking Mural and the case of Kader Belaouni & The Struggle and Dignity of Laibar Singh.
-> LISTEN to the November 2008 edition of No One Is Illegal Radio here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/30582
The "Talking Mural" and the case of Kader Belanoui
Kader Belaouni, a refugee claimant originally from Algeria, has defied a deportation order and remained in sanctuary inside the St. Gabriel's Church in Pointe-St-Charles since January 2006 (more than 1000 days). As part of efforts in support of Kader, this past August 2008, local organizers and artists painted a mural in celebration of Kader's resistance. The finished mural can be viewed here: http://photos.cmaq.net/v/murale_kader/Mural+1+copy.jpg.html
-> For background to the mural project, we have an in-studio interview with FREDA GUTTMAN, a Montreal-based visual artist and political organizer who works with the Committee to Support Kader Belaouni. (8:24)
-> As well, we present for the first time THE TALKING MURAL (version 1.0, produced by Aaron Lakoff), which is an audio collage accompanying the mural. Voices excerpted as part of the Talking Mural include: Amir Hodhod (refugee claimant from Egypt and active member of Solidarity Across Borders who was deported in 2006), Sarita Ahooja (No One Is Illegal-Montreal and contributing artist), Freda Guttman (contributing artist), Ofelia Rivas (indigenous elder from an O'odham village at the US-Mexican border), Robyn Maynard (No One Is Illegal-Montreal and organizer with the Accommodate This! Campaign), Sadaf and Shamim Akhtar (refugee claimaints from Pakistan and founding members of Solidarity Across Borders, deported in 2004) as well as Kader Belaouni. (19:30)
-> And, a live phone interview with KADER BELAOUNI from the St-Gabriel's Church. Kader provides background to the mural project, as well as reflecting on the decision of Laibar Singh to leave sanctuary, and his own continued struggle for status. (7:53)
The Struggle and Dignity of Laibar Singh
On November 3, 2008, after almost one-year resisting removal by taking sanctuary in Sikh Temples in the Lower Mainland of BC, Laibar Singh, a refugee claimant recovering from a paralysis, returned to India. In the face of continued harassment and threats by agents of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), Laibar decided to reunite with his children in India.
-> For an assessment and analysis of Laibar Singh's decision to return, we speak with NAAVA SMOLASH, a supporter of Laibar Singh and a member of No One Is Illegal-Vancouver. (10:20)
LISTEN to the November 2008 edition of No One Is Illegal Radio here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/30582
For more information about the case of Kader Belaouni: www.soutienpourkader.net
For more information about the case of Laibar Singh: http://noii-van.resist.ca/?cat=41
No One Is Illegal-Montreal is part of a worldwide movement of resistance, fighting for justice and dignity, and the right to self-determination for migrants, refugees and indigenous people. Our campaign is in public confrontation with the Canadian state, denouncing and taking action to combat racial profiling, police brutality, detentions and deportations, as well as opposing the displacement and genocide of indigenous peoples on Turtle Island.
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