Who: The vigil brings together community members, members of the North Shore Committee of the Breaking the Silence (BTS) Maritimes-Guatemala Solidarity Network and the Tatamagouche Centre in support of Lucy Granados.
When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 6:15pm
Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia: https://www.facebook.
Additional events across Canada: www.
“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
A series of “Lights for Lucy” solidarity vigils in support of Lucy Francineth Granados are taking place across Canada on April 10th, from Lucy’s home neighbourhood in Montreal, Quebec to Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. A vigil is also being held in Fredericton, New Brunswick (link here). The events take place just three days before the single mother of three is scheduled for deportation to Guatemala, on April 13th. To date, over 10,500 supporters have signed a petition aimed at stopping Lucy’s deportation.
“Lights for Lucy” events are being organized to denounce the violence with which Lucy has been treated and to demand that she be returned to her community in Montreal, where she has lived for nine years. In addition, Lucy’s supporters denounce the exclusion and dehumanization of the immigration system.
“Lights for Lucy” is part of a vibrant Let Lucy Stay campaign active since Lucy, a community organizer for the rights of undocumented women and workers, was arrested by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) on March 20th. Since April 3rd, there has been a Mothers for Lucy Sit-In in front of Montreal CBSA offices. In Halifax, Lucy’s supporters visited the office of MP Andy Filmore on April 5th to urge him to raise the issue with Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen and Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, as part of a nationwide action. Lucy Granados has also received public messages of solidarity from supporters in Antigonish.
Yesterday, the CBSA rejected an administrative stay application filed on March 23rd, which would have suspended Lucy’s deportation. Lucy’s lawyers have also filed a mandamus application at the Federal Court yesterday aimed at compelling federal Minister Hussen to render a decision on Lucy’s application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds without further delay.