El Jones: “Remember that this is Indigenous land. And those rights were extended to settlers by Indigenous people as we see in the Peace and Friendship treaties. That is what should govern this territory. We live on these lands in this spirit of extending help and support to those who come here, as the Mi’kmaq did. It is status that is illegal, it is not people that are illegal.”
News release: On Thursday, October 3rd at 12pm Haligonians will participate in a multi-city Day of Action Against Canada’s Detention of Immigrants. Organizers and supporters of No One is Illegal – Halifax / K’jipuktuk will go to the campaign office of MP Andy Fillmore on Quinpool Rd to deliver a mailbox filled with letters from the public calling for an end to immigrant detention.
Already, we see racism and immigration emerging as key topics in this election and that includes discussions at the local level. At the September 12th “All Candidates Debate on Women’s Rights and Gender Equity” in Halifax, migrant justice was a key topic of discussion. Migrant justice organizer Stacey Gomez reports on where the four Halifax candidates stand.
For the last few years No One Is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk has mostly had a social media presence only. We talk with Stacey Gomez to find out how a group of migrant justice activists want to change that, and why that type of organizing for migrant justice is so crucial, especially now.
Press release: Solidarity Across Borders and No One Is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk are speaking out against an underhanded attack on refugees and migrants in the Liberal government’s omnibus budget bill (C-97), which passed on June 20.
Here is a bit of a news brief on this year’s May Day rally in Halifax, including a transcribed speech by Stacey Gomez of the Migrant Rights Network. Gomez addresses the case of Daniella, a migrant worker at the Fox Hill Market and Deli on Robie Street in Halifax, who was allegedly subjected to extortion by her employers.
I went to a timely rally in support of migrant rights and against racism and Islamophobia. The event was organized by a broad coalition of social justice and anti-racism groups, and there is much more to come.