National Day Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy #noiiab
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615 MacLeod Trl SE, Calgary, In front of the US Consulate Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA
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Alberta, Canada - Media Advisory
On Saturday February 4, 2016 at 1 PM - 2 PM, a rally will be held at 615 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, in front of the US Consulate as part of the National Day Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy.
The event is being hosted by an alliance of groups from Calgary and Edmonton under the banner of No One Is Illegal and is in response to recent events south of the border which have brought renewed attention to the precarious situations of migrants and Indigenous peoples the whole world over.
In addition to the naked Islamophobic, anti-Hispanic, xenophobic, misogynistic, hetero-patriarchal, and colonial policies enacted by the new US administration, Western imperialism has created ongoing humanitarian crises from Afghanistan to Palestine.
Lest we forget, Canada has its own shameful history and ongoing oppression of migrants and Indigenous peoples. Further, with Bill C-51 still on the books, the time is now for Canadians to mobilize and fight for a world that views us as citizens of the world and nation states.
This rally will feature speeches from individuals representing many diverse communities and organizations and will take place on Treaty 7 lands. We thank the Metis nation of Alberta, the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai (Blackfoot), Tsuu T'ina, and Nakoda (Stoney) nations for continuing to share their traditional territories with migrants the world over.
We endorse the demands put forth by Black Lives Matter – Toronto and others for the National Day Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy:
1) The Canadian government must make an immediate public condemnation of the executive order by President Trump that bans Muslim visa-holders from seven countries and also bans all refugees from entering the US.
2) Canada must immediately open the Canada-USA border.
This includes revocation of the Safe Third Country Agreement which bars most refugee claimants entering from the United States over land to claim asylum in Canada. The Designated Country of Origin list, which makes it almost impossible for US citizens and citizens of forty other countries to claim asylum in Canada, must be eliminated.
3) Canada must end racist, anti-refugee, anti-Black, Islamophobic exclusion of migrants and refugees within this colonial border.
This includes ending the system of indefinite immigration detention. The federal government must create a regularization program so that all undocumented residents can live here with their families rather than fear mass deportation. Migrant workers in Canada must also be given permanent status and open work permits. We want real, not symbolic, Sanctuaries that guarantee access to services and refuse collaboration with Canadian and American border agents.
4) Canada must rescind all federal legislation that attacks racialized Black and Brown Muslims and refugees, including the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act as well as anti-terror legislation such as Security Certificates and Bill C51.
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