January 30, 2017
How Students Can Take Action: #NoBanNoWall
On Saturday January 28, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order that bars citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States for at least 3 months. The order also stopped all refugee admissions for four months and banned Syrian refugees from entering the United States indefinitely.
The Canadian Federation of Students denounces these inhumane policies and stands in solidarity with all Muslims and racialized people around the world who are being separated from their families, friends and work, and are being targeted with violence. Last night in Quebec City, we witnessed once again the murderous consequences wrought by growing Islamophobia. To the victims of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec attack and their families, we offer our prayers, love and rage. The Federation sends its unwavering support to all of those unjustly detained in airports across the United States and their loved ones. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people fighting to oppose these racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic policies in the courts, at the airports and in the streets.
How Students Can Take Action:
1. Donate online to the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec here.
2. Sign this petition initiated by No One Is Illegal Toronto calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen to immediately rescind the “Safe Third Country Agreement” and to take immediate steps to allow special consideration of humanitarian and compassionate reasons for entry to Canada as enabled by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
The Canada-United States “Safe Third Country Agreement”, adopted in 2004, prohibits asylum seekers from coming to Canada through the United States. This Agreement has been vehemently opposed by migrant justice groups for years because the United States is not a safe country for all refugees. Learn more about the “Safe Third Country Agreement” from the Canadian Council for Refugees here.
3. Demand that the Government of Canada lift the cap on the number of private applications to sponsor Syrian and Iraqi refugees recently reimposed by his government. Email your Member of Parliament here.
The current Government of Canada’s policy states that a maximum of 1000 refugee applications will be accepted. A January 25 memo indicates that this number has been reached and new applications “will be returned”. See this notice here.
4. Demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau eliminate the “Designated Countries of Origin” list. The DCO list deems the United States and 40 other countries to be “safe” countries that “respect human rights and offer state protection”, thus rushing through applications from refugees from these countries. The DCO list serves to both put refugees from these countries at a disadvantage by having to make their case in half the time and to dissuade refugees from coming to Canada in the first place. As it stands, refugees from DCO countries do not have the right to appeal their case, though a Federal Court ruled in July 2015 for this to be unconstitutional. Learn more here.
5. Demand that the Government of Canada immediately stop deporting people.
According to neverhome.ca, Canada has deported on average 35 people per day over the last 9 years – including to countries with moratoriums on deportations.
6. Delete your Uber account.
On Saturday, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance took political action by refusing to pick up airport passengers at JFK International airport as activists protested against Trump’s executive order. In their statement, the NYTWA stated, “As an organization whose membership is largely Muslim, a workforce that’s almost universally immigrant, and a working-class movement that is rooted in the defense of the oppressed, we say no to this inhumane and unconstitutional ban”. Uber used this as an opportunity to profit off of a crisis as the company announced it would be open for business for rides to and from the airport. Learn more about the #DeleteUber campaign here.
7. Donate to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU is currently challenging Trump’s Executive Order in several courts to block it from taking effect and has mobilized immigration lawyers at airports across the US. Donate online now.
8. Show up at community rallies and vigils happening across Canada.
TODAY: Halifax – https://www.facebook.com/events/182…
TODAY: Fredericton – https://www.facebook.com/events/1785124341810951/
TODAY: Quebec City – https://www.facebook.com/events/354065521646758/
TODAY: Montreal – https://www.facebook.com/events/226743947787244/
TODAY: Ottawa – https://www.facebook.com/events/370898073283123/
TODAY: Ottawa – https://www.facebook.com/events/1360993334027851/
TODAY: Peterborough – https://www.facebook.com/events/1115265241915886/
TODAY: Kingston – https://www.facebook.com/events/376480099397861/
TODAY: Toronto – https://www.facebook.com/events/593108197556844/
TODAY: Mississauga – https://www.facebook.com/events/370465733329833/
TODAY: Hamilton – https://www.facebook.com/events/1861295360781756/
TODAY: Kitchener – https://www.facebook.com/events/227134104414096/
TODAY: Guelph – https://www.facebook.com/events/257829387972094/
TODAY: Winnipeg – https://www.facebook.com/events/152633968571304/
TODAY: Regina – https://www.facebook.com/events/210567732744267/
TODAY: Calgary – https://www.facebook.com/events/1227350177342025/
TODAY: Edmonton – https://www.facebook.com/events/240951833028498/
Tuesday January 31: St. Catherine’s – https://www.facebook.com/events/106…
Tuesday January 31: Waterloo – https://www.facebook.com/events/136339290209201/
Tuesday January 31: Saskatoon – https://www.facebook.com/events/104749050024241/
Wednesday February 1: Thunder Bay – https://www.facebook.com/events/1278428542250525/
Wednesday February 1: Windsor – https://www.facebook.com/events/609383392595229/
Wednesday February 1: Regina – https://www.facebook.com/events/152301931939467/
Friday February 3: St. John’s – https://www.facebook.com/events/418…
Friday February 3: Winnipeg – https://www.facebook.com/events/1313692268669787/
Saturday February 4: Quebec – https://www.facebook.com/events/1805591339690680/
Saturday February 4: Toronto – https://www.facebook.com/events/407436779648169/
Saturday February 4: London – https://www.facebook.com/events/1652808451679501/
Saturday February 4: Calgary – https://www.facebook.com/events/1227350177342025/
Saturday February 4: Vancouver – https://www.facebook.com/events/1828634630724238/
Sunday February 5: Vancouver – https://www.facebook.com/events/1590438137649686/
Sunday February 5: Vancouver – https://www.facebook.com/events/667199386786003/
More to come.
9. Organize your campus:
a. Create closed spaces for Muslim and racialized folks to come together to collectively heal, strategize and mobilize.
b. Host an educational event (e.g. guest speaker, panel, teach-in) that dismantles systems of oppression such as Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and white supremacy.
c. Support Sanctuary City and migrant justice organizing in your community. Connect with No One Is Illegal organizers to put-up and distribute campaign materials around campus.
d. Plan a direct action against hate and oppression on campus.
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