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Le regroupement régional se retire du processus gouvernemental

Communiqué de presse — Pour publication immediate

 

Le regroupement régional chargé des consultations locales sur la discrimination systémique et le racisme annonce qu’il se retire du processus gouvernemental

 

Saguenay, 3 novembre 2017 – Le regroupement régional d’organismes chargé de mener
les consultations locales dans le cadre de la « Consultation sur la discrimination
systémique et le racisme au Québec », devenue le « Forum sur la valorisation de la
diversité et la lutte contre la discrimination », annonce qu’il se retire du processus dans
la foulée des évènements conduisant au retrait du mandat confié à la Commission des
droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) par le Gouvernement du
Québec et au changement de cap ayant pour effet de réduire considérablement les
champs de la consultation initiale confiée aux 31 organismes locaux.

 

En outre, la proposition contractuelle actuelle, qui a tardé à être acheminée aux
organismes et dont les résultats doivent être livrés d’ici le 15 décembre, prévoit
notamment que les données recueillies au cours de la consultation demeurent la
propriété exclusive du ministère. Ceci implique qu’elles ne pourront être utilisées par des
organismes comme les nôtres en vue d’établir des orientations ou de cibler des
interventions appropriées tenant compte des faits observés. Ainsi, il est fort déplorable
qu’un tel travail de cueillette de données ne produirait aucune retombée concrète pour
les partenaires régionaux.

 

Les organismes partenaires désirent lancer un message aux personnes racisées et aux
personnes issues de l’immigration dans la région du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean à l’effet que
leur témoignage est important et peut servir à changer les choses. Dans le cas où d’autres
formes de consultation seraient envisagées, le regroupement pourrait se montrer
favorable à y participer, dans la mesure où celles-ci respecteraient certaines conditions.
Néanmoins, le regroupement aura permis à cinq organismes de pouvoir collaborer
positivement. Ceux-ci voient dans cette opportunité une incitation à travailler de nouveau
ensemble dans l’avenir sur les sujets liés à la discrimination systémique et au racisme.

 

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IWC Meets with the Office of Minister Angès Maltais, Demanding Action (Press Conference)

When: Friday May 24th, at 6pm

Where: In front of 800 Square Victoria, Montréal, QC H3C 1E8

Who: Migrant workers will be present to speak about their experiences and explain their demands

On Friday, May 24th, a coalition of organizations who defend the rights of people struggling with precarious work and will meet with representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity (Minister Agnès Maltais). This meeting follows a public consultation on April 5th and a press conference on May 1st to pressure the government to consult with some of the most vulnerable people in our society as the Parti Québecois prepares a new law on precarious work. During this meeting, these organizations explained concretely the issues surrounding precarious work. In their words:

“My status as a temporary worker forced me into many exploitative situations. I had to face employers who were discriminatory and racist. One of the employers didn’t pay my salary at all until I filed a complaint with the Commission des Normes du Travail, while another restaurant never paid me at all. Right now I am working as a cook with the lowest wage among other cooks…The temporary status creates exploitation” Neil, from the Coalition of Temporary Workers

“I work at a company that hires 90% workers from temporary placement agencies. They are fired without cause, work without basic workplace safety requirements, are not given holiday pay and overtime, are not able to make complaints about highly dangerous workplace situations, and are still considered “temporary” workers after years of continuous employment”. Louis, from the Temporary Agency Worker Association

The Minister has heard us. We are only waiting for her to act with full consideration of those who are most affected by her legal project; namely those with precarious work and status situations.

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For more information:

Noé Arteaga (French/Spanish) noe@iwc-cti.ca

Mostafa Henaway (English) mostafa@iwc-cti.ca

 

Source:

Immigrant Worker’s Centre: (514) 342-2111  (CTI-IWC)

Temporary Agency Worker’s Association (ATTAP-TAWA)

Dignidad Migrante

Mexicans United for Regularisation

PINAY

Montreal demonstrators demanding “STATUS FOR ALL” for migrants in Canada

Migrant justice organizations marching in four contingents from neighborhoods across the City of Montreal

PRESS POINT (before the demonstration)
SATURDAY, MAY 18 at 10AM
at Phillips Square (Union & Ste-Catherine)

contact: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com / 438-875-7243 (cell)
info:
www.solidarityacrossborders.org
for updates during the march, follow
@SolidariteMTL on twitter

Speakers at the Press Point will include members of Dignidad Migrante, the Immigrant Workers Center, Mexicans United for Regularization, No One Is Illegal-Montreal and Solidarity Across Borders.
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FRIDAY, MAY 17 — Migrant justice organizations will be marching in four contingents across the City of Montreal as part of a family-friendly demonstration called “STATUS FOR ALL” this coming Saturday, May 18.

Contingents will be starting at 1pm from Verdun (métro de l’Église), Côte-des-Neiges (Kent Park), Villeray (métro Jarry) and Hochelaga (Valois & Ontario). All contingents will be converging at Phillips Square at 4pm for a migrant justice festival.

The demonstration will be demanding an end to deportations and detentions, as well as the end of the double punishment of migrants with criminal records. Demonstrators are marching together to build a Solidarity CIty in Montreal.
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More info about march demands here:
http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/revendicationsThe Solidarity City declaration is linked here:

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contact: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com / 438-875-7243 (cell)
info: 
www.solidarityacrossborders.org
for updates during the march, follow 
@SolidariteMTL on twitter

A mexican refugee and her Canadian daughter is detained the day before the Status for All March

Press Conference

Friday, May 17th, 9:30am

Immigration Canada 1010 Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montréal

 

With the friends of Ms Guzman and a representative of the Status for All Coaltion

 

Media Contact : 514-619-3648, 514-632-0072

 

The day before the annual status for all march for all migrants and for the end of detentions and deportations, six Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) agents violently entered the home of non-status Montrealer, Norma Guzman, arresting her and her daughter, aged 18 months. Ms Guzman and her Canadian born daughter are presently detained at the Laval detention centre and risk being deported to Mexico. Journalists are invited to attend a press conference tomorrow morning in front of Immigration Canada, 1010 Sainte-Antoine Ouest, in order to learn more about Ms Guzman’s situation. A representative will explain why the Status for All Coalition is demanding the regularization of all personnes without status, in addition to the end to the violent and brutal practices of detention and deportation of migrants. Within a context of increasingly aggressive immigration policies targeting migrants, the Status for All Coalition is calling on community organisations to join the Solidarity City campaign to make Montreal a “city without borders” – a secure and accessible city for all, no matter their immigration status. The Status for All march will be taking place this Saturday, May 18th at 1:00pm, departing from 4 locations (Côte-des-Neiges, Verdun, Hochelaga et Villeray) and will be converging at 4pm in Phillips Square.

 

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Norma Guzman

 

Last night, Norma Guzman and her Canadian born daughter Camille, 18 months, were arrested by six Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) agents. One of the agents entered through the kitchen window while the others screamed at Ms Guzman, who was terrified as she opened her door. The agents frisked Ms Guzman and threatened her in front of her daughter. Since arriving at the detention centre, Ms Guzman told her friends “they terrorized us. The way that they entered our home was aggressive and humiliating”.

 

Ms Guzman and Camille will be having their detention review hearing in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) in 48 hours. Ms Guzman has lived and worked in Montreal since 2008, after having fled persecution in Mexico and having looked for refuge in Canada. In 2011, her application for permanent residency through humanitarian and compassionate grounds was refused. Pregnant and afraid of the idea of returning to Mexico, she decided to stay in Canada in order to ensure a better life for her daughter. Norma has a strong degree to community support around her and Camille. She has been volunteering at her daughter’s daycare and she has always worked to support her and her daughter’s needs. Norma said to the agents who detained her: “you are chasing after me and arresting me as if I am a criminal”. But it’s not a crime to want to stay here so that I can protect myself from the dangers that await me in my country of origin”.

 

For more info: 514-619-3648 514-632-0072
mexicanxsunidxs@gmail.com

Source:

Coalition Un Statut pour Tou.te.s Mexicain.e.s Uni.e.s pour la Régularisation (MUR), Dignidad Migrante, Solidarity across Borders, Immigrant Workers Centre, No One Is Illegal, CDHAL

For more info on the Status for All March :
http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/may-18-status-for-all-demonstration

 

The Immigrant Workers Centre celebrates migrant workers struggles through art

When: Saturday May 11, 2013 from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Where: CEDA, 2515 Delisle (metro Lionel-Groulx)MONTREAL- May 9, 2013- The Immigrant Workers Centre is gearing up for its’ eighth annual MayWorks festival. This year’s event will feature a debut performance of the Immigrant Workers Centre Community theatre project. Co-created by workers and for workers, the project aims to enable workers to share stories of resistance and dignity in struggle

Engaging with a variety of media, including theatre, text, video, photography, visual arts, sound and performance,  participants have been working towards a collectively-created performance over the past two months. This initiative also builds upon Migrant Voices project, a grassroots radio project in which workers recorded a series of audio testimonies chronicling their experiences of exploitation, but also of courage and collective power.

“The theatre pieces will explore themes ranging from the experience of living without status, to the process of migration, workplace injustices at the hands agencies and employers alike”, said Mostafa Henaway of the Immigrant Workers Centre.  “They will also explore the daily organizing of immigrants for status, equality and better work conditions”, he added.The evening will also feature performances from PINAY cultural group, the South Asian Women’s Centre Youth Group, and Les Zimmi Grands choir, among others. Participants are looking forward to a family-friendly evening of food, music, and performances celebrating the struggles of migrant workers through the arts.

Media contacts:
Mostafa Henaway (English)
For more information:
The Immigrant Workers Centre