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March in solidarity with indigenous struggles

STATUS FOR ALL!
March for justice and dignity for all migrants and refugees
In solidarity with Indigenous struggles for self-determination

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013
1pm: Join ONE of FOUR Contingents:

* SOUTH-WEST (Little Burgundy, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Saint-Henri and Verdun)
1pm at métro de l’Église (corner Galt & Wellington)

* NORTH-WEST (Côte-des-Neiges, Ville St-Laurent, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce)
1pm at Parc Kent (corner Cote-des-Neiges & Kent)

* NORTH-EAST (Villeray, Parc-Extension, St-Michel, Ahuntsic, Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Mile End)
1pm at métro Jarry; 2pm at métro Parc; 3pm at métro Rosemont

* EAST (Centre-Sud, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)
1pm at Place Simon-Valois (corner Valois & Ontario)

4pm: CONVERGENCE, DEMONSTRATION AND PICNIC
Philips Square (Union & Ste-Catherine, métro McGill)

A child-friendly march. Bring your kids!
Get in touch about any accessibility needs.

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We support Indigenous struggles and movements for self-determination. Read our Statement of Support for Indigenous Struggles and Sovereignty:
http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/statement-of-support-for-indigenous-struggles-and-sovereigntyWe also march together to demand an end to deportations and detentions, and we denounce the double punishment of migrants with criminal records. We demandStatus for All, and organize for a “Solidarity City” for all residents of Montreal. Info:

http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/revendicationsLand, freedom, self-determination, Canada is an illegal nation.
We live here! We work here! We’re staying here!

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-> ENDORSE THE DEMO: By endorsing our demonstration and campaign you are agreeing with our demands and you will help to publicize our events within your networks. Send your endorsement to: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com-> DOWNLOAD OUR POSTER: You can download the poster for the Status For Alldemonstration (as well as other images) at this link: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/may-18-status-for-all-march/downloads

-> NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZING: The year the Status For All march will consist of four contingents marching from different neighborhoods in Montreal that will converge downtown. Here are the details about the four contingents, including upcoming neighborhood meetings:http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/may-18-status-for-all-march/neighborhood-organizing

-> GET INVOLVED: We have committees that are doing active outreach and mobilization, as well as preparing art and other materials. Just e-mail or phone to lend your support.

-> LEARN MORE: Invite us to make a presentation about the Status for All campaign to your group or organization, to learn more about our demands and the Solidarity City campaign.

-> FOR A SOLIDARITY CITY !: We encourage Montreal-area organizations and groups to discuss and collectively sign this declaration: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/francais-declaration-pour-une-cite-sans-frontieres

-> VIDEO: STATUS FOR ALL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za8n_BTy2O0
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Organized by:
Dignidad Migrante (www.dignidadmigrante.org)
Immigrant Workers Center (
www.iwc-cti.ca)
Mexicans United for Regularization (
www.mexregularizacion.org)
No One Is Illegal-Montreal (
www.nooneisillegal.org)
Solidarity Across Borders (
www.solidarityacrossborders.org)
and many allied individuals.

(Dignidad Migrante, Mexicans United for Regularization & Solidarity Across Borders are working groups of QPIRG Concordia.)INFO: www.solidarityacrossborders.org / 438-933-7654 / solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

Mayworks 2013!

Mayworks 2013!
Community Dinner and Cultural Performances

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Join us for the eighth annual Mayworks festival, a family friendly evening of food, music and performances celebrating migrant workers struggles through the arts.

This year’s Mayworks! Will feature a debut performance of the Immigrant Workers Centre Community theatre project, co-created by workers and for workers to share stories of resistance and dignity in struggle

For the Past two months workers have been engaging with a variety of media, including theatre, text, video, photography, visual arts, sound and performance, working towards a collectively-created performance for May Works 2013, a festival that celebrates the struggle of working people through the arts. 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, the process of migration, workplace injustices at the hands agencies and employers alike, and the daily organizing of immigrants for status, equality and better work conditions.

The evening will also feature performances from PINAY cultural group, Les Zimmi Grances choir, and others

Please note the space is wheel chair accessible. Childcare will be provided on site, with programming and activities for children.
For more information

http://www.iwc-cti.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/events/466782323398895/
iwc_cti@yahoo.com
514-342-2111

From Migrant Voices to MayWorks: Art Activism and Interventions with the IWC

From Migrant Voices to MayWorks: Art Activism and Interventions with the IWC Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 8 to May 11 2013
Beginning this Saturday February 8th at 2:30 p.m.
Immigrant Workers Centre
4755 Van Horne, Suite 110
Metro Plamondon or bus 161

The Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) and Engrenage Rouage Noir invite participants to take part in a community activist art project, co-created by workers and for workers to share stories of resistance and dignity in struggle.

From Migrant Voices to Mayworks offers a series of workshops to engage with arts, media and collective strategies to bring vision and voice to struggles for workplace justice. In the coming weeks, participants will explore a variety of approaches, based on Theatre of the Oppressed (Brazil/ Argentina), La Pocha Nostra (Mexico/California), El Teatro Campesino (California) and the work of invited local and international arts activists and collectives. Engaging with a variety of media, theatre, text, video, photography, visual arts, sound and performance, participants will work towards a collectively-created performance for MayWorks 2013, a festival that celebrates the struggle of working people through the arts. 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.

Please join us in the first steps of building this project together. If you are interested, curious, or simply ready to have some fun, you can take part in devising this work with friends and allies of the IWC.

For more information, or to register, please contact Mostafa Henaway and/or Koby Rogers Hall at iwc_cti@yahoo.ca

Background and urgent action

FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS

IT’S HIGH TIME FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION!

Au bas de léchelle’s and the Immigrant Workers Centre’s
campaigning for the protection of the rights of temporary agency workers

1. Campaign: Background and urgent action
2. How to support the campaign?
3. Organizations that support the campaign
4.Campaign Updates

1. THE CAMPAIGN: BACKGROUND AND URGENT ACTION

BACKGROUND

The temporary recruitment agency industry is flourishing. In Québec alone, the revenue generated by placement agencies was in excess of a billion dollars in 2008. What’s more, this sector is rapidly expanding without any specific regulations or legal frameworks governing it. Problems plaguing this industry are numerous: poor working conditions, low wages, abusive contractual clauses, higher rates of workplace accidents and the habitual violation of labour laws are all too common.

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Justice for L’Amour textile workers!

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The Struggle Continues: Support Picket with Immigrant Textile workers

Justice for L’Amour textile workers!!!

The Struggle Continues: Support Picket with Immigrant Textile workers ::
Justice for L’Amour textile workers!!!

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Monday July 14th, 2008
8:30am-9:30am
35 Port-Royal East.
Port-Royal and St. Laurent.
(metro Sauve)or 55 north from metro De castelnau get off at Port-Royal
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On Monday July 14th, a group of textile workers once again will go
in front of the Labour relations board to demand justice and respect.
This fight is now in its 10th month in the courts and in the public.
for proper compensation from the apparel company, L’Amour Inc.

As the workers themselves state “we were unceremoniously laid off in
2007” Many of the workers had been working for over 10 years, some of
them had worked there for over 20 years.

During this time, Lamour Inc. has become a very profitable company for its
owners. It goes without saying, that it was principally years of
workers hard work that produced for this company. Lamour Inc. boasts
that it is a leading company in the apparel industry and has operations
in places like China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India with over 2500
workers worldwide.
A long-time partner of the retail giant Walmart, it recently broke into
the US market last July, 2007 by taking over, Terramar Sports, a company
based in Tarrytown, New York.

Yet the daily conditions of the workers resembled more and more
conditions from the early 1900’s. The campaign is also to highlight
their daily injustices in the factory.

::Testimony from the L’Amour Workers Committee::

Despite this, many of us suffered horrible working conditions over
the years. One example of this was being locked in during the night
shift. Under these conditions, we were always in danger of being
trapped and burned alive in the case of an industrial fire.

For those of us doing piece work we were not paid when our machines broke
down and we could not produce our quota. Even then, we could not go home

because the doors were locked. Some of us were forced to have our meals at
our stations while we continued to work, which meant that we virtually had
no breaks.

As if this was not bad enough, we felt deceived when a union was set up in

2004 that we believe to be a “pro-management” union to prevent us from
organizing ourselves into a genuine and militant workers’ union that would
have fought for our rights, our jobs and our dignities. After years of
collecting our union dues, we feel this union has not produced positive
results for the workers’ conditions, welfare and job security.

We wish to expose Lamour Inc. as leading nothing in this industry but the
art of exploiting workers. Our demands are simple. We want to be
compensated fairly for the years of loyalty we’ve shown this company. Most
of all, we want our dignity back and call for justice for the dismissed
L’Amour workers!

Again the Lamour workers committee and the Immigrant Workers Centre
is calling for support to show that an injury to one is an injury to
all.

Justice for textile Workers!!

Textile Workers Campaign is endorsed and support by:
-The Immigrant Workers Centre
-Centre for Philippine Concerns
PINAY – Filipino Women’s Organization of Quebec
Solidarity Across Borders
No One Is Illegal