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Smash the State Report: June 1 2012

June 8, 2012
| A Smash the State Report reports on the #huckfarper government's continuing attacks against environmental monitoring and protection, the labour movement, foreign journalists and refugees.
Length: 1:01:58
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Smash the State Report - May 18

May 24, 2012
| draconian anti-protest and racist anti-immigrant laws in canada, new tactics and weapons for the US's NATO, Canada's hidden wars, anti-mining/bling is dead, + harper's fascist gov't
Length: 1:01:26

May Day: Immigrant rights are workers' rights

To fight back against a globalized austerity drive, labour and migrant justice movements will need to unite, recovering the spirit of Haymarket and the Winnipeg General Strike. This is the second in a two-part series previewing International Workers Day, May 1. Part I, tracing the roots of May Day, can be read here.

Immigration policy as austerity

While racialized workers with less precarious immigration status are the last hired, first fired, while many of us remain in temporary non-unionized jobs and without services, a new slew of immigration policies have emerged to make immigrant workers of colour even more precarious.

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Open letter to Jason Kenney: Bill C-31 must be rejected

An open letter to Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Dear Minister:

Canadians are proud of their country's tradition of providing protection for those in need. Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act, however, contradicts this tradition.

The Bill protects no one and threatens many. It treats asylum seekers as criminals rather than people who need our protection. It is discriminatory, conflicts with Canadians' sense of fairness, and violates the fundamental rights guaranteed to all people by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Bill C-31 and the federal budget's migrant worker commodification

April 25, 2012
| Two pieces from No One is Illegal --- one on Bill C-31 and one on the impact of the federal budget on migrant workers.
Length: 31:12

May 1, from Haymarket to Occupy May Day

Chicago's Haymarket Square, May 4, 1886. (Photo: http://kasamaproject.org/)

The call for Occupy May Day emerged out of Oakland, California in mid-February and swiftly gained momentum within the United States and beyond. A people's movement that took root in encampments across North America last fall -- one that was brutally uprooted by coordinated police action -- was calling for an American Spring and the day of action it chose was May 1, International Workers Day.

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Criminalizing refugees: The case against Bill C-31

2010 Pilgrimage to Freedom march, organized by Justicia for Migrant Workers. (Photo: http://3907.cupe.ca)

Introduced under another signature defensive title, the Conservatives' Bill C-31: "Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act", combines exclusionary refugee measures from Bill C-4 (“Protecting Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System”) and Bill C-11 (“Balanced Refugee Reform Act”). Both C-4 and -11 were previously proposed but rejected by opposition while the Conservatives were a minority in Parliament.

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Smash the State Report: Police murders, mega-prisons, Irish resistance, ongoing Egypt

April 3, 2012
| A wrap-up of news from around the world -- police murders, mega-prisons, Irish resistance, nine years of Shock and Awe in Iraq and the ongoing revolution in Egypt.
Length: 55:22
Photo by David P. Ball
| February 25, 2012
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Guelph hosts vigil to honour 11 victims of migrant worker van tragedy

February 21, 2012
| Year after year, migrants without full status die in Ontario. Speakers at a Guelph vigil talk about the latest news on this -- the 10 people who were killed in a Hampstead, Ont. crash this month.
Length: 10:59
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