Sanctuary City: A benefit concert for No One Is Illegal-Toronto

1 post / 0 new
Maysie Maysie's picture
Sanctuary City: A benefit concert for No One Is Illegal-Toronto

Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 9:00pm

Wrong Bar, 1279 Queen St W, Toronto

A benefit concert for No One Is Illegal-Toronto
D'Bi Young
Amai Kuda
Mushfique Haq
DJs Sassa'le & Aram Scaram and No Capitalista

Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm 
Cover: $10 adv. $12-$15 at the door.
Tickets available at Toronto Women's Bookstore, Global Aware & OPRIG - Toronto.


there are thousands of us. we fled war, occupation and economic destruction. to build a better life. here. we live in Toronto. on colonized land. we pay taxes. we build your homes. we grow your food and we look after your children.

when we go to school, immigration enforcement comes for us. when we go in to shelters, enforcement waits outside. when we work, immigration thugs and police raid us. when we seek support at rape crisis centres, armed guards swoop down on us. we are dragged in to prisons. we are locked up in crammed detention centres. we are deported.

we have not been silent. this is Our city. we are taking back schools and colleges; universities and hospitals; shelters and social services; emergency services and housing. we are declaring them sanctuary zones. free of immigration enforcement. free of fear and intimidation. we want safety and security. we demand peace.

we have our words. our songs. our rhythms and our strength. our struggle is against tyranny and injustice. against imperialism. against the ongoing occupation of this land. our struggle is the struggle of the poor and the displaced. our resistance is the resistance of the colonized. our struggle is your struggle. 


What is a Sanctuary City?

The movement for a Sanctuary City strives to free Toronto of immigration enforcement. Modeled after similar campaigns in the United States, we demand that Toronto's municipal services do not ask for immigration status and do not share immigration information with federal authorities. For the approximately 200,000 people living and working in Toronto, basic provisions like education, health, housing, rape/crisis/trauma centers, settlement and emergency services are sites of fear and intimidation. In accessing them, non-status residents face the danger of being nabbed by Immigration Enforcement.

The brutality of border enforcement in our city needs to be confronted. Sanctuary City is a place of safety and security for all people. Toronto can be a Sanctuary City.