Struggles for freedom from Montreal to Los Angeles

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The October 2011 edition of No One Is Illegal Radio lends a focus to local struggles against deportations, on movements against police killings, and organizing for rights for temporary workers and workers in temp agencies. Also a historical and current account of people of colour organizing in Los Angeles, U.S.A.


Rosalind Wong of Solidarity Across Borders discusses the recent deportation of Mexican refugee mother of two, Paola Ortiz, who had been living in Montreal after fleeing violence in Mexico. Rosalind also provides perspective on importance of directly supporting those facing deportations in the struggle to create a world in which people have the ability to migrate freely.

Joey Calugay of Montreal's Immigrant Worker's Centre, discussing the intersections between temporary work agencies and the exploitation of migrant labour in Montreal and across Canada.

Joaquin Cienfuegos of Copwatch L.A. and the Native Youth Movement, provides his perspective on autonomous organizing by people of colour in Los Angeles against police brutality, the history of gangs in L.A., and how these issues intersect with the Black Power movement. This audio is from the second International Copwatch Conference, which took place in Winnipeg in July 2011, from on a panel entitled "Gangs and the Police."

Bridget Tolley, an indigenous woman living in Kitiganzibi, and co-founder of Families of Sisters in Spirit discusses her struggle for truth and justice following the killing of her mother on her reserve by the police, and the importance of supporting families in this situation. She invites people to join Montreal's second annual Justice for Victims of Police Killings March & Vigil on October 22, organized by the families, friends, and allies of people killed by the police.

Hosted and produced by Robyn Maynard, with tech by Jaggi Singh.

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