On December 20, 2013, a detained migrant worker facing deportation hung herself in Vancouver airport's holding cells. But the journey of Lucia Vega Jimenez, from detention centre to airport and finally to Mount St. Joseph’s hospital - where she lost her life on December 28, 2013 - remained secret. Why is it that the death of an innocent worker, arrested for an unpaid bus ticket, is only reaching the public sphere a month later? What does Canadian Border Services Agency have to hide?
A system of migrant worker oppression, discriminatory and wrongful detentions, coupled with failed refugee claims and deportation orders tell the story of Lucia and many others just like her. Standing up against this systemic racism is a way to fight in Lucia’s honour.
There are many ways you can get involved in migrant worker campaigns and stand up for migrant dignity (not migrant deaths!):
-share this image on social media to spread Lucia’s story
-attend this demonstration honouring the life of Lucia Vega Jimenez
-sign this petition to demand a just and transparent investigation into Lucia’s death
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.