Press conference precedes demonstration against deportations, for open borders and a solidarity city

Press Advisory

MONTREAL, JUNE 18 @1PM: PRESS CONFERENCE PRECEDES DEMONSTRATION AGAINST DEPORTATIONS, FOR OPEN BORDERS AND A SOLIDARITY CITY


Open the Borders and Status for All Press Conference
Sunday, June 18th at 1PM *please note the change in time*
#592 – 6767 Côte-des-Neiges

On Sunday, June 18, migrants, refugees and their allies will take the streets of Montreal's Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood to demand an end to deportations, detentions and double punishment, the immediate regularization for all people living without legal status, and the realization of a genuine Solidarity City in Montreal.
Just beforehand, march organizers are holding a press conference to explain why they are taking to the streets with these demands.
The march will be leaving from Nelson Mandela Park, just north of Plamondon metro, at 2PM.  Media are invited to attend.
Speakers:
  • Barry Mamadou Diouldé, a refused asylum seeker of Guinean origin living in Montreal for several years. He is a member and spokesperson for the recently formed Guinean Committee for a Status for All, a group of Guinean asylum seekers organizing together to fight their deportations.
  • *Marcia, a former nanny, housekeeper and care-giver for the elderly who has lived in Montreal for 35 years without status. Marcia is active in the Non-Status Women’s Collective. She lost her sight in late 2015, due to lack of access to healthcare causing her diabetes to go untreated. She has been fighting for over a year for access to rehabilitation services.
  • *Yukary and *Guadaloupe, two spokeswomen for the Non-Status Women's Collective, a group of women who have campaigned since Fall 2015 to obtain status for themselves and their families.
  • Zain Alabdullah, a Syrian refugee who entered into Canada by crossing the US-Canadian border irregularly. 
  • Rosalind Wong, member of Solidarity Across Borders, a collective that opposes deportations and detentions and calls for open borders and a permanent and universal regularization of all migrants living in Canada (Status for All). The organization has organized an annual Status for All mobilization since 2004.
*In a context where people face the risk of detention and deportation for the smallest of reasons, pseudonyms are being used in order to protect the identity of speakers who do not wish to be identified publicly.
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CONTACT:

Graham Latham (English media) – 438-877-3800

Rosalind Wong (French media) – 514-220-6515 

SOURCE:
Solidarity Across Borders
www.solidarityacrossborders.org