(TODAY!) Demonstration at the Quebec-US Border: Migrants & Refugees Welcome! Open the Borders! Oppose Racism!

Media Advisory – For Immediate Release

September 30, 2017 — Solidarity Across Borders, a migrant justice network based in Montreal, is organizing a demonstration at the Quebec-US border (St-Bernard-de-Lacolle) today. The themes of the protest are: Migrants & Refugees Welcome! Open the Borders! Oppose Racism! 


Demonstrators will arrive at the border area around 10am. There will be a press point organized at 11am, south of the Hôtel St-Bernard Camping entrance, on Chemin Guay.
Media Contacts:
– Anas Bouslikhane (French/English), member of the Anti-Racist/Anti-Fascist Response Committee of Solidarity Across Borders
cell: 438-320-4049 
– Stacey Gomez (English/Spanish), member of the Solidarity City Committee of Solidarity Across Borders
cell: 438-404-4458
– For other media inquires, contact 438-933-7654

Public details about today's demonstration are included below.
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Migrants & Refugees Welcome! Open the Borders! Oppose Racism!
Demonstration at the Quebec-US Border
Saturday, September 30, 10am – 5pm
At the Lacolle Border Crossing, south of Montreal
(map: https://goo.gl/maps/W8s3rTtGPC72)
Please consult www.solidarityacrossborders.org regularly for updates.
A call by the Anti-Racist/Anti-Fascist Response Committee of Solidarity Across Borders. 

-> DOWNLOADS (posters and flyers): www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/downloads-september-30
– Buses and cars leaving from Montreal at 8:30am.
– We encourage the large-scale participation of all who support migrants and refugees and oppose racism.
– We encourage parents and caregivers to get in touch (solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com), so we can pass on info about this demonstration, and the involvement of families and kids.
– We will have food, drinks and snacks available throughout the day.

– Activities planned for the day include: music, teach-in, hockey & soccer, art, Kids Zone, and more!

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Welcome Migrants and Refugees! Say no to racists!

This demonstration at the border will express support and solidarity with recent refugee arrivals, with the clear message: Welcome Migrants and Refugees! Say no to racists! We encourage the participation of all who support migrant justice and seek to oppose the far right.

We also demonstrate to reject the racist discourse that contrasts migrants with the homeless and poor already living in Quebec. We call for a linking of the struggles of all oppressed, poor and working class people against the rich and privileged. Instead of blaming migrants for exercising valid choices, we focus on opposing and resisting systems of oppression, specifically colonialism, patriarchy, racism, and capitalism.

We campaign to build a Solidarity City, the creation of a community that rejects a system that engenders poverty and anguish, not solely for immigrants and refugees, but also for others confronting these same realities. We support open borders and the free movement of people seeking justice and dignity, meaning freedom to move, freedom to return, and the freedom to stay.

Racists and Fascists: No Pasaran!

The Storm Alliance, a far-right, racist, anti-immigrant organization, has called a demonstration in the vicinity of the Lacolle border crossing on September 30. Far-right groups deserve no platform to promote their racist agenda. We call on anti-fascists and anti-racists from all over Montreal and Quebec to mobilize to join us at the border, to send a clear message against racism and the far right, and to keep the racists far away from intimidating migrants who are staying temporarily at the refugee camp at the Lacolle border crossing.

BACKGROUND

-> Why are people crossing irregularly into Canada? & Anti-colonial Statement: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/background-border.
-> What is the Storm Alliance: https://montreal-antifasciste.info/en/2017/09/13/storm-alliance-factsheet/

A call by the Anti-Racist/Anti-Fascist Response Committee of Solidarity Across Borders. 

Contact: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com / 438-933-7654
Web: www.solidarityacrossborders.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CiteSansFrontieres/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SolidariteMTL

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Solidarity Across Borders: www.solidarityacrossborders.org
Solidaridad sin fronteras: www.solidarityacrossborders.org/es

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twitter: @SolidariteMTL
tél.: 438-933-7654 
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