Environmental Justice Toronto is getting ready for the 6th Annual March for Status for All. We are working with the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and the People’s Assembly on Climate Justice to organize a Green Bloc. Join Us! Sign onto our statement and endorse the event–email firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Justice means we take down the walls that divide us!
March for Environmental Justice and Status for All!
Sunday, May 1 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Queen Street and Jameson Street, near Parkdale Collegiate), Toronto
We demand FREEDOM from Colonization, Military and Economic Wars and Environmental Degradation
Environmental Justice activists will be joining No One Is Illegal Toronto and their allies in the streets during the march for Status of All this May 1st—Join Us!
Increasingly, environmental factors have become a leading cause of forced migration and displacement around the world. The Canadian government has refused to take ambitious action on climate change and environmental regulation domestically and internationally, dooming millions to migrate due to drought, desertification, rising sea levels, and chemical pollution. At the same time, Harper and former Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney pursued racist, anti-immigrant policies by cutting refugee quotas and proposing legislation such as Bill C-49 which would effectively criminalize asylum seekers.
Currently, those displaced by environmental exploitation are not even recognized under the refugee system, but instead the Canadian government allows for a select few to work dangerous jobs in agriculture and the Alberta Tar Sands. Through these temporary worker programs, people live with precarious status, restricted (if any) access to social services, and they are brought to this land and deemed good enough to work, but not good enough to stay.
Canada must stop denying its involvement in forced migration and displacement as it is home to many of the corporate institutions wreaking havoc on the environment. Canada’s involvement in undemocratic institutions such as the G8/G20 and the WTO, and their imperial cronies the World Bank and IMF, is allowing corporate and predatory control of the land, water, and air through mining, industrial agriculture and monocultures, overfishing, and logging. The environmental crisis has made millions of people’s homes inhospitable, forcing many to cross increasingly restrictive borders and leave their homes.
As colonial governments, capitalist corporations, and imperial militaries exploit the environment through their repressive agendas, it targets the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous people, poor people, women, rural people, and people of colour. We demand an end to FREEDOM from colonization, military and economic wars, and environmental degradation.
This May Day Environmental Justice will be marching for Status for All in Parkdale, Toronto. Join the Green Block! https://ejtoronto.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/
No One Is Illegal Toronto—May Day March http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/MayDay
We demand, We assert, We commit to:
* FREEDOM from Colonization, Military and Economic Wars and Environmental Degradation
* JUSTICE for Undocumented People and Migrant Workers: STATUS FOR ALL! ACCESS WITHOUT FEAR!
* JUSTICE for Our Communities: raise the rates, living wage, unionization, free and accessible public services for all, cops out of our neighborhoods
* FREEDOM to Move, FREEDOM to Return, and FREEDOM to Stay