The Migrant Rights Network is a cross-Canada alliance to combat racism and fight for migrant justice. We are a network of self-organized migrants including farmworkers, careworkers, international students, undocumented people as well as allies.
In 2021 we are:
- Fighting for Full & Permanent Immigration Status for All. We will work to ensure every migrant in Canada gets full immigration status, and everyone that arrives in the future comes with status.
- Taking action to ensure migrant and undocumented people have the same rights and benefits as all other residents. This includes but is not limited to ensuring access to vaccines, income support (including ensuring there are not CERB/CRB clawbacks), decent work laws, no deportations and no detentions. Click campaigns to see the latest.
- Taking to the streets! We are organizing actions for full and permanent immigration status for all on May 9th (Mother’s Day), June 20th (Fathers Day / Intl Domestic Workers Day), July 25th (Non-Status March from Montreal arrives in Ottawa) and September 18th (Parliament returns). Organize to take action!
- Carrying out mass political popular education. Changing the world requires understanding it. We will produce digital educational tools and organize trainings so that supporters can become migrant and racial justice champions. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see the latest.
- Supporting the self-organization of migrant and undocumented people. If you are a group of migrants who want to organize for justice, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Working with Indigenous, Climate & Labour Movements. We only win together. Our members across Canada will connect and collaborate with Indigenous, Climate and Labour movements.
We prioritize the leadership and self-organization of racialized, working class, migrants, refugees and displaced people. We will do so in alliance with labour, community, faith, environmental, Indigenous, arts and media organizations. We will strive to build global alliances for migrant justice.
Government policies polarize and divide us. We are given different rights on the basis of the places of our birth, the colour of our skin, the accents we have, and the bodies we inhabit. We are denied labour protections, decent healthcare, the ability to change jobs, and to be with our families.
We reject these categories of migrant, irregular, refugee, undocumented, citizen. We assert our humanity.
We demand permanent resident status for all migrants and refugees already here, and landed status on arrival for those that will arrive in the future. We demand an end to detentions and deportations. We demand labour mobility. We want decent work and fair wages. We want all protections and entitlements. We demand an end to discrimination and criminalization of migrants, refugees and racialized people. We particularly demand gender justice, an end to anti-Black racisms and Islamophobia.
We are here because we were forced to leave our homes. We have been pushed out by war, poverty, persecution, extraction, joblessness, social oppressions and environmental collapse. We have been displaced in the interest of profit for the few. We are courageous – we are the exodus from Central America, the boats in the Mediterranean and the many migrant caravans. Our struggle is as much for rights and protections here, as it is to create global justice so that we are not forced to migrate in the first place.
We are building a movement. Join us.