- wheelchair accessible / free childcare on-site
- the teach-in will be in French, English & Spanish
- whisper translation availableThis teach-in is intended for local community members who would like to actively oppose double punishment and be actively involved in local organizing campaigns. We strongly encourage you to e-mail in advance to let us know if you intend to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
The starting point of this teach-in is: opposition to deportations & detentions, support for a regularization program for all non-status migrants, and the abolition of double punishment.
Some recent Montreal-based cases of double punishment include that have been publicized include:
- Victor Morales: facing removal to Chile after living in Canada for thirty years;
- Dany Villanueva: facing removal to Honduras, despite living in Canada since the age of 12;
- Farshad Mohammadi: a political refugee from Iran, who was killed by Montreal police this past January and was facing the possibility of deportation to Iran, due to a criminal conviction related to homelessness;
- Jacob Niyongabo: deported to Burundi in December, a country he fled 16 years ago;
- Jean-Bernard Devilmé: lived in Canada for 25 years, with children and a spouse, but was facing removal to Haiti in December due to double punishment.
There are many more local examples of double punishment that are not public.
The first part of the teach-in will share specific information about the reality of double punishment, including local cases. After a break, including food and drinks, we’ll move into an organizing meeting to discuss strengthening and building local campaigns against double punishement.Organized by No One Is Illegal-Montreal.
Part of a month-long series of activities organized in March by the Convergence contre la répression policière et politique.
INFO: email@example.com – tél: 438-875-RAGE – www.nooneisillegal.org
“Double punishment” is the term used to describe the unjust policy used against non-citizens who face deportation after being punished for a criminal conviction. In other words, non-citizens who commit criminal offenses are punished twice: once when they’re sentenced for their crime, and then again by being permanently removed from Canada, often after living here since childhood.
Double punishment is often the direct result of racial profiling: A recent leaked study of Montreal police reports proves that racial profiling is endemic in Montreal. Neighbourhoods such as Montreal-Nord, St- Michel, Parc-Extension, and Côte-des-Neiges are over-policed and criminalized due to the density of immigrant and racialized communities living there. The targeting of these communities not only forces a disproportionate number of poor and people of colour into the criminal justice system, but also into immigration proceedings if they do not have full Canadian citizenship.
Many Montreal-based cases of double punishment have been publicized recently, including:- Victor Morales, who is facing removal to Chile after living in Canada for thirty years;
- Dany Villanueva, who is facing removal to Honduras, despite living in Canada since the age of 12; the possible removal proceedings against Dany were launched after the police killing of his younger brother Fredy, to which Dany was a key witness;
- Farshad Mohammadi, a political refugee from Iran, who was killed by Montreal police this past January; Farshad was facing the possibility of deportation to Iran, due to a criminal conviction related to his homelessness, when he was killed;
- Jacob Niyongabo, who was deported to Burundi in December, a country he fled 16 years ago;
- Jean-Bernard Devilmé, who has lived in Canada for 25 years, with children and a spouse, but was facing removal to Haiti in December due to double punishment.
While there are several public cases of double punishment, revealed via the media and support campaigns, there are many more cases of double punishment that are not public. The reality of double punishment in our communities often provokes feelings of shame and isolation, due to the stigma of a criminal conviction. We aim to break this isolation by taking a clear stance against double punishment, and building together to expose this injustice, and to support the individuals fighting to remain with their families, friends and community here in Montreal.
Our starting point is that double punishment should be abolished, and people facing double punishment should be supported. We reject the link between criminality and immigration. The link is racist and false. It’s the way for jingoistic politicians to win cheap votes.INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org – tél: 438-875-RAGE – www.nooneisillegal.org