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30

Dec

All we want for Christmas and for this new year is justice for Jose Figueroa and his family and for all refugees and immigrants. Please send xmas Cards to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney asking him to stop the deportation of Jose and his family Telephone: 613-992-2235. Fax: 613-992-1920. E-Mail: jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca. We call on the Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney to stop the unbelieveably unjust deportation of Jose and his family and all other immigrants/refugees being unjustly deported due to a problematic immigration law Section 34.1 of the Immigration and Refugee protection act that states that if you were associated with an oppostion movement you are inadmissable to Canada -regardless if your participation was legal and you committed no wrong doing. This law is too broad, and condemns persons who didnt commit any wrong doing, such as Jose, to deportation. Jose was simply a member of a student group speaking out against a violent dictatorship and now due to a bureacratic mess of legislation his family’s life is devastated. Canada is Jose’s home, he has lived here for over 15 years, he has a family, three Canadian born children, a wife and has requested help from the government but his MP states that Ottawa will not help. This law impacting Jose, is extremely immoral and unjust and a mistake.

We want Minister of Immigration @Jason Kenny, and the Canadian government to acknowledge that it is a mistake to deport Jose and others like him who spoke out against violent dictatorships, and stood up for human rights. Jose’s case is not isolated and 10’s of thousands of refugees and immigrants are at risk due to this immigration law.

Not all laws are just —it took Rosa Parks to refuse to obey the law to stand at the back of the bus to spark the end of segragation in the states….we need more people to realize that not all laws are just and that it takes citizens to speak out to help change this situation. PLEASE CALL and send letters asking Minister of Immigration, Jason Kenney to stop the deportation of Jose Figueroa and his family Telephone: 613-992-2235. Fax: 613-992-1920. E-Mail: jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca

(Source: wearejose.com)

29

Dec

Portrait of Alex, an organizer from Media Democracy Day, made by chingcua with the use of markers.

Portrait of Alex, an organizer from Media Democracy Day, made by chingcua with the use of markers.

Pencil sketch of a Jose supporter by C. gloriosa superba.

Pencil sketch of a Jose supporter by C. gloriosa superba.

23

Dec

tireless activist, jose figueroa, fighting for the rights of his own life but also for his children and wife’s rights, and for the rights of all those refugees and immigrants dealing with unjust deportation
download/listen to the free radio broadcast interview here: http://www.coopradio.org/content/politics-re-spun-30

tireless activist, jose figueroa, fighting for the rights of his own life but also for his children and wife’s rights, and for the rights of all those refugees and immigrants dealing with unjust deportation

download/listen to the free radio broadcast interview here: http://www.coopradio.org/content/politics-re-spun-30

Jose, son and other activists @ Day of Action for Refugees Health Dec 15th 2012.

Jose, son and other activists @ Day of Action for Refugees Health Dec 15th 2012.


13

Dec

Vancouver Observer: A report on Canada's growing culture of exclusion

Jose and the We Are Jose campaign are on the news, yay!

04

Dec

A digital portrait of Sylvia Richardson, radio host of Latin Waves, drawn by Marvin Caynap on his Samsung phone. Apparently it took him only 30 minutes. I’m calling him Guru Marvin from now on.

A digital portrait of Sylvia Richardson, radio host of Latin Waves, drawn by Marvin Caynap on his Samsung phone. Apparently it took him only 30 minutes. I’m calling him Guru Marvin from now on.

Pencil sketch of one of Jose’s daughters by C. gloriosa superba. She’s a Canadian citizen, and she doesn’t want her family to get deported for no reason.

Pencil sketch of one of Jose’s daughters by C. gloriosa superba. She’s a Canadian citizen, and she doesn’t want her family to get deported for no reason.

Pencil sketch of Victoria by C. gloriosa superba.

Pencil sketch of Victoria by C. gloriosa superba.

What do you guys think of this blog post from The Economist?

The GTI uses four indicators to measure the impact of terrorism: the number of terrorist incidents, the number of deaths, the number of casualties and the level of property damage. These indicators are used to create a weighted five year average for each country, which takes into account the lasting effects of terrorism.The score given to each country therefore indicates the impact of a terrorist attack on a society in terms of the fear and subsequent security response.”

They define terrorism as a violent act by a non-state actor. They’re not counting violence by state actors. Am I the only one that sees this is as problematic? So an effective violent dictatorship is terrorist-free territory, yeah? Look at how squeaky-clean North Korea is on this map.I think that this problematic definition of terrorism is partly responsible for the unjust deportation order on Jose Figueroa today. Jose was a student organizer for the FMLN, which was back then, a non-state actor that resisted a repressive dictatorship that used death squads on the populace. But I don’t think that student organizers are terrorists, nor is it wrong to stand up against a violent dictatorship.
(I say partly responsible, because the rest of the responsibility lies on the hands of immigration policymakers and that ignorant Canadian Border Services Agency officer who couldn’t bother to look up “FMLN” on Wikipedia.)

What do you guys think of this blog post from The Economist?

The GTI uses four indicators to measure the impact of terrorism: the number of terrorist incidents, the number of deaths, the number of casualties and the level of property damage. These indicators are used to create a weighted five year average for each country, which takes into account the lasting effects of terrorism.

The score given to each country therefore indicates the impact of a terrorist attack on a society in terms of the fear and subsequent security response.”


They define terrorism as a violent act by a non-state actor. They’re not counting violence by state actors. Am I the only one that sees this is as problematic? So an effective violent dictatorship is terrorist-free territory, yeah? Look at how squeaky-clean North Korea is on this map.

I think that this problematic definition of terrorism is partly responsible for the unjust deportation order on Jose Figueroa today. Jose was a student organizer for the FMLN, which was back then, a non-state actor that resisted a repressive dictatorship that used death squads on the populace. But I don’t think that student organizers are terrorists, nor is it wrong to stand up against a violent dictatorship.

(I say partly responsible, because the rest of the responsibility lies on the hands of immigration policymakers and that ignorant Canadian Border Services Agency officer who couldn’t bother to look up “FMLN” on Wikipedia.)