Thursday, June 12, 2014

Justice For Deepan Charter Challenge

Urgent Support Needed!

Federal Court Showdown: Justice for Deepan vs. Citizenship and Immigration Canada!

Pack the Court house! Bring your bodies and voices to show your support for this crucial moment in Deepan’s case. After over a year of Deepan living in precarious stateless limbo pending deportation, a date has been set for this landmark Federal Court hearing.

When? THIS MONDAY, June 16th, 2014 Rally: 8:30am. Hearing: 9:30am
Where? 301 Wellington St. (Supreme Court Building, West Courtroom). Ottawa, Unceded Algonqiun Terrritory 

On June, 5th, the Federal Court of Appeal made a decision to push Deepan’s upcoming Federal Court application to Monday, June 16th. What does this mean? After months of preparation, Deepan’s legal team will argue that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have breached Deepan’s constitutional rights by making him stateless. If successful, the Federal Court of Canada will force Citizenship and Immigration Canada to restore Deepan’s citizenship, simultaneously setting a president in other similar cases.

We need your support! With over 1,000 individuals across multiple borders, countless unions, grassroots groups, civil liberty and non-profit organizations backing

Deepan and his struggle for justice, let’s pack the courthouse and demonstrate the magnitude of support that exists for him and his struggle for justice! Can’t come for the full hearing? Show up in the morning at 8:30 for a press release, and opportunity to show & voice your support. Bring signs in support of Deepan!

Coming from a different city? Contact or call us at: 613.265.1364 to coordinate rides. We hope to see you there!

Ottawa Convergence to End Immigration Detention

Join us this Sunday at 12:30pm to march in demanding an end to immigration detention. The march will start at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa (120 University Private).

Over 85,000 people have been detained in immigration jails under Harper's watch. Many of them have been imprisoned indefinitely, with no known release date. Immigration detention tears apart families, taking away migrants' freedom for the crime of being born elsewhere.

Join us as we march to immigration control headquarters to demand an end to immigration detention, particularly endless detention, max-security incarceration, and an overhaul of the detention review process.

Part of the International Conference on Penal Abolition. Please register: Caravans leaving from across Ontario (Toronto, Guelph, ...) (June 12 - 15).

Please fill out this form if you'd like to join us or need billets:

This action is coordinated in conjunction with immigration detainees imprisoned and on strike inside Lindsay, Ontario's, max-security Central East Correctional Centre.

End Immigration Detention Network (including No One Is Illegal - Ottawa & Toronto, and Fuerza Puwersa)


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pop-Up Fundraiser: a bread tasting to fundraise for No One Is Illegal Ottawa

Mark your calenders and spend your long weekend in Hintonburg with Bread By Us!

Location: 1065 Wellington St. West
Day/Time: Sunday, May 18 @ 7pm to midnight

On Sunday, May 18th, your favorite artisanal bakery will be hosting a bread tasting evening with Emulsify - The Oil & Vinegar Experience! and Top Shelf Preserves.

Pizza offerings will be served throughout the evening accompanied by local beer, wine and in house cocktails mixed to the beats of Zattar from TIMEKODE!

Funds raised will go to No One Is Illegal-Ottawa to contribute towards anti-deportation casework costs.

Entrance is $5-10 sliding scale at the door. Bread By Us is an accessible venue.

Check out No One Is Illegal - Ottawa, Bread by Us, Emulsify, and Top Shelf Preserves on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This May Day! March with NOII and Justice for Deepan!

March 1st - 4pm McNabb Park - 5pm March. 

Dear Friends and Allies,

On May 1st, International Workers Day, No One is Illegal will march as a migrant justice contingent, alongside Justice for Deepan. We will march for an end to detentions, deportations and double punishment. We will march for the dignity and self-determination of all im/migrants regardless of status. We will march for status for all!

We are unified in our fight against poverty, capitalism and colonization. We oppose attack on all workers, irrespective of status. We will continue our support for indigenous movements for self-determination. We stand in solidarity with larger struggles for social and environmental justice. We resist patriarchy, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia, in our work, in our communities and as larger systems of oppression. We strive and struggle for the right to remain, the freedom to move, and the right to return.

Come march with migrant justice contingent this May Day!

Raise the Rates! Status for All!

The May Day march is organized by Solidarity Against Austerity. Join allies in fighting back against the austerity agenda. 
We express our deep appreciation to our allies in the labour movement who continue to offer support and solidarity for NOII and Justice for Deepan.

Joint Statement: Octopus Book Store and No One Is Illegal Ottawa

Mutual Accountability Meeting
March 24, 2014

1. A special meeting between Octopus Book Store ("Octopus") and No One Is Illegal Ottawa (NOII-O) took place in Ottawa on March 24th, 2014, to discuss issues of accountability and community-building. NOII-O and Octopus reaffirmed their commitment to social justice and working with community groups. The meeting addressed concerns on how to create inclusive community spaces, and how to approach people, groups, and establishments in regards to accountability. 

2. The meeting welcomed and generated lessons and recommendations for both NOII-O and Octopus, such as collaborative anti-oppression training; consultation on a statement of values; and having clear feedback processes that prioritize accessible language, personal face-to-face conversations, mental and emotional health, and community mediation beyond legal systems and the State. There was also a broader discussion about social media, specifically the challenges and opportunities it creates in regards to communication, community-building, confidentiality/privacy, and self-empowerment/autonomy.

3. The meeting appreciated the contributions of everyone involved and committed to working together in building spaces of justice, anti-oppression, and inclusion. Octopus and NOII-O strongly encourage any community groups and members to approach Lisa Greaves at Octopus to engage with her in conversation in regards to any community concerns. Lisa can be reached in the the store, at (613) 233-2589, or at Lukayo from NOII-O can also be approached for a face-to-face conversation regarding community concerns with NOII-O. Lukayo can be reached at

In Attendance:
Lukayo (Facilitator, NOII-Ottawa)
Karin (Facilitator, Octopus Books)
Lisa (Octopus Books)
Yafa (Octopus Books)
Daniel (NOII-Ottawa)
Catrina (NOII-Ottawa)
Shannon (NOII-Ottawa)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NOII-Ottawa Weekly Meeting (April 24 @ 6:30pm)

Day/Time: Thursday, April 24 at 6:30pm 
Location: Dalhousie Community Centre, 1st Floor, Rm #7
(755 Somerset St W.)

Join us for our open NOII collective meeting on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30PM. If you are interested in being part of the NOII collective or would like to know more about NOII organizing, come to the meeting! The meeting will take place at the Polaris Institute on 180 Metcalfe St., Suite 500.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

A short overview of NOII-Ottawa

This was a presentation created by one of our members as a short overview of the practices and history of NOII. Click to full-screen for a better experience.