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Simcoe, Brantford, Hamilton, Toronto

J4MW FREEDOM CARAVAN 2011 3

Date and time

2011.10.02, all-day

Details

September 4, 2011- Niagara on the Lake,St. Catherine's and Niagara Falls
September 28, 2011- Windsor, Leamington, Chatham and Dresden
October 2, 2011-Simcoe- Brantford-Hamilton-Toronto

Updates will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks describing greater detailsthe actions and what support we are asking for this event. We are seekingfinancial and in kind support but mostly your presence during these dates andcommunities.

Background Information

More than 20, 000 migrant farm workers from Thailand, Mexico, Guatemala,the Philippines, and the Caribbean arrive in Canada to work in our fields,orchards and greenhouses every year. Many workers pay thousands of dollars in fees to recruiters to be able to work in Canada, sometimes for jobs that do noteven exist. Once they arrive, many workers face dangerous working conditions, sub-standard housing and employment standards and human rights violations. As farm workers and migrants, they have little recourseto assert their human and labour rights and are constantly faced with thethtreat of deportation if they voice their concerns.

Justicia for Migrant Workers is an awardwinning volunteer-run collective that strives to promote the rights of migrant farm workers by creating spaces for workers to lead their own movement and articulate their own voices in a country that makes renders them invisible.

Justicia for Migrant Workers˜Got food? Bought local? Thank a migrant farm worker!

Justicia contacts:

j4mw.on@gmail.com

pilgrimage2freedom@gmail.com

Tzazna Miranda Leal: 647 618 5325
Chris Ramsaroop: 647 834 4932

url: http://justicia4migrantworkers.org/

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Background on the march

Call out for last year's march:
http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org/ontario/pilgrimage/march.html

Message of solidarity from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers:

http://j4mw.tumblr.com/post/1273578615/message-of-solidarity-from-the-coalition-of-immokalee

Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsC1Bt-eSJg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB5fb3cyQyw

Photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerardophotos/sets/72157625316969595/with/5197247770/

Labour Start's International Photo of the Year, Pilgrimage Photo Won!: http://www.labourstart.org/lpoty/

TumblrMultimedia snapshots: http://j4mw.tumblr.com/archive/2010/10


Print:

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/872459--no-thanksgiving-for-migrant-workers

http://www.windsorstar.com/entertainment/Migrant+workers+march+rights/3654881/story.html

Cost

Free

Venue

3rd stop

City

Simcoe, Brantford, Hamilton, Toronto

Country

Canada

Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis and Support initiatives

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, and Housing standards

Geographical focuses

Ontario

Languages

English and Spanish