June 30: #KeepFamiliesTogether

#KEEPFAMILIESTOGETHER: June 30, Day of Action: A picket and protest against the separation of migrant families by ICE at the US/Mexico border, in partnership with the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism.

We also stand to acknowledge Canada’s role in separating families, through the history of residential schools and the continued practise of removing children from Indigenous families and placing them into foster care.

As well, today we have live-in-caregivers in Canada who are bureaucratically separated from their children back in the Philippines. Confusing changes were made in 2014 to Canadian immigration rules which has resulted in permanent resident status for live-in caregivers converting to possible citizenship being blocked, thus preventing family reunification. These changes were devised and implemented by Jason Kenney when he was in Stephen Harper’s cabinet.

We will stand peacefully outside the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. Bring signs. Here is the Facebook event.