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Report gives Manitoba’s invisible migrant farm workers a voice

Migrant Workers Solidarity - Migrant Voices PosterThey come to Manitoba each summer under Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program to work on farms and nurseries.  And they’re invisible.

Now a new report by the Migrant Worker Solidarity Network and The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba gives these migrant farm workers a voice.

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Over 70 Community Groups Demand Cancellation of “Border Security” Reality TV Show

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

Cancel Border Security

Over 70 community groups have signed a letter demanding the immediate cancellation of anti-immigrant reality TV show, Border Security. The letter is addressed to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who personally approved the show, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and various companies with interests in the show, including Force Four Entertainment and Shaw Media. The letter is part of a growing “Cancel Border Security” campaign by rights groups and progressives.

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The Impacts of the Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker In Canada

She Fixes So Many Problems

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

CCPA_logo_261The Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) is one of the programs established by the Province of Manitoba to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism, and NISWs are hosted by community organizations.

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New York Times reconsidering exclusionary term ‘illegal immigrant’

By: Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive

No Human Being Is IllegalLast week, the Associated Press ditched the demeaning and exclusionary term “illegal immigrant”. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in 2011, responded with: “It was inevitable. It was just a matter of time.”

The New York Times called the AP decision “bold” and announced that it, too, is now reconsidering the term. That’s according to Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor.

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Roma: Unwanted, Marginalized, Defiant And Freedom To Roam (VIDEO)

Video available on YouTube

Via Aljazeera: The Rageh Omaar Report – The Right to Roam:

Unwanted, marginalised, defiant – the Roma people have become the target of governments across Europe.

In France and Italy they have been thrown out in their thousands – accused of illegally overstaying their welcome and blamed for increases in crime.

They say that in their countries of origin they are victims of discrimination – a minority with few opportunities.

They are now taking advantage of European Union laws that allow freedom of travel to all European citizens – looking West to find a better life, yet reluctant to adapt to Western ways.

The Roma issue has now been forced on EU policy makers – they have to find a balance between the growing hostility and the rights of the Roma.