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(Toronto) Project Threadbare Forum: Racing Towards America

Patriot Act North
Racing Towards America
Detentions, Immigration and the Abandonment of Law

October 18, 2003
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Eastminister Untied Church (Auditorium)
310 Danforth Avenue (at Chester subway)

21 men were arrested in pre-dawn raids in the Toronto area on August 14 on the grounds that they might pose a threat to national security. But neither the Department of Citizenship and Immigration nor the RCMP, the bodies which jointly carried out the arrests, have produced one shred of hard evidence to warrant holding the men.

Under the so-called Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the federal government can detain indefinitely (and without laying charges) any landed immigrant or foreign national who is considered to be a possible threat to national security. Not one of the men has yet been charged with a crime.

Even RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli has said "there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that there's any terrorist threat anywhere in the country related to this investigation." This is a clear case of racial profiling and an attack on civil liberties. The police have only targeted these men because they're Muslim and/or from Pakistan or India. They have done nothing else to be accused of being terrorists.

October 18, 2003
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Eastminister Untied Church (Auditorium)
310 Danforth Avenue (at Chester subway)

Speakers include:

-Dr Muhammed Naeem, released detainee

-Fahim Kayani, released detainee

-Sophie Harkat, activist and wife of Mohamed Harkat, one of five Muslim men jailed on a "national security certificate"

-Amina Sherazee, community activist, lawyer, member of Lawyers Against the War

and other speakers on what your rights are and what this law means for you.

Organized by Project Threadbare
project_threadbare@yahoo.ca

416.801.AZAD (416.801.2923)

Note: Punching Out (NEFAC-Toronto) is a member of the Project Threadbare Coalition