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Wolf Hunt In The Kingdom: Minutemen Draw Rain and Protesters to Derby Line

The Minutemen are a quasi-vigilante organization founded in the spring of 2005 by Jim Gilchrist and Chris Simcox, both of California. This past year they mobilized hundreds of people in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California to set up armed camps along the Mexican border. The goal of the group is to prevent undocumented immigrants from crossing into the U.S., and to further pressure the Federal Government into adopting a more militarized border policy. The Minutemen also claim that their “border patrols” help protect the nation from drug trafficking and terrorist attack.

Once the Minutemen’s intentions were uncovered, a number of Vermonters began to organize against them. A diverse coalition composed of concerned Northeast Kingdom residents, peace activists, immigrant rights advocates, union members, and socialists, began to take form. By early October they put the word out that an anti-Minuteman rally would be held in Derby Line the same time and day the Minutemen planned to be active in the town.

Stop the Minutemen! Growing Opposition to Vigilante Patrol of the Derby Line

A group of Montrealers are going to the border between Quebec and Vermont on Saturday, October 15th to hold a counter-demonstration against the Minutemen at the Derby Line in Vermont.

The Minutemen are an organization of armed vigilantes who attempt to prevent immigrants, refugees, and "illegals" from crossing the US borders.

Departure: QPIRG Concordia, 1500 de Maisonneuve west, 2nd floor, 9:00am.
Cost: $10 (optional to cover gas)
Reservations: 514-859-9023, sansfrontieres@resist.ca

More indepth analysis of the Minutemen, the lethality of the border, reasons for opposing the border and the effect of the border on indigenous peoples...

Status, Survival, and Solidarity

Non-Status people and the politics of precarity

by Aaron Lakoff and Seth Porcello

Just a few weeks ago, Manuel, a 19-year old refugee, sat alone in a jail cell in a detention center in Laval, just north of Montreal. Frightened and tired, he awaited his deportation back to Mexico. It was one of those freakish situations where one might rack their brain to determine what the hell they did wrong. In Manuel's case, it was very simple - he was a refugee without status who chose to defy a deportation order.

Mohamed Cherfi recognized as a political refugee by the United States

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Mohamed Cherfi recognized as a political refugee by the United States
Will Ottawa and Quebec finally take action?

Montreal and Quebec City, June 2, 2005. The Board of Immigration
Appeal in the United States has just recognized Mohamed Cherfi as a political refugee by overturning the refusal handed down by a U.S. Immigration Court judge on October 22, 2004. That recognition highlights all the injustice suffered by Mr. Cherfi in conjunction with the processing of his application for immigration to Canada and Quebec, which have several
times denied the serious risks facing him in Algeria. The organizations and individuals supporting Mr. Cherfi, along with his partner, Louise Boivin, demand that the Quebec and Canadian authorities take measures so that he can return to Canada immediately.

Mohamed Cherfi - your Support is still needed!

YOUR SUPPORT IS STILL NEEDED!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Below is the Mohamed Cherfi Solidarity Committee’s press release from the
press conference held in Quebec City on March 15, 2005. The following
people took part in the press conference: Reverend Gérald Doré,
spokesperson for the Mohamed Cherfi sponsorship group; Louise Boivin,
Mohamed Cherfi’s partner; Smail Behlouli, spokesperson for the Action
Committee for Non-Status Algerians; Msgr. Pierre-André Fournier, Auxiliary
Bishop and representative of Msgr. Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec City; and

Honkie America Redux- The Plight of the Latino Immigrant

Racism in the age of political correctness

It is no longer fashionable to be openly racist in the American middle class. Blatant racist snobbery is still acceptable across the linen table cloths of the rich, and it is all too common in the shops and on the factory floors where the working class performs its labors. But the middle class, we are led to believe, has risen above all that.

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