WE ARE JOSE TOUR
Solidarity Tour to reverse the deportation of Jose Figueroa, goes cross Canada from Vancouver to Montreal and ending in Ottawa
WE ARE JOSE is a Solidarity campaign to reverse the order of deportation of Jose Figueroa, who for humanitarian reasons had to leave El Salvador because of his struggle against the repressive military dictatorship, during the armed conflict.
The Canadian state, recognized for its respect and promotion of Human Rights, welcomed José into Canada to safeguard his life. Now however, surprisingly after 13 years, the Canadian government wants to deport him for the same reason they took him in, contrary to international norms and Canadian laws.
José, his wife and his three children, one with autism, have lived in Langley, BC, for the past 13 years. Their children are Canadian citizens and have lived their whole life in Canada; it would be a tragedy for them to be taken from their family and their country just because the government does not understand their history.
We believe that the Canadian government has taken a wrong position due to an inaccurate view of who Jose is, and of the current policy of El Salvador. We are ordinary citizens who believe that Jose is as Canadian as any of us, and we call upon the Canadian government to rectify this injustice.
WE ARE JOSE TOUR, began on March 18th visiting towns by bus along the way: Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, and finally Ottawa. These stops are for reference only, if there is the possibility of organizing a Teach In or just a community meeting to hear directly from Jose about what the reason is for the WE ARE JOSE TOUR, please do not hesitate to contact us through the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally arriving in Ottawa, Jose Figueroa will try to deliver a petition, with over 15oo signatures from supporters, to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to rectify this injustice
We call upon all groups of Canadian Civil Society, Latino Community, Trade Unions, Students, Universities, Academics, Churches, NGOs and all who wish to support this noble cause, which far from being a struggle of a single migrant, is a struggle for all migrants, Canadians and non-Canadians!
Jose and his son arrived in TO March 25. See this link for schedule of TO area events Jose will participate in http://barrio-nuevo.org/?p=442
To help support the trip and also Jose’s family while he is away-Donations can be sent to the Walnut Grove Luthern Church C/O Jose Figueroa Address: 20530 88 Ave. Langley, BC V1M 2Y6 .
Also see link for more info: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?pages#!/note.php?note_id=190977924268615
And all forms and expressions that help in the promotion and dissemination of the Campaign JOSE ARE WE TOUR.