Solidarity Tour to reverse the deportation of Jose Figueroa, which aims to cross Canada from Vancouver to Montreal and end in Ottawa
WE ARE JOSE is a Solidarity campaign to reverse the illegal and illegitimate 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, will tentatively begin on March 18th, and aims to visit several cities and towns by car 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
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!
We specifically need the following support:
Posters and Flyers
MINIVAN (TO BE RENTED)
Insurance for the trip
Accommodation for 6 people
Food for 6 people
2 Camcorders and storage devices
Wireless Internet service – 2 kits
2 one way air tickets: Toronto-Vancouver
2 one way air tickets: Ottawa-Vancouver
Logistic support for the realization of Teach Ins at each stop/city
Support of the campaign WE ARE JOSE via social networks: FB, Twitter, Websites , mailing
Get interviews on Radio, TV and print media
Support for organizing and accompanying the motorcade at each stop/city
And all forms and expressions that help in the promotion and dissemination of the Campaign JOSE ARE WE TOUR.
Every day, the media team will make a short update of the Tour through the
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Vancouver: Sasha Wood – 604 540 2126
Ottawa: Laura Avalos, Asociación Salvadoreña
Canadiense de Ottawa – 819 319 0904
Toronto: Sofia Ramirez, Barrio Nuevo – 416 433 9069