Friday, 5:30pm. Online action from anywhere + in Vancouver on Fri Jan 31 at 300 West Georgia
MIGRANT DIGNITY, NOT MIGRANT DEATHS!
Yesterday we confirmed the news of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death while under Canadian Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) custody. Migrant communities and activists are still reeling from the news of this tragic and shameful death and we send our prayers, rage and condolences to her family members and loved ones.
For full background and details: https://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=5744
WHAT CAN I DO?
1) If you have one minute, please sign and share this petition:
and this image on social media: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=500023813448000
2) If you have five more minutes, please call these numbers directly to pressure for an independent investigation and an end to cruel and punitive conditions of migrant detention.
Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner: 604 660-7745 Barb McLintock, BC Coroners Service: 250-356-9253 Steven Blaney, Public Safety Minister: 613-944-4875 or 613-992-7434 Roslyn MacVicar, Pacific Regional Director CBSA: 604-666-0760 John Dyck, Metro Vancouver District Director CBSA: 604-775-6790
3) If you have a few hours to come honour the life of Lucia Vega Jimenez, come out on Friday January 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm in front of CBSA offices at 300 West Georgia for a vigil and community gathering by community members, No One Is Illegal, and Latin American Committee for Refugees and Migrant Justice.
Last year there were over 9,000 migrants detained, including 289 children. We say: not one more death, not one more detention, not one more deportation.
TO: Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney, Canadian Border Services Agency, and BC Coroners Service
1) We urge you to immediately order a full, transparent and independent civilian inquiry and investigation into the tragic and shameful death of Lucia Vega Jimenez while under CBSA custody.
2) We need independent civilian oversight and a comprehensive review of migrant detention policies.
3) Cruel and punitive conditions of migrant detention, such as indefinite detention, as well as new regulations under the Refugee Exclusion Act that permit mandatory detention and a two-tier refugee system, must end.