Transportation not Deportation Community Meeting

Transportation not Deportation Community Meeting
Wednesday April 1st from 6:30-8:30
YWCA 733 Beatty St, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/633732666772777/

As you have likely heard by now, Transit Police announced they will terminate their Memorandum of Understanding with Canada Border Services Agency.

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Interview with Omar Chu of the Transportation Not Deportation Campaign

The Volcano interviews Omar Chu

Public Transit not a Border Checkpoint: Interview with Omar Chu of the Transportation Not Deportation Campaign

Read here: http://thevolcano.org/2015/03/22/public-transit-not-a-border-checkpoint-interview-with-omar-chu-of-the-transportation-not-deportation-campaign/

Radio: A migrant justice victory in Vancouver

On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Daniel Tseghay and Daniel Wexel about the Transportation not Deportation campaign. It aims, in the wake of a particularly tragic case, to make public transit in the Vancouver area a place of safety and sanctuary for people regardless of their immigration status. And recently, they won a significant victory on the road to that goal.

Listen: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2015/03/transportation-not-deportation-migrant-justice-victory-

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Vancouver Transit Police end agreement with CBSA

Vancouver Transit Police end agreement with CBSA
By H.G. Hamilton | February 23, 2015 in Rabble

On Friday February 20, Vancouver Transit Police announced that it will cease its agreement with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) and end its enforcement of federal immigration law.

The termination of the agreement is a huge victory for the Transportation not Deportation campaign.

“Transit Police informed representatives of the Transportation not Deportation campaign that they will terminate their Memorandum of Understanding with CBSA, that officers must receive permission from a Watch Commander to initiate contact with CBSA, and that they will not detain people without warrants for items that are simply contravention of immigration law,” confirms Omar Chu of Transportation not Deportation in an email to rabble.

This triumph comes at a time when Vancouver’s TransLink is a focal point of media attention due to the upcoming Transit Referendum.

“This victory by the Transportation not Deportation campaign was due, in large part, to being able to strategically target TransLink and Transit Police at a time, with the upcoming Transit referendum as well as a series of financial scandals, when they are particularly susceptible to backlash and are vulnerable to concerted organizing against their practices of privatization and militarization,” says Harsha Walia of Transportation not Deportation in an email to rabble.

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CBSA concurs with end of Transit Police agreement

CBSA concurs with end of Transit Police agreement

by Canadian Press – BC Local News

VANCOUVER – A Canada Border Services Agency spokeswoman says the agency agrees there is no need to continue with a memorandum of understanding with Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

Jennifer Bourque says the intent of the agreement was meant to facilitate the placement of a CBSA officer in Transit Police offices in order to help with information sharing.

But she says since information sharing is covered under existing privacy legislation, CBSA did not see the need to have an officer embedded with Transit Police and the memorandum was never used.

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