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Queer Discussions on Im/migration and Criminalization featuring NOII, QUAIA, and HAVOQ

3 Oct

On Wednesday September 28th  at Beit Zatoun in Toronto, Ontario folks discussed recent struggles by Queer and Trans folks in Toronto and in San Fransisco.  The panel featured Craig Fortier from No One is Illegal – Toronto and Natalie Kouri-Towe from Queers against Israeli Apartheid.

They were joined by Li Morales, Molly Goldberg and Essex Lourdes from HAVOQ (Horizontally Aligned Very Organized Queers) who have been on tour launching their zine Undoing Borders: A Queer Manifesto reflecting on two years of collective organizing around migrant justice.

They spoke about recent victories like the community mobilization to stop the deportation of Alvaro Orozco and about the challenges of organizing against borders on occupied land.

Listen to the whole panel here:

Introduction by Gabi

Craig Fortier, No One is Illegal – Toronto

Natalie Kouri-Towe, Queers Against Israeli Aparthied

Molly, Essex and Li, Horizontally Alligned Very Organized Queers

Undoing Borders: Queer Discussions on Im/migration and Criminalization

26 Sep

Essex, Li and Molly joined Earful of Queer live in studio to talk about their tour and their zine. The interview was followed by a short set by DJ BootyKlap.

Undoing Borders is a collective writing project that comes out of the Migrant Justice Work Group of San Francisco Pride at Work/HAVOQ (The Horizontal Alliance of Very Organized Queers). We first started organizing together in 2007 when a group of us formed a contingent to the US/Mexico No Borders Camp in Calexico/Mexicali. That summer, at an event to raise money for our trip south, we were asked for the first time a question we would hear again and again for years: What does being queer have to do with borders?
This document was born out of action and conversation, and our hope is that it will continue to live there. We’ve been sharing it with all of the incredible people we organize with here in the Bay Area, but we’d also like a chance to get feedback from people working in the many different locations and contexts across our border regions and the interior. Nothing beats a face-to-face conversation, so we’re taking this manifesto on the road!
This was done one month into their tour when they stopped in Guelph, Ontario.


Alvaro Orozco is here to Stay!

3 Jun

Alvaro Orozco has been released from the immigration holding centre!!

Earful of Queer follows up with Craig Fortier from No One is Illegal-Toronto, on Alvaro’s release and the approval of his Humanitarian and Compassion application.  He has now been granted permanent residency and has been returned to his community!

We also chat about the politicization of Queer communities in this campaign and continuing the momentum to stop the state from taking members of our community away from us.

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