Sept 24, 2023
Amplifying the Migrant Rights Network's Call for Status for All
The SJC supports the Status for All campaign whole-heartedly. We believe in a world without borders and are imagining and working toward a Revolution of Care, a future that puts care at the core of social organization, instead of profit.
We dream of a future where the destruction of thriving ecosystems for profit is brought to an end, where everyone's needs are met, and everyone's dignity is respected, everyone's value is celebrated. Where colonial, capitalist governments no longer decide who is worthy of rights, services, or protections. We know this future is possible and is coming because people, particularly Indigenous, Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Poor, Disabled, and Migrant feminists & abolitionist dreamers, organizers, and activists have been fighting and working for generations to bring it into being.
Citizenship is a category that exists only to exclude, and reinforce the power of a colonial, capitalist state.It renders people who do not have it excruciatingly vulnerable to brutally harsh exploitation by employers, without access to medical care, and other essential services, vulnerable to detention and deportation.
The precarity of a lack of status forces people into means that it is scarier and riskier for them to raise their voice against the inhumane treatment that is commonplace among people who are denied status. That is why it’s so important that we raise our collective voice, to speak up for people’s humanity and dignity. There is safety in numbers, and it is often unsafe for migrants to raise their voice and speak up for their rights alone.
We must all join the call for Status For All, until none of our neighbours are forced to live without it.
Last fall, the SJC attended a meeting with the Migrant Action Centre, Anti Racism Coalition NL, and the Worker Action Network with Minister Seamus O’Regan.
He told us he was in favor of Status for All and that he would advocate for it in cabinet. He asked us to hold his feet to the fire on Status for All.
And so we humbly ask for your help in doing so!
Could you email Minister Seamus O'Regan?
His email is:
Ask him for an update on his efforts to advocate for Status for All in cabinet. Ask him if we can count on seeing the federal government move forward with Status for All, and when he expects this to unfold.
Go to bit.ly/migrantrightsNL for a template email, which you're welcome to use in full or part. If you'd like to let us know you've helped with this effort, please bcc us on your email or forward it along. We love to see it! Our email is:
And be sure to join the Migrant Rights Network's nationwide call for Status for All at:
Thank you all for taking action! Let’s keep it going until we win Status for All!
Check out the speeches and photos from the recent Migrant Justice Week Kick Off Rally hosted by the Migrant Action Centre here: sjcnl.ca/migrantjustice