OPIRG Guelph – State of Control: Canadian Prison and Immigration Systems

June 25, 2017 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Making-Box

43 Cork Street E., Guelph

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OPIRG Guelph

This panel discussion will explore the ways in which immigration and prison systems target racialized bodies as a perpetuation of white supremacy within state institutions. We’ll hear about the ways in which the State attacks the minds, bodies and freedom of people trapped in these systems. We’ll also learn how we can be part of support and solidarity efforts.
This event is free!  Donations will be greatly appreciated and will go to Justice for Deepan.  
All welcome.  The Making-Box is a physically accessible space.  Please note that there will not be food or snacks at this event.  
For more information please contact [email protected].
– Deepan Budlakoti, who Canada made stateless
– Amar Wala, director of the documentary short film “Stateless”
– Yavar Hameed, member of Deepan’s legal team and Justice for Deepan
– Kimora Adetunji, who is married to an immigration detainee
– Yusuf Faqiri from Justice for Soli
The Justice for Soli movement is a group seeking justice for Soleiman Faqiri, who was killed by guards on December 15, 2016 while in custody at a correctional facility in Lindsay, Ontario. The Faqiri family are looking for answers and deserve to know how this could have happened to their beloved son and brother. Please join us in seeking justice for Soleiman.
The Justice for Deepan support group was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen.
Stateless:  This documentary short from Amar Wala speaks to Deepan’s story. When a young Canadian finds himself threatened with deportation to a country he has never even visited, a team of human rights lawyers take on his precedent setting case.
Kimora Adetunji recently spoke at the Federal Court challenge to indefinite immigration detention, and has worked with the End Immigration Detention Network. She is married to a detainee being held in Toronto. For more information about immigration detention, which is not based on any criminal violations and can be indefinite: