UFCW Canada, the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), Migrante Ontario, a community group part of Migrante International, and CHRY, a progressive community radio station based out of York University in Toronto, recently sponsored an International Migrants Day Celebration by joining community allies at a forum that focused on cooperation and the different ways social justice groups can work together to make Canada a more just place for its most vulnerable workers - migrants and immigrant.
In addition to UFCW Canada organizer Alexes Barillas (pictured above), who spoke about the union’s twenty-year old social, political, and legal battle on behalf of migrant workers, forum participants heard from activists representing Migrante Ontario, Migrante Youth, and the Filipino Migrant Workers Movement.
“International Migrant’s Day is a day to reflect upon our collective successes with community allies and the road still left to travel. This forum is also another great opportunity for us to join with our brothers and sisters on the front lines from Migrante Ontario and reinforce our commitment to work together,” says Naveen Mehta, UFCW Canada director of Human Rights, Equity & Diversity.
“At the end of the day, we all strive for the same result: justice and respect for immigrant and migrant workers and by combining our efforts we will get there a lot faster.”
A photo gallery of the International Migrant’s Day forum is currently featured on the UFCW Canada Facebook Fan page located at www.facebook.com/ufcwcanada.