Local Food for a Cause

As local food lovers, I thought you might be interested in an upcoming event which features local food for a great cause! The details are below.

Hi everyone,

Here is an update I received today from NSPIRG regarding the Chaudhry Family:

1. Fundraiser Brunch in Support of the Chaudhry Family
2. Upcoming date in
Federal Court

1. Fundraiser Brunch

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Saturday, February 12th
Two Sittings: 10am and Noon (please RSVP to noii-halifax@riseup.net)
St. Andrews United Church
6036 Coburg Rd. (on the South West corner of Robie and Spring Garden/Coburg)
$10-$20 Sliding Scale

This event will also feature a silent art display and auction with
pieces donated by local artist on the theme of the human impact of our
immigration system.

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The Menu will include:
-Pancakes with blueberry reduction
-Local tofu/veggie scramble
-Roasted Root Vegetables

Both served with:
sourdough rye bread, coffee or tea, juice.

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Come out and support the Chaudhry Family in the lead up to their date
in Federal Court (see below) in support of their application for status on
Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds on February 16th.  Let’s show
Citizenship and Immigration Canada that Halifax is a community that
supports and stands with those in our community who are unfairly
targeted for deportation.  For more information, to find out where you
can get posters to help publicize this event or if you know any stores
or restaurants that might be willing to donate food please visit:
http://chaudhrysolidarity.wordpress.com/

The Chaudhrys are a family of five living in Halifax. Fakhira Chaudhry
and Chaudhry Roouf Ahmad fled Pakistan almost 10 years ago from
violence and death threats after their marriage was not approved by
Fakhira’s family. They came to Canada via the US in 2003, and have
made a home for themselves in Halifax’s vibrant Muslim community.
However, in 2006 their refugee claim was rejected and since then the
Chaudhrys have been fighting legal battles to stay in the country.
Since being in Canada, they have been actively trying to upgrade their
skills and have gained support for their plan to open a Halal food
restaurant. Their three children–U.S. born Rukhna Roouf, aged nine,
Canadian born Noor-Ul-Imaan, aged three, and ten month old Muhammad
Bilal Hussan–have never been to Pakistan and consider Halifax home.

Supporters of the Chaudhry family will also be coming out to their
date in Federal Court:

2. Community Support Needed for Chaudhry’s Federal Court Date

February 16, 2011
9:30-11:30AM
1801 Hollis St.
…More details to follow

Many people have been asking us how to support the Chaudhry family in
their struggle to stay in Canada–this is your chance!

The Chaudhrys and their legal counsel will be presenting a case in
Federal Court arguing that Immigration did not follow process when
they decided to deny the Chaudhry’s application for status on
Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds. In particular, they will argue
that Immigration failed to consider the best interests of the children
in making their decision. If successful, the Chaudhrys will have the
chance to have their application re-evaluated by another immigration
officer.
One of the key points being argued in court is that Immigration
completely dismissed the large number of letters collected in support
of the Chaudhrys from the community without adequate grounds for doing
so.

No One is Illegal Halifax is a coalition which advocates and fights for the rights, dignity, and respect of immigrants and refugees, as well as those living without status in Canada.

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