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Hundreds Expected at Rally to Mark Two Weeks since Alan Kurdi’s Death

September 19, 2015

Toronto - Marking 2 weeks since the deaths of Alan, Ghalib and Rehana Kurdi, Torontonians are joining cross-Canada campaign that has coordinated rallies, marches and forums in over 25 cities.

Toronto - Concerned community members will be rallying downtown Saturday, calling for open borders for refugees and migrants and an end to causes of mass displacement. Attendees will hear from a diverse group of speakers, including Syrian activist Bayan Khatib, Wanda Nanibush from Idle No More and Eden Eyasu, writer exiled from Eritrea. The events are part of a wave of actions sweeping more than 25 Canadian cities over the past two weeks, including a rally of 1000 people in Dundas Square on September 4th.

Organizers are calling for a massive overhaul of the immigration system in order to protect refugee rights and ensure permanent residency for all migrants. A website was launched this week at, calling for more communities to join the response to toddler Alan Kurdi's tragic death by drowning on September 2nd and the ongoing migrant crisis.

WHAT: Rally & Speakers

WHEN: 3:00pm, September 19th, 2015

WHERE: Bloor & Avenue Road (Outside of Royal Ontario Museum)

WHO: Concerned Torontonians including Wanda Nanibush, Bayan Khatib, Eden Eyasu, Sirvan Ghazia, Tings Chak and Tracey Jastinder Mann.

VISUALS: Massive #RefugeesWelcome banner, hundreds of people, outdoor street teach-in.

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