Wednesday, March 5th, 7pm
800 King Edward, SITE Building, Room A0150
University of Ottawa
In 2010-2011, of the 163,000 adults sentenced in Canada, 23% were incarcerated while 77% were under community supervision (parole, probation, etc.). Tens of thousands more are also supervised while on bail as their cases move through the courts. Community-based punishments include strict conditions that individuals must abide by. These conditions and their monitoring have become increasingly punitive in recent years under the guise of “public safety” and “getting tough on crime”, both provincially and federally. Non-compliance often leads to imprisonment and/or new criminal charges.
A public forum on community-based punishments with participation by Deepan Budlakoti and others who have been or are on a community supervision order, loved ones of those affected by community supervision, front-line service workers, etc.
Organized by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project
March 21 at 1:00pm until March 22 at 7:00pm
Somewhere in Ste. Catherines, Ontario
possibly Brock University.
On 20 February, the South Asian Women’s Community Centre (SAWCC) in Montreal met with two NDP members, Mme Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Official Opposition Critic for Citizenship and Immigration) and Hélène Laverdière (Member of Parliament for Laurier-Sainte-Marie).
During the meeting, Mme. Blanchette-Lamothe committed to supporting SAWCC’s demand that the NDP publicly support Deepan and endorse the statement calling for acknowledgement of his citizenship and an end to double punishment.
Here is a report from the meeting, as published in SAWCC’s March Bulletin:
“SAWCC supports migrants navigating the Canadian immigration and refugee system, with the hope that people can gain status and live in dignity. This often translates into the centre endorsing public campaigns where migrants make courageous decisions as they fight for justice and freedom. Currently, SAWCC Continue reading
Colloquium organized by Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
with Deepan Budlakoti, Yavar Hameed, Stacy Douglas, and Sukanya Pillay
Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 12 to 2pm
Carleton University, Ottawa.
Each panel member is invited to speak for 15 minutes, to be followed by a question and answer period from the audience.
Monday, 3 March at 1pm
Morisset Hall, Room 211
University of Ottawa
Deepan will be speaking on immigration and refugee detention in Justin Piché’s course, “Abolitionism and the Criminal Justice System”. Deepan will draw on his first-hand experiences of immigration detention.
Portrait of Robert Lovelace by Nicole McGrath
featuring Robert Lovelace and Deepan Budlakoti
organized by Students against Israeli Apartheid Carleton in collaboration with No One is Illegal Ottawa
Monday March 3rd, 7pm
Mackenzie Building Room 3275
Carleton University, Ottawa
Discussion on the ways in which settler-colonialism – whether here or in Palestine – deploys similar tactics to suppress indigenous and migrant communities and further colonial projects. In Canada, we can see the many ways in which the nation-state excludes and others vulnerable communities and actively marginalizes these ‘othered’ groups.
What would you do if the authorities came for you one day? What if they said you don’t belong here? This is a sad story repeated each day in this country, when economic and political refugees are rounded up, jailed, and deported.
Now things have become even more bizarre. Enter Deepan Budlakoti, a 24-year-old Ottawa-born man who apparently no longer exists. He is allegedly, if the Canadian authorities get their way, without country.
His life has become a Kafkaesque nightmare involving faceless bureaucrats, suppressed evidence, overzealous immigration officers, and a corporatist government aggressively attempting to erase Budlakoti from history. He is on a costly journey. Continue reading
Mr. Budlakoti, “should not be further punished by an attempt to exploit a technicality to remove him to a country to which he in no way belongs. The Indian Government has made it clear that he is not an Indian citizen and so he has been rendered stateless and forced to fight to be allowed to stay in the country of his birth. I urge you to immediately grant Mr. Budlakoti permanent residence and a prompt path to citizenship. …” – Elizabeth May, O.C., M.P. Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Read full letter here.
The Harper government has introduced legislation to allow the state to strip Canadians of their citizenship.
On Thursday, February 13th 2014, Media Coop Editor Hillary Lindsay interviewed Deepan about his experience of being effectively stripped of his citizenship on Insights on AMI Audio.
To listen to the interview, click here. (The interview with Deepan begins at mark 6,45.)