MISSION

Vivimos Juntxs, Comemos Juntxs (VJCJ) is a grassroots collective that aims to provide material and social support to undocumented communities, while simultaneously creating a migrant-led, migrant-decided space where our communities can imagine and work towards building a city where we have power over the services and resources we need to live a dignified life. We understand this as part of the broad imperative to build a “sanctuary city” from below. Our work is not to engage in endless dialogues with law-makers and tweak symbolic municipal policies, but to cultivate migrant-led spaces to empower folx with the information and collective tools we need to create sanctuary from the ground up.

OUR GOALS

  • To increase awareness of the rights of undocumented residents in Ontario by creating an open space to discuss several topics relevant to migrants (e.g. the impact of COVID-19 on access to income, housing, education, food, child care, recreation, identification and other municipal services).

  • To address the immediate material, financial, and social needs of migrant communities.

  • To build a “sanctuary” beyond the limits of the city policy that is rooted in communities defending and protecting each other from the state (i.e. CBSA).

  • To create a migrant-led, migrant-decided space where our communities can imagine and work towards building a city where we have power over the services and resources we need to live a dignified life.

Who We Are

VJCJ was founded in September 2019, beginning by providing monthly community dinners and workshops for undocumented people in the GTA, specifically Toronto. Our community dinner and workshop series, which were often done in collaboration with other groups (i.e TQFF, S4 Collective, No One Is Illegal-TO, etc.), provided a safe space for undocumented folx to share and strategize on how to access essential services and resources in order to survive and eventually thrive. A mere six months later, what started as a two-person initiative between a formerly undocumented woman and an ally, quickly blossomed into a migrant-led, migrant-decided collective with a membership of over 80 current and former migrants. Sadly, our collective growth and work was slightly stunted due to COVID-19, as we lost our drop-in community dinners; but we quickly adjusted to providing monthly online workshops, and creating multilingual online materials and other digital spaces for our communities to connect remotely.

Watch or listen to these interviews to learn more about us! 

OMNI Focus Portuguese

CHHA 1610 AM – LaEsquina Radio Voces Latinas