7 Days of Resistance

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Dear friends and supporters,

For the next 7 days, we're celebrating all that we can accomplish when we come together to resist violations of our rights and liberties.

A lot has happened in 2017. As waves of authoritarianism and isolationism crash over the western world, Canada needs a strong champion for rights and liberties — ready to act on a moment's notice.

That's why for the next 7 days we will be running a sprint campaign to try to raise $50,000 to support our work in 2018.

Every gift will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your donation. Please click here to support this work right now.

On day 1, we're talking about rights at the border. Do you think US border agents should be given sweeping new powers on Canadian soil?

We say "no way".

If you've ever had to clear US customs in a Canadian airport prior to boarding your flight, you can thank the Preclearance Act.

Generally, preclearance makes traveling easier, but Bill C-23 would give US border agents new powers to strip search and detain travelers on Canadians soil.

This is especially worrying because we don't think US border guards can be held properly accountable. That's why we're busy working to prevent these changes from becoming law.

Just now, I’m testifying before Senate in Ottawa to stop this bill in its tracks.

Donate today to support our work protecting rights at the border.

This is just one small piece of the work we've been doing on borders this year:

  • When America’s travel bans stranded travelers in Canadian airports, we were there.
     
  • When reports surfaced of huge escalations in cellphone searches at the border, we partnered up with the University of Toronto to bring together a resource guide on how to protect your digital devices at the border.
     
  • We published a new report outlining an accountability model for the Canada Border Services Agency. Our own border guards have vast powers, yet they are the only major police force in Canada with no independent oversight or accountability.

When it comes to border rights, we often hear: "if you don't like it, just stay home". Well, for people like lawyers, journalists, and many others, crossing the border with sensitive data is a critical element of their work, and they need help to protect that sensitive information.

More than that, we refuse to take these infringements on our rights and liberties lying down. Stand with us and resist by making your year-end donation today.

We have rights — even at the border — and we intend to keep it that way.

Talk soon!

Josh Paterson, Executive Director

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