Rallies taking place in support of Guatemalan woman facing deportation

Supporters of a Guatemalan woman facing deportation on Friday are staging a series of rallies this afternoon and evening.

They'll be carrying flashlights and candles as they call on the Immigration Minister to issue a stay, and grant Montrealer Lucy Granados permanent residency on humanitarian grounds.  Her refugee claim was denied in 2012. 

Mary Foster is an activist with the group Solidarity Across Borders. She says Granados deserves to stay in Canada. 

"She's been here for nine years," Foster says. "She's a community member. She's part of our organizations. She contributes in many, many ways to the community. She's someone who has deep roots here in Montreal."

There will be Lights for Lucy rallies this afternoon in Rosemont, and Cote des Neiges.

On Tuesday evening, supporters will gather with their flashlights and candles near the Monk metro station in Ville Emard, the Jean Talon station in Villeray, and the de l'Eglise station in Verdun. There will be rallies as well in Toronto, Edmonton, Fredericton, and elsewhere. 

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Lights For Lucy rallies

Morning:
* Saint-Henri, Place St. Henri metro (inside), 8:30 a.m.
Afternoon:
* Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, Beaubien metro, 3:30 p.m.
* Côte des Neiges, Plamondon metro, corner Van Horne et Victoria, 5:30 p.m.
Evening: 
* Ville Émard, Monk metro, 6 p.m.
* Villeray, Jean-Talon metro (facing the Tour Jean-Talon) 7:30 p.m.
* Verdun, De L'Eglise metro (Wellington exit), 7:30 p.m.