Let Them Stay Week: resisters.ca Calling supporters in London and area to call or write for war resisters.
It is 7 years ago this month that Jeremy Hinzman, the first American conscientious objector to the Iraq War arrived in Canada. He, and most of the others who followed him, are still making their way through the court system trying to get permission to stay here. While 2 war resisters in London now have status in Canada, one a citizen, and the other a Permanent Resident, there are many more in Ontario and Canada who need you to help them. Please contact Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, requesting that they be allowed to stay. Contact info is below this message. You may wish to make the following points:
* The overwhelming majority of Canadians oppose the Iraq War and two-thirds support US Iraq War resisters.
* The Iraq War Logs released by Wikileaks show that war resisters were right to say no.
* The US military’s own estimates, the Iraq War has killed more than 100,000 people, two-thirds of them civilians. Many were victims of massacres and torture.
* Canada's Parliament has voted twice to stop deporting Iraq War resisters and to let them stay
Call or email: The Honourable Jason Kenney, MP, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, 613-992-1920, email@example.com
Aug 3rd 2010
A new Operational Bulletin published on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website is singling out Iraq War resisters seeking refuge in Canada.
The directive states that “persons who have deserted the military in their country of origin may be inadmissible to Canada under section 36(1)(b) or 36(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.… The current inventory of military deserter cases is comprised primarily of members of the United States armed forces who have claimed refugee protection in Canada.”
The bulletin goes on to instruct immigration officers to contact their Regional Program Advisor for guidance when processing applications for permanent residence in Canada made by military deserters. It also instructs them to notify Case Management Branch of any new refugee claims or updates to these claims, “using the existing guidelines on processing high profile, contentious and sensitive cases.”
This directive comes on the heels of a unanimous decision July 6th by the Federal Court of Appeal which ruled that immigration officers cannot ignore a soldier’s beliefs and motivations when deciding on applications for permanent residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.
AWOL: Soldiers' Journeys to War Resistance~ Dramatic Reading/Performance
By Joanna Crowell
Staged Reading/Performance: Produced and Directed by Joanna Crowell
CAST: Adam Langton ~ Michael Ross ~ Joanna Crowell
Friday, July 30 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 31, at 7:30 pm, Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 2 pm
KING'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, 266 Epworth Ave. London (parking off Epworth)
Dante Lenardon Hall, THEATRE ROOM / LOWER LEVEL-DLO12
LIMITED SEATING, Pay what you can. Please RSVP to AWOLplay@gmail.com to hold a seat.
All proceeds go to The War Resisters Support Campaign
First female US War Resister Kim Rivera speaks out following a
screening of the film "War Resisters Speak Out"
WHERE: King's College, Wemple Student's Lounge (rear lounge), 266 Epworth Ave.
WHEN: Thursday November 26, 2009, 7pm
WHAT: New video screening and talk with US War Resister Kim Rivera
Kimberly Rivera was assigned to a field artillery unit in August 2006
RTL Dutch TV did a story on the London War Resisters Support Group early in July:
The minority Harper government continues to try to enforce deportation orders against U.S. Iraq war resisters, despite clear direction from Parliament and the will of the majority of Canadians to LET THEM STAY.
Donations are urgently needed to help cover legal costs for Iraq war resisters in London and elsewhere who are fighting deportation to the U.S. We have been successful in winning stays of deportation in court, but further legal appeals will cost more.
Trying to make the world smile
By Bruce Ward, The Ottawa Citizen July 30, 2009
When Dr. Howard Weld walked into the dental department at a hospital in Kinshasa, this is what he found. "No light, no working equipment, no X-ray, no suction and a sterilizer whose door is held shut by a rock. Doors and windows open ... flies on the surgical instruments."
Then Weld got to work. He'd find out later about the power outages.
Vietnam War Resisters in Canada: A Guide to Web Sites
Of particular interest are these two sections:
(1) Seeking Sanctuary: Draft Dodgers
Archive: Twenty TV and radio segments from CBC Archives.
(2) Draft-Age Americans in Canada
Federal Immigration Critics call for war resisters to stay
In a joint letter to Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney, the three opposition Immigration Critics urged the government to respect the direction of the House of Commons and cease any removal proceedings against U.S. Iraq war resisters.
As Parliament rose for the summer, the critics reminded the government that the House has passed a motion twice in support of war resisters and called on the governmento not use the summer recess to disregard the expressed will of Parliament.
For The Full Letter Click on the Link below.