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.
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.
I personally try to buy fair trade whenever and wherever I can. But, I nearly a man of complete destitution find it sometimes hard to grab the tastier, fair trade bananas over the cheaper,brighter doles. In the current economic climate people are looking to save money wherever they can. The supermarkets' “value” brands are rising in popularity and discount stores such as walmart and the dollar shop are reporting brisk business.But,is shopping ethically a luxury, something that is fine in more affluent times but to be discarded when we start counting our pennies?
I just finished watching fight club and that movie always seems to inspire the anarchist side of me a lot of times. But, that is another blog for another day. I was looking at CBC news' website(I know there was my first mistake), and I was nothing but infuriated at the fact that yet again their main story was of a plane that crashed in buffalo NY. The story has been in the news for three days now and only 50 people Died. My condolences to the families that lost people on that flight,but come on how many times can they continue to do this.
Well, it's been quite some time since I've posted a blog entry. I blame life, really. I've been very focused on school lately, so I haven't been updating like I said I would. I would like to apologize to (if I have any) readers of this blog. A lot has happened since I last posted, so I'll just give a few thoughts and promise to do MUCH better from now on!
(from spoken word artist Taylor Davy, who performed this piece for our Second Annual War Resisters Benefit Concert at the London Music Club, March 29, 2009. thanks so much for donating your words to LWRSG, Taylor!)
Brothers and sisters
be careful when making your way through
the chaos of the mirrors and smoke,
for the truth is what people can be conditioned
and the powers that be
have a lot invested
buying into this hoax
They tell us that we must protect
by extinguishing the threat of terror
that grows from the under-nourished soil
Inspired by U.S. war resisters' personal accounts of why they refused to serve in Iraq, internationally-acclaimed Lionel Lodge (Definitely Schrägged, The Rock Quartet Live in Vienna) composed this original song, I'm Putting Down my Gun Now, recorded it with his London-based band The Dodeldogs and donated it to the LWRSG to help support war resisters.
From Laura K's excellent "We Move To Canada" blog: