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Add your name to the Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Let U.S. Iraq War Resisters Stay
The Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International have both sent letters to the Citizenship and Immigration Minister in response to his comments in the media.
Amnesty International is calling for Urgent Action to Stop the Deportation of Jeremy Hinzman. Click here for more information
Join our email list to stay up-to-date

Visit WMTC blog
Visit the We Move to Canada blog to follow postings and discussion on the war resisters.


Poll Supports US War Resisters
64% of Canadians want US war resisters to be allowed to stay in Canada according to an Angus Reid poll.

AWOL? Need advice?
In the US, contact the GI Rights Hotline at
1-877-447-4487.
In Canada, call
416-598-1222.
See our counseling memo for more detailed information on the situation in Canada.


AMERICAN SUPPORTERS :
Join the appeal campaign launched by Courage to Resist in support of asylum for resisters – click here for more info.
Help us win this campaign
Donate today!
Video available:
LET THEM STAY:
Voices of US war resisters in Canada

Narrated by Shirley Douglas
Produced and Directed by Alex Lisman
To order, click here

Supporters of War Resisters Speak out after Federal Election

After the federal election, Members of Parliament and other Canadians are speaking out in support of US Iraq war resisters. Stephen Harper won a majority of seats, but the majority of Canadians want US Iraq War resisters to stay in Canada. Check back to see more videos.





Another Victory for Iraq War resisters in Federal Court

War resister Dean Walcott will be able to submit new application to stay in Canada
April 6, 2011 - In a strongly worded decision, Justice Yves de Montigny affirmed that the Immigration Officer who denied Dean’s application to stay in Canada did not adequately address his conscientious objections to the war and the harsh punishment he would face if deported to the United States. The court made it clear that applications to stay in Canada on Humanitarian & Compassionate grounds cannot be properly addressed unless “the sincere moral and political objections that motivated” war resisters to refuse to participate in the Iraq war are taken into account.

Along with the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision in the case of war resister Jeremy Hinzman, this decision is very positive for US War resisters. But it is far from resolving their uncertain situation. We again call on the Canadian government to make a provision to allow war resisters to stay. We urge supporters of US war resisters in Canada to continue to raise this issue at every opportunity.

During the federal election campaign, we are demanding that Operational Bulletin 202 be rescinded. You can find more information and resources here.

For more information, see the press release and full text of the decision.

MAKE IRAQ WAR RESISTERS AN ELECTION ISSUE!
The current federal election is an exciting opportunity to raise the issue of US Iraq War resisters. Canada has a proud history of welcoming war resisters, both volunteers and conscripts. Canada refused to fight in Iraq, the vast majority of Canadians oppose the Iraq War and last election Prime Minister Harper admitted it was “absolutely an error”, but he refuses to support troops who came to the same conclusion.

Not only has the minority Harper government deported US Iraq War resisters to US prison against the will of Parliament, it has issued “Operational Bulletin 202” — a directive that instructs immigration officials to flag all US war resisters, labels them as criminals and claims they are potentially inadmissible before even hearing their cases. According to Amnesty International it is “a violation of international refugee law to suggest that deserters are automatically inadmissible to Canada”.

The following resources are aailable on our resources page and can be taken to campaign events and all-candidates meetings:


* Posters (“We support US war resisters”) to put in your window beside your candidate’s sign, and to take to campaign events

* Petitions against Operational Bulletin 202, to circulate at campaign events and mail back to the War Resisters Support Campaign

* Information leaflets (“Respect democracy, rescind Operational Bulletin 202") to distribute at campaign events and all-candidate meetings. These double-leaflets outline the context for Operational Bulletin 202 and how you can help oppose it, including a question to ask at all-candidates meetings.


Please help circulate the above materials — which will help raise the profile of war resisters during the election and give momentum for the road ahead after the election — and feel free to report on any positive results to resisters@sympatico.ca


U.S. Iraq War resister Chuck Wiley visits Halifax
 

U.S. War Resister Chuck Wiley from Glen Canning on Vimeo.

Let Them Stay Week:
Canadian MPs speak out for Iraq War resisters

MPs Olivia Chow and Mario Silva join Let Them Stay Week in support of US Iraq War resisters:

 

 

Support US Iraq War Resisters
Join Let Them Stay Week, January 15-22, 2011

Join Canadians from coast to coast this January to show support for Iraq War resisters, who are currently threatened with deportation by the minority Conservative government.

From January 15 to 22 people across Canada will participate in a national “Let Them Stay Week”. From film nights to public forums, from music events to information pickets, events are already being planned in Grand Forks, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Windsor, Sudbury, Toronto, Peterborough, Newmarket, Fredericton, Halifax and St. Johns.


In Windsor, on Saturday January 15, activists braved the cold in support of US war resisters

It was seven years ago that Jeremy Hinzman and his family arrived in Toronto, after Jeremy refused to deploy to Iraq. Since then, Canadians have mobilized by the thousands to ensure that US soldiers who refused to participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq be allowed to stay in Canada. 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: by 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—reaffirming Canada’s proud tradition of welcoming conscientious objectors. But the minority Conservative government has refused to respect the traditions and democratic decisions of Canadians, and instead has deported war resisters to be jailed in the US.

Canada's Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney has prejudiced the immigration proceedings of Iraq War resisters by making biased comments in the media and by issuing a directive to immigration officers that singles out war resisters as potential criminals.

The Harper government has been hoping that Canadians will forget about the Iraq War, and lose interest in the plight of the principled individuals who said no to that war. But Canadians have not forgotten – and Wikileaks has brought home the cruel reality of that war once again. We urge all those who support Iraq War resisters to make their voices heard during Let Them Stay Week and remind politicians, as Parliament gets set to resume at the end of January, that Canadians want to Let Them Stay!

For event details click here. To organize an event in your area or connect to activities already being planned, email resisters@sympatico.ca or call 416-598-1222.


 


Wikileaks documents show US Iraq War resisters were right

Canadians renew call for Harper and Kenney to let Iraq War resisters stay

Newly released US Military documents from Wikileaks, detailing widespread civilians deaths in Iraq, provide unequivocal proof that Iraq War resisters did the right thing. The government of Canada should heed the will of the majority of Canadians who support the stance taken by these young men and women, and stop deporting them to jail in the US.

The leaked Pentagon files reveal that according to the US military’s own statistics, the Iraq War has so far killed more than 109,000 people, of whom more than 66,000 were civilians.

The documents affirm the wisdom of Canada’s decision not to participate in an illegal war that has produced widespread atrocities from the individual torture in Abu Ghraib to the mass killings documented in the recently leaked files. They provide further justification for the position of the majority of Canadians who continue to oppose the war, believe the Prime Minister’s statement that the Iraq War is “absolutely an error” because weapons of mass destruction were never found, and support the US troops who came to the same conclusion.

By the Nuremberg Principles soldiers have an obligation to refuse unlawful orders. Yet in a stunning move, Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney has sought to label those US soldiers who refused to follow unlawful orders in Iraq as “criminals.”

Operational Bulletin 202, issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada on July 22, flags US Iraq war resisters as potentially “criminally inadmissible” to Canada.

Peter Showler, former chair of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, says, “The bulletin implies that military deserters from the US should be treated differently than deserters from other countries. There is no basis in law for that proposition.”
Amnesty International Canada has also written to Minister Kenney, calling for the withdrawal of Operational Bulletin 202 because it “misstates the law and seeks to intrude on the independence of both IRB members and Immigration Officers.”
Minister Kenney’s announcement that Canada will extend measures for Iraqi refugees, merely hours after the Wikileaks documents were released, was deliberately timed to be a distraction.

“Of course our government should be doing more to help Iraqi families who have suffered from this unnecessary war,” said Michelle Robidoux, spokesperson for the War Resisters Support Campaign. “Minister Kenney must also stop his vendetta against veterans who tried to end the Iraq War sooner. Minister Kenney’s announcement today was timed to distract from his party’s record on the Iraq War and the fact that he and Mr. Harper are deporting Iraq War resisters who did the right thing.”

Parliament has voted twice to stop the deportations and to let Iraq War resisters stay. Mr. Harper’s belated realization that the Iraq War is ‘absolutely an error,’ will continue to be lip service until he stops punishing these courageous men and women who, like Canada, refused to participate in this unjust war.

Canadians continue campaign to get status for Iraq war resisters

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Despite support by the majority of Canadians for US Iraq War resisters, Bill C-440 An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (war resisters)­ failed to pass at second reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening.

While the bill received strong support from a large majority of opposition members of parliament, it needed 7 more votes to pass.

“This is a setback for Iraq War resisters seeking permanent resident status in Canada, but our campaign to make the government respect the will of the majority of Canadians on this issue is far from over,” said Michelle Robidoux, a spokesperson for the War Resisters Support Campaign. “These courageous men and women have the support of two-thirds of Canadians across the country, and they are still threatened with punishment if returned to the United States.”

“Over the past few weeks, some MPs had expressed concern about the scope of Bill C-440 as it was presented,” said Robidoux. “We will be working with opposition MPs to find a way to give effect to Parliament’s two votes, in 2008 and 2009, in favour of letting Iraq War resisters stay.”

Two motions that were previously adopted by Parliament which directed the Conservative minority government to immediately cease deportations of Iraq War resisters and facilitate their requests for permanent resident status have been ignored despite public opinion polls indicating that 64 per cent of voters support Parliament’s direction.

The Harper government has repeatedly interfered with the cases of war resisters that are supposed to be considered on a case-by-case basis by making blatantly prejudicial comments and issuing an operational directive that intrude on the independence of both Immigration and Refugee Board members and immigration officers.

Coincidentally, Wednesday was also the last day of the Government of Canada’s window to challenge the Federal Court of Appeal decision in the case of resister Jeremy Hinzman. In a unanimous ruling on July 6, 2010, the Federal Court of Appeal held that the government’s assessment of Mr. Hinzman’s bid to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds was substantially flawed because it did not take into account his sincerely held religious, moral and political beliefs against service in the war in Iraq. Jeremy’s case will now be sent back for reconsideration by a different immigration officer in accordance with the court’s ruling.

The government’s failure to file an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in Mr. Hinzman’s case means that the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision stands.

“Canadians expect that their government will treat everyone with basic fairness,” said Robidoux. “Minister Jason Kenney must ensure immigration officers stop issuing the cookie-cutter decisions that have ignored the Iraq War resisters’ motivations for coming to Canada, and instead follow the direction of the court that each individual’s circumstances should be considered.”

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by Michel Comte, Agence-France Presse

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Vietnam Veteran Ron Kovic salutes U.S. Iraq War resisters in Canada

Support Bill C-440 – e-mail your MP today!

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT today to e-mail your Member of Parliament and urge them to support Bill C-440, a bill which would allow US Iraq War resisters to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The Second Reading of the Bill in Parliament should take place in the next few weeks, at a time when several war resisters are still threatened with deportation. To send an email message to your MP, click here.

Cliff Cornell released from Camp Lejeune brig

On January 16, US Iraq War resister Cliff Cornell was released from the brig at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Cliff was court martialed and sentenced to a year in jail after Canada's minority Conservative government deported him to the US. Cliff had sought refuge in Canada in January 2005, after refusing to deploy to Iraq. He spent some time in Toronto before settling on Gabriola Island, BC where he worked and enjoyed broad support for his stance.

Through a letter-writing campaign asking for a reduction in Cliff's sentence, supporters – including many from Canada – were able to win a one month reduction in his sentence. This means he is no longer convicted of a felony, which may help in efforts to ensure he can return to Canada.

The Harper government bears entire responsibility for the fact that Cliff had almost a year of his life taken away, in harsh conditions of military detention. The deportation took place against the wishes of Parliament and of Canadians. It is a travesty that despite the House of Commons voting to stop deporting Iraq war resisters, our government continues to do the bidding of the Pentagon and the US military. We successfully campaigned for the US military to reduce Cliff's sentence. Now that Cliff is free, we will campaign across the country to ensure he is allowed to return as soon as possible.

Victory! Federal Court rules in favour of lesbian US war resister

Bethany Smith (a.k.a: Skyler James) welcomes positive news in her effort to avoid deportation to the US military

OTTAWA—Today a Federal Court in Ottawa ruled that the Refugee Board must re-assess the case from lesbian US war resister Bethany Smith (a.k.a "Skyler James"). Her story was first captured in a feature article by Capital Xtra soon after her arrival in Ottawa over two years ago.

James came to Canada to escape what she describes as "daily humiliations" and "constant threats of physical violence" in the US military. Her lawyer has made a persuasive case against deporting her back to a situation where her very life could be at risk. As of today a Federal Court in Ottawa has compelled the Refugee Board to re-assess James's case based on new criteria. The decision is seen by supporters as major breakthrough in James's efforts to avoid deportation to the US military.

See full press release here.

U.S. Iraq War resister and Veteran Rodney Watson speaks in Vancouver, B.C. - Sept. 10/09



Statement regarding the situation of U.S. Iraq War resister Rodney Watson

VANCOUVER—The War Resisters Support Campaign is a network of volunteers working together to provide assistance to members of the U.S. military seeking refuge in Canada as a result of their opposition to the illegal war in Iraq. Groups exist in many centres across the country and include a wide diversity of age and origin including many former U.S. citizens welcomed to our country during the Vietnam era.

The Campaign was initiated following the arrival of Jeremy Hinzman in 2004, the first of the new generation of conscientious resisters. Our work has focused primarily on assisting these young men and women in the legal aspect of their search for refuge in Canada, and in lobbying for a provision to be enacted that would ensure that U.S. Iraq War resisters are allowed to remain in Canada rather than face imprisonment or forced participation in an illegal war.

The War Resisters Support Campaign works within the Canadian legal and political systems. We also work in consultation with, and respect for, each individual resister with regard to their wishes and choices. With respect to Rodney Watson's decision to request and accept sanctuary from the congregation of the First United Church we are appreciative of the church members' courageous moral stance.

We are also in agreement that this choice, by both Rodney and the church, is consistent with Canadian traditions and values of peaceful resistance to unjust decisions by government. We reiterate that through two majority votes, Parliament has called on the Government of Canada to stop the deportation of these war resisters. This reflects the majority view in this country as expressed in public opinion polls. Yet the Government of Canada has chosen to ignore both Parliament's direction and the will of Canadians.

It would be unconscionable to deport Rodney Watson, separating him from his Canadian fiancée and son, after Canadians and their political representatives have spoken so clearly. The punishment faced by resisters who have already been forced back to the U.S. by the Conservative minority government has been exceptionally harsh because they spoke out against the war – a war that Canada chose not to participate in. This is the fate that certainly awaits Rodney if he is forced back to the U.S. against his will.

We call on all Canadians who agree with Rodney's decision not to participate in the Iraq War, to support the stand that he and the First United Church have taken. Write, email, phone or personally contact your Member of Parliament and urge them to call on the Government of Canada to respect the will of Parliament and end the threat of deportation against Rodney Watson.

We urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to halt all efforts to deport Rodney Watson and all of the other resisters who are facing persecution if forced back into the United States.


Iraq War Resister supporters confront Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Toronto


Bill in Support of U.S. Iraq War Resisters introduced in House of Commons
September 17, 2009: Bill C-440, a bill in support of US Iraq War resisters, was introduced in the House of Commons today. MP Gerard Kennedy (Parkdale-High Park) introduced the bill, seconded by Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas).

This is an extremely important step forward for the campaign to ensure that US Iraq War resisters are allowed to stay in Canada. If adopted, the bill will give legal weight to the motion already passed twice in Parliament in support of war resisters, which has been ignored by the minority Conservative government.

See the Campaign's press release on the new bill here.

PLEASE take a moment to send a message to Gerard Kennedy and Bill Siksay, and copy the Opposition party leaders and the immigration critics – here are some points to include in your message:

* thank the Members and opposition parties for their efforts in passing two motions in the House of Commons in support of U.S. Iraq War resisters.
* thank the Members for introducing this important bill
* remind them that several Iraq war resisters are under imminent threat of deportation to the United States, where they face court-martial and jail time
* call on all Members of the Opposition to help move the bill forward as quickly as possible, and to work hard alongside thousands of Canadians to stop any impending deportations.

Send messages to: Gerard Kennedy: Kennedy.G@parl.gc.ca; and Bill Siksay: siksay.b@parl.gc.ca

Please cc: Jack Layton MP laytoj@parl.gc.ca, Michael Ignatieff Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca, Gilles Duceppe MP duceppe.g@parl.gc.ca
Thierry St-Cyr st-cyr.t@parl.gc.ca, Olivia Chow chow.o@parl.gc.ca, Maurizio Bevilacqua bevilm0@parl.gc.ca

PICKET FOR RODNEY WATSON
Supporters of Rodney Watson picketed outside of a Conservative fundraiser in King City where Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was the key note speaker. Picketers continue to call on the Minister to stop the deportation of Rodney Watson, and to respect the parliamentary motion calling on the government to allow US Iraq war resisters to stay in Canada.





STOP THE DEPORTATION OF WAR RESISTER RODNEY WATSON!

PICKET MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION JASON KENNEY
Friday September 11, 2009

• Buses leave from the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto at 4:30 pm
• Buses will return at approximately 9:00 pm

The minority Conservative government is deporting US war resister Rodney Watson back to the US, where he faces punishment for refusing to redeploy to Iraq.

Rodney, who currently lives in Vancouver, served a year in Iraq and when his contract was unilaterally extended, he refused a second deployment to Iraq. He has been ordered to leave Canada on September 11, 2009. "I realized the war had nothing to do with 9/11 or helping Iraqis or stopping terrorists," said Watson. "It's all about guarding oil for the U.S."

Canada's Parliament, supported by a majority of Canadians, has voted twice demanding that the Harper government stop the deportations and allow US Iraq war resisters to stay. Stephen Harper admitted in 2008 that the Iraq war was "absolutely an error" but his government has deported two war resisters to jail in the US for refusing to participate in the war.

On September 11th, Rodney’s supporters in the Toronto area will protest at a Conservative party fundraiser where Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney will be speaking. We will demand that Kenney respect the democratic will of Parliament, and immediately stop the deportation of Rodney Watson and the other war resisters.

B.C. Members of Parliament urge government to stop the deportation of Rodney Watson
Seven Members of Parliament from British Columbia have sent a letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, urging him to "immediately intervene to cease all deporation action against Mr. Watson and to allow him to remain in Canada.

See the full text of the letter here.


Support Cliff Cornell
Against the will of Parliament and against the will of Canadians, U.S. Iraq war resister Cliff Cornell was forced to leave Canada in January 2009. He was arrested when he crossed the border into the United States and court-martialled. Cliff is now serving a 12 month sentence in military prison because of his refusal to participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq.

While we continue to fight to ensure that the government of Stephen Harper respects democracy and allows US Iraq war resisters to stay in Canada so that they are not jailed for refusing to participate in a war which Prime Minister Harper has admitted was "absolutely an error", please take a few minutes to send a letter to Cliff to lend him support while he is in the brig. You can send letters to:

Clifford Cornell
Bldg 1041
PSC Box # 20140
Camp Lejeune
NC 28542


The following letter was sent from Cliff's adoptive parents to his friends and supporters in Canada:

Dear WRSC,
My husband and I want to tell you all how much we appreciate the things you have done to help our son Cliff Cornell.

You were there to greet and welcome him when he first crossed the border into Canada and you have always been there for him since.

Knowing that he had such compassionate and dedicated people to aid him when he was so far from home eased our hearts and souls.

So, THANK YOU and you will always be a part of our family!
With Love and in Peace…Annie and Jim Nichols

Rally for Rodney Watson!
Wednesday August 19, 2009
A day to stop the deportation of Iraq War Resister RODNEY WATSON

The Conservative government has decided to continue to ignore the direction of Parliament and deport US war resister Rodney Watson back to the US where he faces punishment for refusing to redeploy to Iraq.

Rodney, who currently lives in Vancouver, served a year in Iraq and when his contract was unilaterally extended, he refused a second deployment to Iraq.

"I realized the war had nothing to do with 9/11 or helping Iraqis or stopping terrorists," said Watson. "It's all about guarding oil for the U.S."

Canada's Parliament, supported by a majority of Canadians, has repeatedly called on the Harper government to stop the deportations and allow war resisters to stay.

On August 19th, let’s send a message from all across the country that Canadians want the deportations to stop now. Even if you have written or called before, it is very important that you contact these politicians again.

Please call or email the Immigration Minister, the Parliamentary Secretaries to the minister, and the Prime Minister.

Ask them to honour the will of Parliament, and stop the deportation of Rodney Watson and the other war resisters.

Remind them that 64% of Canadians want U.S. Iraq war resisters to stay and that all three opposition party's immigration critics have called on the government not use the summer recess to disregard the expressed will of Parliament.

Please CALL, EMAIL, FAX or WRITE A LETTER to:

The Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
Fax: 613.992.1920
Phone: 613.954.1064 (Ministry office) or 613.992.2235 (Parliamentary office)
email: minister@cic.gc.ca AND kenney.j@parl.gc.ca

Alice Wong, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Kenney
Phone: 604.775.5790 (riding office) or 1.877.775.5790 (Ottawa office)
Email: WongA1@parl.gc.ca AND wonga@parl.gc.ca

Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Kenney
Phone: 905.934.6767 (riding office) or 613.992.3352 (Ottawa office)
Email: dykstr@parl.gc.ca

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa K1A 0A2
Fax: 613.941.6900
Phone: 613.992.4211
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Please cc the opposition party leaders:
Liberal party leader Michael Ignatieff: ignatm@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe: ducepg@parl.gc.ca
NDP leader Jack Layton:
laytoj@parl.gc.ca

Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera wins in Federal Court
On Tuesday August 11, the Federal Court of Canada granted Kimberly Rivera a new Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA). The judicial review hearing took place on July 8 before Federal Court Judge the Honourable James Russell.

Justice Russell found that the PRRA Officer did not deal properly with the risk that Kim Rivera would face differential prosecution on the basis of her opposition to the Iraq War.

As a result of the ruling Rivera is entitled to a new decision in her PRRA, a process that may take up to four months.

Read the full press release here.

War Resister Rodney Watson receives short extension
Rodney Watson has received a short extension on his time in Canada and so was not forced to leave on Aug. 10. The pressure is on to make sure he doesn't have to leave - EVER.

Click here to see how you can take action to help Rodney.

Reason #1 to Let War Resisters Stay - Stephen Harper admits the Iraq War was "absolutely an error"



Canadian MPs back war resisters at vigil for Rodney Watson
As Iraq war resister Rodney Watson faces imminent deportation by the Harper government from Vancouver to court martial in the U.S. for opposing the war, Toronto supporters handed out 800 leaflets at a local vigil and two Members of Parliament spoke in support of letting war resisters stay.

Please watch these videos and scroll down to see how you can take action in support of Rodney and other US Iraq war resisters.


URGENT: Keep Iraq war resister Rodney Watson in Canada!

(August 5, 2009) – Despite a written request from all three opposition parties' Immigration Critics for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to honour the direction of Parliament and “not to use the Parliamentary recess to disregard the expressed will of the House of Commons with respect to the fair treatment of Iraq War resisters in Canada”, U.S. Iraq war resister Rodney Watson faces removal from Canada on August 10.

Rodney is an Iraq War veteran who came to Canada in 2007 after refusing a second tour to Iraq. After seeing the way the U.S. was treating people in Iraq, he left the army because he refused to risk his life in a war for oil. He lives in Vancouver.

Rodney also has an 8-month old Canadian son who needs his father to be in Canada to help raise him.

Here is something you can do from home:

Please call or email the Immigration Minister, the Parliamentary Secretary to the minister and the Prime Minister.

Ask them to honour the will of Parliament, and stop the deportation of Rodney Watson and the other war resisters.

Remind them that 64% of Canadians want U.S. Iraq war resisters to stay and that all three opposition party's immigration critics have called on the government not use the summer recess to disregard the expressed will of Parliament.

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Phone: (613) 992-4211
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
or 613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)
Or email him at: minister@cic.gc.ca or Kenney.j@parl.gc.ca

Alice Wong, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Kenney
Call 604-775-5790 (riding office)
1-877-775-5790 (Ottawa office)
E-Mail: WongA1@parl.gc.ca

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney or Alice Wong:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: bevilacqua.m@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: chow.o@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: st-cyr.t@parl.gc.ca

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.

Read the full letter - english | french

Iraq war resister Cliff Cornell sentenced to 12 months
U.S. Iraq war resister Cliff Cornell was sentenced today to 12 months and received a bad conduct discharge for his refusal to participate in the war in Iraq. Cliff came to Canada in January 2005 because he knew he could not take part in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq.

Cliff was forced out of Canada in January 2009 by the government of Stephen Harper. In spite of a motion passed by the House of Commons calling on the government to allow war resisters to stay in Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney refused to intervene in Cliff's case and forced him to return to the U.S. where he faced certain court martial and punishment for his refusal to deploy to Iraq.

Federal court grants US Iraq War Resister Kimberly Rivera judicial review
On April 21 Federal Court of Canada granted Kimberly Rivera leave to appeal the decision in her Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA). The Federal Court will hear the appeal on July 8.

The War Resisters Support Campaign is renewing its call on the federal government to implement the motion that was passed by Parliament on June 3, 2008 and again on March 30, 2009.

See the full press release on the decision.

Canadian Parliament Reaffirms Support for US Iraq War Resisters
The Canadian House of Commons has reaffirmed it's support for US Iraq War Resisters, passing the same motion which was passed on June 3, 2008, calling on the minority Conservative government to stop removal proceedings against war resisters and allow them to stay in Canada.

It is time Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to listen to Canadians and act onthe will of the Canadian people as expressed through polls and through Parliament and implement the motion.



US Iraq War Resister Kimberly Rivera granted emergency stay of removal
Kimberly Rivera received word late on March 25th that the Federal Court granted her a stay pending a decision on whether or not they will review a decision by Immigration officials rejecting her Pre-Removal Risk Assessment.

The decision means that Kimberly, her husband Mario and their three children will not be facing a deportation on March 26th. It is a very important decision that recognizes that US war resisters who speak publicly against the war in Iraq face differential treatment by the US military.

It is urgent that Canadians send a very strong message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Jason Kenney to say that this family and other Iraq war resisters must be allowed to stay. It is the will of Canadians and the will of our Parliament that we welcome war resisters into our country. The Conservative government must respect this view and implement the motion passed by Parliament in June 2008 calling for an end to all removal proceedings against US war resisters and for them to be allowed to apply for permanent resident status in Canada.



EMERGENCY COMMUNITY MEETING:
Wednesday March 25, 7 pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
(1 block south of College, between Huron and Beverly)

Kimberly Rivera, originally from Texas, is a former US soldier who sought asylum in Canada after refusing to re-deploy to Iraq.

Kim, her husband and three children – including a newborn Canadian daughter – face deportation from Canada on March 26th.

This is happening despite Parliament voting to stop the deportations, and to let these conscientious objectors stay in Canada.

During the last federal election campaign Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged that the Iraq War was "absolutely an error". Yet he and his government are sending soldiers back to face punishment – including court-martial, prison time, and felony convictions – for having refused to participate in the war.

PLEASE JOIN US for this community meeting to discuss what can be done to ensure that Canada does not deport US Iraq war resisters. Canadians have spoken, the Canadian Parliament has spoken. The time is now to stand up in support of Iraq war resisters and to stop these deportations.

Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the Faith Community
March 19: The United Church of Canada, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) and Mennonite Central Committee Canada issued an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on him to allow war resister Kimberly Rivera and her family to stay in Canada.

The letter states that "We are deeply disturbed that the Government has refused to provide a process for permanent residency for resisters and their families as requested by the June 2008 Parliamentary Resolution," the letter states. "We are further concerned that efforts to deport resisters have escalated over the past few months. Likewise we are very troubled that the Minister of Immigration [Jason Kenney], who is to remain impartial and arms-length from the refugee determination process, has publicly called the U.S. war resisters "bogus refugee claimants".

See the full text of the letter.

War resister Robin Long speaks from prison: Let GI resisters stay in Canada
In 2004 when Jeremy Hinzman applied for refugee status in Canada the federal government stepped in at his Refugee Hearing and said that evidence challenging the legality of the war in Iraq can’t be used in this case. The U.N. Handbook for Refugees and the Nuremburg Principals say:

“a soldier of an army that is involved in an illegal war of aggression has a higher international duty to refuse service. They also have the right to seek refugee protection in any country that is signatory to the Geneva Convention.”

See Robin's full statement.

Liberal women's caucus calls on Conservative government to let U.S. war resisters stay
The Liberal Women’s Caucus is calling on the Conservative government to show its support for U.S. war resisters who are seeking to stay in Canada.

“These are individuals who have left military service related to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations and who have no criminal record,” said Chair of the National Liberal Women’s Caucus Maria Minna. “As Canadians, we must show them compassion instead of punishing them for their principles.”

See the full statement at http://www.liberal.ca/story_15677_e.aspx.

Members of Parliament visit war resister Robin Long
On March 15th, NDP Immigration Critic Olivia Chow and Liberal Member of Parliament Borys Wrzesnewskyj visited U.S. Iraq war resister Robin Long in the brig of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in San Diego.

Robin is serving a 15 month sentence for his refusal to participate in the war in Iraq. He was deported from Canada by the government of Stephen Harper in July 2008, despite a motion passed a month earlier by the House of Commons calling on the government to cease all removal proceedings against U.S. war resisters.

Chow and Wrzesnewskyj are on a fact-finding visit to learn more about Robin's situation.

There will be a public meeting non March 16th in San Diego on the topic" Resisting the War - Steppping up the Pressure". The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Joyce Beers Community Centre, 1090 Vermont (for more info, visit activistsandiego.org)

More details will be posted as they are available. See the full media release here.

LET THEM STAY
Participate in a week of action from March 15-22 to stop the deportation of Kimberly Rivera and her family

On March 26, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney threaten to deport US Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera and her family, against the will of Parliament. The week of March 16, Canadians will rally from coast to coast against the deportation.

Canada resisted the illegal Iraq war, a majority of Canadians support US Iraq war resisters, and Parliament passed a motion to stop deporting them and to let them stay. But Harper and Kenney have been defying democracy and deporting war resisters to punishment. They have already deported three US Iraq war resisters, including Robin Long—who was punished with 15 months jail separated from his infant son, followed by a lifelong felony conviction. Now Harper and Kenney threaten to deport war resister Kimberly Rivera and her family—husband Mario, 6 year old son Christian, 4 year old daughter Rebecca, and newborn Canadian daughter Katie--on March 26.

The week of March 16, while George Bush visits Canada on the 6th anniversary of his illegal war, Canadians from coast to coast will be calling on Harper and Kenney to stop the deportation of Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera and family. It is urgent that the majority of Canadians who support US Iraq war resisters act now

See full details here.

URGENT: Rivera family ordered to leave by March 26th
Phone and write Minister Kenney today
!
On March 10th, the family of U.S. Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera was ordered to leave Canada by March 26th or face deportation.

The Riveras had requested that their deportation date be postponed until June when the school year is complete, but the Immigration Department pressed to have them deported to face punishment as quickly as possible.

Kimberly was the first woman U.S. soldier to seek refuge in Canada. She was deployed to Iraq and, while home on a leave, decided she could no longer participate in the war. She came to Canada with her husband and two young children in January 2007. In November 2008, they had a new daughter, Canadian-born Katie.

The Parliament of Canada passed a motion in June 2008 calling on the government to stop all removal proceedings against U.S. Iraq war resisters, and to implement a program to allow them to apply to stay in Canada as permanent residents. As recently as February 12th of this year, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration reaffirmed this motion.

This motion is supported by a majority of Canadians, yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney have refused to implement it.

IT IS URGENT THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HEAR FROM THOSE WHO SUPPORT IRAQ WAR RESISTERS. Minister Kenney could resolve this situation tomorrow in accordance with the wishes of Canadians, by implementing the motion that was passed in Parliament.

Call or email Minister Kenney and Prime Minister Harper today and ask them to intervene immediately to stop the deportation of the Rivera family, and to respect the democratic will of Canadians and our Parliament by implementing the motion.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)

Or email him at:
minister@cic.gc.ca or Kennej@parl.gc.ca

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: BevilM@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: chowo@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: StCyrT@parl.gc.ca


The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Phone: (613) 992-4211
E-mail: mailto:pm@pm.gc.ca



Support the War Resisters Legal Defense Fundraising Campaign
The War Resisters Support Campaign has been fighting for five years to keep U.S. Iraq war resisters safe in Canada. The majority of Canadians support this, and Parliament has passed a motion calling to for war resisters to be allowed to apply for permanent resident status in Canada.

The Conservative government has so far refused to respect the will of Parliament and of Canadians and is continuing removal proceedings against war resisters. Until a law is passed allowing them all to stay, we must fight each deportation in court. Even at the most discounted fees from lawyers sympathetic to our cause, we face thousands of dollars in mounting legal costs.

We are asking for your help. This is an all-volunteer campaign (in fact, volunteers often fund the campaign out of their own pockets). Please consider making a pledge towards legal costs for war resisters like Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott and Jeremy Hinzman.

For more information and to make a pledge, visit our online fundraising campaign site.


War Resister Film Event
On the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war: three documentaries about U.S. soldiers resisting wars from Vietnam to Iraq, and seeking refuge in Canada.

* Paralells (10 min) two generations of war resisters
* Conscience of a Nation: Winter Soldier (30 min) 30 veterans in 30 minutes, eyewitness accounts of war
* Deserter (24 min) The journey of a resister couple fleeing the US to Canada

Followed by a discussion featuring war resisters.

Sunday March 15th, 2pm
Innis College, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George, south of Bloor)
Suggested donation $7 to 20


House Immigration Committee reaffirms support for U.S. war resisters

On February 12, 2009, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration again passed a motion calling on the Government of Canada to immediately stop the deportation of all U.S. Iraq War resisters and their immediate family members. The motion was moved by NDP Immigration Critic Olivia Chow and supported by all opposition party members in the Committee.

The motion reaffirms the recommendation that was adopted by Parliament on June 3, 2008: that the government establish a program to facilitate permanent resident status for the war resisters and their families, and that it immediately stop deportation proceedings against war resisters.

Please take a moment to call or email Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and demand that they respect this vote and implement the motion.

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Phone: (613) 992-4211
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)
Or email him at: minister@cic.gc.ca or Kenney.j@parl.gc.ca

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: bevilacqua.m@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: chow.o@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: st-cyr.t@parl.gc.ca


Harper government sends another war resister back to jail
U.S. Iraq war resister Cliff Cornell was arrested on Feb. 4 crossing the border into the United States. Acting against the clear will of Parliament and Canadians, Citizenship & Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused to intervene in Cliff's case to allow him to stay in Canada.

Cliff was prepared to comply fully with U.S. laws and turn himself in to his former unit at Fort Stewart, but he was arrested by U.S. border police and is being held at Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, Washington. He now faces possible court martial and jail time because he refused to participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq.

Robin Long, who was deported from Canada in July 2008, is now serving a 15-month prison term. Canadians are outraged that the Harper government continues to ignore the June 2008 Parliamentary motion calling for a halt in deportation proceedings against all U.S. Iraq war resisters, and for resisters and their families to be allowed to stay as permanent residents.


War resisters Dean Walcott and Kimberly Rivera granted Stays of Removal
The Federal Court has granted stays of removal in the cases of Kimberly Rivera (and her family) and Dean Walcott. More details will follow as they become available. In the mean time, these are very important victories for Dean, Kim, and all of the U.S. Iraq war resisters in Canada. The court rulings are in keeping with the desire of Canadians to allow war resisters to stay in Canada.

But we urgently need to stop the imminent deportation of CLIFF CORNELL
.

Cliff was ordered to leave Canada January 22nd, but has won a brief reprieve. We urgently need to keep pressure of the Conservative Government to do the right thing and implement the Parliamentary motion from June 2008 by stopping all deportation proceedings against war resisters and granting them permanent resident status in Canada.

Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Let U.S. Iraq War Resisters stay

On June 3, 2008, the House of Commons passed a motion calling for the government to:

“...immediately implement a program to allow conscientious objectors and their immediate family members (partners and dependents), who have refused or left military service related to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations and do not have a criminal record, to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada.”

That motion further recommended that the government should:

“...immediately cease any removal or deportation actions that may have already commenced against such individuals.”

• See full letter and list of signatories

Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy speaks in support of US Iraq War resisters

Iraq Veteran Kimberly Rivera's appeal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper


War resister Dean Walcott faces imminent deportation
An Iraq war resister living in Toronto is threatened with deportation the week of January 26th. Dean Walcott is a former U.S. Marine who deployed twice to Iraq. In between those deployments, he was stationed at a U.S. Army hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. He arrived in Canada in December 2006.

Keep up the pressure: every letter to Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney or to PM Stephen Harper counts. And while you won't get a response to any calls you may make, they are keeping a tally.

When you write or call, let Harper and Kenney know that:

• they should immediately stop all deportations of US Iraq war resisters, including Cliff Cornell, Dean Walcott and Kimberly Rivera.
• you want them to implement the motion that was passed by Parliament on June 3rd, calling on the government to allow war resisters to apply for permanent resident status.

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Phone: (613) 992-4211
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)
Or email him at:
minister@cic.gc.ca or Kenney.j@parl.gc.ca

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: bevilacqua.m@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: chow.o@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: st-cyr.t@parl.gc.ca


Cliff Cornell denied stay of removal
On January 21st the Federal Court denied US Iraq War resister Cliff Cornell a stay of removal. Cliff was told he must leave Canada by January 22nd or face deportation. His lawyer was able to obtain a brief deferral, but activists across the country are still going all out to stop this deportation. And support in his own community has been very high.

Harper orders US war resister Chris Teske deported on inauguration day

The evening of January 19 the Federal Court denied US Iraq War resister Chris Teske a stay of removal. He was to leave Canada on Friday January 23. Chris Teske is the second U.S. war resister to be deported by the Canadian government, despite the clear support of Canadians to allow him and other conscientious objectors to stay.

Please see details of "Let Them Stay Week" for ideas of how you can help.

War Resister Kimberly Rivera & Family ordered to leave Canada

Kimberly Rivera, along with her husband and three young children, have been told that they must leave Canada by January 27 or face removal to the United States.

Kimberly served in Iraq in 2006. In 2007 she refused redeployment and became the first female U.S. Iraq war resister to come to Canada. She lives now in Toronto with her husband Mario, son Christian (6 years), daughter Rebecca (4 years), and newborn Canadian daughter Katie (6 weeks). Her experience in Iraq was a huge awakening and convinced Kimberley that the war was immoral and that she could not participate in it.

Despite a June 2008 Parliamentary motion supporting war resisters, the Harper government continues its policy of deporting them. In July 2008, war resister Robin Long was deported from British Columbia and punished with 15 months in jail, separating him from his wife and infant son, and a felony conviction that will cause him lifelong hardship.

War resister Dean Walcott ordered to leave Canada
U.S. Iraq war resister Dean Walcott was told on December 3rd that he must leave Canada by January 6th or face deportation to the United States. The decision follows similar ones in the cases of war resisters Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman and family and Matt Lowell.

If deported, Dean will face a court martial, jail time and a felony conviction, all because of his refusal to participate in the immoral and illegal war in Iraq. This decision goes against the expressed wishes of the Canadian Parliament which passed a motion on June 3rd calling on the government to allow war resisters to stay in Canada, and it goes against the will of Canadians who have consistently demonstrated in polls that they want war resisters to stay.

The Federal Court stayed the removal orders of Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman and Matt Lowell.

Corey Glass has since been granted a new application to stay on Humanitarian & Compassionate grounds. Jeremy Hinzman's appeal date for his negative decision has been set for February 10th 2009, and Matt Lowell is waiting to hear whether his appeal will be heard.

It is time for Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Jason Kenney to put an end to this case-by-case approach to the situation of war resisters in Canada. He must implement a political solution in line with what Canadians and Parliament are calling for and allow Dean, and all of the other courageous young men and women who have said no to participating in the war which even Stephen Harper has admitted was "absolutely a mistake", to stay in Canada.

War resister Matt Lowell granted stay of removal
Iraq war resister Matt Lowell was granted a stay of deportation on October 27th. Matt had been ordered to leave Canada by October 28th or face deporation to the United States where he would face a court martial for his refusal to participate in the Iraq war.

Matt's decision follows similar Federal Court decisions to grant stays to war resisters Corey Glass and Jeremy Hinzman.

Jeremy Hinzman wins stay of removal
In a significant legal victory, a Federal Court judge granted a stay of deportation to US Iraq War resister Jeremy Hinzman and his family on September 22. The family was scheduled to be deported on September 23.

The ruling allows Jeremy, Nga and their two children to remain in Canada until the Federal Court decides whether it will hear an appeal of a rejection of the family's Pre-Removal Risk Assessment, and their request to stay on a Humanitarian and Compassionate basis.

In his ruling, Justice Mosley said that "[b]ased on the evidence and submissions before me, I am satisfied that the applicants would suffer irreparable harm if a stay were not granted pending determination of their leave application."

A similar stay was granted to Corey Glass in July. And in the case of Joshua Key, the Federal Court has ruled that the Immigration & Refugee Board must rehear his refugee claim because of errors in their initial denial of his claim.

Now it's time for a political solution
With the three positive Federal Court rulings in the cases of US Iraq war resisters, the need for a political solution is more apparent than ever.

Several war resisters expect to receive decisions in their cases in the following weeks.

Canadians have spoken clearly through polls and through Parliament that the majority want US war resisters to be allowed to stay in Canada. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Citizenship & Immigration Minister Diane Finley need to respect Parliament and implement the motion passed in the House of Commons on June 3 calling for an end to deportation proceedings against war resisters, and for war resisters to be allowed to apply for permanent resident status in Canada.

When Stephen Harper was leader of the official opposition, he stated that "The Prime Minister has the moral responsibility to respect the will of the House." Now is the time for Mr. Harper to stand by that view, to respect the will of Parliament and of Canadians, and let the war resisters stay.

War resister supporter catches up with Stephen Harper

 

Bob Rae speaks out against deportation of Jeremy Hinzman and U.S. Iraq War Resisters



ROBIN LONG SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS –
SHAME ON THE HARPER GOVERNMENT

We have just learned that Robin Long was sentenced today, August 22, to 15 months in prison at a military penitentiary. He also received a dishonourable discharge which will follow him the rest of his life. It is a felony conviction. Robin was deported from Canada when federal Justice Anne McTavish ruled that he had not proven that he faced irreparable harm if returned to the U.S. Sadly, today his sentence proves how flawed that decision was. It shows all too clearly what U.S. Iraq war resisters face if they are forcibly returned to the U.S. by our government. Shame on Stephen Harper for allowing this courageous and peaceful young man to be jailed. Stop the deportations. Let the War Resisters stay. Implement the motion passed on June 3rd in the House of Commons.

Robin is serving his sentence at Miramar Naval Consolidated Brig near San Diego. You can send letters of support and encouragement to him at:

ROBIN LONG
PO BOX 452136
SAN DIEGO, CA 92145-2136

More info on mail, visitation, etc. is at
http://www.brigmiramar.navy.mil/visitors.htm

Canadian supporter questions Minister Finley on deportation of U.S. Iraq War Resisters

ACT NOW! Tell Stephen Harper: don't deport Hinzman family!

U.S. Iraq War resister Jeremy Hinzman and his wife and two children have been ordered to leave Canada by September 23rd.

In spite of Hinzman’s four and a half years living, working and raising a family in Canada, the Harper government plans to deport him to the United States where he will likely face a court martial and a potential military jail sentence and felony conviction. This flies in the face of democracy and the will of Canadians: Parliament passed a motion in support of war resisters June 3rd, 82% of Canadians oppose the Iraq war (Strategic Counsel poll), and 64% of Canadians support war resisters (Angus Reid poll).

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:
IN TORONTO: Attend the Emergency Meeting to Stop the Deportation of Jeremy Hinzman and his family, Wednesday August 20th at 7 p.m. at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
– Read the War Resisters Support Campaign press release and circulate it widely
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2008/13/c3830.html%20
– Tell Immigration Minister Diane Finley to use her power to stop deportation of war resisters and allow them to stay in Canada. Tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Let the War Resisters Stay!

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Phone: (613) 992-4211
E-mail: mailto:pm@pm.gc.ca%20

The Hon. Diane Finley
Ottawa office: (613) 954-1064
Simcoe office: (519) 426-3400
Dunnville Office: (905) 701-1881
E-mail: finley.d@parl.gc.ca / finled1@parl.gc.ca / mailto:Minister@cic.gc.ca%20

Make these points when you contact them –
- respect Parliament and implement the June 3rd motion in support of war resisters staying in Canada
- 82% of Canadians oppose the Iraq war
- 64% of Canadians in an Angus Reid national poll want war resisters to stay in Canada
- Jeremy Hinzman and his family have lived and worked here for over 4 years and made a real contribution; they should not be deported because they oppose the Iraq war.

Canada's Shame:
Harper government deports US War Resister Robin Long

Against the wishes of Canadians and Canada's Parliament, the federal government deported U.S. Iraq war resister Robin Long to the United States, where he faces a court martial for refusing to participate in the Iraq War.

Robin is allowed to receive hand or type-written letters. They must not include anything like drawings made with markers, lipstick, crayons, stickers etc. or print articles. There can be no enclosures, with the exception of standard size photographs (ie. up to 4x6 inches). These must be printed at a photo developing place (i.e. not photocopies, or from a home printer, or Polaroids), and there must be LESS than ten photos, otherwise they will get put in lockup with his personal belongings and he won't see them.

The War Resisters Support Campaign is calling on supporters across Canada to urgently continue to put pressure on the minority conservative government to immediately cease deportation proceedings against other US war resisters and to respect the will of Canadians and their elected representatives by implementing the motion adopted by Parliament on June 3rd. Please see the take action page for what you can do.


CANADA HAS VOTED – WE WANT RESISTERS TO STAY!

On June 3rd, 2008 all opposition MPs united to vote in favour of a motion to allow U.S. Iraq war resisters to remain in Canada. This has been referred to as a "non-binding" motion in the media. However, as the video below shows, it is the clearly expressed will of a majority of Canada's elected representatives, and through them the will of a majority of Canadians. As this vote and the recent Angus Reid poll demonstrate, it is not Canadians who do not support Iraq war resisters, but the minority Conservative government.



It is time for the Prime Minister and the Minister of Citizenship & Immigration to explain to Canadians why they are refusing to act on this democratic vote!

Actions across Canada and the U.S. call on the Canadian government to "Let them stay!"
People across Canada joined rallies and other actions on July 10th in support of U.S. war resisters. In Vancouver, Nelson, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Orillia, and other cities took to the streets to press the federal government to stop the deportation of Robin Long and to let all war resisters stay. As well, in cities across the United States, people gathered at Canadian consulates on July 9th in support of U.S. war resisters in Canada.

See video of the Toronto actions:


"Thank You Canada" from U.S. Veterans for Peace
TORONTO/CNW –
The major U.S. organization representing 7,000 U.S. veterans has issued a public “Thank You” to the people of Canada and an appeal to the government on behalf of Corey Glass and other U.S. Iraq War conscientious objectors seeking refuge.

Veterans for Peace (VFP) whose members fought in WW II, the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq wars says: “Thank you, Canada, for providing a safe haven for young American men and women who, although they were in the military, decided they could not in good conscience participate in the illegal and immoral U.S. war and occupation of Iraq.”
Read the full press release

Appeal from Canada's faith communities to the government of Canada

Dear Prime Minister Harper and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley:

Re: Iraq War resister Corey Glass: July 10 deportation looming

We are writing to request your quick action to stop the deportation and removal proceedings against U.S. Iraq War conscientious objector Corey Glass who came to Canada seeking refuge.

The federal government’s July 10 deportation order against Glass is still in effect, creating enormous stress, anxiety and turmoil for him and for all the conscientious objectors and their families who are hoping the government will be guided by the will of Parliament. This was expressed June 3rd with the passage of a landmark parliamentary motion that called on the Government of Canada to allow U.S. conscientious objectors who have left military service related to the illegal invasion of Iraq, and their immediate family members, the opportunity to apply to remain in Canada as permanent residents, and to immediately cease any removal or deportation actions that may have already commenced against such individuals. Read the full letter


Federal Court rules that Immigration & Refugee Board must rehear case of war resister Joshua Key

In an extremely important decision released on Friday, July 4th, the Federal Court has ruled that the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) made mistakes in turning down war resister Joshua Key's asylum claim and must relook at his case. The Federal Court decision disagreed with the IRB's view that Key had to have been forced to systematically commit war crimes in order to have a legitimate refugee claim.

Federal Court Justice Robert Barnes argued that "Officially condoned military misconduct falling well short of a war crime may support a claim to refugee protection."

In light of this new ruling, it is more critical than ever that the Minister of Immigration, Diane Finley, immediately cease any removal proceedings already underway against U.S. Iraq war resisters. Canadian people and the Canadian Parliament have come down solidly on the side of the war resisters and want them to be allowed to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. This decision reinforces the need for the Minister to act quickly and implement a provision to allow US war resisters to stay in Canada.

See the summary and full Federal Court decisions and the War Resisters Support Campaign's media release.


64% of Canadians say "LET THEM STAY"
According to a new Angus Reid national poll, two thirds of Canadians want Canada to grant permanent residence status to U.S. Iraq war resisters. The poll was conducted June 6-7, 2008, after Parliament passed a motion calling on the government to make a provision to allow war resisters to stay in Canada and to cease all deportation and removal proceedings that are already underway. See the full results of the poll.

Amnesty International Supports Iraq war resister Corey Glass
Amnesty International believes James Corey Glass to have a genuine conscientious objection to serving as a combatant in the US forces in Iraq, and would consider him to be a prisoner of conscience if imprisoned on his return to the USA. He is facing deportation from Canada on 12 June.
Read the full statement here.


Canadian Parliament votes to let US war resisters stay
The Canadian Parliament passed an historic motion today, June 3, 2008, that calls on the Canadian government to make a program to allow US war resisters to apply for permanent resident status in Canada and to cease all deportation and removal proceedings against US war resisters.


American Iraq War resisters celebrate House of Commons vote to let them stay in Canada, June 3, 2008.

The next step is to write to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Diane Finley, and prime minister Stephen Harper to ensure that they that the will of Parliament is implemented
.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley
phone 613.996.4974
fax 613.996.9749
email finley.d@parl.gc.ca and finled1@parl.gc.ca

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
phone 613.992.4211
fax 613.941.6900
email pm@pm.gc.ca

If your riding is represented by a Conservative Member of Parliament, please contact them as well to express your support for war resisters. To find contact information, click here.

War Resister Corey Glass Faces Deportation
U.S. Iraq war resister Corey Glass was told on May 21, 2008, that his application to stay in Canada has been rejected and he now faces deportation. Glass would be the first Iraq war resister to be deported from Canada. Last December the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Citizenship & Immigration passed a motion calling on the Canadian government to "immediately implement a program to allow conscientious objectors and their immediate family members […] to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada; and … the government should immediately cease any removal or deportation actions … against such individuals".



Support for U.S. War Resisters grows in Conservative ridings



Iraq Veteran Sgt. Corey Glass Media Conference - May 21/08


U.S. War Resisters speak out


War resisters spoke in conversation with Andy Barrie, CBC radio host and Vietnam war resister, at a public forum at the University of Toronto on May 21.

SOLIDARITY ACTIONS ACROSS CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES


Author Lawrence Hill drops his letters in the mailbox during Toronto's rally January 26.

In cities across Canada and the United States, actions were held January 25 and January 26 to support the call for Canada to allow US war resisters to stay. In Toronto, 350 people gathered to hear from US war resisters as well as Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae, NDP MP Olivia Chow, Lawrence Hill, Bill King and many others.

In the US, delegations visited Canadian consulates in New York, Washington, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia. See Courage to Resist for more details

Thanks to the many people who participated in the Day of Action, it was a great success and marked a broadening of the campaign to gain asylum for US war resisters.

Statement of Churches in Support of US War Resisters

On January 26th, a combined statement in support of US War Resisters was issued by the United Church of Canada, the Canadian Friends Service Committee and the Mennonite Central Committee. You can read that statement here.

Standing Committee motion marks big step forward for asylum for U.S. War Resisters

On Thursday December 6, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration adopted a motion that is a step forward for U.S. War Resisters seeking asylum in Canada. In a vote of 7 to 4, committee members passed a motion recommending that the government immediately implement a program to allow war resisters and their families to stay in Canada. It also calls for an immediate halt to deportation proceedings in these cases.

The motion reads as follows:

The Committee recommends that the government immediately implement a program to allow conscientious objectors and their immediate family members (partners and dependents), who have refused or left military service related to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations and do not have a criminal record, to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada; and that the government should immediately cease any removal or deportation actions that may have already commenced against such individuals.

The minutes of the session are available at: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=221127&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13182

This motion is a very important step forward after the Supreme Court ruled on November 15 that it would not hear the appeals of U.S. war resisters in their refugee claims. It shows a willingness of the opposition parties in Canada's Parliament to come together to ensure that none of these resisters is returned to the U.S. where they face court martials, incarceration and possible deployment to Iraq.

Supporters of U.S. war resisters should take a moment to celebrate this important decision, which is the product of the combined efforts of so many thousands of people across the country and internationally. The Campaign thanks everyone who contributed by writing letters, sending emails and phoning their Members of Parliament.




Top 10 Reasons to Let the War Resisters Stay

Reason #10
Alex Neve
Amnesty International


Reason #9
Maude Barlow, Chair, Council of Canadians



Reason #8
Bill King, Musician and Vietnam Era Resister



Reason #7
Olivia Chow, MP



Reason #6
Naomi Klein, Journalist and Author



Reason #5
Rex Weyler, Ecologist, Author and Vietnam War Resister


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