Take Action to support US Iraq War resisters

Oct 13th 2014

As new developments continue in the cases of U.S. Iraq War resisters, some of the resisters have written statements about what they are facing and why they still need support from Canadians.

Please read their statements and then take a moment to send a letter to Chris Alexander, Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety. They have the ability to stop the injustice that is being done to these conscientious objectors and allow them to stay in Canada.

If you haven’t done so yet, please consider making a donation to support the ongoing needs of resisters at http://gofundme.com/letthemstay as funds are urgently needed.

Urgent: Don’t let Harper government deport U.S. Iraq war resisters

Sep 22nd 2014

Over the past four weeks an alarming number of U.S. Iraq war resisters in Canada have been notified that decisions are imminent in their cases.

One resister has received a deportation date. Others are awaiting removal decisions.

The War Resisters Support Campaign is deeply concerned that this is the beginning of an attempt by the Harper government to remove remaining U.S. war resisters from Canada.

We are calling on supporters once again to take action. The strong response of Canadians is what has kept U.S. war resisters in Canada for the past ten years.

Here are two things you can do to help right now:

1. Write to Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and cc your MP – they need to hear from you! Let them know that:
• U.S. war resisters came to Canada because of their conscientious objection to the illegal and immoral war in Iraq
• they have faced direct interference in their cases by the Harper government and have not been able to get a fair hearing
• a majority of Canadians want them to stay in Canada
• ask the Minister to cease all deportations

Contact info:
Hon. Chris Alexander
Minister of Citizenship & Immigration
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6

To find the contact info for your MP, go to http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenatorsMembers.aspx?Language=E and enter your postal code under “Find a Member of Parliament”.

2. Donate to the Defence Fund for war resisters

You can make a donation online at http://gofundme.com/letthemstay

Or send a cheque or money order made out to WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN to:
427 Bloor Street West
Box 3
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1X7

And please share this information widely. Thank you.

Let Them Stay Week 2014 – Stop the deportations!

Jan 7th 2014

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the arrival in Canada of Jeremy Hinzman, the first Iraq War resister to seek asylum here after refusing to participate in an illegal and immoral war. Yet 10 years on, Jeremy and his family, and many other U.S. war resisters, are still living in limbo – not certain if they will be forced to return to the U.S., where they face harsh punishment for their courageous decision.LTSW1

From January 12 to 19th, join Canadians across the country in Let Them Stay Week 2014, to send a message that U.S. war resisters are welcome in Canada, and that the Canadian government must stop the deportations and enact a provision to let them stay.

Here are some of the ways you can participate, to ensure that message comes through each day of Let Them Stay Week:
Sunday Jan 12 – Tweet or post your support for U.S. war resisters on Facebook.
Monday Jan 13 – Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. For ideas, see sample letters.
Tuesday Jan 14 – Call or email the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander and ask him to ensure that no more U.S. war resisters are forced out of Canada for their opposition to an illegal and immoral war, and to enact a provision to let them stay in Canada.
You can send an email from our Take Action page, or write your own message and email it to: Minister@cic.gc.ca, chris.alexander@parl.gc.ca
CC the opposition leaders and critics: lysane.blanchette-lamothe@parl.gc.ca, mccallum.j@parl.gc.ca, mulcair.t@parl.gc.ca, trudeau.j@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca
Phone 613-954-1064
Wednesday Jan 15 – Write a letter to the Minister and to your MP in support of U.S. war resisters. 
Send your letter to: Hon. Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
In Toronto, join a letter-writing event at 7 p.m. at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street (near College and Beverly). Featuring a preview of the upcoming film Peace has no Borders and updates from resisters Joshua Key and Dean Walcott.
Thursday Jan 16 – Social media day: change your Facebook status to the graphic on this page, or tweet a link to resisters.ca #LetThemStay
Friday Jan 17 – MP and Community Outreach Day – Meet with your MP, or call their office to request a meeting. (For a lobbying guide to help organize your visit to your MP, email wrsctoronto@gmail.com). Circulate this petition among your friends and family, at work or at school.
Saturday Jan 18 – Building Sanctuary: a panel discussion with Jessica Squires and Alyssa Manning, 5–7 p.m., Ryerson University. Part of the Canadian Peace Alliance convention. Jessica Squires is the author of Building Sanctuary: The Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, 1965-73 . Alyssa Manning is the lawyer representing U.S. war resisters in Canada. The panel will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cpa-convention-2014

Here are further actions you can take in support of U.S. Iraq War resisters:
1. Display a sign in your window in support of war resisters.
2. Make a donation to our defense campaign in support of U.S. war resisters. * Donations can be sent to the following address (please make cheque payable to the War Resisters Support Campaign): War Resisters Support Campaign Box 13, 427 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 CANADA

War Resister Kimberly Rivera released from prison

Dec 15th 2013

War resister Kimberly Rivera was released from prison on December 12, 2013. Kim was sentenced to 14 months in prison, and served 10 months, for her refusal to participate in the US’s invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Kim came to Canada seeking refuge, but was forced out by the Conservative government in September 2012. She was immediately arrested at the border, then court martialed. Now Kim will finally be reunited with her young children who she has not seen since her arrest.

For background on Kim’s case, see http://resisters.ca/?p=719. And help us continue the fight to ensure that no more U.S. Iraq war are forced out of Canada. Join our email list to find out about events coming up in January as part of Let Them Stay Week 2014.

Let Them Stay Week – January 12-19, 2014

Dec 6th 2013

Januakimry 2014 will be the 10th anniversary since the first U.S. Iraq war resisters arrived in Canada. To mark this anniversary, and to continue to  build support for soldiers who made the conscientious decision that they could not participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq, we are launching Let Them Stay Week 2014 from January 12-19. We’ll be lobbying MPs, writing letters, making phone calls  and organizing community events in communities across Canada. Please mark the dates and join the campaign in your community. Details to follow. For more information: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=7f3b429c1b1bc4ec3631c2286&id=bec067bdf5&e=0dcd98ee4f

Conscientious objection to war – a fundamental right for all?

Oct 20th 2013

Alyssa Manning, left, represents U.S. War resisters who have sought asylum in Canada.

Is conscientious objection to military service a fundamental right for all, or a select few?

Come find out with Rachel Brett, human rights representative at the Quaker UN Office in Geneva and Alyssa Manning, lawyer for many of the U.S. war resisters.

Sunday October 27th, 2013
1 pm – 2:30 pm

Friends House, Toronto,
60 Lowther Avenue

(2 blocks north of the Bedford Rd. exit of St. George Subway)
Free, wheelchair accessible, all welcome!

Many people believe that to be a Conscientious Objector (C.O.) you have to be against all war and violence – and, if so, why would you have ever joined the military? Many types of people seek C.O. status all over the world – the issue is as relevant today as during World War II. Some are people of faith, some of no faith, some object to serving in the military and need protection from conscription, and some (like the U.S. War Resisters who are in Canada) develop an objection to war (or a particular war) through the experience of serving in the military. Are all of these cases “legitimate”?

Rachel has worked on C.O. issues for decades within the United Nations system and internationally as the human rights representative at the Quaker UN Office Geneva. Alyssa has represented US War Resisters in a number of precedent-setting legal cases in Canada.

This is a rare opportunity to dialogue with two of the most talented and interesting advocates for conscientious objectors.

Presented by: Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
Toronto Monthly Meeting’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee

War Resisters Support Campaign 

War resisters join peace plaque unveiling in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Sep 25th 2013

On Sunday September 22, U.S. war resisters attended a ceremony unveiling a plaque which commemorates conscientious object to war in the Whitchurch-Stouffville area.

The plaque unveiling coincided with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace held annually on September 21st. Dozens of attendees signed a petition in support of U.S. Iraq war resisters, calling on the government to repeal Operational Bulletin 202.

Urgent appeal for assistance: Emergency Moving Fund for Key family

Sep 19th 2013

U.S. War resister Joshua Key, his wife Alexina and their three children have been evicted from their home in Saskatchewan. They have been ordered to leave by October 4th. They have lived there for the past 4 years.

While the family looks into their legal options regarding this unjust eviction, they also urgently need to raise funds to cover the costs of moving to a new home.

Please click the following link to see the APPEAL from the Key family: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bbSe7

Any financial assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Jul 31st 2013

Wednesday August 7th, 2013
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto

6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Update and MUSIC!!!

Join us for an update on the campaign to win asylum for U.S. War Resisters in Canada.

Followed by musical guests :
Thomas Radcliffe
The Manning Sisters

Thomas Radcliffe is a Vietnam War Resister, a singer-songwriter, and an advocate for peace and social justice.
And by popular demand, the Manning sisters, Alyssa and Kim, return to the Steel Hall with their great harmonies.

And featuring :
“I am Bradley Manning” photo booth
Show your support for military whistle-blower and democracy advocate Bradley Manning

$20 suggested donation


Write to Kim Rivera

May 15th 2013

Kim is now at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego where she is serving her 10 month sentence.

Please write to Kim, to let her know she has strong support. Her  mailing address at Miramar is:

Kimberly Rivera
P.O. Box 452136
San Diego, CA 92145-2136

There are strict rules on what can be included in letters. Please do not include anything but the paper you yourself have used to write. Do not send stamps, envelopes, writing paper, stickers or anything other than a simple letter. Anything more will very likely not make its way to Kim.

As soon as we obtain information regarding sending books to Kim, we will post it here.

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