WAR RESISTER ROBIN LONG DEPORTED BUT THE STRUGGLES CONTINUES:
US war resister Robin Long has been deported back to America to face military "justice", but the struggle continues to allow other Americans who have fled the USA rather than serve in its illegal wars to stay in Canada. The following item from the War Resisters Support-Canada group tells the story and how you can help.
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 punishment for refusing to participate in the Iraq War.
Robin is currently being held at the Buckley City Jail near Fort Lewis, Washington. Last night supporters and a lawyer were able to get in to visit Robin. He will likely be transferred to Fort Carson, Colorado next week.
More details will be posted as information becomes available, including details of how people can send messages of support to Robin.
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.
Take Action By:
CALL PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER
AND MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION DIANE FINLEY
Tell them you want them to:
• immediately cease all deportation proceedings against US Iraq war resisters in Canada
• implement the motion adopted by the House of Commons on June 3rd, 2008 by creating a program that would allow US Iraq war resisters to apply for permanent resident status in Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper's constituency office:
Or email him at:
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley
MP Diane Finley’s constituency office (Simcoe):
Or email her at:
CALL MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY STOCKWELL DAY
Please take a moment to email or phone Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, and ask him to immediately stop the deportation of U.S. Iraq war resisters. (The Canadian Border Services Agency falls under his ministry).
Also ask him why the federal government is refusing to respect the clearly expressed will of Canada's Parliament, that U.S. war resisters should be allowed to stay and that deportation proceedings against them should cease?
In a recent Angus Reid poll, almost two-thirds of Canadians said they want U.S. Iraq war resisters to be allowed to stay in Canada. Demand to know why the Harper government is unwilling to be accountable to Canadians.
Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ottawa office)
email@example.com (Penticton constituency office)
250.770.4480 (Penticton constituency office)
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It is more urgent than ever that we send a message to the Canadian government that Canada needs to welcome US men and women who refuse to participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. There are three actions you can take today to help support the war resisters.
* Sign the petition in support of the war resisters;(See the War Resisters Support-Canada website-Molly)
* Contact the federal government and make your views known; and
* Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.