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Monday, 19 January 2009

Let Them Stay

I am asking for assistance from everyone who is willing in the War Resisters' Campaign this week. Thank you so much for any help you can give. Sallie

"LET THEM STAY" Week

January 19 to 26, 2009
The Conservative government has launched an unprecedented attack on US Iraq War resisters. In response, supporters across the country are rallying to stop threatened deportations. Every person and every action can make a difference. Below are activities and actions in which we encourage you to take part.

National events

See also local events to find actions planned in your city.

Leafletting Day
Choose a busy corner in your city and hand out leaflets in support of war resisters to help spread the word and involve more people. You can download a leaflet at http://www.resisters.ca/letthemstay.html.
See local events below to find out about leafletting sessions which are already planned in your city.

Monday, January 19: Letter-to-the-Editor Day

Send a letter to your local newspaper calling on the Conservative government to stop the deportations and let the resisters stay.

Thursday, January 22: National Phone-In Day

Contact Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tell them you support war resisters.

Urge them to:- Stop the deportation proceedings against all US Iraq War resisters; and- Implement the Parliamentary motion from June 2008 to allow war resisters to apply for Permanent Resident status in Canada.

Contact info:Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Phone:613-954-1064 (Ministry office)613-992-2235 (Parliamentary office)Email: minister@cic.gc.caKenney.j@parl.gc.ca
Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney:
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Liberal party immigration critic: wrzesnewskyj.b@parl.gc.ca
Olivia Chow, NDP immigration critic:
chow.o@parl.gc.ca
Thierry St-Cyr, Bloc Québécois immigration critic:
st-cyr.t@parl.gc.ca
The Right Hon. Stephen Harper Phone: 613-992-4211 Email: mailto:pm@pm.gc.ca

Friday, January 23: Visit or call your local MP Day

Call or visit your local Members of Parliament and tell them you support war resisters. If your MPs are Conservatives, tell them you want the government to implement the Parliamentary motion to stop the deportations of war resisters and let them stay in Canada.

If your MPs are members of one of the opposition parties, remind them of their party's support for the motion and ask them to speak out publicly at this critical time against the deportations.

Events by City

To add events, please email resisters@sympatico.ca.
For a full listing of national events, please visit http://www.resisters.ca/letthemstay.html.

Toronto events

Monday, January 19

Prayer vigil to support war resisters
4:15pm Peace Garden, Toronto City Hall100 Queen Street West
Organized by Catholics for Peace--Pax Christi

Tuesday, January 20

Leafletting sessions in support of war resisters:- 8:00am St. George subway station (Meet at the Bedford entrance)- 11:30am to 4:30pm
Bloor Cinema
The Bloor Cinema will be showing the inauguration of US President Barack Obama. Join us for part or all of the showing to help distribute leaflets.

Wednesday, January 21

Parkdale Friends of War Resisters: community event
6:30pm May Robinson Manor 20 West Lodge Avenue
Featuring:Gerard Kennedy, Member of Parliament (Parkdale - High Park)
Kim Rivera and Dean Walcott,
US Iraq War resisters Press conference11:00amTrinity-St. Paul's Centre427 Bloor Street West

Thursday, January 22

Video premiere of Deserter
Featuring war resisters Jennifer and Ryan Johnson
7:00pm 25 Cecil Street (one block south of College, west of Beverly)

War Resisters Support CampaignPhone: 416-598-1222
Email: resisters@sympatico.ca
Web: www.resisters.ca


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