Friday, 9 January 2009

Plea for Help from the War Resisters

Because Canada took me and my husband in back in the 1960's when he was fleeing the U.S. in order not to be sent to Vietnam, I feel very strongly about helping those Americans who have come to Canada seeking refuge during this current conflict. Sallie Thayer


Please send an email right away to: Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal Leader --; Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the Liberal Immigration Critic --; Jim Karygiannis, MP --

Please urge them to issue an immediate statement concerning the deportation order against war resister Kim Rivera and her family (husband Mario, son Christian (6) daughters Rebecca (4) and Katie (6 weeks). Ask them to come out strongly in opposition to this order, which would mean that the Riveras would have to leave Canada by January 27 or be deported.

Don't forget the other war resisters facing imminent deportation: Chris Teske; Patrick Hart and family; Cliff Cornell; and Dean Walcott. The Liberals supported the motion of June 3, 2008, recommending that "conscientious objectors to wars not sanctioned by the UN Security Council" be allowed to stay in Canada and apply for Permanent Resident Status after two years..

It also recommended that the Government "cease all deportation proceedings" against such people. But in recent days, as deportation orders have come down against many war resisters, the Liberals have been silent. Please urge them to speak up, and demand that the Harper Government comply with the House of Commons motion of June 08, and state their intention of supporting a similar motion when the House reconvenes later this month.Peace,

Lee Zaslofsky, War Resisters Support Campaign

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