Thursday, 6 September 2012

Stop the Deportation of War Resister Rivera

Dear Friends of War Resisters:
As you all know, U.S. war resister Kimberly Rivera, her husband Mario Rivera, and their four children, have been ordered to leave Canada by September 20. While Kim and her lawyer pursue all legal avenues to challenge this, we must take to the streets, to the phones, and to our keyboards, to show that Canadians say:
Here are several actions you can take in your own community to support the Riveras. We need you to organize in your own community to amplify this message in towns and cities from coast to coast to coast.

1. Friday, September 14 -- DAY OF ACTION
In Toronto: Join petitioning and leafletting at the following locations: • Carrot Common, Danforth Ave • Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West (near Spadina) • Queen Street West and Dunn Avenue (Parkdale)

Across Canada: Organize local pickets, petitioning, and leafletting! See our website for materials to help get you started. Fill in your own information and hit the streets!

2. Wednesday, September 19 -- DAY OF ACTION
In Toronto: From 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., join a peaceful demonstration at the following location to call on Jason Kenney to halt the deportation of Kim Rivera and her family: • Federal Court Building, 180 Queen Street West, Toronto

Across Canada: Organize a similar demonstration at the same time! You don't need a lot of people. This is the day before the Riveras' removal date. We must raise our collective voice to loudly say: LET THEM STAY.

3. EVERY DAY: Call Jason Kenney
Call Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Tell him you support war resister Kim Rivera and you want the government to allow her to stay in Canada. A suggested script for this phone call will be on our website:
This takes only a few minutes. Call every day! Office of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration: 613.954.1064 (9-5 EST)

4. Write Jason Kenney If you haven't done so already, sign a letter to Jason Kenney and your MP. The letter is here:
You can write your own letter and send it to: The Honourable Jason Kenney Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism 325 East Block House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Fax: 613.957.2688

5. Write a letter to your local newspaper in support of Kim Rivera and all war resisters
Letters to the editor are an effective way to get our message out. Letters to the editor in support of Kim are already popping up in major newspapers. Keep the letter short and simple, and you can reach thousands of people.

6. Donate. THANK YOU to every supporter who has so generously given funds so we can mount this public campaign. If you can, please donate either online or by cheque. To donate online, go to:
To donate by cheque, please make a cheque payable to the War Resisters Support Campaign and mail it to: War Resisters Support Campaign Box 13, 427 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 CANADA

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT. We have only two weeks to make this campaign as visible and as loud as possible. Kim Rivera risked so much for peace. Now it's our turn to fight for her and her family.

In solidarity and in peace,
the War Resisters Support Campaign

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