Friday, 15 November 2013

Short Notice for Event on 18th!


BUILDING SANCTUARY: The Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, 1965-73

Monday November 18th, 2013 
Steelworkers Hall 
25 Cecil Street, 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Programme 
$20 suggested donation 

Please join us... 

...for a discussion with author and anti-war activist JESSICA SQUIRES about her recently published book, BUILDING SANCTUARY: The Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada 1965-73. The history of the movement that fought for Vietnam War Resisters to win asylum in Canada has played an important role in the development of today’s movement in support of a new generation of U.S. War resisters. This event will be an opportunity to discuss some of the less-known aspects of that history, and its relevance to the struggle for asylum today. 

Jessica will be introduced by Vietnam War resister Tom Riley, and lawyer Alyssa Manning will provide a legal update. 


About the book: 
“Between 1965 and 1973, a small but active cadre of Canadian antiwar groups and peace activists launched campaigns to open the border [to draft resisters and deserters]. Jessica Squires tells their story, often in their own words. Drawing on interviews and government documents, she reveals that although these groups' efforts ultimately met with success and helped shaped debates about nationalism and Canada's relationship with the United States, they had to overcome state surveillance and resistance from police, politicians, and bureaucrats… By telling the story of the Canadian movement to support Vietnam war resisters, Building Sanctuary not only brings to light overlooked links between the anti-draft movement and immigration policy – it challenges cherished notions about Canada in the 1960s and Canadian-American relations today.” 
Building Sanctuary is a fascinating study of war resistance and the sixties in North America. Based on official police records as well as oral interviews and newspaper evidence, it not only tells the engrossing story of the immigration to Canada of about forty thousand US war resisters but also subtly analyzes the political and ethical issues raised by resistance to the War in Vietnam. At a time when a reactivated militarism once more challenges progressives throughout the world, Jessica Squires provides us with an inspiring, insightful account of how an earlier generation of activists fought the madness of war – and emerged with some precious, if fragile, victories. A must-read for students of modern Canada, antiwar activism, and the sixties.” – Ian McKay, Department of History, Queen’s University, co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety

War Resisters Support Campaign 

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