Stop the deportation of Robin Long, Corey Glass and all war resisters!
July 10, 2008 Update: Corey Glass and Joshua Key granted reprieves, however; Robin Long has been jailed in Nelson BC and currently faces deportation within days. Photos and report from July 9 SF protest – other cities coming soon.
Hundreds gathered at Canadian consulates across the U.S. yesterday, July 9, to support war resisters Robin Long and Corey Glass who both faced possible deportation within days. Organizers asked, “Dear Canada: Abide by the June 3rd resolution – Let U.S. war resisters stay!”
Yesterday’s actions at Canadian Consulates in 14 U.S. cities were spearheaded by Courage to Resist, Veterans for Peace, and Project Safe Haven. In San Francisco, the Raging Grannies, Veterans for Peace Chapter 69, American Friends Service Committee, BAY-Peace, and the Campus Antiwar Network joined Courage to Resist in making the action a success.
Other cities where vigils and delegations took place were: Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Philadelphia, New York City, Phoenix, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Raleigh, and Washington, D.C. Activists also rallied in Munich, Germany at the Canadian Consulate.
Today, July 10, the War Resisters Support Campaign (Canada) is organizing events across Canada.
Veterans for Peace issued a joint call with Courage to Resist and Project Safe Haven for July 9th vigils at Canadian Consulates: “Dear Canada: Do Not Deport U.S. War Resisters!” Veterans for Peace has also published an open letter to Canadian officials in support of war resisters (PDF).
Recently on June 3rd the Canadian Parliament passed an historic motion to officially welcome war resisters! It now appears, however, that the Conservative government may disregard the motion.
Iraq combat veteran turned courageous war resister, 25-year-old Sgt. Corey Glass of the Indiana National Guard is still scheduled to be deported July 10th.
We will ask that the Canadian government respect the democratic decision of Parliament, the demonstrated opinion of the Canadian citizenry, the view of the United Nations, and millions of Americans by immediately implementing the motion and cease deportation proceedings against Corey Glass and other current and future war resisters.
Join Courage to Resist, Veterans for Peace, and Project Safe Haven at Canadian Consulates across the United States.
We mailed and delivered over 10,000 of the original letters to Canadian officials. Please sign the new letter, “Dear Canada: Abide by resolution – Let U.S. war resisters stay!”