Robin Long deported from Canada
On July 15th, Robin Long
became the first objector since the Vietnam War to be forced to leave
Canada. We have
legal representation available to Robin and will be doing everything
possible to provide him our full support.
PFC Burmeister Court Martialed at
Wounded Iraq vet James Burmeister sentenced to six months in stockade and
bad conduct discharge after resisting Iraq War.
James voluntarily returned from Canada in March. Write James
to offer your support!
Actions at 14 Canadian Consulates
to Support U.S. War Resisters
Last week we
organized actions in response to a deportation order issued against
Corey Glass, an Iraq War veteran who was a sergeant in the National Guard.
14 cities took part with vigils and delegations! Reports and photos at
Robin Long deported from
Courage to Resist.
July 17, 2008
Courage to Resist has made
civilian legal representation available to Robin and will be doing
possible to provide him our full support.More info coming soon.
On July 15th, Robin Long
became the first U.S. war
resister since the Vietnam War forced to leave Canada
and turned over to the U.S.
military. About the same time as
dozens of supporters gathered at Peace Arch Park on the Canadian-U.S.
border, Robin was taken across the border and handed over to U.S. border
Robin was briefly held at the
Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, Washington, before U.S. military police
took him to
Fort Lewis, 50 miles
south of Seattle.
Within the next few days he will be taken to Fort Carson, Colorado
where he is expected to be
immediately placed in pre-trial confinement and eventually court martialed
AWOL, desertion, and possibly other violations of military discipline.
At 19, the Boise,
Idaho native joined the Army on the promise
that he would not be deployed to Iraq. However, in April 2005 Robin
was ordered to Fort Carson
in preparation for deployment to Iraq. Robin recounted, “My
superiors were telling me; ‘You're going to the desert to fight rag
heads’. It wasn't like I was going to Iraq to
liberate the people.” After his Army “battle buddy”
didn’t report for
deployment by leaving for Canada,
Robin also went AWOL and hitchhiked to Canada, eventually settling down
with help of the War Resisters Support Campaign.
Along with a few other U.S. Iraq
War resisters, Robin had been most recently living in Nelson, British
Columbia, a town of 10,000 people. Local police have gained a
being hostile to war resisters. Authorities
claimed that because Robin was staying with different friends around
was in violation of a previous order to notify authorities of his
gave them the opening for an expedited removal. Robin’s bad luck
a conservative Canadian Judge ruled against his last ditch appeal.
“This is a gift from Stephen
Harper to George Bush,” says Gerry Condon of Project Safe Haven,
the conservative heads of state of Canada
and the U.S. “And it will trumpet
is no longer a safe haven for AWOL GIs.” However, Gerry believes
that “this is
not the first of many deportations. It may be the first and the
last. A minority government that ignores the will
of its people and its Parliament will not be allowed to rule much
Federal elections are expected to take place in Canada this fall.
updates on Robin’s case
Burmeister Court Martialed at Ft. Knox
Supporters rally at base gate; James sentenced to six months in stockade
and bad conduct discharge
July 17, 2008
James Burmeister was serving in Baghdad when his humvee was caught in
explosion and he was hit in the face with shrapnel. Suffering from the
and emotional wounds resulting from his injury, and his experiences
with "bait and kill" teams in Iraq, James went to Canada and was
until earlier this year when he decided to return to the U.S., turn
and move on with his life.
James and supporters hoped that the military would offer him
an “other than honorable discharge in lieu of court
consideration of his injuries suffered in Iraq. James believes that he is
suffering from traumatic brain injury, which would explain his reoccurring
seizures. However, he has found real medical treatment an impossible maze
navigate—the military instead offers him various anti-psychotic drug
On June 21, Helen Burmeister (photo above) traveled from Oregon to lead
local Veterans for Peace
members and other supporters in a
rally for the freedom on her son James at
the gates of Fort Knox, Kentucky. However, hopes for a quick
discharge—and real medical help—were dashed when the
Army court martialed James
for AWOL and desertion.
James was sentenced to six months at the Fort Knox
Regional Confinement Facility
and a bad conduct discharge. The PFC James Burmeister Support Campaign can
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to James in the stockade!
Fort Knox, KY 40121
Actions at 14 Canadian
for war resisters
By Courage to Resist. July 16, 2008
Courage to Resist organized actions in response to a deportation order
issued against U.S. war resister Corey Glass, an Iraq War veteran who was a
sergeant in the National Guard. With the help of Vets For Peace and Project Safe Haven, 14
cities took part with vigils and delegations.
delegation reports here.
In a surprising victory, while the delegations were taking place, a
Canadian Federal Court granted Corey a last minute reprieve of at least
several months while his lawyers appeal earlier negative rulings.
Corey’s victory was related to a similar win for Iraq War vet
Joshua Key. According to the Federal Court in Joshua’s recent ruling,
the regular abuse of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the U.S. military are
systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions, and a basis for granting
Canadian Parliament officially welcomes war
3rd, Canadian Parliament made an historic vote in favor of anyone seeking
refuge from fighting in the unjust and illegal occupation of Iraq. While
this is an amazing victory, the motion is non-binding. The Conservative
government led by Stephen Harper—a close ally of the Bush-Cheney
endless war agenda—continues to move forward with deportations of war
Email and phone Minister Finley and Prime Minister Harper. Ask them to
fully implement the June 3rd Parliament resolution to allow war resisters
to remain in Canada.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane
Phone 613.996.4974; email@example.com
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Phone 613.992.4211; firstname.lastname@example.org
photos and delegation reports