Canadian Parliament welcomes resisters!
Along with pan-Canada organizing by War Resisters Support Campaign,
thousands of Courage to Resist "Dear Canada: Let U.S. War Resisters
Stay!" letters pay off. However, ruling Conservative
government may try to ignore will of people. Struggle far from
over. Creative resistance will likely be
required on both sides of the border.
Ryan Jackson sentenced to 100 days
Following community vigil, war objector who faced year in brig will be out
by July. Ryan is already making plans for a Fall Courage to Resist speaking
tour and high school counter-recruiting work.
Also: Write Robert Weiss, recently sentenced to seven
months for resisting war. Robert Weiss, Unit 29723, Box LL, APO, AE
info... (link only)
War resisters welcomed by Canadian Parliament
Ruling Conservative government may try to ignore will of
Courage to Resist. June 4, 2008.
Yesterday the Canadian Parliament made a historic vote in favor of
U.S. war resisters (photo right) seeking refuge from fighting in the
illegal occupation of Iraq. While this is an amazing victory, the
motion is non-binding. The minority Conservative government led by
Stephen Harper—a close ally of the Bush-Cheney endless war
indicated that it is prepared to defy the resolution by proceeding with
deportations of war resisters. Creative resistance will likely be
required on both sides of the border.
We need to act now to make sure that the will of many people living
in the U.S., the Canadian people, and now Parliament can not be
ignored. Please contact Ministers Harper and Finley to request
that they fully implement the resolution in support of U.S. Iraq
War objectors and allow them to stay in Canada.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley.
Phone 613.996.4974; Email
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Phone 613.992.4211; Email
The full resolution reads:
[It is recommended that] the government
immediately implement a program to allow conscientious objectors and
their immediate family members (partners and dependents), who have
refused or left military service related to a war not sanctioned by the
United Nations and do not have a criminal record, to apply for
permanent resident status and remain in Canada; and that the government
should immediately cease any removal or deportation actions that may
have already commenced against such individuals.
Lee Zaslofsky, WRSC and Iraq War resister Corey
Glass who faces deportation
With Courage to Resist organizers in attendance in Ottawa, this
resolution first passed out of the Standing Committee on Citizenship
and Immigration by a vote of 7-4 December 2007. That set the stage for
yesterday’s 137-110 vote in the full House of Commons. All of the
Canadian opposition parties—the Liberal Party, the New Democratic
Party, the Bloc Quebecois, and the Green Party—rallied behind the
motion, with only the ruling Conservative Party voting against.
Up until last week, war resisters and their supporters remained
skeptical of the chances for this win. However, the pan-Canadian
organizing of the War Resisters Support Campaign, and our ongoing
efforts here in the U.S., came to fruition.
Resister Ryan Jackson
sentenced to 100 days brig
Following community vigil, war objector who faced year in
brig will be out by July
By James Branum, lawyer for Ryan Jackson. May 30, 2008
At the hearing, we argued that Ryan's actions were an act of civil
disobedience that stemmed from his belief that all war is wrong and
Ryan himself gave a moving statement in which he expressed his own
views on the immorality of war and the necessity of breaking the law
for the sake of conscience.
At today's court-martial hearing at Ft. Gordon, GA, Conscientious
Objector Ryan Jackson was given a sentence of 100 days in prison. With
time already served, he has only 29 days remaining!
Ryan was also sentenced to a Bad Conduct Discharge, demotion to E-1
(private), and reduction to 2/3 pay for multiple specifications of
being AWOL (as well as a minor count of having positive drug test for
You can find pictures taken after his court-martial, pictures from a
vigil/protest held in Ryan's behalf by local Augusta residents, and the
text of a statement that Ryan wrote while in prison for his supporters here.
Pictures taken shortly before Ryan turned himself into military control
in April 2008 can be found here.
One local press account of the pre-court-martial trial can be found here.
While the good news is that PFC Jackson will be out of military
prison soon, CPT Kenny (the JAG defense counsel who was part of the
defense team) and myself are still preparing to make a post-trial
relief clemency request from the Commanding General to seek to have the
Thanks to everyone who helped to get the word out about the case.
Also, Courage to Resist is still raising funds to cover Ryan's legal
expenses (they are still about $500 short) so donations would be very
welcome at www.couragetoresist.org/donate
Please also write PFC Jackson to encourage him to stand strong during
remaining weeks of unjust confinement. His address is:
Ryan Jackson; 1050 Remount Rd, Bldg 3107; Charleston SC
James Matthew Branum
Ryan should be out of the brig in time to
participate in the "GI Resistance" panel at the upcoming
Veterans for Peace National Convention and join a Courage to Resist