|Nationwide Protests at
Canadian Consulates Wednesday
Stop the deportation of Corey Glass and all war
Vigils and delegations this Wednesday, July 9th in 13 U.S.
cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis,
Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Dallas, Chicago,
and Washington, DC. Details
Military veterans, religious leaders and peace
activists will convene on Canadian Consulates to protest the planned
deportation of AWOL GIs back to the U.S., where they would face court
martial, imprisonment and dishonorable discharges. Please join
In a landmark vote on June 3rd, 2008, the House of Commons called on
the Canadian government to “immediately implement a program to allow
conscientious objectors… who have refused or left military service
related to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations… to apply for
permanent resident status and remain in Canada.” The motion, which
passed 137-110, also called for an immediate halt to planned
deportations. But the minority Conservative government of Prime
Minister Stephen Harper says it will ignore the non-binding motion and
begin to deport the war resisters as soon as this month. In contrast, a
new Angus Reid national poll found that a majority 64% of Canadians
want Canada to grant permanent residence status to U.S. Iraq war
Iraq war veteran Corey Glass, 25, who was a sergeant in the Indiana
National Guard, was told in mid-May that his application to stay in
Canada for “humanitarian and compassionate” reasons has been
Canadian authorities ordered Glass to leave Canada by July 10 or face
deportation. Glass would be the first Iraq War resister to be deported.
At least eight other AWOL GIs could be facing the same fate in the near
On July 4, the Canadian Federal Court ordered the
Immigration and Refugee Board to take another look at Joshua Key's refugee
claim. Joshua and family pictured above.
Regarding his position, Glass says: "I signed up for the National
Guard to ... do humanitarian work, filling sandbags if there was a
hurricane… I should have been in New Orleans, not Iraq."
Elliott Adams, the
national president of Veterans For
Peace, will visit the Canadian
Embassy in Washington
to deliver an Open
Letter to the Canadian People and their Government. While
thanking the Canadian people and
Parliament for “the courage and compassion you have shown our young
and war resisters,” the letter directs some strong words to the
Courage To Resist organizer Jeff Paterson says the war resister
support group has sent 10,000 letters to the Canadian government over
the last nine months on behalf of concerned Americans. Paterson, a former
Marine who refused to deploy to the Gulf War, applauded the
recent vote in Canada’s Parliament. “The voices of people in
the U.S. are having a real effect on Canadian policy. The troops who
have courageously refused to be part of an illegal war deserve a safe
haven. We hope that the Canadian government will do the right
- San Francisco CA - Noon to 1pm - 580 California St
Sponsored by Courage to Resist. Info: 510-488-3559; courage (at)
- Seattle WA - Noon to 1pm - 1501 4th Ave (map).
Sponsored by Project Safe
Haven. Info: 206-499-1220; projectsafehaven (at) hotmail.com
- Dallas TX - 3pm - 750 North St Paul St (map).
Sponsored by North Texas for Justice and Peace. Info: 214-718-6362;
hftomlinson (at) riseup.net
- New York City NY - Noon to 1pm - 1251 Avenue of the
Sponsored by War Resisters
League. Info: 212-228-0450; wrl (at) warresisters.org
- Philadelphia PA - 11:30am to 12:30pm - 1650 Market St
Sponsored by Payday Network.
Info: 215-848-1120; payday (at) paydaynet.org
- Minneapolis MN - Noon to 1pm - 701 Fourth Ave S (map).
Info: jrkilgour (at) yahoo.com
- Los Angeles CA - Noon to 1pm - 550 South Hope St (map). Sponsored by Progressive Democrats LA. Info: pdlavote
- Boston MA - 2pm - Copley Square Park (map);
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace (Boston Chapter); Contact info: nateg (at)
- Phoenix AZ - Noon to 1pm - 2415 East Camelback Rd (map).
Sponsored by Women in Black Phoenix and End the War Coalition (azpeace.org)
- Denver CO - Noon - 1625 Broadway (map).
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace Denver. Info: 303-762-8408; spexx (at)
- Miami FL - 200 South Biscayne Blvd (map).
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace Miami. Info regarding delegation:
VetsForPeace (at) the-beach.net
- Chicago IL - Noon - 180 North Stetson Ave (map).
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chicago. Info: bobgronko (at)
- Washington DC - Time TBA - 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace. Info: TB
Participating groups in delegations and vigils Include:
Resist; Veterans for Peace; Project Safe Haven; Interfaith Communities
United for Justice and Peace; War Resisters League; Iraq Veterans
Against the War - Minnesota and Atlanta Chapters; United for Peace and
Justice; Raging Grannies; Payday men’s network; North Texas for
and Peace; Women in Black – Phoenix; Progressive Democrats of L.A.
Efforts in collaboration with War Resisters
Support Campaign (Canada)