“Dear Canada, Let U.S. War Resisters Stay!”
Sign the appeal online—we'll mail the letters for you.

canada1. Sign the letter online
Courage to Resist volunteers will send three letters on your behalf to key Canadian officials by international first class mail.

"I am writing from the United States to ask you to make a provision for sanctuary for the scores of U.S. military servicemembers currently in Canada, most of whom have traveled to your country in order to resist fighting in the Iraq War. Please let them stay in Canada..."

The complete letter (below) includes important background and current information about our resisters in Canada. Also, visit our "Dear Canada" campaign resources page for additional information and ways to get involved.

2. Encourage friends to sign online
Send your own action alert to friends and family. Distribute the "Dear Canada" campaign PDF leaflet at events—it contains much of the information included in this email. Recommend that your favorite anti-war community group forward this appeal to their supporters. Display “Dear Canada” image buttons and banners on your website.

postcards3. Help collect signatures
Download and print the "Dear Canada" PDF petition (11”x14”) and/or the "Dear Canada" PDF letter. After collecting signatures, just mail the completed letters and petitions back to us. We'll print and send the letters to Canada—and we’ll send each signer a thank you note.

4. Distribute postcards
Order "Dear Canada" postcards for local organizing and outreach. Each set of 3 postcards is pre-addressed with a brief message to a Canadian official. Twenty sets of postcards (60 cards total) are available for only $10.

5. Donate
Consider a donation to Courage to Resist so that we can continue sending these letters regardless of signers ability to contribute. Each set of letters costs us over $2.50 to produce and mail, so we’re counting on friends such as you to make ends meet. We're just getting started and we’re already mailing the first 1,500 letters (sample PDF) to Canada today!

wrscAlso, please consider donating to War Resisters Support Campaign (Canada) to directly “help U.S. war resisters in need and to continue to build a national campaign to ensure that the Canadian government will make a provision for U.S. war resisters to stay in Canada.” For more information, and to donate: www.resisters.ca

6. Write your own letter
Feel free to use the letter below as a starting point for a more personalized appeal from you, your church, union, or organization.

Dear Hon. ________________

I am writing from the United States to ask you to make a provision for sanctuary for the scores of U.S. military servicemembers currently in Canada, most of whom have traveled to your country in order to resist fighting in the Iraq War.

Please let them stay in Canada.

When more than 50,000 Americans refused to fight in Vietnam by immigrating to Canada, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau declared, “[They] have my complete sympathy, and indeed our political approach has been to give them access to Canada. Canada should be a refuge from militarism.”

Today Canada again faces the moral choice of whether to give refuge to resisters of an unjust war. Immigrating to Canada is much harder now, so war resisters are seeking refugee status in accord with United Nations guidelines, “Soldiers who refuse to fight in wars that are widely condemned by the international community as contrary to standards of human conduct should be considered as refugees.”

The Canadian Refugee Board, however, has refused to hear arguments that the war in Iraq is illegal, and it continues to reject these claims.

Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey, the first two U.S. objectors to apply, are now appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Robin Long nearly became the first war resister to be deported. We are thankful that Canadian immigration officials have put his deportation on hold. However, he and other U.S. war resisters still face deportation—even before a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Regardless of the decisions of the Refugee Board or the courts, the Canadian government should not become party to the persecution of war resisters. If forced back to the U.S., soldiers of conscience face years of incarceration and stigmatizing discharges. Although unlikely, even the death penalty remains as a possible penalty for desertion in wartime under the U.S. military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice!

Nearly two of three Canadians are in favor of U.S. war resisters being allowed to stay according to a recent poll, and of course many wonderful Canadians have opened their homes and their hearts to our war resisters. Please continue Canada’s rich tradition of being a refuge from militarism.

I ask that the Canadian government demonstrate its commitment to international law—despite my own government’s shortcomings. I seek your assurance that U.S. war resisters will not be forced to leave Canada.



Send appeals to:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2, CANADA
Fax: 613-941-6900 | pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Diane Finley
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1, CANADA

Stéphane Dion, Liberal Party
81 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6M8, CANADA
Phone: 613-996-5789 | dion.s@parl.gc.ca

“Dear Canada, Let U.S. War Resisters Stay!”
Add your name today: www.couragetoresist.org/canada