Courage to Resist announces a...
National Week of Letter Writing to
Show Support for War Resisters
March 16-23, 2009
Where: In your community (at your house, community center, religious space, etc.)
Organize a letter-writing party in your community to show support
for war resisters. Robin Long, recently deported from Canada, is
serving a 15-month sentence for refusing to fight in Iraq. Tony
Anderson is currently serving a 14-month sentencing for resisting
deployment to Iraq. Many more war resisters are sitting in prison for
refusing to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and countless more live with
that possibility. Several war resisters have been threatened with
deportation from Canada, and Chris Teske and Cliff Cornell have already
been forced to leave.
We are asking allies of the G.I. resistance movement to gather together to write:
- Letters of support to war resisters in prison, awaiting court martial, or seeking refuge in Canada
- Letters to the Canadian government
asking that war resisters be allowed to stay
- Letters to our own government demanding amnesty for war resisters
War Resister Letter-Writing Parties provide a concrete way to show
emotional support for war resisters and establish human connections
between civilian support networks and troops refusing to fight. The
idea is for a group of people to bring their community together to
write letters and to use the occasion to build awareness and solidarity
around the issue of G.I. resistance.
We are asking folks to organize their letter-writing events around
the sixth anniversary of the Iraq War so that we can take this somber
occasion to recognize the brave troops who refuse to fight: the people
who give us hope that an end to unjust war is possible.
Courage to Resist will provide you with all of the materials and
information you need to host your letter-writing party, including:
information and contact info of war resisters, template letters for
U.S. and Canadian governments, and literature about G.I. resistance.
If you are interested in organizing a letter-writing party, or if you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are happy to walk you through the process of organizing a
letter-writing party and brainstorm ways to tailor your event to the
needs of your community.
Here are a few of the folks we will be sending letters to:
Anthony Michael Anderson
PO Box 305
Fort Sill OK 73503-5305
Iraq War resister currently serving a 14-month sentence at the Fort Sill stockade. Expected release: November 2009
PO Box 452136
San Diego CA 92145-2136
Iraq War resister deported from Canada currently serving a 15-month sentence at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar brig. Expected release: July 2009
c/o Courage to Resist
484 Lake Park Ave #41
Oakland CA 94610
Iraq War resister currently pending court-martial at Fort Stewart, Georgia after returning from Canada.