Dear Canada: Stop the deportation of
Kimberly Rivera, Iraq War veteran turned resister
1. Hold a vigil at a Canadian consulate near you next Tuesday, September 18th, to ask the Canadian government to "Let Kimberly and all war resisters stay in Canada!". Here's a list of Canadian Government Offices in the US.
San Francisco, join supporters at the Canadian consulate on Tuesday, September 18th from Noon to 2pm, at 580 California Street.
2. Check the War Resisters Support Campaign (Canada) for breaking news: resisters.ca
3. Sign WRSC's change.org petition for Kimberly.
Kimberly Rivera is a US soldier who fled to Canada after she became
disillusioned with the Iraq War in 2007. Kimberly, who lives in Toronto with her
family, went to Canada to avoid a second tour in
Iraq. She had
initially arrived while on leave but then applied for refugee status from the Canadian government. Kimberly
grew to oppose the Iraq war while she was taking part in it. She is
currently appealing a Canadian court ruling that would have her deported to the US by
next Thursday, September 20th. She faces up to five years in military prison if returned to the US.
A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the Canadian federal
government does not believe the US subjects its soldiers to
persecution. "Military deserters from the United States are not genuine
refugees under the internationally accepted meaning of the term," said
Alexis Pavlich, the minister's press secretary, in an email.
Rivera is also considering asking the government to delay her deportation while
her humanitarian and compassionate grounds application is still being weighed.
"My biggest fear is being separated from my children and having to sit in
a prison for politically being against the war in Iraq," Kimberly Rivera
declared during a
recent press conference in Toronto.