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Help stop the war... Support of U.S. war resisters currently seeking sanctuary Canada. What you can do today:
1. Attend or organize an event on January 25-26
2. Sign the "Dear Canada" letter (if you have not already)
3. Hold a house party to show "Breaking Ranks"
4. Use these resources to get friends involved

January 25-26 U.S.-Canada Actions
On Friday, Jan. 25, community members will hold vigils and delegations to Canadian Consulates in Washington D.C., NYC, Seattle, SF, LA and elsewhere.

"Army of None" Pacific Northwest Tour
Co-author David Solnit and Seattle Chapter President of Iraq Veterans Against the War Chanan Suarez Diaz at events this week in Tacoma, Olympia, and Vancouver BC.

Oakland, CA Benefit Book Release Event Jan. 17
Col. Ann Wright (ret.) presents her new book "Dissent: Voices of Conscience" with special guests Daniel Ellsberg and Cindy Sheehan at Oakland, CA Courage to Resist benefit.


Support GI Resistance!

jan25-26Help stop the war... support the troops with the courage to resist

Join and support January 25 vigils and delegations in support of U.S. war resisters currently seeking sanctuary Canada. Actions are being planned in Washington D.C., New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Supporters will meet with officials at Canadian Consulates across the United States in order underscore that many Americans hope that the Canadian Parliament votes (possible as early as February) in favor of a provision to allow war resisters to remain. Download and distribute Jan. 25-26 action leaflet (PDF).

Supporting the war resisters in Canada is a concrete way to demonstrate your support of the troops who refuse to fight. Help end the war by supporting the growing GI resistance movement today!

The following day, Saturday, January 26, the War Resisters Support Campaign (Canada) has called for a Canada-wide mobilization to ensure that deportation proceedings against U.S. war resisters cease immediately, and to support a sanctuary provision.

US war resisters gather after hearing victory in Ottawa 12/6/07. Photo: Lori Hurlebaus / Courage to Resist

Today the fate of approximately 200 U.S. war resisters in Canada is at a very critical juncture. Your support can make a difference. Let the Canadian government know that you support U.S. servicemembers that are taking a stand against the Iraq war. They should not deported to face prosecution for following their conscience and upholding international law.

On December 6, Courage to Resist organizers attended a meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of the House of Commons in Ottawa that adopted a motion that was a critical victory for Iraq War resisters seeking sanctuary. It’s now possible that the full House of Commons may vote on this resolution as early as February. However, in the meantime, deportation is becoming a real possibility for some of the resisters. It is critical to build momentum in the wake of this important first victory.

In the United States, supporters are encouraged to join or organize delegations of concerned community members to visit local Canadian Consulates across the country on Friday, January 25. Additionally, supporters are urged to hold house parties, vigils or other public events that day, or the following day Saturday, January 26 in support of war resisters.

Sign the letter “Dear Canada: Let U.S. War Resisters Stay!” Image

Courage to Resist has sent thousands of International First-Class letters to Canadian officials on behalf of people living in the U.S. in support of the war resisters since November. We’ve also collected thousands of petitions. These will be delivered to the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco on January 25. If you have not already done so, please sign the letter online today.

In the past few years, tens of thousands of service members have resisted illegal war and occupation in a number of different ways—by going AWOL, seeking conscientious objector status and/or a discharge, asserting the right to speak out against injustice from within the military, and for a relative few, publicly refusing to fight.

While there are those who would like to dismiss war resisters as "cowards," the reality is that it takes exceptional courage to resist unjust, illegal, and/or immoral orders. For many resisters, it was their first-hand experiences as occupation troops that compelled them to take a stand.

Host an event or house party in your community Image

Gathering friends for a showing of the new film "Breaking Ranks" is a easy way to have a discussion and take action by writing letters to Canadian officials urging them to let U.S. war resisters stay. Handwritten letters can have a great impact, but you can also sign the letter on-line or download and mail the letter yourself . Visit our Canada campaign resources page for organizer kits, sample letter, posters, and more.

After you've signed the letter online or mailed your own letter urging Canadian officials to "Let U.S. war resisters stay!" write letters of support to the courageous resisters in Canada.

Send letter of support to resister via:
War Resisters Support Campaign
Box 13, 427 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 CANADA


January 25-26 Events: "Let Them Stay!"

There is still time to organize a delegation to a Canadian Consulate near you or hold vigils or other public events that day, or the following day Saturday, January 26 in support of war resisters.

Let us know what you are planning. Send events to

Friday January 25

canada consulate
Keith Mather, David Solnit, Father Louis Vitale, Steve Grossman, Gerry Condon, Jacqueline Cabasso, Jeff Paterson, Evangeline Mix comprise similar delegation to Canadian Consulate on 5/15/06 in San Francisco. Photo Bill Carpenter

Consulate General of Canada
580 California Street, San Francisco
(four blocks north of Montgomery St BART)
Noon to 1 pm vigil, 1 pm delegation
Sponsored by Courage to Resist
Info: , 510-488-3559

Consulate General of Canada
550 South Hope Street, Los Angeles
(at Sixth Street next to the LA Public Library)
10am delegation
Sponsored by Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace

Consulate General of Canada
1251 Avenue of the Americas, New York City
12pm-2pm vigil
Sponsored by War Resisters League and Iraq Veterans Against the War-NYC
Info: , 212-228-0450

Consulate General of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
(at Constitution Ave)
3 pm rally
Sponsored by DECOI, Iraq Veterans Against the War-DC, Veterans for Peace Phillip Berrigan Memorial Chapter and Courage to Resist
View and print event 8.5"x11" event PDF

Consulate General of Canada
1501 4th Ave.
Sponsored by Project Safe Haven
Contact for details:

ImageSaturday January 26

1pm Rally
Bloor Street United Church
300 Bloor Street West (Spadina or St. George subway)
Sponsored by War Resisters Support Campaign
Info: 416.598.1222 or visit


"Army of None" Pacific Northwest Tour Underway

army of none
New book by Courage to Resist organizer David Solnit and Gulf War objector Aimee Allison

"Army of None: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End War, and Build a Better World" - A new book by Courage to Resist organizer David Solnit and Gulf War objector Aimee Allison.

David Solnit and the President of the Seattle Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War Chanan Suarez Diaz will be touring the Pacific Northwest January 10 through 20 doing events, outreach and organizing. Please meet with them. Let's make plans to help stop the war by supporting GI resistance!

Thursday, January 10 - Tacoma, WA
12 noon at South Puget Sound Community College

Info: David Hyde, or 206-778-0650

Thursday, January 10 - Tacoma, WA
6:30 - 8:30 pm event with a radical folksinger Jes Karper
One Heart Café
, 604 Fawcett Ave (right next to The Grand theater)
Info: Tom McCarthy,

Friday, January 11 - Olympia, WA
6:30 pm at the Black Box
of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, January 15 - Vancouver, BC
7:00 pm at the Maritime Labour Centre
, 111 Victoria Dr.
Sponsor: Stop the War Coalition
Info: Derrick O'Keefe,, 604-271-4764

Wednesday, January 16 - Victoria, BC
Info: Derrick O'Keefe,, 604-271-4764
Thursday, January 17 - Portland, OR
Friday, January 18 - Portland, OR

Info: Katie Heald,, 703-859-0038
Saturday Jan 19 - Corvallis, OR
Info: Rebecca Michelin,, 541-829-3379
Sunday Jan 20 - Eugene, OR
Info: Phil Weaver, 541-343-8548,

For more information and to order the Army of None:


Oakland, CA benefit with Col. Ann Wright (ret.)

ann wrightA Courage to Resist benefit book release event with author...

Colonel Ann Wright (ret.)
"Dissent: Voices of Conscience"

With event special guests Daniel Ellsberg and Cindy Sheehan

January 17

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

First Congregational Church of Oakland. 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, California (map)
(at 27th Street—across from the new Whole Foods Market)

Join us to celebrate the release of Col. Wright's new book Dissent: Voices of Conscience (Koa Books, January 2008). Following the event, this book will also be available from Courage to Resist. More info