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LET THEM STAY
Participate in a week of action from March 15-22 to stop the deportation of Kimberly Rivera and her family


On March 26, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney threaten to deport US Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera and her family, against the will of Parliament. The week of March 16, Canadians will rally from coast to coast against the deportation.

Canada resisted the illegal Iraq war, a majority of Canadians support US Iraq war resisters, and Parliament passed a motion to stop deporting them and to let them stay. But Harper and Kenney have been defying democracy and deporting war resisters to punishment. They have already deported three US Iraq war resisters, including Robin Long—who was punished with 15 months jail separated from his infant son, followed by a lifelong felony conviction. Now Harper and Kenney threaten to deport war resister Kimberly Rivera and her family—husband Mario, 6 year old son Christian, 4 year old daughter Rebecca, and newborn Canadian daughter Katie--on March 26.

The week of March 16, while George Bush visits Canada on the 6th anniversary of his illegal war, Canadians from coast to coast will be calling on Harper and Kenney to stop the deportation of Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera and family. It is urgent that the majority of Canadians who support US Iraq war resisters act now.

Please check the listings below for events you can participate in.


National Events

See also Local events to find things planned for your city.

Monday, March 16: Letter-to-the-Editor Day
Send a letter to your local newspaper to support U.S. Iraq war resisters. Some points you can include:
- Canada refused to fight in Iraq and a majority of Canadians support US Iraq war resisters
- on June 3rd Parliament passed a motion to stop deporting war resisters and to let them stay
- Prime Minister Harper and Immigration Minister Kenney need to respect Parliament
- Canada should welcome war resisters, rather than welcoming war criminal George Bush

Tuesday, March 17: National Phone-In Day
While George Bush is in Calgary ( www.peoplevbush.ca.), phone or email the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Tell him that you want him to respect Canadian democracy and the Canadian Parliament by implementing the motion to stop deportation proceedings against U.S. Iraq war resisters and allow them to stay.

Contact info:

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)

Or email him at:
minister@cic.gc.ca or Kennej@parl.gc.ca

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: BevilM@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: chowo@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: StCyrT@parl.gc.ca


The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Phone: (613) 992-4211
E-mail: mailto:pm@pm.gc.ca


Wednesday, March 18: Leafletting Day
Choose a busy corner in your city and hand out leaflets in support of war resisters to help spread the word and involve more people. You can download a leaflet here.


Friday, March 20: Visit or call your local MP

Call or visit your local Member of Parliament's office and tell them you support war resisters. If your MP is a Conservative, tell them you want the government to implement the Parliamentary motion to stop the deportations of war resisters and let them stay in Canada.

If your MP is a member of one of the opposition parties, ask them to reaffirm their support for the motion and speak out publicly at this critical time against the deportations.



Events by City

To add events, please email resisters@sympatico.ca

Sarnia
Friday, March 13
11am - 1pm
Please join us for a protest outside of Pat Davidson's office (NE corner of Wellington and Finch, Sarnia) this Friday morning.

We will meet at Coffee Lodge at 10:30am before crossing the intersection to Davidson's.
Please join us if you can.


Toronto
Sunday, March 15
On the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war: three documentaries about U.S. soldiers resisting wars from Vietnam to Iraq, and seeking refuge in Canada.

* Paralells (10 min) two generations of war resisters
* Conscience of a Nation: Winter Soldier (30 min) 30 veterans in 30 minutes, eyewitness accounts of war
* Deserter (24 min) The journey of a resister couple fleeing the US to Canada

Followed by a discussion featuring war resisters.

Sunday March 15th, 2pm
Innis College, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George, south of Bloor)
Suggested donation $7 to 20

Wednesday, March 18
Vigil for US Iraq war resister Matt Lowell

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
180 Queen St. West (just west of University, Osgoode subway)

U.S. Iraq war resister Matt Lowell's case will be before the Federal Court for a judicial review of the negative decision in his application to stay in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Join war resisters and supporters for a vigil outside the court house in support of Matt.