Rallies across Canada and U.S. to urge Parliament to let war resisters stay in Canada

    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - On Saturday, January 26, rallies will be held in
cities and towns across Canada to urge the House of Commons to adopt a
recommendation of its Committee on Citizenship and Immigration that would make
it possible for US Iraq War resisters to obtain permanent resident status in
    Supporters of the war resisters in Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury, London,
Thunder Bay, Saskatoon, Nelson, BC, Vancouver, and Victoria will also call on
Parliament to take urgent action to stop the possible deportations of four of
the war resisters, several with families. This step was also recommended by
the Standing Committee.
    On Friday, January 25, there will be demonstrations in the US, also aimed
at urging Canada to let the war resisters stay. In New York, Washington,
Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, supporters will gather
outside Canadian consulates to show support for the war resisters in Canada.
"We believe it is urgent for Parliament to take action in line with the
recommendation of the Standing Committee," said Lee Zaslofsky, coordinator of
the War Resisters Support Campaign. "Canadians would be deeply upset if their
government forces any of the war resisters to go back to the US, where they
would face imprisonment because they decided they would not take part in the
Iraq War."
    As well as the events on January 26, other events are planned in Halifax,
NS, on January 29 and one was held in Grand Forks, BC, on Thursday (Jan. 24).
    "It's great that people all across Canada and the US are coming out to
show support for the war resisters," said Patrick Hart, a former sergeant in
the US Army who came to Canada in 2005 with his family. "My family could be
told we have to go back to the States anytime now. We just want to be able to
live here in peace and raise our son, Rian. We hope that the politicians will
let us do that."

    War resisters will be available for comment on January 26.

    Please contact us to arrange.

    Visit www.resisters.ca for details on events in Canada or
www.couragetoresist.org for information on US events.

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Robidoux, (416) 856-5008 (cell); Lee
Zaslofsky, (416) 598-1222 or (416) 369-0864

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