Support War Resisters
Here is latest news on those defending America by resisting the war, and how you can help them:
- This month, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear appeals from U.S. war resisters Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey seeking refuge in Canada. Click here for more background information: http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/544/1/
- Also in November, a U.S. federal court granted a preliminary injunction in favor of Lt. Ehren Watada, preventing a second court-martial from proceeding! Charges had been re-filed against Lt. Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq, in Feb. 2007, following a mistrial called during his first court-martial despite the defense's objections. The Army was proceeding with a second court-martial, even though Lt. Watada's appeal based on double jeopardy was still pending.
- Conscientious objector Agustín Aguayo has decided to appeal the two felonies on his record to the U.S. Supreme Court. He returned home on May 18, 2007, after serving 7 months of an 8-month sentence for desertion and missing a movement of his unit.
Courage to Resist is urging people in the U.S. to sign their “Dear Canada: Let US War Resisters Stay” appeal, which will be sent to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley, and Stéphane Dion, Liberal Party. Click here to sign the appeal: http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/499/1/
The appeal letter begins: "I am writing from the United States to ask you to make a provision for sanctuary for the scores of U.S. military servicemembers currently in Canada, most of whom have traveled to your country in order to resist fighting in the Iraq War. Please let them stay in Canada..." Click here (and scroll down) to view the full text of the letter: http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/499/89/
Find out the latest developments in Lt. Watada's case and how you can help: http://www.thankyoult.org/
Click here to find out how you can support Aguayo and his family: http://www.aguayodefense.org/
More resources, including postcards, petitions, etc. can be downloaded and ordered here: http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/520/89/