RALLY: SUPPORT HART FAMILY & MATT LOWELL
In Toronto: THURSDAY OCTOBER 9th 4:30 - 6:00 PM corner of Queen St. & University Ave.(Osgoode subway) I
In London: THURSDAY OCTOBER 9th4:30 PM Wellington and York In Ottawa:THURSDAY OCTOBER 9th 12:00 PMIn front of Prime Minister's office8 0 Wellington at Elgin St.
In Vancouver: THURSDAY OCTOBER 9th 5:30-6:30 PM Canada Immigration offices 300 W. Georgia Street(corner of W. Georgia and Hamilton St.)
US Iraq war resister Patrick Hart and family told to leave CanadaWar resister Matt Lowell to get decision Thursday
On Wednesday, October 8th U.S. Iraq war resister Patrick Hart, his wifeJill and son Rian were told that they will be subject to deportation back to the United States if they do not leave the country by October 30.
War resister Matt Lowell, of London, Ontario, will get his decision on Thursday, October 9.
Former Sergeant Patrick Hart is a nine year veteran of the US military. Before Patrick's second deployment to the Middle East, where he was to serve in Iraq, he made the decision that he could no longer take part in an illegal and unwarranted military occupation. He and his family moved to Toronto in 2005 and are now settled and active members of their community.
Matt Lowell came to Canada in 2005 after leaving the US Army, where he was subjected to mal treatment by other soldiers due to his oppositionto the Iraq War.
He was also told that he would be severely punishedfor an earlier AWOL, from which he returned voluntarily after being assured he would be discharged.
Matt has a job in computer support, and has put down roots in Canada. War resisters Corey Glass and Jeremy Hinzman received negative decisions earlier this year and were both ordered to leave Canada.
However the Federal Court stayed their removal orders pending decisionson whether or not the Court will hear appeals in their cases.
Corey has been granted leave to appeal on November 21st. Jeremy will know soon whether his appeal will be heard.
These court rulings, and the motion passed by the House of Commons in June calling for an end to deportations of U.S. Iraq war resisters, clearly show there is majority support to let resisters stay.
We need to continue to press the Harper government to implement the June 3rd motion in the House of Commons, to stop the deportations and let all US Iraq war resisters stay in Canada.
LISTEN TO THE NATION: STOP THE DEPORTATIONS!