Thursday, 22 May 2008

Then and Now

AMERICANS IN CANADA, VIETNAM WAR ERA (that's me in the middle)

As you can see from the above photo, I was more of a weekend hippie. In this picture, i had just come from a full day of college teaching.

Canada was so good to us during the Vietnam conflict. I don't know what would have happened to the men in our lives if Canada hadn't taken us in and let us stay -- especially with the U.S. draft in effect.

I am posting the following information even though it really has nothing to do directly with salliesART. Indirectly, Canada's attitude toward Vietnam "draft dodgers" did help to make me the kind of person I am today -- which includes the type of art I produce.

So, if you don't want to read about war resisters, stop here. Otherwise, read on and maybe even consider taking action. Technically, Corey is a deserter and the U.S. penalty for desertion is death -- although I don't think they have actually applied that penalty since 1945. So we will hope for the best!

Peace be with you all.

May 21 2008 For Immediate release


(TORONTO) – U.S. Iraq war resister Corey Glass was told today that his application to stay in Canada has been rejected and he now faces deportation.

Glass, 25, came to Canada in August 2006 after serving in Iraq as a Military Intelligence Sergeant. “What I saw in Iraq convinced me that the war is illegal and immoral. I could not in good conscience continue to take part in it,” said Glass. “I came here because Canada did not join the Iraq War. Also, I knew Canada had welcomed many Americans during the Vietnam War,” Glass stated.

It is estimated that several hundred Iraq War resisters are currently in Canada, many of them living underground.

“Corey Glass would be the first Iraq War resister to be deported from Canada. He would face imprisonment and severe penalties in the US,” said Lee Zaslofsky, coordinator of the War Resisters Support Campaign and a Vietnam War resister. “This goes against Canada’s tradition of welcoming Americans who disagree with policies like slavery and the Vietnam War.”

On December 6, 2007, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration called on the Canadian Government to “immediately implement a program to allow conscientious objectors and their immediate family members […] to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada; and … the government should immediately cease any removal or deportation actions … against such individuals.”

“The Government should implement that recommendation immediately,” said author Lawrence Hill. “Corey Glass had the courage to listen to his conscience. He is working hard to build a new life in this country. He should be allowed to stay.”

“We must not forget that the invasion of Iraq was a war justified only by lies, greed and stupidity for which permission was not sought nor granted to the Bush administration by the United Nations,” said Alexandre Trudeau, son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and director of the documentary film Embedded In Baghdad. “This outlaw war has ravaged the Iraqi landscape, destroyed tens of thousands of lives and sorely sapped the American treasury all while filling the coffers of profiteers.”

“Those Americans who served in Iraq and have come to Canada to avoid being pressed into further participation in the indignities of the American occupation there are brave men and women of principle who should be given a chance to become landed in Canada. Like many Vietnam draft dodgers before them, their heightened sense of morality and truth can only be a benefit to our nation,” Trudeau concluded.

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For more information please call Lee Zaslofsky at 416.598.1222 or Michelle Robidoux at 416.856.5008.

The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is Toronto's city-wide anti-war coalition, comprised of more than fifty labour, faith and community organizations, and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance.


Please donate! Send a cheque or money order payable to TCSW Canada to:TCSW, 427 Bloor St W, Box 13, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7

CALL LIBERAL LEADER St├ęphane Dion:613.996.6740 or 613.996.5789

Tell him you want the Liberal Party...• to support the Parliamentary motion to allow Iraq War resisters to remain in Canada,• to oppose the deportation of people of conscience who have resisted an illegal war, and• to support the will of the Canadian people, not Stephen Harper’s decision to deport war resisters, and not the U.S.’s war agenda.•

Let Them Stay!

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