Support US war resisters
As you may know, a pair of American soldiers have escaped to
While Canada has manifestly been a willing participant in UK and US imperialisms throughout its short history, not to mention the author of its own genocidal internal colonialism of natives and oppression of the French-speaking minority, it is true that historically Canada has offered refuge to many escaping American barbarism and war - from the Underground Railroad offering freedom to slaves in the last century to the thousands of Americans avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War.
From the War Resisters Support Campaign website:
During the period of 1965-1973 more than 50,000 draft-age Americans made their way to
Once again, in the middle of another American military adventure, there are Americans who have looked northward for refuge, but this time, the Canadian government, eager to get back into US good books, is not as welcoming as it was forty years ago.
There are currently at least two young people who have made their way to
Where historically Americans war resisters were welcomed to
To support the two, and any others who bravely make their way to Canada at risk of court martial, jail or even being sentenced to death (still the punishment for American deserters), a group of prominent Canadians, including Naomi Klein, David Cronenburg, David Suzuki, June Callwood, Heather Mallick, and Buzz Hargrove, as well as the Canadian Labour Congress, the Quakers, the International Socialists and other on-the-ground anti-war activists have formed the War Resisters Support Campaign, which is calling on the Canadian government to protect them from American persecution and offer them sanctuary in the country.
The group has set up a petition calling on the government to do just this. If you are a Canadian reader, I encourage you to sign and, if you can, get involved with the campaign more broadly. Other activities the group will be organising will be on the campaign website in the coming weeks. If you are not Canadian, I would ask that you please take the time to write a short letter to the Canadian embassy in your country. I will be doing what I can here in
[I couldn't help, however, noting that the press release on the Campaign website includes the United Empire Loyalists in its list of those Americans who have historically sought refuge in