Last October, readers of JoS (and wmtc) donated $3,000 to buy a much-needed automobile for Tim and Cathy Baskin. I was never more happy to have this blog than when I read Tim's thank-you note.
Laura started another Fundable campaign -- here -- to cover some of the mounting legal fees incurred by US soldiers who have refused to violate international law and participate in the Iraq invasion and brutal, ongoing occupation. They left their old lives behind (in many cases, severing ties with relatives and friends) and came with their families to Canada looking to live in peace.
The majority of Canadian people believe these former soldiers should be allowed to stay in Canada. In June 2008, the Canadian Parliament passed a motion calling on the Government to allow the war resisters to stay. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his minority government ignored the motion.Amazingly, the $2,500 amount (which was chosen as a significant, but likely reachable, goal) was reached in only two weeks! The fund is now over $4,000!
Shamefully, Stephen Harper continues to ignore the will of the people and of Parliament. The Harper government is deporting war resisters, forcing them to return to the US. There, they will be court martialled, imprisoned and likely receive dishonourable discharges, the equivalent of a felony conviction, which will hinder their future opportunities -- forever.
Three US war resisters have already been deported. ... The War Resisters Support Campaign is fighting to keep US war resisters safe in Canada. Until a law is passed allowing them all to stay, we must fight each deportation in court. Even at the most discounted fees from lawyers sympathetic to our cause, we face thousands of dollars in mounting legal costs.
We are asking for your help. This is an all-volunteer campaign (in fact, volunteers often fund the campaign out of their own pockets). ...
Still, the campaign needs as much money as possible to continue to fight Harper's refusal to follow the democratic process. I know money is tight for most of you, but please consider donating as little as $10. Every cent of it will go directly to these court costs.
Donations will be accepted until March 25. Of course, the WRSC will accept donations after that date, too!
Thank you very much.