There are tons of stuff going on in Resisterville these days. We could hear any minute about whether the Riveras can stay safely in Canada for a while longer, or whether Jason Kenney & Co. will successfully force them out. The Hart family is cleared until April 27. We also may soon hear about the Hinzmans.
There are many opportunities coming up to support the war resisters, and to support peace and justice generally. I'll be away next week (March 9-13), then cranking out a writing assignment the week after (March 16-23). This undoubtedly means I'll miss a lot of daily updates, so here's a look ahead.
March 7: International Women's Day 2009
In Toronto, the theme of IWD 2009 is Good Jobs & Dignity For All. Join a rally at 11:00 a.m. and a march at 1:00 p.m. Info here.
LET THEM STAY WEEK II: March 15-22, which coincides with the 6th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq
March 15: War Resister Film Event in Toronto
Three short films and a discussion featuring both Vietnam and Iraq war resisters.
2:00 p.m., Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George, south of Bloor). Suggested donation $7 to 20
March 17: National Call-In Day. Tell Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney to Stop The Deportations and Let Them Stay!
March 17: Welcome war resisters, not war criminals! Former Resident Bush visits Calgary. Be part of the welcoming committee: info here.
March 18: War resister Matt Lowell's federal court hearing to request leave to appeal the negative decision in his H&C application. Join us for a morning vigil and to observe the hearing if you can.
In front of 180 Queen Street West, 8:30 a.m. vigil, 9:30 a.m. hearing.
March 19-20: Call, email and visit your MP. Tell them you want the government to stop deporting US war resisters and to implement the motion to let them stay, now!
March 21-22: Student Assembly Against War and Racism. Info here.
March 25: Deadline for War Resister Legal Defense Fundable Campaign. Give!
March 29: In London, Ontario, the Second Annual War Resisters Benefit Concert in support of local war resisters
At the London Music Club, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Featuring Music By The Elemeno Peas, Jealous Reign, Lionel Lodge, Rhythm & Opinion, and others. Info here.
March 30: George Galloway will be speaking in Toronto, to benefit the Canadian Peace Alliance.
I can't believe I am going to miss this event! This is the week I visit my mom and other family and friends in New York and New Jersey. Damn. I don't have details yet, but it's a great opportunity to hear from a steadfast supporter of peace and justice. Hopefully ALlan will go and take notes.
April 4: Global Day of Action during NATO Summit
In the US, there will be a huge mobilization in New York City.
Across Canada, there will demonstrations calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan. Check the Canadian Peace Alliance for info.
April 4 is also an annual Refugee Rights Day. 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Refugee Convention in Canada.
April 4 is also the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every one of these events and anniversaries cries Stop The Deportations! and Let Them Stay!