7.09.2009

robin long released from prison today!

Today, at long last, war resister Robin Long becomes a free man. Or perhaps I should say, Robin will be released from military prison. Because in a very real sense, Robin has been a free man all along, because he followed his conscience.

During the year he has been in prison (he is being released slightly early for "good behaviour"), Robin has received a lot of support from peace activists in San Diego, and from Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans against the War. It's remarkable and so wonderful how the peace community embraced Robin, making sure he had visitors and morale support, and providing financial support both to Robin and his former partner (Robin's child's mother).

Nevertheless, Robin leaves prison with a long road ahead of him, and with few resources. In other words, he's flat broke.

Robin has been punished harshly for his opposition to the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. His principles have been tested in a way few of us will ever experience. It's my privilege as a peace activist to help him.

If you would like to make a contribution to Robin Long, to help him get started in the next phase of his life, you can send a cheque to:
VVAW
PO Box 2065, Station A,
Champaign, IL 61825-2065
Write "War Resister Fund / Robin Long" in the memo line.


If you do send a cheque (or check if you're USian), please email vvawinc@vvaw.org and let them know money is on the way. If you'd like to contribute but can't do it yet, email to say you are pledging a donation and will send it at whatever time.

8 comments:

Cornelia said...

Great news, yeah!!! Cool!! Yay!

bgk said...

Do you know if Robin Long will be returning to Canada?

L-girl said...

Robin very much wants to return to Canada.

First he's going to school in the US, for something that will help his employability.

Then he has to begin a process of being re-admitted. Because he is a deported person, and because he has a felony conviction, he will need a Minister's letter.

His former partner and her mother are beginning that process - they are going to sponsor him. A change of government will help too! By the time Robin is ready, we should have that. (We hope!!!)

Boyd M L Reimer said...

Quote: "Robin has been a free man all along, because he followed his conscience."

Laura, thank you so very, very much for phrasing it that way. I am touched very very deeply by your phrase, as I'm sure many, many of your readers are.

By the way, do you know what kind of press this is getting? Or what we can do to help with the press?

It would be good if the press would ask the "Minister" if he will be writing the necessary "letter" so that Robin can see his son in the most important formative years of the young child.

Could the family meet in the Peace Arches park in BC / Washington State --just like Paul Robeson did in 1952?

That act would make great press. (Paul Robeson drew 30,000 people there.)

L-girl said...

Boyd, thank you very much, as always, for your kind words and encouragement of my efforts.

I know some people are working on media but I don't know the details. If you want to help, I will put you in touch with someone who has ideas.

That story about the great Paul Robeson is amazing!

Cornelia said...

A change of Government would be great for that, actually! I don't think the Minister of Deportation would be helpful but his successor after he's sent packing might be way better!

L-girl said...

We are long, long overdue...

Boyd M L Reimer said...

The L.A. Times covered the story.