I wanted to draw your attention to two items of interest.
First, CFSC is present at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which meets for two weeks in New York in May. Jennifer Preston (staff), Monica Walters-Field (former CFSC board member), and Don Alexander (current CFSC board member) are there over this time period. They are producing posts that are being posted on the website. You can get them by visiting the main page – www.quakerservice.ca. There are also a couple of videos posted on our Canadian Friends Service Committee Facebook page that are worth watching.
Second, today, May 15th, is International Conscientious Objectors Day – below is an action request from the War Resisters Support Campaign for your attention. In addition, we are anticipating a broader statement of support for the US war resisters – an announcement will be on the main page of the website tomorrow after 9 am. Visit www.quakerservice.ca to find out who and what was said.
Warm regards and Friendship,
Orion Jane Orion Smith
General Secretary, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
LET THEM STAY!
Celebrate International Day for Conscientious Objection by calling on the government to rescind Operational Bulletin 202 Actions for all Canadian supporters – please see below!
Dear supporters of U.S. war resisters in Canada, Tuesday, May 15 is the International Day for Conscientious Objection. On that day, we will call for the elimination of Immigration Minister Kenney’s Operational Bulletin 202. OB202 directs immigration officers to refer the cases of all U.S. war resisters to their superior officers, and it has stopped the progress of war resisters’ cases, even when the courts have ruled in their favour.
*** Supporters all over Canada:
- on May 15, please email Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and your own Member of Parliament.Click on this link to do this in one step! Your email will also be sent to the relevant Opposition leaders and critics. You may edit and personalize the letter if you wish.
*** Supporters in the Toronto area:
- Please join us for an evening of letter-writing at the United Steelworkers Hall on Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. We will write, email, fax, and tweet Jason Kenney. We’ll have a campaign update and light refreshments will be served.
- please spread the word to your own networks! May 15: International Day for Conscientious Objection: Rescind OB202! Thank you for all you do on behalf of U.S. war resisters and on behalf of peace. War Resisters Support Campaign www.resisters.ca