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| September 25, 2012

U.S. veterans call on Canada to let war resister Kim Rivera stay

We are writing you on behalf of thousands of military veterans in the United States who believe that Kimberly Rivera and her family should be allowed to remain in Canada.

As a U.S. soldier, Kimberly Rivera spent six months in Iraq where she witnessed the injustice caused by illegal U.S. war. Home on leave in the U.S., she decided that she could not in good conscience continue to be part of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Kimberly Rivera drove to Canada hoping to find a safe haven for herself, her husband, and their two young children.

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Prominent Canadians to Jason Kenney: Let Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera stay in Canada

TORONTO—With less than two days left before Kimberly Rivera and her family, including two Canadian children, must leave Canada or be deported, supporters of the US Iraq War resister are calling on Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to stop delaying and make a decision on the Rivera family’s three-year-old application to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds (H&C).

As of Tuesday morning, nearly 19,000 people had signed a petition urging Minister Kenney to grant the Rivera family's H&C application.

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Activists call for immigration reform at Democratic National Convention

Immigration activists in Hempstead, Long Island. Photo: longislandwins/Flickr

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—As the Democratic National Convention was gavelled into session Tuesday, outside in the rain, in the paramilitarized heart of Charlotte, democracy in its finest form found expression. Democracy, that is, if you believe that it's built on a foundation of grassroots movements: the abolitionist struggle, the fight for women's suffrage, the civil-rights movement. In this city, where one of the first lunch counter sit-ins against segregation occurred, 10 undocumented immigrants blocked an intersection, risking arrest and possible deportation while calling on President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party to embrace the immigrant-rights movement and pass meaningful immigration reform.

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| August 2, 2012

How Jason Kenney misrepresents equality to justify refugee health cuts

Sheetal Pathak, Projet Genèse - Health Care for all (Photo: scottmontreal / flickr)

It has been over a week since the cuts to the 55-year-old Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) took effect, leaving refugees and refugee claimants without essential health care services and medication. These changes have affected children as well as seniors and adults, and have put the lives of vulnerable people in this country at risk.

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