March 10, 2009

U.S. Military Deserters in Canada

From the story, "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country." By Megan Feldman. Photos by Ian Willms.
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Kim Rivera, the first female Iraq war deserter to seek refuge in Canada, shows her newfound anti-war stance through buttons on her purse.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
Kim Rivera, the first female Iraq war deserter to seek refuge in Canada, shows her newfound anti-war stance through buttons on her purse.

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Rivera and her children, Christian, 6, and Rebecca, 4, are waiting for Canada’s high courts to review the government’s denial of their asylum application. Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
Rivera and her children, Christian, 6, and Rebecca, 4, are waiting for Canada’s high courts to review the government’s denial of their asylum application.

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Rivera waits for a streetcar in Toronto.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
Lee Zaslofsky, a Brooklyn-born Vietnam deserter who runs the Toronto-based War Resisters Support Campaign, protests the deportation of American deserters.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
Lee Zaslofsky, a Brooklyn-born Vietnam deserter who runs the Toronto-based War Resisters Support Campaign, protests the deportation of American deserters.

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Ryan Johnson, a deserter from California formerly stationed at Fort Irwin, hopes to get asylum in Canada.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
Ryan Johnson, a deserter from California formerly stationed at Fort Irwin, hopes to get asylum in Canada.

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Ryan Johnson, a resister from California, rallies at a War Resisters Support Campaign 
demonstration at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
Ryan Johnson, a resister from California, rallies at a War Resisters Support Campaign demonstration at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

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A handful of American Iraq War deserters hold signs at a Toronto demonstration, asking that Canada grant them shelter from what they say is an illegal and immoral war.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
A handful of American Iraq War deserters hold signs at a Toronto demonstration, asking that Canada grant them shelter from what they say is an illegal and immoral war.

Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
The documentary short Deserter, about Ryan Johnson’s decision to leave his post at Fort Irwin, California and flee to Canada, plays at the War Resisters Support Campaign office in Toronto.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
The documentary short Deserter, about Ryan Johnson’s decision to leave his post at Fort Irwin, California and flee to Canada, plays at the War Resisters Support Campaign office in Toronto.

Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
Ryan Johnson, who left his post at Fort Irwin, California and fled with his wife to Canada, speaks to a group of supporters at  the screening of the documentary, Deserter, at the War Resisters Support Campaign offices in Toronto.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
Ryan Johnson, who left his post at Fort Irwin, California and fled with his wife to Canada, speaks to a group of supporters at the screening of the documentary, Deserter, at the War Resisters Support Campaign offices in Toronto.

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Air Force deserter Dale Landry (left) and Army deserter Ryan  
Johnson ride the streetcar in Toronto.Read "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country."
By Ian Willms
Air Force deserter Dale Landry (left) and Army deserter Ryan Johnson ride the streetcar in Toronto.

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