UPDATE: Appeal for Joshua Key

by Peace Alliance Winnipeg

Great news! Since this appeal was issued on January 3rd, we have learned that Josh has been informed he will be permitted to work and that he will be eligible for health care. While this is welcome news, it does nothing to alleviate the immediate financial difficulties Josh and his family face. So if you can spare a bit of cash, please do. Read on for details.

Jan. 17, 2011: Joshua Key addresses a group in Winnipeg during Let Them Stay Week, a national campaign to allow war resisters to remain in Canada. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Jan. 17, 2011: Joshua Key addresses a group in Winnipeg during Let Them Stay Week, a national campaign to allow war resisters to remain in Canada. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Until the end of January 2016, Peace Alliance Winnipeg will be collecting donations at our web site to support American Iraq war resister Joshua Key and his family. To make an on-line donation, please click on the “Donate” icon on the right hand side of this page and follow the directions. Add the word “Joshua” to the notes section.

Background

As many of you know, rather than continue to be a part of the illegal invasion of Iraq, Joshua deserted the US military in 2004 and sought refugee status in Canada. Josh has paid a high price for this brave act. He faces prison if he returns to the United States. Until very recently, the Canadian government has refused to allow him to work or have public health insurance. He struggles with post traumatic stress disorder and chronic back problems.

Because Joshua has been unable to work, he and his wife and four children depend on the kindness of extended family and friends for basic necessities. Money is always tight and this month they are unable to pay the rent.

resisters.ca logoThis is why we are asking for your help. No amount is too small and every penny is needed. Please share what you can.

You can learn more about Iraq war resisters in Canada by reading this factsheet.

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

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