From the Winnipeg Free Press
July 5, 2008
THREE Canadian peace lobby groups are organizing a Winnipeg prayer vigil next week in support of Iraq war resister Corey Glass. He is a U.S. National Guard member who served in Iraq for five months in 2005, and fled to Canada after going home on a two-week leave. Glass is due to be deported from Canada July 10.
Several hundred people from Christian Peacemaker Teams, Mennonite Church Canada, and the Mennonite Central Committee are expected to pray in support of Glass at a lunchtime vigil that day at the Canadian Mennonite University campus in Tuxedo.
“We have a history of conscientious objection to war,” said Esther Epp-Tiessen, peace program co-ordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee, explaining the vigil is for Glass and other Iraq war resisters in Canada. “We’re hoping that the government will make provisions for them to remain in Canada and apply for permanent residence from within Canada.”