Canada Bars Entry to US Peacemakers:

On October 4, 2007 CODEPINK: Women for Peace cofounder Medea Benjamin and Retired Colonel/diplomat Ann Wright were denied entry to Canada because they have engaged in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against the war in Iraq. The Canadian border officials said the women’s names appeared on an FBI criminal database and that anyone convicted of a criminal offense, including a minor misdemeanor for peace and social justice, was “inadmissible.” We call on the FBI to stop including minor non-violent offenses on a database meant for serious crimes. We call on the Canadian government to reverse its policy and extend a warm welcome to U.S. peacemakers and other social activists who use the time-honored tradition of engaging in civil disobedience as a way to change unjust policies.  Click here to sign a petition to the Canadian government to reverse its policy. 

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