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CANADA: Let war resisters stay!

by Ruth/Bill (info [at] raginggrannies.com)
***IT TAKES COURAGE TO RESIST***
**IT TAKES A GREAT NATION TO TAKE A STAND**

Members of the Raging Grannies Action League stood in the rain in front of the Canadian Consulate with COURAGE TO RESIST in San Francisco.

The Grannies sang songs written for the occasion while in major cities throughout the US and Canada similar demonstrations called for Canada to make a provision for sanctuary for U.S. troops, most of whom have traveled to that country in order to resist continued service in the war on Iraq. After one hour of demonstrating a delegation of two people was allowed in to the SF Consulate. Grannies sent along a copy of our lyrics (below).
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**HAVE A HEART**
tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Enlisted in a war based on a presidential lie
prepared to serve their country even sacrifice their lives
they came to realize it was a useless evil war
they decided to resist

Chorus:
Have a heart and give them shelter
Have a heart and give them shelter
Have a heart and give them shelter
Help war resisters now!

O Canada you're not our native land and not our home
But we admire how you welcome refugees who roam
A more humane society is what we've always heard
Help war resisters now!

Chorus

The Grannies span the border and we work in unity
With our Canadian sisters we want conscience to be free
Resisters from an evil war should live in liberty
Help war resisters now!

Chorus


**YOU GAVE YOUR AID IN AGES PAST**
(tune: hymn St. Anne/Oh God Our Help in Ages Past)

You gave your aid in ages past
And hope for years to come
Give shelter from the stormy blast
Resisters need a home!

**CANADA: SAVE THE RESISTERS!**
tune: God Save the Queen (My Country 'Tis of Thee)

In these distressing times
Armies commit war crimes
But some resist
They cross the border and
Take refuge in the land
That's known for peace and justice, please
Le-eave them in peace

Enlisted in good faith
They realized too late
This war is wrong
Interna-TION-al law
Says unjust war's a crime
Uphold traditions from past times
Le-eave them in peace

There in Victoria,
The Raging Grannies sprang
Forth to protest
We follow in their shoes
Hoping that you will chose
To shelter war resi-i-sters
Le-eave them in peace

all songs free to use with credit to the Raging Grannies Action League
http://www.RagingGrannies.com



§Grannies in their signature yellow buttons
by Ruth/Bill
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The Raging Grannies was started in Victoria B.C. Canada in 1987. Today a very active bay area "Raging Grannies Action League" continues in the footsteps of those foregrannies
§War resister Pablo Paredes on the bull horn
by Ruth/Bill
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Pablo adresses the crowd at the Press Conference organized by Courage to Resist in front of the Consulate
§Ying Lee
by Ruth/Bill
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Ying is a grandmother who has been very active on behalf of Lt. Watada, war resister
§Member of VFP outfitted for rain
by Ruth/Bill
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§Grannies huddle in the cold
by Ruth/Bill
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Evangeline Lantana Mix and Gail Sredanovic take care not to take a chill
§Max and Lori of Courage to Resist
by Ruth/Bill
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A nimble Granny had to get on the ground in the rain to get this shot of the elegant building in which the Canadian Consulate is housed. Getting back up? Not so nimble!
§Grannies sing and pass out lyrics
by Ruth/Bill
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Photo by Bill Carpenter
§Peter Yamamoto chats up new Granny Lotus...
by Ruth/Bill
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Photo by Bill Carpenter
§...while others stand apart, contemplating
by Ruth/Bill
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Mike Baldwin looks pensive

Photo by Bill Carpenter
§It was a stormy day....
by Ruth/Bill
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...amidst umbrellas, David Solnit and Jeff Paterson of Courage to Resist work to keep the demo on schedule

Photo by Bill Carpenter
§It takes Courage to Resist!
by Ruth/Bill
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Photo by Bill Carpenter
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