From our man Bill at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church here in Winnipeg, where the Raza family continues to seek sanctuary from deportation back to Pakistan where they face persecution:

Wednesday, June 20th is World Refugee Day. A rally is planned for 7:30 that evening at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (corner of Wardlaw & Nassau in Osborne Village). The purpose is to show support to the family and to remind the Government of Canada that their claim for refugee status here in Canada has wide support.

It is a “rally”, not a fundraiser and is open to all who want to show support. Some prominent community leaders will bring brief messages of support and several artists have offered their talents to entertain. Confirmed artists include Shawna Dempsey, Cara Luft, Nathan Rogers, & Jeff Preslaff. Bringing messages of support from the wider community are Joyce Milgaard, Marty Dolin, Jennifer Howard, David Ball and others.

The family is in their 10th month living in sanctuary and still awaiting word from the Government of Canada on their Humanitarian & Compassionate application. There is room for more than 700 – please come and get the word out so that others can come too. We want to send a strong message that people care.

Posted by on June 8th, 2007 in Activism