Senator McGovern addressing the audience at the 2006 OWHR event, says, ‘“We are jeopardizing the very liberties that we profess to be fighting to save by engaging in these costly and in many respects self-defeating wars.” McGovern went on to say, “I’m sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars in which young men do the dying.”
Humanitarian leader and New York Times Bestselling author, Robert Fulghum, while serving as a Unitarian parish minister in the Pacific Northwest, counseled US men faced with the draft during the US War in Vietnam. Some of these good men came up to Canada and found refuge and built new lives in Canada. Robert Fulghum is the OWHR Institute honorary co-chair of the OWHR Institute for War Resistance and Policy Alternatives’ “Amnesty Working Group,” bringing progressives members of the US Congress and progressives members of the Canadian House of Common’s to attend a series of “working-meetings”/day long conferences. These leaders will prepare a future Amnesty Bill for US Military Deserters that came to Canada since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and coordinate their efforts with Canadian lawmakers that will prepare a Canadian Bill allowing those that have come to Canada for refuge during these recent and current US conflicts, to apply and gain Permanent Residency in Canada, in order to then apply for Citizenship, should they and their families desire to stay in Canada.