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CAMILO MEJIA – 1ST IRAQ ARMY WAR RESISTER IN SC MAY 4th

Camilo Mejia, the first Iraq military resister, will be honored by the Santa Cruz community and tell the story of his moral decision, going AWOL and later turning himself in to face trial and a year in the stockade - Wednesday May 4th, 7pm, at the Santa Cruz Veteran’s Hall, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz.
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CAMILO MEJIA – 1ST IRAQ ARMY WAR RESISTER
May 4, 7pm, Santa Cruz Vets Hall – By Bob Fitch

“By putting my weapons down, I chose to reassert myself as a human being? was the declaration of Camilo Mejia, Iraq war veteran who filed for, and was denied, a Conscientious Objector discharge and became the Iraq war’s first military resister. He went AWOL and later turned himself in to face a year in the military stockade.

Wednesday May 4th, 7pm, at the Santa Cruz Veteran’s Hall, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz, Mejia will be honored by the Santa Cruz community and will tell his story about his moral decision, going AWOL and later turning himself in to face trial and a year in the stockade.

May 4th is declared to be “Camilo Mejia Day in the City of Santa Cruz? by Mayor Mike Rotkin.

Aimee Allison, honorably discharged as a Conscientious Objector from her Army combat medic duties during the Gulf War, will moderate the evening program. Ms. Allison is a Stanford University graduate and candidate for the Oakland City Council.

The event is a benefit for the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) GI Hotline & Draft Alternatives Program and the national GI Rights Hotline of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO). Major sponsors are the Bill Motto VFW Post 5888 and the Peace Coalition of Santa Cruz.

Co-sponsors include a coalition of local peace, justice and counter-recruitment organizations including: Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1FM, the Watsonville Brown Berets, UCSC Students Against War (SAW), Harbor High Students for Peace & Justice, the Youth Coalition of Santa Cruz, the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), Radio Station KPFA 94.1FM, the national Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO), and Global Exchange. Literature tables will provide information about the work of each organization.

Immediate wireless translation from English to Spanish translation n will be available. Tickets: RCNV, 515 Broadway, 831/423-1626; $6-15 (sliding scale); $1-5 (sliding scale) scholarship tickets available for students and people with limited funds.

For the California mid-coast region, experienced and trained RCNV GI Rights and Draft counselors provides information and support for enlisted military seeking discharge and for young people and families who are concerned about Selective Service registration and a potential draft. For information contact the program’s 7-day-a-week hotline 831/359-0202 or www.rcnv.org/rcnv/co.htm

Additional information about Camilo Mejia:
* Why he refused to fight: www.democracynow.org/article.pl
* Camilo Mejia campaign: www.freecamilo.org/
* Amnesty International, Mejia Prisoner of War:
www.refuseandresist.org/war/art.php
* Code Pink, Mejia Goes to Prison: www.refuseandresist.org/war/art.php
* Mother’s Appeal (Veterans for Peace):
www.veteransforpeace.org/Camilio_Mejia_mother_060704.htm

Contact: bobfitch (at) rcnv.org
 
 


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