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|Camilo Mejia - GI Resister, Conscientious Objector, and Iraq War Veteran|
|Date||Sunday May 01|
|Time||2:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
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St. Paul's United Methodist Church
405 S. 10th St., San Jose
|Organizer/Author||South Bay Mobilization|
On May 21, 2004, 28-year-old Sgt. Camilo Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to return to fight in Iraq. Camilo spent six months in combat in Iraq, then returned for a two-week furlough to the U.S. During that time he reflected on what he had seen, including the abuse of prisoners and the killing of civilians. He concluded that the war was illegal and immoral, and decided that he would not return. In March 2004 he turned himself in to the U.S. military and filed an application for conscientious objector status. He was tried by the army as a deserter and sentenced to one year in the stockade.
"By putting my weapon down, I chose to reassert myself as a human being."--Camilo Mejia
The popular local folk band Annie and the Vets will play at the event.
$5 - $15 suggested donation benefits Veterans for Peace and South Bay Mobilization.