May 12 and May 2, 2005: Oakland, CA, Camilo Mejia Speaks at Book Tour Event.
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Camilo Mejia signing CODPEINK books at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, May 2, 2005.
Mejia was the first Iraq war veteran to file for discharge from the army as a conscientious objector and spent a year in the stockade for his courageous stance. He had seen the suffering of the Iraqi people, whose country was in ruin and who were further humiliated by the raids, patrols and curfews of an occupying army. "By putting my weapon down, I chose to reassert myself as a human being," he says.
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