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June 25, 2007

2007.06.25: Anti-war Soldier Speaks Out @ Book Launch Event Tomorrow Nite

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 1:44 pm

From: Rebecca L Kurti
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 1:44 PM
To: 1199 Members
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Anti-war Soldier Speaks Out @ Book Launch Event Tomorrow Nite

Road from ar Ramadi:

The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía by Camilo Mejia

Camilo Mejia, the first Iraq soldier to publicly refuse to fight, has written a powerful and moving book about his experiences in Iraq and why he decided to become a war resister.  At a time when a majority opposes the war and more soldiers are beginning to speak out, his experience speaks to the possibility of building a movement of soldiers themselves to stop this war.  Join him at the NYC launch of his book this Tuesday to hear first-hand about his experiences.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

6:30 pm Reading

7:30 pm Reception

THE BRECHT FORUM

451 West Street

(between Bank & Bethune Streets)

New York, NY 10014

The issues [Mejía] has raised deserve a close reading by the nation as a whole . . . he has made a contribution to the truth about Iraq.

–BOB HERBERT, THE NEW YORK TIMES

This is the extraordinary journey–geographical, intellectual, moral–of a U.S. soldier, from the front lines of Iraq to a military prison. Camilo Mejia, the first Iraqi veteran to refuse to return to Iraq, gives us a close look at the day-to-day brutality of the war. We learn what happens when a young man decides to challenge the entire military establishment in order to follow his conscience. It is an inspiring memoir.

–HOWARD ZINN

Sergeant Mejía served his country bravely and well in Iraq; but he is serving his country better, and just as bravely, in his publicly announced refusal to participate further in what he correctly identifies as an illegal war using illegal means.

–DANIEL ELLSBERG

Sgt. Mejía and his 600 co-deserters could well be the harbingers of a new GI movement.

–CLANCY SIGAL, THE GUARDIAN

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