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US Disinformation about Nicaragua Today – Camilo Mejia
December 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmfree
Camilo Mejía was born in Nicaragua, and his Sandinista mother brought Camilo to the US in 1994. Living in Florida, Camilo joined the Army to pay for college. Just a few months before completing his time, Camilo was ordered into the 2003 invasion of Iraq. After serving one tour of duty, he refused to return and was imprisoned for nine months.
Camilo was honored as a “Prisoner of Conscience” by Amnesty International. Camilo is a member of Veterans for Peace, and a hero to both VFP and Amnesty. He is also the author of the compelling autobiography Road from Ar Ramadi.
Since taking power in 2007, Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas have improved living conditions for the poor with free healthcare, free education and better economic policies. Nicaragua now supplies 80 – 90% of its own food needs. And up until April, Nicaragua was vastly safer than neighboring countries. Their community policing is considered a model. Unsurprisingly, support for Ortega and the Frente Sandinista has steadily increased. In 2006, they won 38% of the vote; in 2011, it increased to 62%; in 2016 it increased to 72% with 68% turnout.
Camilo has spoken out about the disinformation in the corporate press about the situation in Nicaragua. He appeared on Democracy Now, in a discussion about the misinformation on Nicaragua.