July 9, 2007, a coalition of peace groups, PDX Peace, organized a Rally at Holladay Park in Portland Oregon and marched to the military recruiters office on NE Broadway. The event featured Conscientious Objector Agustin Aguayo, recently released from an 8 month prison term for desertion. After serving a one year deployment to Iraq, Aguayo applied for Conscientious Objector status, which was denied and his unit was subsequently redeployed back to Iraq. Agustin refused to leave with his unit and went absent without leave (AWOL). Since serving his prison term, Aguayo has been actively working with at-risk youth, dedicating his life to informing high risk youth of the other side recruits don't see in military recruitment ads.
Various groups, including Portland Recruiter Watch, were involved in the event: Courage to Resist, Veterans for Peace, chapter 72, Portland American Friends Service Committee
I was fortunate to get a quick interview with Aguayo after the event, and this is a 5 minute audio file of that interview.
5 minute audio interview with Agustin Aguayo, RealPlayer
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