Below is a video clip of Debbie Lee – Gold Star mom of Marc Allen Lee-1st Navy SEAL-KIA in Iraq and her presentation at the meeting with the Berkeley city council on 2/12/08. (Bravo Zulu Debbie!- Sincerest thanks)
Below are a couple of links of many that reports the demonstration/petition in Berkeley, CA that took place 2/12/08 in response from the Mayor of that town and city council had written that the United States Marine Corps recruiting station in Berkeley was: “uninvited and unwelcome intruders in the city.”
The various media news reports documents that the Mayor and council “softened” (word used in several articles) it’s stance to the recruiting station BUT did not nor feel that they need to offer an apology for their actions and statements against the United States Marine Corps.
“But now the national furor has scared the council,” he said. “So they’re backing down.”
Not quite, said Medea Benjamin, the 56-year-old co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink that has led the charge here, organizing and energizing the growing crowd of protesters – and, in turn, their opponents – in front of the old City Hall where council meetings are held.
“The city council’s action has been a great gift to the peace movement,” Benjamin said of the recent decision to not only show the recruiters the door, but also to give Code Pink a permit for a prime parking spot in front of the Shattuck Avenue Marine recruitment center to pitch its daily protests. “Once this pro-war crowd goes away, we’ll be left with an energized base and a tighter anti-war community. We’ll be out tomorrow and every day in front of that recruiting station and we’ll eventually shut it down no matter what the council does.
TO SIGN THE PETITION click on Move America Forward site or this link: http://www.moveamericaforward.org/index.php/MAF/Petition/Berkeley2008/
To: The City Council, Mayor and City Manager of Berkeley, California
We, the undersigned, do register our complete outrage with the City of Berkeley for the recent resolutions that criticized our Marines, as part of an effort to harass the Marine Recruiting Center and chase all vestiges of the United States military outside of the city of Berkeley, California.
We take particular umbrage with the instructions given to the City Manager of Berkeley to tell the United States Marines that they are, “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”
It is shameful for you to attack our military men and women who nobly and bravely serve this nation to protect our security and defend our freedoms and liberties. Those liberties include the right to Freedom of Speech, which you seem to believe should not be afforded to the members of the United States Marine Corps and service personnel in other branches of the Armed Forces.
I call upon you to immediately revoke the resolutions passed that defamed and insulted our U.S. Marines and issue a public apology to this nation, and in particular, the honorable and heroic men and women of the United States military.
Code Pink Link: http://www.codepink4peace.org/