Petition and Counter Protest against attacks on United States Marines in Berkely, CA

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:

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:


4 Responses to “Petition and Counter Protest against attacks on United States Marines in Berkely, CA”

  1. olotliny Says:

    “Berkeley Wants Marines Out of Town”,13319,161114,00.html?wh=wh,1720.0.html

    February 08, 2008
    If the Marines are no longer welcome in Berkeley, then the city will lose millions in federal funding.

    That’s the message that Marine Corps supporters are sending Berkeley’s city council members if the push to close the Marines’ Shattuck Avenue recruiting office continues.

    The backlash against Berkeley intensified when an anti-war measure supported by the group Code Pink was approved by the city last week. The measure urged Marine recruiters to leave Berkley’s downtown office.

    “Our goal is to have clear zoning regulations for military recruiting and to put citizen pressure to shut down the existing recruiting station that is just blocks from Berkeley College, UC Berkeley, and Berkeley High School,” according to Code Pink’s website.

    If city council members don’t rescind this resolution, lawmakers including Assemblyman Guy Houston (R-San Ramon) will introduce legislation that will strip more than $3.3 million in transportation funding away from Berkeley.

    Houston’s proposed measure is similar to the Semper Fi Act of 2008 — authored by several Republican senators — that proposes that more than $2 million dollars in federal funding for the city be rescinded and transferred to the Marine Corps.

    “I cannot stand by and do nothing while the City of Berkeley declares war on the United States Marine Corps,” said Houston in a press release.

    “The Marines, and all of our branches of the military, deserve the honor of our elected officials, not their scorn,” he added.

    In an effort to calm tensions between Republican lawmakers and the city, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates released a statement that attempted to clarify the city’s position on the Marines recruiting center.

    “Let me be absolutely clear that this is not about the men and women who are serving our country in our armed forces. I am a retired U.S. Army captain and I respect the choice of those who are serving our country.

    “I also understand that the language proposed to the council did not adequately differentiate our respect and support for those serving in the armed forces and our opposition to the Iraq war policy. I will be working with the council to clarify that language at our next meeting.”

    Code Pink and other anti-war protesters plan to continue to push for the relocation of the Marine Recruiting center, by collecting 5,000 signatures from Berkeley voters to show the Marines that they are “not welcome in the city.”

    However, a Marine Corps spokesman told CNN that there are no plans to relocate the Marines’ recruiting office.

    (If you support the Semper Fi Act and want your state representative to take action, visit’s Legislative center.)

    Senators Introduce Semper Fi Act of 2008
    Bill Stops Berkeley Earmarks and Transfers Funds to Marine Corps

    February 6th, 2008 – Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), John Cornyn (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), and David Vitter (R-Louisiana) introduced the Semper Fi Act of 2008. The bill would rescind over $2 million in hidden earmarks for Berkeley, California in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill, and transfer the funds to the Marine Corps. U.S. Congressman John Campbell (R-California) is introducing a companion bill in the House of Representatives.

    Last week, the City Council of Berkeley voted to oust Marine Corps recruiters from their downtown office, saying the Marines were “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.” Berkeley officials also voted to give the radical protest group Code Pink space outside the recruitment office and urged them to “impede, passively or actively” the work of Marine Corps recruiters.

  2. olotliny Says:

    Medea–that is an interesting name for the co-founder of Code Pink—anyone ever read Greek mythology??

    Comprehensive Summary
    Euripedes’ Medea opens in a state of conflict. Jason has abandoned his wife, Medea, along with their two children. He hopes to advance his station by remarrying with Glauce, the daughter of Creon, king of Corinth, the Greek city where the play is set. All the events of play proceed out of this initial dilemma, and the involved parties become its central characters.
    Outside the royal palace, a nurse laments the events that have lead to the present crisis. After a long series of trials and adventures, which ultimately forced Jason and Medea to seek exile in Corinth, the pair had settled down and established their family, achieving a degree of fame and respectability. Jason’s recent abandonment of that family has crushed Medea emotionally, to the degree that she curses her own existence, as well as that of her two children.
    Fearing a possible plot of revenge, Creon banishes Medea and her children from the city. After pleading for mercy, Medea is granted one day before she must leave, during which she plans to complete her quest for “justice”–at this stage in her thinking, the murder of Creon, Glauce, and Jason. Jason accuses Medea of overreacting. By voicing her grievances so publicly, she has endangered her life and that of their children. He claims that his decision to remarry was in everyone’s best interest. Medea finds him spineless, and she refuses to accept his token offers of help.
    Appearing by chance in Corinth, Aegeus, King of Athens, offers Medea sanctuary in his home city in exchange for her knowledge of certain drugs that can cure his sterility. Now guaranteed an eventual haven in Athens, Medea has cleared all obstacles to completing her revenge, a plan which grows to include the murder of her own children; the pain their loss will cause her does not outweigh the satisfaction she will feel in making Jason suffer.
    For the balance of the play, Medea engages in a ruse; she pretends to sympathize with Jason (bringing him into her confidence) and offers his wife “gifts,” a coronet and dress. Ostensibly, the gifts are meant to convince Glauce to ask her father to allow the children to stay in Corinth. The coronet and dress are actually poisoned, however, and their delivery causes Glauce’s death. Seeing his daughter ravaged by the poison, Creon chooses to die by her side by dramatically embracing her and absorbing the poison himself.
    A messenger recounts the gruesome details of these deaths, which Medea absorbs with cool attentiveness. Her earlier state of anxiety, which intensified as she struggled with the decision to commit infanticide, has now given way to an assured determination to fulfill her plans. Against the protests of the chorus, Medea murders her children and flees the scene in a dragon-pulled chariot provided by her grandfather, the Sun-God. Jason is left cursing his lot; his hope of advancing his station by abandoning Medea and marrying Glauce, the conflict which opened the play, has been annihilated, and everything he values has been lost through the deaths that conclude the tragedy.

  3. Missy Says:

    Tonight – Thursday, Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” is scheduled to feature Move America Forward’s pushback campaign against the Berkeley City Council and our new ad that is steadily capturing the attention and focus of this nation! Be sure to tune in tonight if you can!

    This is yet another in a series of media stories that have been generated by our efforts to stand up for our troops, and defeat the dark elements in this country who see our troops as the enemies of peace and freedom. This week Women’s Wear Daily magazine wrote about our efforts, as did Canada Free Press. (If you haven’t yet seen the ad, or if you would like to watch it again, you can see it for yourself right here: )

    This is a testament to the energy and passion that’s been brought to the pro-troop movement thanks to YOUR support. At a time when we have hundreds of thousands of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, half-a-world away fighting for our security and our liberties, it seems some people in America either wish to ignore their service and sacrifice, or more shamelessly – dishonor it.

    Today the presidential campaign of Barack Obama sent out an email announcing that 1 MILLION people have made a financial contribution to his campaign. Well, if 1 MILLION people can donate to a political candidate, then surely we can get 1 MILLION Americans to donate money to fight for the respect and honor for our troops and the missions they are serving on, and to stand up to those who would insult, degrade and impede their work.

    (This is part of an email that came from Move America Foward.)

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