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THE CITY OF BERKELEY VS THE WAR MACHINE

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Last week the Berkeley City council, in an 6-3 vote, passed a resolution stating that the U.S. Marines Corps recruiting office at 64 Shattuck Ave., which opened about 13 months ago, "is not welcome in our city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders." Pro-war forces and the Right-Wing have launched an attack on Berkeley in retaliation, forcing the peace movement there to put out this call for help: "We need to protect our city from outside pro-war forces. We need to support our elected officials who represent our peace-loving stand. This struggle is not about the Marines: It's about the occupation of Iraq. It's about recruiting our youth to be those occupying forces in Iraq. It's about the 1.2 million dead Iraqis, the 3,950 dead U.S. soldiers, the trillions of dollars of our taxpayer money. It's about respecting the right of the people of Berkeley to say no to war!" Everyone who can, please help to support Berkeley's decision.

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I'm back!

The city of Berkeley needs your help after taking a courageous position against the recruiting machine that is feeding young bodies into the perpetual meat grinder that is Iraq. And the Empire is trying to strike back. If you can physically join the 24-hour vigil beginning Monday, Feb 11 announced below, please do so.

If you can help in other ways, call or email CodePink at 510-524-2776 or http://www.codepinkalert.org/berkeleyrecruiting

Read on:
Berkeley24-hour Emergency Peace-In Vigil
Sponsored by: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Date(s): 2008-02-11
Time: 6:00 pm
Description: Calling all peace-loving people!
Join 24-hour Emergency Peace-In Vigil outside Berkeley City Hall

When: Monday, February 11, 7pm until 7pm on Tuesday February 12th, when the Berkeley City Council meets.

Where: Maudelle Shirek City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley. (at Allston Way, 2 blocks west of the Downtown Berkeley BART).

Why: Our efforts to close the Berkeley Marine Recruiting Station have galvanized national attention. The pro-war forces, represented by the group Move America Forward, are mobilizing to descend on Berkeley on Tuesday, February 12, starting at 5am! They plan to spend the day attempting to intimidate our peace-loving City and City Council.


We need to protect our city from outside pro-war forces. We need to support our elected officials who represent our peace-loving stand.

This struggle is not about the Marines: It's about the occupation of Iraq. It's about recruiting our youth to be those occupying forces in Iraq. It's about the 1.2 million dead Iraqis, the 3,950 dead U.S. soldiers, the trillions of dollars of our taxpayer money. It's about respecting the right of the people of Berkeley to say no to war!

What you can do:

Help spread the word. Send this out far and wide.
Come for the whole Peace-In or take a 3-hour shift. Sign up here: (volunteerforchange.org Bring your tent, sleeping bag, all your peace props, and hot pink fabric.

Support the campers: bring food, drinks, a song, sign & banner-making materials, your creativity and peaceful, positive energy
Come to the City Council meeting at 7pm: If you can't make the vigil, please come to the City Council meeting at the same site, where councilmembers will discuss the city's position about the Marine Recruiting Station. It starts at 7pm; try to be there by 5pm (or earlier) to get a seat.

For more information, call CODEPINK at 510-524-2776 or see (www.codepinkalert.org )
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And thus it begins anew albeit several decades lat... by Tom Murphy on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 9:15:46 PM
The City of Berkeley is throwing down the gauntlet... by Mac McKinney on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 9:51:37 PM
Your comments are so ridiculous, they st... by Harold Smith on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 9:53:55 PM
When someone is a public advocate of senseless dea... by Harold Smith on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 10:42:39 PM
Tell them how you REALLY feel about me.  Why ... by Harold Smith on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 11:53:04 PM
"Although what the City is doing is cert... by Tom Murphy on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 10:40:30 PM
I'm not sure what you're getting at. But t... by Harold Smith on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 10:56:14 PM
Not a contradiction but confirmation of your own t... by Tom Murphy on Friday, Feb 8, 2008 at 11:16:36 PM
Sorry Tom, but I agree with Mac, save for the inse... by Frank J. Ranelli on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 2:24:36 AM
“There is nothing supernatural, merely purel... by Tom Murphy on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 1:58:20 PM
So.... How do you determine who is a terrorist... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 2:25:35 PM
From your statement: Even the Founding Father... by August Adams on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 5:00:08 PM
In this thread, Tom states, "...tyranny of ot... by Richard Mynick on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 7:07:13 PM
Tom would probably appear a little more credible i... by Harold Smith on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 10:05:09 PM
And it is not anti-Iraq war, it is absolutely anti... by Scott on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 12:04:04 AM
This is all I can find as to any statement, so I d... by Mac McKinney on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 12:38:43 AM
When you kill an innocent person it is called murd... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 2:28:07 PM
.Once rightly proud Marines now Bushbutcher brainw... by meremark on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 2:52:35 AM
This person, who is a former Marine, see... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 4:00:37 AM
Steve,Are you trying to say that Jimmy Massey wasn... by Mac McKinney on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 9:01:53 AM
By the way, Steve, Jimmy could have been in the Ar... by Mac McKinney on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 9:32:17 AM
to assert this is just guessing.... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 12:08:04 PM
... I didnt know that the book was released in Spa... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 12:09:52 PM
... having been in the active duty military, I thi... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 3:27:01 AM
Lets start with:Our will and sense of commitm... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 4:11:42 AM
Thanks... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 4:13:32 AM
There is a lot of rhetoric flying about Berkeley&#... by Mac McKinney on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 9:18:48 AM
I already listed.... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 12:12:04 PM
      To me, it is s... by mikel paul on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 1:43:52 PM
Hint? Look in the mirror... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 1:46:20 PM
     I did not mean to denegra... by mikel paul on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 2:10:35 PM
... many here do not. I protested this war since t... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 6:33:27 PM
       Thank You.&nb... by mikel paul on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 7:12:17 PM
The Feds should remove recruits and funding from B... by Jeanette Doney on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 7:27:24 PM
The bottom line here now is: 1) In order to stop t... by Kevin Gosztola on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 8:27:17 PM
Well, heck, if we have the military back here at h... by Tom Murphy on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 9:14:15 PM
... it is very quick and easy for us to respond to... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 6:29:14 AM
to read those diatribes of Tom Murphy and others, ... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 7:19:11 AM
that some people might say that no army in  h... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 7:46:28 AM
million Vietnamese, Cambodians, & Laotians? Mo... by Richard Mynick on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 11:36:54 AM
how we treat our military. In the first post of th... by Richard Mynick on Saturday, Feb 9, 2008 at 10:05:57 PM
I think Osama bin Laden lists many of the thi... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 6:00:26 AM
This is a nice gesture, BUT, if Berkely really wan... by Bill Douglas on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 2:12:06 PM
Remember me you said" I'll get it" w... by tjb on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 3:58:11 PM
As to those who have posted and pontificated on th... by Tom Murphy on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 8:17:50 PM
Those 3 were General Smedley Butler; former combat... by Richard Mynick on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 9:40:07 PM
"As to those who have posted and pontificated... by Tom Murphy on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 8:16:56 AM
I love my country and the law of the land ,our con... by tjb on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 10:51:28 PM
Methinks you're possibly feeling some sort of ... by Tom Murphy on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 8:24:09 AM
The deepest reality that mystics, saints and ... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 11:58:09 PM
The taxpayers of Berkeley are the source of of the... by csnet on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 12:55:31 AM
No.  Federal taxpayers are the source of the ... by Tom Murphy on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 2:39:15 PM
Tom, You summed it up quite effectively – pr... by Frank J. Ranelli on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 7:37:30 AM
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No, see, whoever you are with a photo posted of so... by meremark on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 3:45:08 AM
Feel better now?  I'm not sure... what...... by Tom Murphy on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 8:54:40 AM
 The very centerline along which all you unde... by meremark on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 6:34:05 PM
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"Two places in your turned-phrase wording, (a... by Tom Murphy on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 3:02:02 PM