Berkeley to Marines: You’re ‘not welcome in our city’ (UPDATED)
From Cnn: The Berkeley City Council approved a measure last week urging the Marine recruiters to leave their downtown office.
“If recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders,” the item says.
It goes on to say the council applauds residents and organizations that “volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley.”
“This Marine recruiting station is trying to recruit our youth to go to Iraq to kill and be killed. And we are against that,” said Joi, a member of Code Pink Women for Peace.
“This is part of a multi-pronged effort to end this war.”
Update (2/12): From Cnn News: Military supporters descended on Berkeley early Tuesday, demanding the famously liberal California college town rescind its vote that says Marine recruiters are “not welcome in this city.”
“Their treasonous action, especially at this time of war right now, is not acceptable,” said Mary Pearson, a spokeswoman for the group Move America Forward.
“It’s very, very important for everyone to stand united … to give our Marines and all of our military the greatest respect and honor that they deserve.”
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