Thursday, January 31, 2008

Marines attacked in Berkeley, CA ... called "unwelcome intruders"

The City of Berkeley, California has passed two resolutions attacking the United States Marine Corps, calling the Marines, “uninvited and unwelcome intruders in the city.”

The Berkeley City Council voted to condemn the Marines on Tuesday night, January 29, 2008, as part of a campaign by anti-war activists to shut down a U.S. Marine Recruiting Center located in the city of Berkeley.

The votes by the Berkeley City Council were immediately condemned by Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization.

“It is disgraceful that in the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, anti-military activists would attempt to silence the same military men and women who serve this country and give their lives to protect the free speech rights of all Americans, including these ungrateful and despicable people on the Berkeley City Council,” said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward.

The actions by the Berkeley City Council followed continuous protests by Code Pink and other anti-military organizations that vandalized and defaced the U.S. Marine Recruiting Center in September 2007.

One of the two resolutions passed by the Berkeley City Council last night granted a parking spot in front of the Marine Recruiting Center to be used by anti-military activists to harass Marine recruiters. The anti-military activists would not need to apply for a sound permit for the next six months – allowing them free reign to disrupt the day-to-day operations by the Marines.

Move America Forward organized a counter-protest in support of the Marines last October that attracted over 400 pro-troop supporters who stood in solidarity of the Marine Recruiting Center.

“We have hundreds of thousands of military men and women serving honorably overseas to protect our freedoms. Imagine how they feel when they go to turn on the news and see that they are being stabbed in the back by shameful people here at home, it’s disgraceful!” said Catherine Moy, Executive Director of Move America Forward.

--Press release from Move America Forward


Calledtobefree said...

Why isn't the State of CA stepping in? This sounds like discrimination. What was the reason for the ordinance? I just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

I am just appalled to read about the Cit of Berkely launching what I believe to be "Hate speech and actions" against the Marines.
They have gone way to far with this. How can Code Pink get free parking and a pass to harass and practice hate speech against the marines? I'm actually going to be in San Diego on 2/13/08 to 2/18/08 will you be doing any proMarine get togethers during that time? If so, I'l like t know so I can go to it and support our Marines. Please let me know.

Cyclewildcat said...

I just have one question. How many members of CodePink and the Berkely city councle would be willing to put their lives on the line for their beliefs?

There are thousands of service men and women who do that everyday.

Anonymous said...

I am furious at what the city of Berkeley has done with the Marines recruiting center. Our Men and Women should be praised for what they are doing by putting there life on the line everyday for our Country and our people and instead they are getting harassed. I am a wife of a soldier who is in Irag and instead of them getting the praise that our soldiers should get they are getting shut down, what is going on with our country.