Would it be possible to somehow just declare Berkeley its own country so we could send in the Marines to kick their asses once and for all?
That’s the message from the Berkeley City Council, which voted 6-3, with Gordon Wozniak, Betty Olds and Kriss Worthington dissenting, to tell the Marines that its Shattuck Avenue recruiting station “is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”
It also voted 7-2, with Wozniak and Olds dissenting, to explore enforcing its law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against the Marines and to encourage the women’s peace group Code Pink to protest in front of the station.In a separate item, the council voted 8-1 to give Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the recruiting station once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week from noon to 4 p.m.
Councilman Gordon Wozniak opposed both items.
The Marines have been in Berkeley for a little more than a year, having moved from Alameda in December 2006. For about the past four months, Code Pink has been protesting in front of the station.
“I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don’t belong here, they shouldn’t have come here, and they should leave,” Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said after votes were cast.
To paraphrase that line from A Few Good Men where Colonel Jessup said, “How dare you rise and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then question the manner in which I provide it.” The reason these people have the ability, nay, the right to protest is because brave men like the Marines go forth and protect our very freedom to do so.
At least some of the people in Berkely “get it”:
An employee of a nearby business who asked not to be identified said Wednesday the elderly Code Pink protesters are aggressive, take up parking spaces, block the sidewalk with their yoga moves, smoke in the doorways, and are noisy.
The people of “peace and tolerance” are aggressive and rude? There’s a shock. She continues:
“Most of the people around here think they’re a joke,” the woman said.
I would love to see someone in the Berkeley area form a “pro recruiter” group, and apply to the town council for parking and noise permits. When they are denied, they can easily sue and win.
Full story here: Inside Bay Area – Berkeley gives Marines the boot