Something else for me to be thankful for. I do not live in Berkeley, California:
The question of dedicating space—a parking space—for Code Pink’s weekly demonstrations in front of the downtown Berkeley Marine Recruiting Center (MRC) raised hackles at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, when Councilmember Gordon Wozniak likened the demonstrations there to protests at abortion clinics.
“There’s a line between protesting and harassing,” Wozniak said, referring to possible harassment of recruits.
Wozniak was the lone vote opposing a resolution authored by Councilmembers Linda Maio and Max Anderson designating a parking space in front of the recruiting center for the demonstrators from noon to 4 p.m. every Wednesday for six months.
The dedicated parking space “is showing favoritism to one side of the argument,” Wozniak said.
He added, “My concern is giving a parking space in front of the Marine Recruiting Center seems confrontational.”
Said Council member Betty Olds:
“The Marines ought to have had the sense not to come here.”
The city not only gave Code Pink their own parking spot, they also passed a resolution, calling the United States Marine Corps "unwelcome intruders":
The city manager was directed to send a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps saying they are "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" in the city.
Maybe the federal government ought to have the sense to stop sending taxpayer dollars to a city that not only allows, but endorses, efforts to expel our military recruiters:
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., says the City of Berkeley, Calif., no longer deserves federal money.
DeMint was angered after learning that the Berkeley City Council voted this week to tell the U.S. Marine Corps to remove its recruiting station from the city's downtown.
"This is a slap in the face to all brave service men and women and their families," DeMint said in a prepared statement. "The First Amendment gives the City of Berkeley the right to be idiotic, but from now on they should do it with their own money."
"If the city can’t show respect for the Marines that have fought, bled and died for their freedom, Berkeley should not be receiving special taxpayer-funded handouts," he added.
Zombie has the pictures and provides a link for contact information:
...the end of this article has handy email addresses and phone numbers for the Berkeley City Council, Senator Jim DeMint, Code Pink, and the Marines.