February 7, 2008
CODEPINKer,Bay Area CODEPINK is rocking our world. One of the pillars of the war machine is military recruitment; our sisters in Berkeley, California are using all their energy and love to bring that pillar down!
Last year,much to the shock of anti-war Berkeley, a Marines Recruiting Station opened in the heart of the city. CODEPINK has been protesting its presence ever since with breastfeeding circles, yoga, singing and other life-affirming vigils. The citizens of Berkeley have made it clear that they reject Bush's failed military policy in Iraq and refuse to participate by allowing military recruitment of their children into an endless occupation.
Last Tuesday,the Berkeley City Council voted to send a letter to the Marines Recruiting Station stating they're unwanted intruders in the community; they also voted to give CODEPINK a parking space and sound permit to demonstrate outside the Station.
The following day, CODEPINK launched the first ever zoning initiative to limit military recruiting stations in the area and the Berkeley City Council is doing what they can to adopt the measure quickly. To read about the historic initiative, which has spawned news stories, support around the country, and more hate mail than we've received in a while, click here.
The Berkeley City Council has been bombarded with hateful messages from pro-war forces, as well; your positive words are crucial to the forward movement of the campaign.
Please click hereto thank the Berkeley City Council for voting to stop the war machine in their community!
This Valentine's Day, follow the lead of CODEPINK Berkeley activists, and bring the peace-making power of love to a military recruiting center in your own town! CODEPINK is planning Make Out, Not War actions at recruiting centers around the country.
Click here to find out if an action is scheduled in your area, or gather friends and organize a kiss-in of your own. When you sign up, we'll send you Make Out, Not War stickers to pass out to all the peace-loving lovers in your community!
Thanks for helping us spread peace and kisses, one city at a time,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Parisa and Rae
P.S. Send love to New Orleans by helping us plant the CODEPINK V-Day Garden! DONATE TODAY to bring beauty and renewal to the Gulf Coast--$15 will plant a perennial; $50 will plant a tree. You can also join us to plant the garden in person the week before V to the 10th in April. Click here fore more...
Check out these highlights from our exciting week in Berkeley!
goal is to have clear zoning regulations for military recruiting
and to put citizen pressure to shut down on the existing recruiting
station that is just blocks from Berkeley City College, UC
Berkeley, and Berkeley High School." ~ Berkeley Community
Click here to see pics and report back from the Berkeley action!
Click here to read the initiative text and Read the New York Times article here!
See all highlights on our website at www.codepinkalert.org/berkeleyrecruiting