Bay City News Service 02/11/2008
Large crowds on both sides of the issue are expected at the Berkeley City Council’s meeting Tuesday night, [Feb. 12,2008] when the council addresses a flap over a Marines recruiting center for the second time.
The City Council ignited a nationwide controversy two weeks ago when it voted 6-3 to send a letter to the U.S. Marines Corps telling it that it’s recruiting office at 64 Shattuck Avenue, which opened about 13 months ago, ‘is not welcome in our city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.’
The Council also voted 7-2 to research whether Berkeley’s anti-discrimination laws apply to the recruiting center because of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy concerning gay soldiers.
In addition, it voted 8-1 to give the anti-war group Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the recruiting office from 12 noon to 4 p.m. every Wednesday for six months and a free sound permit during those same hours so that it’s easier for the group to disrupt the recruiting center’s activities. Code Pink has been conducting regular protests at the center since last fall.
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