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Text Of Berkeley City Council's New Resolution
by reposted
Wednesday Feb 13th, 2008 7:43 PM
1) Accept Councilmemembers Olds’ and Capitelli’s recommendation to publicly differentiate between the City’s documented opposition to the unjust and illegal war in Iraq and our respect and support for those serving in the armed forces, and

2) Accept the following statement submitted by Mayor Bates, and Councilmembers Anderson, Maio and Moore:

Given the confusion about the Council’s action on January 29, 2008, a strong statement of the Berkeley City Council’s position regarding the Marine Recruiting Station is needed. The City of Berkeley and the citizens of Berkeley are strongly opposed to the war in Iraq. The war has resulted in over 4,000 soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded in body and spirit, hundreds of soldier suicides, and millions of Iraqi people killed, injured and displaced from their homes. In addition, the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on this deeply immoral war could have been spent to meet the needs of our people and to strengthen our economy. We recognize the recruiter’s right to locate in our city and the right of others to protest or support their presence. We deeply respect and support the men and women in our armed forces. However, we strongly oppose the war and the continued recruitment of our young people into this war.
With the issuance of this statement there is no need to send the letter to the Marine Corps that the City Council approved on January 29, 2008.

Vote: (Ayes: Maio, Moore, Anderson, Spring, Capitelli, Worthington, Bates; Noes – Olds, Wozniak).
§January 29th Resolution
by reposted Wednesday Feb 13th, 2008 7:54 PM


Peace and Justice Commission
CONSENT CALENDAR
January 29, 2008

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Peace and Justice Commission
Submitted by:Steve Freedkin, Chairperson
Subject: Marine Recruiting Office in Berkeley

RECOMMENDATION

(1) Direct the City Attorney to investigate and report back to Council within 60 days on
City options for enforcing Chapter 13.28 of the Berkeley Municipal Code, prohibiting
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, with respect to military recruiting
offices in Berkeley; (2) direct the City Manager to send letters to the Marine Corps
Recruiting Station at 64 Shattuck Avenue and to General James T. Conway,
Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, advising them that the Marine
recruiting office is not welcome in our city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as
uninvited and unwelcome intruders; and (3) encourage all people to avoid cooperation
with the Marine Corps recruiting station, and applaud residents and organizations such
as Code Pink, that may volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means,
the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley.

FISCAL IMPACTS OF RECOMMENDATION

Staff time to research the City’s options for enforcing Chapter 13.28 of the Berkeley
Municipal Code, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, with respect to military
recruiting offices in Berkeley.

CURRENT SITUATION AND ITS EFFECT

The United States has a history of launching illegal, immoral and unprovoked wars of
aggression and the Bush Administration launched the most recent of those wars in Iraq
and is threatening the possibility of war in Iran. These wars have produced catastrophic
loss of human life, both civilian and military, as well as physically maiming and
deforming and psychologically destroying countless numbers of civilians and military
personnel.

The United States Marine Corps is being used as one of the means of perpetrating and
prolonging illegal, unconstitutional and unnecessary wars of the United States. Military
recruiters are sales people known to lie to and seduce minors and young adults into
contracting themselves into military service with false promises regarding jobs, job
training, education and other benefits. Many enlisted persons never see the benefits
they are promised and find out they are not eligible for the educational benefits due to
loopholes and they did not receive the training promised or it did not qualify them for
jobs outside the military.

The United States military discriminates by refusing to hire gays, lesbians, or bisexuals.
By ordinance (BMC § 13.28.030; Ord. 5106-NS § 1 (part), 1978), the City of Berkeley
prohibits such discrimination; requires employers to post a notice that discrimination on
the basis of sexual orientation is prohibited by law; and provides for a fine of up to $50
per offense for failure to do so.

BACKGROUND

At the meeting of January 7, 2008, the Peace and Justice Commission approved the
following motion: M/S/C (Meola/sorgen) that the Council of the City of Berkeley approve
the following recommendation:

WHEREAS, the Peace & Justice Commission advises the City Council on all matters
relating to the City of Berkeley’s role in issues of peace and social justice [Berkeley
Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 369.070]; and

WHEREAS, the United States has a history of launching illegal, immoral and
unprovoked wars of aggression and the Bush Administration launched the most recent
of those wars in Iraq and is threatening the possibility of war in Iran; and

WHEREAS, the United States armed forces, including the Marine Corps, explicitly
refuse to hire openly non-heterosexual individuals, and will discharge an individual in
their employ “who engages in, attempts to engage in, has a propensity to engage in, or
intends to engage in homosexual acts” [10 USC § 654(b)(2), “Policy Concerning
Homosexuality in the Armed Forces”]; and

WHEREAS, Berkeley Municipal Code § 13.28, “Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual
Orientation,” provides that “It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to
fail or refuse to hire, or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against
any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of
employment on the basis of such individual’s sexual orientation” [BMC § 13.28(A)(1)],
and applies the same standard to employment agencies and job-training programs
[BMC § 13.28(A)(3), § 13.28(A)(5)]; and

WHEREAS, these wars have produced catastrophic loss of human life, both civilian and
military, as well as physically maiming and deforming and psychologically destroying
countless numbers of civilians and military personnel; and

WHEREAS, the people of the City of Berkeley have long voiced their stand for peace
and against unnecessary wars; and support people following their consciences to do
what is morally and ethically right to resist illegitimate authority; and

WHEREAS, the United States Marine Corps is being used as one of the means of
perpetrating and prolonging illegal, unconstitutional and unnecessary wars of the United
States; and

WHEREAS, military recruiters are sales people known to lie to and seduce minors and
young adults into contracting themselves into military service with false promises
regarding jobs, job training, education and other benefits; and

WHEREAS, many enlisted persons never see the benefits they are promised and find
out they are not eligible for the educational benefits due to loopholes and they did not
receive the training promised or it did not qualify them for jobs outside the military; and

WHEREAS, the people of Berkeley should want the Marine Corps present near
Berkeley High School, Berkeley City College, and University of California no more than
they would want other violent influences downtown.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Peace & Justice Commission
recommends that the Council of the City of Berkeley direct the City Attorney to
investigate and report back to Council within 60 days on City options for enforcing
Chapter 13.28 of the Berkeley Municipal Code, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of
sexual orientation, with respect to military recruiting offices in Berkeley.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Berkeley direct the City
Manager to send letters to the Marine Corps Recruiting Station at 64 Shattuck Avenue
and to General James T. Conway, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps,
advising them that the Marine recruiting office is not welcome in our city, and if
recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Berkeley encourage all
people to avoid cooperation with the Marine Corps recruiting station, and applaud
residents and organizations such as Code Pink, that may volunteer to impede, passively
or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the
City of Berkeley.

Ayes: Unanimous; Absent: Brody, Cohen, Litman, Seaton, Sherman.

CITY MANAGER

The City Manager takes no position on the recommendations of the Commission.
However, it is unlikely that the City has the ability to enforce Chapter 13.28 against the
United States military.

CONTACT PERSON

Steve Freedkin, Chairperson, Peace and Justice Commission, (510) 595-4626
Robert Meola, Peace and Justice Commission, (510) 644-1102
Manuel Hector Jr., Secretary, Peace and Justice Commission, (510) 981-5110
§Republican Response: HR 5222 Semper-Fi Act
by reposted Wednesday Feb 13th, 2008 8:39 PM

http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/110_HR_5222.html