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Text Of Berkeley City Council's New Resolution
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).

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