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Berkeley High Students Put Pro-War Rally on Defensive, Oppose Military Recruiting

by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist (jeff [at] paterson.net)
Hundreds of Berkeley High Students surrounded a pro-war mobilization across from City Hall. The pro-war forces were mobilized by national right-wing radio talk shows in order to “punish” the city council for taking a strong stand against military recruiting. Nearly a hundred anti-war supporters of the city’s stand to oppose recruiting, the war in Iraq, and the city’s status of a sanctuary city for conscientious objectors and war resisters encamped on the City Hall lawn for the 24 hours leading up to the controversial meeting this evening.
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§Berkeley High School youth oppose pro-war rally
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Former Marine "supports troops and their missions"
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Berkeley High art students sketch stand off
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Berkeley High students
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Stand off in front of Berkeley City Hall
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Police attempt to push students away from pro-war rally
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Berkeley High Students attempting to pull apart flag
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Berkeley High students debate campus republican
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Cops push back students
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Berkeley High Students oppose war and military recruiting
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Nancy Mancias, CodePink
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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§Medea Benjamin, after debating pro-war Vietnam War veteran
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
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by Maya
Very nice Jeff, as usual. Keep up the good work.
by DLi
If the BHS students are an indication of the youth in the USA, there's great hope. I'm very proud of so many of them standing up against the USA Empire's military machine,

Up with BHS peace activists. Down with US Imperialism!

Peace & Imua(forward)!
by reality check
It's great to see BHS students opposing military recruiters; after all, they are targets of the predators and should have their voices heard and be supported in efforts to resist the military. My son skipped afternoon classes to attend the demonstration and saw first hand the heavy-handed tactics of the Berkeley Police.

I hope it was educational for the students to see the police state in action. I hope they also question the legitimacy of agent provocateur groups like RCP and the tactics of Code Pink. The little pink crowns are prominently featured on mainstream media reports and serve to make protesters seem trivial and clown-like and alienate people who the anti-war movements might otherwise find common ground with - like working class solidarity. Isn't Code Pink playing into the hands of the media that wants to make the protests a media circus rather than get into real issues and solutions? Hasn't the code pink joke run its course?

Keep up the good work and resist the military, but be conscious of how media portrayals of cults turn people against us.

by RES
Thank you for pointing out the one of the problems with Code Pink. I think it is great that the students of BHS were out protesting and demonstrating in what they believe in. I praise those who protested but also those who allowed both sides to be heard. I believe both sides have a right to be heard but where I draw the line is when one side will not let the other views be heard which is a standard practice of Code Pink. I did fight for this county and will defend the rights of those who wish to protest but I will fight against those who wish to silence the opposing view. Some of the BHS students were great in listening to the opposing view while others (I guess who do not believe in free speech) would not let the opposing view be heard. With the right to protest comes great responsibility which means both sides are allowed a voice. Some people need to remember, a just decision cannot be made without hearing from all sides of an issue. Let everyone have a voice even those who you disagree with. Remember, true freedom of speech is where everyone no matter their views can be heard.
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