Archive for the ‘protests’ Category

Impeach (Someone) Rally

March 20, 2008

A Tulsa Peace and Impeachment Candelight Vigil was held outside U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s office in Tulsa. The event was planned to coordinate with a national 5 Years Too Many protest,

…To mark the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in as powerful a way as possible. We believe that the activities United for Peace and Justice is organizing and supporting — the Winter Soldier hearings, mass nonviolent direct action in Washington DC, and local actions all around the country — have the potential to make a powerful statement … but only with your participation and support.

Protesters were instructed to bring comfortable clothes, candles and matches, signs (optional) and to expect lots of people of like minds, a giant puppet Cheney, a banner drop, and Impeach-me George.

According to the event sign-up page, and as of this morning, fifteen of the hoped-for 100,000 attendees registered…about twenty-five were present while OKPNS was there. The video below is also here on YouTube.

Proud to be an Okie…

February 14, 2008

…I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee, a place where even squares can have a ball. We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse, and white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.

We don’t make a party out of lovin’; We like holdin’ hands and pitchin’ woo;
We don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy, like the hippies out in San Francisco do….

-Merle Haggard, 1969

Well, some of us let our hair grow longer than others, but that song comes to mind while looking at these photos, taken of the February 12, 2008 protest in Berkeley, CA. Today, I’m proud to be an Okie, and an American. I’m also proud, of course, of the Marines, and the brave citizens of Berkeley and the San Francisco area that came out to face Code Pink, and the Berkeley City Council.

What was all the fuss about? Melody Morgan, of Move America Forward reported in World Net Daily reported on February 1, 2008:

…the Berkeley City Council and instigators from the extreme left have crossed the line this time. The council Tuesday night passed two anti-military, anti-American resolutions and agreed to send a letter to the city’s only Marine recruiting office saying the military are “uninvited intruders.”

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The first resolution says that the Marine Corps recruiting station “is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.” [The second resolution] gave the anti-American Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the recruiting station once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week from noon to 4 p.m..

On Tuesday, Move America Forward, the Marines, and citizens from the area attended Berkeley’s City Council meeting to voice their objection. Members of Code Pink also showed up in support of the council.

On Wednesday, in response to the protests, and under the threat of losing Federal funding for the city of the Marine recruiting station is moved:

Berkeley’s City Council voted two weeks ago to send a letter to a downtown recruiting station advising the U.S. Marines they are not welcome.

After a marathon session that stretched into early Wednesday, the council decided not to send the letter, saying they recognize recruiters’ right to be in Berkeley. The council said they still strongly oppose the war and the recruitment of young people into it, but “deeply respect and support” the men and women of the armed forces.

Click on the photos below to visit the photo files of zombietime.com, MoveAmericaForward.com, and FoxNews.com of the event. Warning, some of the photos in the linked files may not be appropriate for children and some places of business.

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