Skip to comments.*Troop Support Rally (Berkeley CA) Sat March 22* [Update @ post #17]
Posted on 03/20/2008 9:11:55 PM PDT by Syncro
|Ok folks, this is the call to arms. It doesn't matter where you live, Northern California, the Western States, east coast, where ever - tell everyone you know, forward this email, call them, whatever - get the word out. It doesn't matter if you ride a bike or drive a cage. This is a call to arms for all veterans, all patriots, and all that truly respect the military.
Please forward this email to every veteran you know, every organization you know, every post you know. Assume you are the only one that has received this email and spread the word. Also, if you have the time, please make up small signs showing date, time, location, and try to get them put up in motorcycle stores, AL Posts, MCL Posts, etc. And forward to whomever has an email list.
This Mission will only work if we have a LARGE turnout.
Due to the garbage in Bezerkeley, we've made a decision to have a Massive show of support for the Marine Recruiters, and Veterans everywhere. Bezerkeley, the City Council, the Mayor, Code Pink and the other moonbats want to step all over veterans, past, present and future. We need to show them we're not going to allow that in Berkeley or anywhere else.
I'm not using the term "demonstration" for two simple reasons - "demonstration" is tied together with "counter demonstration". Neither of those terms come in to play in this instance.
I want a true "Support the Troops" event. Come by motorcycle, car, truck, whatever means you have. Bring an American Flag, and if you have them, Flags of the Armed Forces. If you want to make signs, please limit them to support ie: So and so, or family of, or organization so and so supports the troops. And one other - VNSZ (Veteran's No Spend Zone) Lots of those.
On March 22, 9:00AM, we will all meet and/or stage at the Watergate Market, 2390 Powell St, Emeryville.
The rally point was picked in that it has food and fuel readily available. When getting off the freeway, there is a Chevron Station on one side of the freeway, and a Shell on the other (the direction you'll be heading). There is a Denny's where you get off and the Watergate Market has sandwiches (I believe). Across from the Market is the Emeryville Police Dept. There is parking along the street to the left of the EPD. You will directed to parking when you arrive. Currently, there will not be a "formal" check in, but see me when you get there. I'm not hard to find.
When you eat or fuel in this location or any location outside of Berkeley, please keep the receipts - if we have a big enough group, I will collect those receipts and deliver them to the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on Monday the 24th. Hopefully with the assistance of the news media.
We will depart at 10 for Berkeley. The Emeryville police will assist us in getting on the freeway. ( If you are driving directly to the city - not driving in with the "convoy", please meet at the recruiting office.) There will be 3 approach routes to Berkeley that will be announced at that morning.
All approach routes will lead to the US Marine Officer Selection Office at 64 Shattuck Square - it's a one way street and therefore will be on your left side. After driving past the recruiting office, please park your vehicles carefully as I'm quite sure the parking police will be around. I would park one vehicle (includes motorcycles) per parking place as long as you don't mind the paring fees - also - I've been warned about feeding the meters.
Move your wheels periodically so as not to get cited or towed. Coordinate with each other on shifting vehicles. If you park in lot that is restricted to customers, then buy a cup of coffee or a coke, or whatever. I can make a drink last a LONG time.
While wandering around like any other tourist, if you talk to shop owners, please remember, we're not there to get in THEIR faces, but to make a point to the City Council. If our presence, our taking parking places, our not spending money has a negative impact on the individual business owners, they will need to go to make a decision on who to recall and who to vote for.
If the individuals don't like the war, don't like the administration, don't like the military, GTG, but what the City Council has done is baloney! Besides, if they don't like the military, then why would they want our money.
I'm asking Melanie Morgan and MAF to start speaking at 12 in front of the Recruiting Office. Other speakers are welcome. I'm asking Capt Lund and some of his staff to be there, in uniform of course.
Purpose of this Mission is to show support for the troops in general, all veterans, and for the Marine Recruiting Office. It is not for physical confrontation - that needs to be avoided. We need to set the example - Code Pink, ANSWER and the other moonbats would love to see us get slammed in the media and they will try to do that.
On Feb 12 there were a couple of people attending who apparently were there just to cause trouble. Please be careful. I am by no means saying "turn the other cheek". I'm just asking that you are careful with any response - let them take the fall.
If you need places to camp or stay - please remember to get a place outside of Berkeley.
I need some volunteers - one or two to handle billeting for those that need it arriving Friday nite and/or staying Saturday nite. I need a couple of riders - 4 to 8 - to help get people to Shattuck Square and then to help with getting people pointed to parking areas. I'm also asking a local CB/HAM/motorcycle club to help with any communications necessary. If your scoot is equipped with comm gear, please ID yourself at check in (IF you want to be put to work). And I need couple of people to help coordinate at the staging area.
Currently we know that Trader Vic's is offering us a banquet room that evening for a buffet dinner. They are also giving us 15% off coupons. We will work on some more like minded stuff.
Response - if you are coming, please respond with just numbers - I only need names if you are available to help (you pick the category). And I need to know numbers for Trader Vic's - they have 2 different room sizes and need to put one aside for us. Normally I respond to every email. HOWEVER, because of the anticipated volume of response, I will only respond on offers to help or to questions.
PGR Regional Ride Captain
SgtMaj, Marine ret
|Date:||Saturday, March 22, 2008|
|Created by:||Eagles UP! West|
As you can see it was created by Doug Lyvere, SgtMaj, Marine ret.
Although MAF or Free Republic aren't involved in the organization of this event, it looks like some Move America Forward folks will be there, as well as many California Free Republic members.
Pinging some activist California FR members and others that have expressed interest in what is going on out here on the Left Coast.
Hay Jim, pack up your family and come on up!
Thanks for the ping. I cannot get up there this weekend but will do all I can from SoCal.
Prayers up and ping to a few.
Martin, can you ping some folks, please?
BOYCOTT BERKELEY ping list.
FReepmail me to be added or removed.
I sent this to everyone I know.
Thanks! The country needs more motivation, and I thank you for helping to provide it!
Thanks to everyone for all of your support!
That last picture is interesting- the ADT sign shows they are aware they need store security; yet they don’t seem to think our country needs the security provided by the Military- amazing stupidity.
The Berkeley situation may inadvertently turn into a boon for Emeryville businesses. Hope it’s a nice town.
So maybe they are patriotic.
On a side note, the whole Berkeley Fire Dept supports the Marines, Troops and the Recruiting Office.
One of the bay area towns close to Berkeley has made a declaration condemning the Berkeley City Council and the mayor for their un-patriotic actions. I think it is San Pablo
Thanks for the PING
Thanks for the ping.
I just got this in email this morning:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Doug Lyvere (415) 309 -2510 or EaglesUp@Lyvere.com
Red, White and Blue Rolls Over Berkeley
Eagles Up Leads Effort to Show Support for 'Lightning Rod" Marine Office
BERKELEY- Grassroots group Eagles Up will muster Saturday in Berkeley to pushback against the anti-American antics of the City of Berkeley and its anti-military minions, while showing overwhelming support for U.S. Marines.
Hundreds of patriots on motorcycles are expected to roar into town from around the western United States, while other true Americans roll into Berkeley to stand with the bikers at the Marine Recruiting center on Shattuck Avenue.
"We expect a massive crowd to send a message to the city of Berkeley, Code Pink and any other anti-military group that Americans are sick and tired of their hateful, dangerous behavior," said Doug Lyvere, Eagles Up (website: www.EaglesUp.us) organizer.
Melanie Morgan, popular radio personality and chairwoman of Move America Forward (website: www.MoveAmericaForward.org) and Catherine Moy, MAF's executive director, will address the crowd assembled Saturday to show support for the Marine Corps officer selection office that "peace" protesters have attacked. Move America Forward is the nation's largest pro-troop organization and has been on the frontlines against the anti-war crowds harassing our Marines in Berkeley.
"We encourage all American patriots to stand with Eagles Up and the Marines," Morgan said. "I hope to see Move America Forward's supporters at the muster to show our love and support for our troops."
Eagles Up led a march last week in the nation's Capitol to counter demonstrations planned by antiwar groups.
Radical group Code Pink has protested at the Marines office since at least October, when MAF first staged a counter-protest. On January 29th, the Berkeley City Council gave Code Pink a free regular event permit, sound permit and reserved parking for their protests. The City Council also called the Marines "uninvited" "Intruders" and has refused to apologize for the slander.
The mayor has expressed a willingness to extend similar rights to other organizations, but only for recurring protests of the Marine office. Move America Forward's request for similar rights to protest the city council were denied, and EaglesUp is paying for the permits for Saturday's events.
Many patriotic motorcycle groups are expected to attend and stage formal rides to and from the event, which will feature speakers at noon.
WHO: EaglesUp, Patriot Guard, MAF's Melanie Morgan, Catherine Moy, and an assembled crowd
WHAT: A patriotic rally with prominent speakers
WHEN: This Saturday 3/22/08 with a crowd starting to form around 10 a.m. and speakers at noon
WHERE: the Marine officer selection office at 64 Shattuck Square in Berkeley
WHY: to support the Marines and their right to operate in Berkeley
http://www.eaglesup.us - Where there is no offense, there is no effect.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
I’ll be there.
When I watched the interview in the ABC link above, it seemed to convey that MAF would not counter-protest when the anti-American crazies stage an event in front of a Military Recruiting Office in order to not incense the mentally deficient crazies to more foaming at the mouth spewing.
I do believe the office could be normally closed on Saturdays, but I don't know.
If it is open, the rally tomorrow should make it easier for people to go in and enlist.
This is one of several offices in the Bay Area, and sometimes it is closed on a normal business day as the recruiters are at another office.
Thanks for the ping. This kind of support means allot to our Marines.
Give Berkeley a lesson in patriotism Saturday.
If possible, after report and pics for those of us long distance and out of state, purty please!
The Berkeley City Council is only charitable toward groups protesting the Marine OSO. Troop Support groups are out of the question in their biased anti-war/anti-military approach.
Out of curiosity, what is the cost of the permits in Berkeley? Can you insert a "Pay Pal" button for donations in this thread? It might generate funding from supporters who can't be there.
I'm thrilled to know that some of our MCL members plan to be there. There will also be some bikers who learned of the Rally from the sign posted in our store window. Watch for MO tags. :)
Take lots of pictures! Wish I could be there to stand with all of you, and I'll be there in spirit.
For those that aren't familiar with the term Marine OSO, it stands for Marine Corps Officer Selection Office, also referred to as the Marine Recruiting Office.
I have seen several posters here and other boards ask why do they have an office in Berkeley, filled with commies, eviromentalwacos and America hating hippies.
It's because they recruit from those going to UC Berkeley...and any others who happen to drop by. A lot of people think there can be no good found in a town like Berkeley, and a school like UC Berkeley, but the Marine are smarter than than...
They also recruit at the local Berkeley High School.
More on that when I update the thread I started Wed about the pinko commie 5 year thingie.
I'm thrilled to know that some of our MCL members plan to be there. There will also be some bikers who learned of the Rally from the sign posted in our store window. Watch for MO tags. :)
Now that's cool, Brat!
Thanks for all you do to make these events so much better.
I do like to make things clear so for those that do not know MCL stands for Marine Corps League, a great reference site for all things Marine.
As far as donations are concerned, you might click on the Eagles Up! West link at the bottom of the article posted at the top of this thread. It will get you to email to Eagles Up and you may find a way to donate there.
Free Republic, because of it's structure and nature, I don't believe would be able to allow a paypal button on a thread to donate to another organization.
I met a female Marine Staff Sargent last year who was engaged to a Marine who was a recruiter in Berkeley at the time (he may have since been transferred). She was just an amazing woman. During our conversation I said that it must be a very difficult job to recruit out of Berkeley, your fiance must be some guy. She said, “Yes he is. Soft spoken, even tempered, calm, and tough as nails.” She told me that occasionally while passing out cards he would have a Berkeley punk toss the card on the ground in front of him, to which he would say, very calmly, “Pick that up and hand it back to me.” She said smiling, “They always do, and if you saw my fiance you would know why!” We both laughed.
She also said you would be surprised by the quality of the recruits from the area, which is very high. Maybe the good ones are few and far between but they are more sold out and better Marines because they overcome so much by living in that environment.
Drango will B there...and is giving up his March Madness to stand tall for the troops.
We won’t be in Berkeley but we’ll be showing our support at the usual place for our Troops :)
I’m thinking up a clever poster now and maybe a pic of a devil dog chewing pink boa feathers.
Capt. Lund who is the recruiter in Berkeley now is an awesome guy too.
I met him a week ago just as he was closing up shop.
Earlier that day when he stepped out to get something to eat, the loony leftists had plastered the windows with notes and little signs with their standard childish slogans on them.
The cops outside told me about that, and how when he came back he ripped them all down.
There is a video on U tube of him doing that.
What I wondered, but didn't think to ask the cops “guarding” the office, why they allowed the pinko sicko’s to vandalize his office, a Federal office at that.
In their defense, the cops there that day were nice guys doing their job just fine otherwise.
That was the day that two pinkos got arrested for vandalizing the inside of the office (well actually for not leaving when instructed to by the police) later when he went into one of the back offices for a minute.
Read my next post
She did a good plug for tomorrow's Support The Troops Rally.
A couple of things that made me grin were some phrases that I think she has coined.
She referred to the code pink, WCW, ANSWER etc traitors as loony leftists, and Cross Dressing Punks in Pink! The CD Pee Pee’s LOL. (I added the acronym)
She mentioned that info is at eaglesup.us and that many PGR and other bikers are gathering in Emeryville to convoy to the rally site.
The event begins I believe at 10:00 AM, with the speakers starting at Noon.
Drango, see you there!
NICELY DONE, Syncro.
Thanks for that story Syncro. Captain Richard Lund is one of my heroes after reading his commentary defending the Marines in the liberal Berkeley Daily Planet. For anyone who hasn’t read it:
“Commentary: An open letter to Code Pink” by Captain Richard Lund USMC
Semper Fi Captain Lund!
Thanx for carrying the flag.
“I’m thinking up a clever poster now and maybe a pic of a devil dog chewing pink boa feathers....OORAH”
Maybe USMC Brat will loan you their devil dog for the day LOL (awesome Bull dog with Boycott Berkeley beneath). I wish I were a computer cartoonist, we could really have some fun.:)
"Maybe USMC Brat will loan you their devil dog for the day LOL (awesome Bull dog with Boycott Berkeley beneath). I wish I were a computer cartoonist, we could really have some fun.:)" - 444Flyer
This is actually two jpeg files.
I've made some t-shirts with iron-on transfers from jpeg's harvested on the internet. (Not this one in particular.) You can buy the iron-on paper at Office Depot and Office Max office supply stores.
You may like this Devil Dog as well.
Reading about that incident when it happened highly ticked me off! Do you have a link to the video?
Here's a great music video message (compilation) to Berkeley
Berkeley Out of America Now! by jonnymordant.
Love it. Maybe Sgt Grit could print up some bumper stickers for us LOL. They carry great stuff.
500 motorcyclists to back Marines
BERKELEY About 500 motorcyclists are expected to converge on the U.S. Marine recruiting center today to support the Marines who have been the target of protests by many anti-war groups for several months.
A group called Eagles Up will gather in Emeryville this morning and buy food, water, gas and other supplies needed for the day. They will keep their receipts and on Monday event organizer Doug Lyvere will present the stack to the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, he said.
The idea is to penalize Berkeley financially for its recent anti-military vote. On Jan. 29, the council called the military recruiting center “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”
Amid heavy criticism and threats by Republican lawmakers to withdraw federal funding, council members later moderated their position saying they oppose the war in Iraq but support the troops. Still, they refused to apologize.
Lyvere said they want to send a message of support for U.S. Marines.
“We expect a massive crowd to send a message to the city of Berkeley, CodePink and any other anti-military group that Americans are sick and tired of their hateful, dangerous behavior,” said Doug Lyvere, Eagles Up organizer. People will come from all over the state and beyond, organizers said.
The group is expected to be at the center from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Melanie Morgan, chairwoman of Move America Forward, and Catherine Moy, Move America Forward’s executive director, will address the crowd
The Marine recruiting center at 64 Shattuck Square has been the site of anti-military protests from CodePink and the World Can’t Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime and other groups for about six months. The Council gave CodePink a free regular event permit, sound permit and reserved parking for their weekly protests.
Mayor Tom Bates has offered to extend similar rights to other organizations doing recurring protests of the Marine office.
“About 500 motorcyclists are expected to converge on the U.S. Marine recruiting center today to support Marines who have been the target of protests by many anti-war groups for several months.”
Now that my friend, is something beautiful. Nothing like a Leatherneck on a Harley. Those bikes will be nice and loud to wake up Berkeley (you guys get to have all the fun today).:)
Due to family obligations (and it is blessing not burden), I will be unable to attend today. But know this event in Berkeley today has been prayed for in the FR thread below and in my personal prayer times since Doug sent out the first email several weeks ago. With the action in Berkeley especially in mind the Lord had me post a new prayer this mornig. In addition, throughout the day I will continue to cover this in worship and prayer from the homefront. By the way, I also had the privilege of meeting Captain Lund back in October when a friend and I went behind Code Pink lines and without wasting our time engaging them, we simply took gifts into the recruiting station. As only God could have set it up (and in direct answer to my friends’ prayers) one of the SF television news crews was filming an interview with Lund and then covered our delivery of the gifts on the nightly news showing the Marines DO have supporters! Lund is a great man and the article he wrote the following week superbly written. He and his family are in my prayers as well.
Are You Called to Provide Worship & Prayer Cover For Those Who Support Our Troops & Our Military
May God’s presence be a mighty covering there today. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
God bless America. God bless our troops. God bless those who support them!
AWESOME! That'll be such a beautiful sight! Berkeley will hear a clear thundering message: "America Supports Our Troops!"
God Bless you all. Keep your spirits high.
God Bless all of them. Hope there are lots of photos! That will teach them to mess with our Marines!!
What are the odds that we’ll see anyting about this tonight on the National News?
Go online to all the major news networks and ask them to cover this story. Send them this Breaking News link: 500 motorcyclists to back Marines
“What are the odds that well see anyting about this tonight on the National News?
Minus 5% is probably better. Talk about spitting on your own. These people are truly ignorant. They probably never had to work for a thing in their lives—they’re takers and complainers.
As a grandmother I should know better but it would be very difficult for me to keep from throwing something at these people. Thank God there are patriots ready to stand up to them. They would sell out our country in a minute—I wouldn’t trust any of them.
Well, that was cool - I couldn’t stay all day, but I was there for about two hours today. I took a picture or two and I’ll be putting together one of my little reports later today. I’ll post the link when it’s ready.
I wouldn’t want to hazzard a guess as to the count but many hundreds (not counting the four from code pink).
Thank you very much for the wonderful report!
I will print it and take it to my local Florida recruiting office this week.
Thank you to everyone who participated on behalf of all patriotic Americans!