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|
“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!
It sure would be nice to see a few thousand in support of our Marines show up and turn the town upside down.
Thanks - it was a real pleasure to write this one. Usually it kind of feels like wading through the swamp...
And all Patriots who Support them!
Thanks for taking us there. You rock!!!
I also just uploaded a token amount of video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlkSRYyYMrU
Melanie Morgan: "I've never felt safer in the City of Berkeley" - "Where's Code Pink?" - "Today you OWN the streets with your Patriotism and Pride!" She sure is an inspiration and a motivator.
Hearing the Retired Marines, Veterans and Patriots sing 'The Marine Corps Hymn' makes my heart swell with pride honor and respect. "We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine."
Dennard has since established Brigade America where he is compiling a listing of businesses supporting a Boycott of Berkeley. The hyperlinks on the page are not formatted correctly, but it's easy enough to copy the URL to visit webpages and Google businesses where the website is not listed.
Brigade America goes to Berkeley:
Today, March 22, 2008 something happened in Berkeley that I thought Id never see in my entire life. Eight hundred plus Pro-Troop demonstrators, at least 450 of whom arrived on Motorcycles, waved flags, sang the national anthem, actually said the Pledge of Allegiance, and spoke out over loudspeakers on Shattuck Avenue in support of our American soldiers and their right to recruit all over the country. A young Marine who had recently returned from Iraq was put up on the platform. He had been receiving hugs from Gold Star Moms (mothers of fallen warriors), thank yous and semper fis all day and was pretty choked up. He said the Vietnam Vets never had a homecoming welcome like this and stopped to thank all of the Vets present for their service (there were many), as well as recognizing the many Gold Star Moms and Dads present, and the many Americans who turned out to support the troops, whether they agreed with the war in Iraq or not.
Code Pink who had been out in force on the 12th of Feb. numbered 6 today.
Berkeley, the bastion of anti-military, anti patriotic thought and action, saw something today that I dont think has ever happened in that city before. One Berkeley dad was out there with his sons and by the looks on their faces you could tell they had come to Shattuck Avenue to look at new species- people who and appreciate love our soldiers. Cars drove by honking and waving at all the American flags and the police stood guard in front of the Marines Recruiting Station although today they didnt need to, because today, everyone was just going in to say Thank You.
I thought youd all like to know about it. Berkeley felt like Montana today and that is nothing short of a miracle. It felt great to be there.
Best to all,
I think you may have posted on that thread
Brian, thanks for coming to Berkeley yesterday and laying out verbally to that city how you and your company are responding to their un-American anti-Military pro-code pink pro-antiAmerican actions, and pointedly their wish to drive out the USMCOSO from Berkeley and deny the Marines their right to do business where ever they chose to.
Your comments were awesome and welcome by everyone in the crowd.
Well except for the Head of the Chamber of Commerce, who is kinda like Obama.
He says he disagrees with the City Council and the Mayor, but will NOT chastise the lefty loonys or the Mayor or the Council (he and the Mayor are now BFF's) but a Support The Troops and The Military Rally (which did not require the use of riot gear by the police as the leftist liberal protests do) apparently makes him "cringe."
Thanks again, it was good to see you there.
USMC Brat, thanks for the link to his site. I forgot he was going to do that.