Hats off to the Berkeley College Republicans who have applied for a permit to demonstrate in front of the Marine Recruiting Center in downtown Berkeley at the same time that Code Pink is demonstrating against the Marines. The Campus newspaper at Berkeley, The Daily Californian, reports:
The Berkeley College Republicans are looking to get the same permit privileges that anti-war group Code Pink use to protest outside the Marine recruiting center in Downtown Berkeley.
Working with Councilmember Kriss Worthington, the group is asking for sound waiver permits and a parking spot reservation outside the center on Wednesdays from 12 to 4 p.m., the same time Code Pink protests outside the center, said Kimberly Wagner, activism chair for the Berkeley College Republicans.
"(Code Pink's) claim is that they're protecting free speech," she said. "I kind of don't feel they are, they are inhibiting the recruitment center in general. It's important that they are not unopposed, that there are people willing to fight them. Even though it's Berkeley, the liberal center of America, there will be people (opposed)."
One of the craziest of the left wingers on the Berkeley City Council is indicating that the Council may discriminate against the students:
Councilmember Dona Spring said many organizations approach the council to get permits, but the council gets to make the final decision.
"They have every right to apply for it, but the City Council has every right to grant it or not grant it," she said.
If the City Council does not grant them a permit, the Berkeley College Republicans will circulate another petition that calls for the re-evaluation of Code Pink's permits, Wagner said.