As of this writing, the Berkeley petition weighs in at 4,070 signatures. Several Marine veterans are organizing an appeal to pay for my travel and lodging so that I my deliver our petition to the Berkeley City Council at its February 12th meeting in person. I encourage the Center's supporters to join in this effort by making a donation via the Center's PayPal account.
If I permitted, I will attempt to meet with some of the city council members individually (at least the one who voted 'nay'). I will also attempt to be put on the list of public commenters to address the council at its public meeting. Reading though the rules, I may only have two minuets to address the council, so I will have to make it the most effective two minuets possible (and I expect that there will be many attempts to interrupt me with the heckler's veto).
My goal will be to explain our effort calmly and plainly, and attempt to speak to the common sense of the situation. I will state that this is not a question of a council member's individual right to be for or against the war, but instead a question concerning the proper role of local government. The Berkeley City Council has taken a stand that attacks our Constitution. Furthermore, by attacking the Marines, it is attempting to punish a strictly non-political government institution for political decisions that it does not make.
Such an attack cannot be expected to come without consequence, and my presence will be to signal that thousands of Americans are willing to cut the City of Berkeley off in answer to its reckless and ill-conceived stand.
Lastly, I will attempt to visit the Marine Recruiting station myself. If denied free entrance by protesters, I intend to use every legal means available to punish those who impede my right to visit the offices of my government.