This is good. I was hoping someone would step up and do it. The Berkeley College Republicans are applying to the city council for a protest permit that would confer the same privileges that Code Pink has received. Via the Daily Cal:
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).”
Worthington is working to have the item appear on an agenda in May.
The CRs also are circulating a petition for a protected zone around the Marine recruiting center. Funny enough, the same libs who probably have no problem with speech-free zones around abortion clinics are balking at applying the idea to recruiting centers.
Worthington said what the petition called for was “unconstitutional” and that it would not be well-received by the City Council and members of the public.
“I think anywhere in Berkeley you try to create a one mile zone of prohibiting protest, you would get more people protesting on the ban on protesting than you ever get of the original cause,” he said.
Bubble zones for thee, but not for me, eh, Berkeley?