UC Berkeley Rumbles Over City Council's War Criticism

Pro- and anti-war groups plan protests
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 4:42 PM CST
UC Berkeley students walk by Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus April 17, 2007 in Berkeley, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Berkeley is getting a little of its ‘60s vibe back, with pro- and anti-war groups gearing up for a night of demonstrations as the City Council decides whether to revoke a letter critical of the Marine Corps, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The council’s letter, written 2 weeks ago, demands that the Marines abandon their recruiting post near the UC Berkeley campus.

"This is a great gift to us to be able to ignite a national debate," said a spokeswoman for an anti-war group. "We're drawing a line in the sand on Shattuck Avenue and saying the war stops here." But some dislike the focus on the council’s actions: "The tragedy is that the issue of the war seems to have gotten lost,” said one professor. "The issue instead has become Berkeley itself."