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Motorcyclists gearing up for rally at U.S. Marine center

By kbender
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 1:58 pm in Uncategorized.

 

When Eagles Up, the pro-military group, rode into Berkeley in March they designated the city as a “no spend zone” to penalize the city financially for its anti-military stance.

Except for buying a pizza, organizers said bikers didn’t spend a dime in Berkeley. Well, the group has changed its’ tune and is returning to the city this Saturday to show Berkeley a little love and some dead presidents.

“This time, I think we should spend money - at every establishment that has two things displayed in their window -  an American flag (and)  a sign that says, “We Support the Troops,” organizer Doug Lyvere, the director of Western Operations for Eagles Up, tells me. The group will converge on the U.S. Marine center at 64 Shattuck Square about 10 a.m. Saturday and rally until noon when Move America Forward leader Melanie Morgan and others will give speeches in support of the Marines, who earlier this year were called “uninvited and unwelcome intruders” by the Berkeley City Council.

Organizers, who are already scouting Berkeley for America flags and troop support signs, are also encouraging members to spend at least one $2 bill. “ They’re rare enough to make a point.  Any every business that gets at least one of these, will know that the veterans are giving back, again,” Lyvere says.  

There’s no telling how many motorcyclists will show up Saturday. Last time, organizers said there were 400 bikers who spent $25,000 to $30,000 in neighboring cities. That’s a lot of pizza.  

 

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5 Responses to “Motorcyclists gearing up for rally at U.S. Marine center”

  1. Janine Says:

    I wonder why you like to focus on these bikers and what they spend instead of who they really are. These bikers are racist that wear openly badges that say things like, “Vietcong Hunting Club”. There is no mention of that in your article. Nearly all of them wear it too, and they also ask women from Code Pink out and then threaten to kill them. Only people as ignorant and disconnected as these support this war.

  2. Expendable Says:

    I wonder why the previous commenter is making stereotypes and making assumptions based on limited data. My guess is that the previous commenter has never actually met one of the Patriot Guard. Nice way to be a discriminating fascist, by making exaggerations such as these. So much for peace, love, and tolerance.

    To set the record straight, I was in Berkeley back in March. Since there’s some sort of obsession with race these days, I am an American of Chinese descent. Theoretically, according to your line of logic, I should have been deemed a number of racially-based slurs.

    As it was, every single person I met that day was quite friendly. I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but I encountered no racism of any sort. Your assumption that everyone there was a white redneck is again wrong. I met people of all ethnicities who were participating in this event. The two most common insignia shown were the USMC’s Globe and Anchor, and the United States Flag.

    As for your claims that there were threats of violence made, those claims are fallacious. Everyone there conducted themselves with great dignity and composure. The previous commenter must be mistaking us for those of her ilk, who resort to profanity and violence, as shown in this youtube video.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=WidXymvpxJE

    In conclusion, I can safely say that the people I met in Berkeley back in March were some of the finest and most interesting people I’ve ever met. Perhaps, if the previous commenter could separate the person from their beliefs and actually civilly converse with one, they would agree. However, I have the feeling that the previous commenter will continue to make stereotypes and racist remarks such as these.

  3. julia Says:

    ‘Nearly all of them wear it too’, True, that is a sweeping generalization and I don’t know if the following is true either;
    and they also ask women from Code Pink out and then threaten to kill them,
    but I do know that there are two sides of the story and ppl on both sides are not willing to see the other side the complete opposite of their own belief and opinion.
    The video the person above recommended is weak at best.

    watch this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ed29mX1ps

    Feb 12, 2008 was an interesting day in Berkeley and it will most definitely be interesting tomorrow. every one come out…voice your opinions, this is America, land of the free, they protect our rights to speak openly,damn it, so do it.

  4. Dave Says:

    Eagles Up — what a boring group of old farts! They should also go back to the 60s with their babyboomer crap.

  5. Nan Says:

    Yeah, why can’t the old farts on either side go back to their nursing homes and leave us in Berkeley alone?!

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