Berkeley Letters of Thanks to City Council


We've sent thousands of emails of support thanking the Berkeley City Council for standing up for Peace. Here's a sampling of Amazing Letters of Support to the Berkeley City Council:

Dear Berkeley City Council,

As a 28 year resident of Berkeley, who values peaceful altermatives to conflict, thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. AS THE MOTHER OF TWO TEENAGERS,ONE OF WHOM HAS RECEIVED UNSOLICITED AND UNWELCOME RECRUITMENT MATERIALS FROM THE MILITARY, I know this is a very important issue to me and to many other families.

We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back.

 It is especially upsetting that this station is just blocks away from the high school, where they target people not yet old enough to really know what war means.

Thank you for your stand from a Berkeley parent who cares mot only that her teenagers not be recruited, but equally as important that they not try to recruit other people's children due to a lack of economic opportunity or money for higher education.


Susan
Berkeley, CA

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I was a student at U.C. Berkeley over 30 years ago, and before that helped elect a courageous man, Ron Dellums to the City Council.  I remember when he was a lone voice for us.  Berkeley has had a tradition of working hard to end wars, and I struggled to end the Vietnam War.  Now I live in North Carolina, and watch our young people expend their health, their lives and their futures to make the oil consortiums still more wealthy.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Maja
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Thank you so very much for standing up against the war machine in the US.  It is these kinds of actions that are so needed for our country to return to a place of reason.  Such actions take real courage and so many leaders, in government, lack this, but you have shown yourselves to be not only courageous but also to be true patriots to our nation and champions of what is right.  Paraphrasing Vandana Shiva, you have helped to turn,    fear and hopelessness into fearlessness and hope

Bless you in your important work,

Shauna
Vancouver, BC 98801

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!
As a Canadian, I am supportive of any move that restricts the US military machine. I am happy to see that cities and states have taken the initiatives on the environment; now, with this pioneering from Berkeley, we may hope for
kind of responsible opposition that Congress has so pathetically failed to provide.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Andrea
Toronto, ON

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

GJ Heijneman
Beethovenstraat 162

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Why does the USA (and particularly the Bush administration) turn to military force as its FIRST resort?! Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Bill
Worcester, MA 01604-2545

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

It takes courage to take a stand for peace, and to be specifically against the war machine. It takes courage to state that military recruitment is unwelcome in the City of Berkeley. And it takes courage to stick to your position in the face of national media exposure, and pressure from every quarter, except your constituents.

Kudos. Well Done. Fantastic.

With Gratitude and Best Wishes,
Srinivasan
Fremont, CA 94539.

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Oh how I wish every local government had
this kind of commitment to what is sane,
moral and...spiritually correct!

It is so good to see your courage!!!!!

Thank you so much for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Julie
Eureka, CA 95501
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Dear Berkeley City Council,

AWESOME JOB!  We appreciate the stand you took and hope that  you will stick to your stance!

Katherine
Southfield, MI 48076

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Thank you for taking a stand against Marine  recruiting in Berkeley.  In opposing the war(s) nothing is more important than making contact with those who are already in the  military, or are being enticed to join it.

Sincerely,


Rafael
Syracuse, NY 13210

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Congratulations on standing up to the recruiters for Empire.  A new world is possible!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Peter
Bellingham, WA 98225

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Texas Thanks You for Standing Up for Peace!                                          

Dear Berkeley City Council,

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. I'm hoping that the Austin, Texas (where I live) city council might follow your inspiring lead!

With heartfelt gratitude from Texas,

Stephen
Austin, TX 78703

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I am thrilled - THRILLED - that you have taken action contrary to the failed military policies of this foundering administration.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having the courage to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley.  The eyes of a grateful world, as well as the local community, are upon you.

Sincerely,
Michael
Mill Valley, CA 94941

415 812 9225

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Your decision is marvelous & most encouraging as these horrible wars continue.

I pray in thanksgiving for your decision.

We have many cousins who made Berkeley their home.

Having family in Iraq (mostly Baghdad) this decision is so meaningful.    Be strong, don't yield.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

 Marie
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Rock on with your bad selves.
Other communities will see that this kind of action is legal, possible, and desirable.

With admiration for your metal-ness,
C. L.

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

All power to the Berkeley City Council! Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Tarak Kauff  Veterans for Peace
Woodstock, NY 12498

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

THANKS!!
GO BERKELEY!!

With heartfelt gratitude,
Morton
Stillwater, OK 74075

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I am the wife of a soldier.  I support your efforts to tell recruiters they are not welcome in your city. They lie. They ruin our lives. They need to be kept away from our nation's children.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Tammara
Helena, MT 59601

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

As a '78 alumnus of UC Berkeley and a former resident, I extend a mahalo for having the courage and fortitude to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace. Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities. Borrowing from an old Vietnam War slogan: One mission of peace, many fronts!

Aloha a me pumehana,

Mari
Honolulu, HI 96822

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I wish more communities were doing this!  And I wish the two Democratic candidates were not supporting the legislation which stips universities of federal support if they don't allow recruiters on campus.  Perhaps this message will send thema wake up call.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Mark
Ithaca, NY 14850

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

As a former long time Berkeley resident I commend your continued commitment opposing this war and the Bush administration.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Eleta
Kamuela, HI 96743

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

THANK YOU for standing up to the Marine Recruiters and to the monsters invading our city with their maim-the-children agenda. I'm a citizen of Berkeley, and I support you 100%.

Andy
Berkeley, CA 94702

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Though we are far apart, I feel your love for all humankind and devotion to larger good. There is a bond between people who love and work for Peace on Earth. It is a bond that can be felt in our very souls. We don't need to know each others names or ever to talk. We don't need to see one another with our eyes.

We are connected to something very powerful.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

bernadette
Eugene, OR 97404-3191

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HOW MANY OF AMERICAS CHILDRENS LIVES YOU MAY HAVE SAVED BECAUSE OF YOUR ACTIONS!  THANKYOU!

Dear Berkeley City Council,

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Christina
Wolftown, VA 22727

540-948-5303

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Bravo ! for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. Your ingenuity and courage is inspiring other cities to resist the war machine.

With gratitude,

Craig
Dothan, AL 36303


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Dear Berkeley City Council,

As a business woman and Libertarian I am, every day, shocked by the War Machine in this country.  Whatever I can do to help slow it down let me know.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

karenhelen
Ventura, CA 93005


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Dear Berkeley City Council,

If you've spoken for the majority of your community and with the interests of your community in mind, as it seems to me you have done, you have nothing to consider  with respect to any nay-sayers, war-mongers or hate-mongers.  Stand your ground, and in peace.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Kathy
Columbia, SC 29206

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

War ruins all families.  Recruiting men and women into the military isn't the answer to our world's problems.  We need to focus our energy on finding peaceful solutions,  I applaude your move! Thank you!

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Heather
Stoughton, MA 02072

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

 It is time we stand up to the military mind set.  In the past the military preformed some some appropriate actions.  In the year 2008 we must start to think of other ways to solve our problems.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Eric
Grand Junction, CO 81503

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I am a Vietnam Veteran and want to "Thank you" for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,
Frank
Vancouver, WA 98664
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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I'm not from US and I fully endorse your nobleness in standing against sending more of your young people (well, our young people, the world is only one) to kill and die to raise funds for an insane president and his mafia.

Let all your hate mail rest in piece in the trash bin as examples on how your courage is important. "That that doesn't kill me only makes me stronger".

Sincerely yours,
Grilo D
Brasil
Santo André

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

As a veteran who feels she was duped by her recruiter, I thank you.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Karolina
Woodbridge, VI 22191

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Back from the mid 60's to the late 70's, my husband and I resided in Berkeley and it still holds a place in our hearts. We are so pleased that the people and city officials remain witnesses to the possibility of a more peaceful and just world.
Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Margaret
Tucson, AZ 85745

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

You guys are an amazing example of the scope activism can take when it's supported   by local government. I thank you for asserting your right to run the city as you please, and for standing against the pressures of a war mindset. Please take heart in knowing that this Orange County, CA resident supports you.

With heartfelt gratitude,

karen
anaheim, CA 92804

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I live in New York, and I was very angry to learn that, as part of the Bush administration's "No Child Left Behind," schools are required to give army recruiters access to their student data, unless parents officially opt out (and opting out once is not enough!).  Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley.  We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Mary
Clifton Park, NY 12065

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Wow!  How like Berkeley to lead the nation in showing that most of the people want to end our military adventurism abroad and bring our women and men home to hold jobs and tend families and make the US a mmodel of peaceful prosperity.

Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

 Marilee
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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Thank you!..thank you!....thank you! a million times over for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. There are so few people left in this country that have the courage to stand up for what they believe.

So many of us are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope...when there is so little hope left.....in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Nancy

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

I live in New Mexico, the heart of the nuclear military complex, so I can fully appreciate your resolve on this issue.  Continue to stand up as true American patriots; and thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!  Once again, you are the real American patriots!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Stan

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

Wow!!! This is excellent. You're an amazing City Council. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Maureen

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Dear Berkeley City Council,

WE ARE ALL WATCHING AND ARE PROUD THAT YOU ARE STANDING UP FOR WHAT WE ALL KNOW TO BE TRUE.
Thank you for having the courage and conviction to tell military recruiters they are not welcome in Berkeley. We are grateful for your commitment to peace, and your brave stand has already ignited hope in the hearts of so many people around the country.  Your courage is inspiring other cities to rise up against the war machine in their communities.  We know you are in the forefront ~ we want you to know we have your back!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Debbie