On Tuesday May 16 more than 200 people turned out to the Berkeley City Council
in anticipation of the Council’s vote on whether or not to continue Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield. After waiting six hours for the agenda item to be heard and after giving powerful testimony, we were told that the Council once again decided to postpone the vote. The coalition and supporters staged a walkout to show the Council that we won’t stand for this kind of manipulation.
We have gotten word that the Council will now be hearing additional testimony in a special session and will actually be voting sometime in mid-June at a date, time and location to be determined. We are making sure that this special session will be held in a location that will be able to accommodate the huge number of community members who will be mobilizing
PLEASE STAY TUNED. WE STILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
We want to redouble our efforts at the upcoming meeting in showing the Berkeley City Council that they need to stand on the side of the people and not on the side of militarization and oppression.
In the meantime, please call and email the mayor and Council people to urge them to vote No To Urban Shield!
District 3/ Ben Bartlett/ (510) 981-7130/ bbartlett@CityofBerkeley.info
District 4/ Kate Harrison / (510) 981-7140 / kharrison@CityofBerkeley.info
District 5 / Sophie Hahn/ 510) 981-7150 / shahn@CityofBerkeley.info
District 6 / Susan Wengraf / (510) 981-7160 / swengraf@CityofBerkeley.info
District 7/ Kris Worthington / (510) 981-7170 / kworthington@CityofBerkeley.
District 8/ Lori Droste / (510) 981-7180 / ldroste@CityofBerkeley.info