By Kristin Bender, Contra Costa Times
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.