BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2001
New Business:31. Bombing of Afghanistan
From: Councilmember Spring
Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140
Actions: Moved, seconded, failed (Armstrong/Olds; Noes Shirek, Worthington; Abstain Breland, Hawley, Maio, Olds, Spring, Dean) to commend our elected officials and our President for performing the difficult task of bringing together more than 60 countries to join with us in the fight against terrorism in the world and to ask the City Manager to communicate with our President commending him for refusing to rush into a thoughtless response to the 5000 deaths that occurred on September 11th, but instead taking the time to bring together an international consensus of countries from Cuba to Canada and from Saudi Arabia to Russia all joining with us in our fight to defeat terrorism worldwide.
Moved, seconded, carried (Shirek/Breland) a revised motion presented by
Councilmember Spring to adopt Resolution No. 61,310-N.S. consisting of five parts. The
motion was severed and voted on as follows:
1. Condemn the mass murder of thousands of people on September 11, 2001, and express our profound grief at the atrocities last month that killed thousands of innocent people in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, and acknowledge, honor, and support the heroic rescue efforts on the part of dedicated police and fire departments, and the city, state, and federal governments (Abstain Armstrong, Hawley, Olds)
2. Ask our representatives to help break the cycle of violence, bringing the bombing to a conclusion as soon as possible, avoiding actions that can endanger the lives of innocent people in Afghanistan, and minimizing the risk to American military personnel (Abstain Armstrong, Hawley, Olds, Dean)
3. Urge our representatives to concentrate all available resources on bringing to justice all of those who were complicit in last months violent attack, and work with international organizations toward the same end (Abstain Armstrong, Hawley, Olds, Dean)
4. Urge our representatives to devote our governments best efforts in collaboration with governments throughout the world, to addressing and overcoming those conditions such as poverty, malnutrition, disease, oppression, and subjugation that tend to drive some people to acts of terrorism (Abstain Armstrong, Hawley, Olds, Dean)
5. Request that we engage in a national campaign to lessen our dependence on oil from the Middle East and to commit to a nationwide conversion to renewable energy sources such as solar and fuel cells, within five years (Abstain Armstrong, Hawley, Olds)
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