Lacking Funds, Code Pink to Close East Bay Office

Photo: Code Pink, the controversial activist group, closes the doors of its Albany office (pictured above) this week.
Chris Chung/Photo
Code Pink, the controversial activist group, closes the doors of its Albany office (pictured above) this week.

Video »

Code Pink Closes East Bay Chapter's Office

Protest group Code Pink is being forced to close the office of their East Bay chapter due to economic troubles.

Slideshow »

Lacking Funds, Code Pink to Close East Bay Office
Look back at Code Pink's activism in Berkeley over...

Related Articles »

  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

Financial strain and an expired lease have caused the East Bay chapter of Code Pink, which has staged protests outside the Marine Corps recruiting center in Downtown Berkeley for over a year, to close its Albany office this week.

The local group became known nationally after it was sanctioned by a city resolution in January 2008 that labeled the Marine recruiters "unwelcome intruders." Nearly a year later, it is left without its longtime center of operations.

The group, which does not receive any funding from its national affiliate, Code Pink Women for Peace, relies on donations and has not yet found a source of funding.

"We've been really struggling this year," said Brenda Hillman, a Code Pink volunteer from Kensington. "It's hard when you put direct energy into activism, you don't have energy to put into fundraising."

The group was funded in large part by $50 monthly pledges from six members until last November, when three stopped donating. Members said other cuts would have to be made in addition to closing the office, which the group rented for $350 per month.

"Sadly, there aren't bundles of money ... There's no guilt, we're all fervent activists, we come to action as we are able," Hillman said.

At a vigil outside the recruiting center Wednesday, members said they will continue their activism.

"We won't be visible on Solano Avenue, but we'll be busy everywhere else," said Zanne Joi, local coordinator for the East Bay chapter, which is one of more than 200 chapters nationwide.

Marine Sgt. Matt Deboard, marketing and public affairs director at the San Francisco Recruiting Station, said the continued protests will have no effect on recruitment efforts.

"Really, there is no reaction, (Code Pink) is free to protest and move out and move in," he said.

Some business owners near the center were dismayed by the group's continued presence.

"I can't tolerate the effect on business," said Shasin Saki, owner of Z & S Beauty Studio, which is next door to the recruiting center.

Materials remaining from the group's move-out sale this week will be moved from the office at 1248 Solano Ave. to members' homes, where meetings will be held until plans for a new site are finalized after the Nov. 5 election.

Members said financial woes will not deter their protests because they are fueled more by their enthusiasm than by their war chest.

"A lot of work (has been) done with relatively few women," Hillman said. "We have gotten a large amount of visibility with relatively small numbers."


Contact Zach Williams at [email protected]

Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Image Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill
After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the busines...Read More»
Image Sports bar to open on Telegraph Avenue
About three months ago, Larry Blake's Restaurant and Bar was boarded up aft...Read More»
Image City proposes major cuts to budget
Amid a grim national, state and local economic recovery forecast, the city ...Read More»
Image State Cinemark to provide captioning
Captioning systems will be installed in all Cinemark movie theaters in Cali...Read More»
Image Presentation shows downward trend in crime rates, ...
A presentation given by the Berkeley...Read More»
Image Former campus doctor faces charges
A former UC Berkeley health center doctor was charged Wednesday by the Alam...Read More»
Right Arrow

Job Postings

White Space