Berkeley Daily Planet Under Attack
After reading the story, LMNOP (Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace) passed the hat around and raised $100 which we sent to the Planet, along with the following letter, written by Marin Sanders. It was in the June 18, 2009 issue:
Dear Editors of the Berkeley Daily Planet,
We of the Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace are appalled that a few individuals are attempting to shut down the Berkeley Daily Planet because it has insisted on its right to publish opinions on both sides of the Israel-Palestine issue.
The right of free speech is the very foundation of our democracy. Open and honest discussion is absolutely necessary to ensure its health and vitality. These few individuals are attempting to squelch the Planet’s position as a forum for this type of discussion through outright intimidation, threats and personal insults. They are attempting to cut off money from the paper’s sponsors. This is completely unacceptable.
We at LMNOP are offering this token to help the Daily Planet fight this challenge and ensure its right to continue to be an instrument of free speech, publishing all open and honest discussion on any issue, no matter how controversial.
Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace
WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PLANET TO KEEP THIS PROGRESSIVE PAPER GOING