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CED students initiated a community outreach program to mobilize anti-war sentiment - an 'easy sell' in Berkeley, given the growing radicalization of town residents.
In response to the 'guerilla gardening' that had created People's Park on a vacant University-owned lot in 1969, California Governor Ronald Reagan authorized military helicopters to spray the campus with tear gas. As it drifted, children in schools and patients in hospitals also became victims. National Guard militia turned the city into an occupation zone, complete with a nightly curfew and laws against public assembly.
In the wake of "The Battle of Berkeley," numerous townspeople were happy to display student-made placards declaring that theirs was a "Home for Peace."