Demonstrators rally against Black Ops event at library

Apparently someone declared world peace, because the Sacramento chapter of Veterans for Peace protested a fake war - a Call of Duty: Black Ops event - at a public library last Saturday.

Protesters stood outside the library during the event (a warm-up in preparation for a December 11 tournament) holding signs with slogans like “No Library War Games,” and “War is not worth one of my grandchildren. How about yours?”

Veterans for Peace, along with several other groups, including Grandmothers for Peace, Progressive Democrats, Sacramento Area Peace Action, Wellstone Democrats, the Green Party, and the Peace & Freedom Party lodged their protests prior to the event.

“We have had three unproductive meetings with the library director and her staff. We decided to involve Sacramento people and host of other organizations who support us to protest in the midst of the video gaming session,” said VFP chapter president John Reiger.

The library, which feels that these game-focused events promote a sense of community amongst youth who might otherwise turn towards illegal activities, responded by constructing a display of books that have been condemned or banned by various organizations for their content, including Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man, Harry Potter, and the Bible.

[Sources: Examiner and The Sacramento Bee]

Nov 30, 2010


  • gabriel-meyers - May 18, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    Those groups have a right and good point in their protest. The Black Ops tournament should of never of been held at the Downtown Public Library in Sacramento. A library is no place to be holding a video game tournament, it is a place to learn and open yourself to new things. Not one to have a competition playing a video game, especially a game about war and violence. War is murder not a game!
  • WinkedUp Lozza - December 4, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    I agree with the library: it does help to prevent 'youth' from more real violent past-times, such as illegal activities, and it also brings us to the library, where we can do more 'constructive' when we're not playing CoDBO. I also agree with elpurplemonkey.
  • DoctorCrazy - December 3, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    Not too offend anyone, but stuff like this will not stop until that generation dies off. Wait, I should use a more polite term. Expires...
  • celticsfan645 - December 1, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    Wow, these people are overeacting so much reCaptcha: Varost Thinks
  • P0LARCLAW - December 1, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    Ban the Bible? Really?
  • b1utm3ister - December 1, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    Nova6 makes for productive meetings
  • foxyexplosion - December 1, 2010 6:45 p.m.

    library people being smarter than politic people ftw
  • Sharkbot - December 1, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    Yes, if i don't goto this event i will be a druggie. Dam you people who dare stop me from playing call of duty at a library. without call of duty i would be a drug addict and a gang member.
  • atomicsandman - December 1, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    lol wut?
  • librarianmike - December 1, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    I'm a library professional in Canada, and situations like this are perfect examples of how a lot of people have outdated views of the roles of public libraries. Much like the expectation of it being a quiet place, there is still very much the view that libraries are/should be 'in loco parentis'. The truth is, we are public spaces and we provide access to all people. That includes seniors, kids, teens, people with disabilities, etc. We don't place restrictions on what people can see/read/watch/play. I don't think the protesters are evil, or even stupid. They just don't 'get' games, and they're assuming the worst about them. Personally, I think they'd be better served going over to the recruiting office and protesting, you know, the real war instead of this silly pretend one. The best thing you can do to combat the kind of ignorance though, is to support your local library. Get a card, pay your fines, lobby your city/town council to increase funding.
  • Cruddi - December 1, 2010 12:45 p.m.

    Games don't create killers, Ganmothers for justice do
  • Clovin64 - December 1, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    *sigh* Why do so many people hate videogames? There are so many more types of media (films and books) that they could aim their over-sensitive hatred at, but videogames are such an easy target nowadays. Videogames do not turn kids into serial killers, and videogames did not cause 9/11. Deal with it.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 1, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    I have heard that Harry Potter was banned in some libraries, but I have no idea why. I really wish old people would try to understand videogames, how they won't turn people into crazy serial killers.
  • yasmarc - December 1, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    They're just trying to get people to stop blowing money on these crappy games. Honestly wtf is different from this and MW2....oh an RC car with C4 on it, a crossbow and betting points on matches. Welcome to free mods and 10 years ago. Valve could release a patch/addon that was the same as all these games for CS, charge $10 on Steam and make a killing. recaptcha: Indeed Guseers.....
  • Hobojedi - December 1, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    Grandmothers for Peace, really?
  • bar1scorpio - December 1, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    Wow... Faily Fail is FAIL.... I love that once again we show that hypersensitive morons can exist on any side of the political spectrum.
  • yoyoguy - December 1, 2010 6:12 a.m.

    @thatblindgamer since they have been practicing witchcraft, thats when.
  • TheMalteseFalcone - December 1, 2010 5:09 a.m.

    @shadowreaper: I could understand the veterans and the grandmothers being ignorant, as I'm sure the heads of the Veteran's are probably in the older crowd and grandmothers are...well...just that. The other organizations, though, have to realize that 1) it's a game, 2) virtual people are not REAL people, and 3) that the entire plot of Black Ops is such a MF (mindf*ck) that I highly doubt most of the more harebrained things were ever attempted. They also need to be considerate--if you don't understand/get/care about videogames, stay the hell out of our business. Also, this library=badass.
  • timothygridley - December 1, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    This is definately a case where protesting sends the wrong image. If the people who are protesting this feel like this glorifies/promotes war or is a painful reminder of a loved one lost to war or something like that they should see if they could hold an event desinged to educate the kids about what war is really like in a different location, like in the library at a different room if possible. If the protesters are just against violent games in general this is just making them appear against kids having another alternative activity to do besides some Illegal activity like the library is trying to do. Granted video games arn't the only alternative to illegal activities, but i doubt the library was claiming it is the only alternative as well. Does anybody know what the parents of the kids who are attending this event feel about all this silliness?
  • Limbo - December 1, 2010 4:47 a.m.

    That library is a badass. I can't believe how many people get overly sensitive about these sorts of things. If you're going to protest videogames, at least have some knowledge on videogames, and not just assume that they are the worst thing in the world because they can be violent.

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