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24 May

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Repeal the Damn Law

 

Courage Campaign

“This is our ‘all hands on deck’ moment… We are hearing from the Hill that proponents of repeal need to be heard louder and clearer that they support a vote for repeal (this) week.” — Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, in The Advocate.

Dear The McGlynn

This week is “do or die time” for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

A few days ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to repeal the discriminatory policy — that bans gay and lesbian Americans from serving in our nation’s military — “by the end of this year.”

That’s great news, but the House is only half the battle. With the legislative calendar winding down this election year, the Senate also needs to pass a repeal and then the President needs to sign it.

Fortunately, Senate leaders are likely to start moving forward on the Defense Authorization bill as soon as this week. Including the repeal in the bill or as an amendment is exactly what we’re advocating — and it’s the strategy most likely to make it happen this year. Since this is an election year, Senators need to know that if they stand up, we’ll have their backs.

Nearly 100,000 Courage Campaign and Democracy for America members co-signed Governor Howard Dean’s open letter calling for repeal in just one week. Now it’s time for you to deliver the message to your Senators.

The time for action is now. We’re closer than we’ve ever been to ending what the New York Times editorial board on Friday called a “culture war scar on military honor that finds the nation alone among the major Western allies.”

When you deliver Governor Dean’s open letter — co-signed by nearly 100,000 Americans — the Senator and staff will know you’re backed up by a national movement of people across America who are counting on action this year.

Delivering Governor Dean’s open letter to your Senator’s local office is easy and effective. Everything you need is available on the Democracy for America (DFA) web site: office locations, directions, cover sheet and a PDF of signers in your state to print out. All you need to do is stop by an office near you and deliver it.

http://www.democracyforamerica.com/activities/339Thank you for doing your part to make sure Congress and the President finally deliver on DADT.

Eden James
Managing Director, Courage Campaign

 

Courage Campaign Equality is a part of the Courage Campaign’s multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. To get involved in Courage Campaign Equality, visit “Testimony: Equality on Trial” — our new campaign to bring the Prop 8 trial into the lives of Americans.

To support our campaign to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell this year, please make a donation today:


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