Call Your Senators to Urge DADT Action
November 16, 2010 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW Dial (202) 224-3121 Tell them to do everything they can to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year.
The time is now. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” may be in its final moments. Years of work could boil down to what happens in the coming weeks. The Senate's "lame duck" session began this week – our last, best hope to end the discrimination this year. We here at HRC are putting all of our efforts into what could be the final push for repeal; This week we placed ads in major newspapers in key states asking everyone to call their senator and sound off on passing repeal this year; Yesterday we sent an action alert to our membership letting them know how important it is to contact senators this week, and organizers are deployed across the country rallying support to let the Senate know that the Americans want the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law repealed.
We can’t do it by ourselves. We need every one of you to pick up the phone and call your senators’ offices today. Call your senators and let them know to pass the National Defense Authorization Act with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” attached. In addition to repeal, this bill contains funding for equipment that our troops need and benefits that service members and veterans deserve. Senators need to be pushed by their constituents now, because there is little time to be wasted. With just a few weeks left on Congress’ calendar, every seconds that we delay is a moment lost.
Dial (202) 224-3121 to call the congressional switch board. Tell them where you are from and ask them to connect you to the office of your senator. You shouldn’t stop there. Tell your parents, your siblings, your friends and your coworkers; Let Facebook know, let Twitter know. We need all hands on deck. Every call that you make could push us closer to making repeal a reality. Obstructionists like Senator John McCain want to do everything they can to run out the clock until the next Congress, when even fewer pro-equality lawmakers are around to cast their vote. We have got to do everything that we can to make sure that he is not successful. Together we push senators to strengthen our military, while honoring the service and sacrifice of all of our service members. Call now.