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“Countdown 2010” Grassroots Campaign: Major Push for ENDA & DADT Repeal

Frustrated with the pace of progress?  Today we're launching a grassroots campaign to urge action on an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repeal of the discriminatory "Don't ask, Don't Tell" law.  LGBT people and our allies can make a real difference by making our voices heard face-to-face and in the districts where we live. Today, HRC in partnership with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), announced the "Countdown 2010" campaign -- a  nationwide effort that will mobilize grassroots supporters of equality across the country through in-district meetings as well as a call-in and email campaign. HRC and SLDN’s efforts will be specifically focused on 10 states with key lawmakers whose votes on DADT repeal are critical: Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Virginia.  HRC will also engage the LGBT community and our allies in those states on an inclusive ENDA in addition to on-the-ground work for ENDA in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Supporters of equality are encouraged to meet with Representatives and Senators while they are in their districts and states for the August Congressional recess. To participate, sign up at countdown2010.hrc.org .  There, you'll find information on scheduling meetings, videos on in-district visits and information on how to schedule a meeting and report back on how it went. In a release, HRC President Joe Solmonese said:

“As we approach the waning days of this Congressional session, we must continue to demand immediate action on critical legislation. LGBT voters and our allies will be keenly aware of Congressional action or inaction as the November elections approach.”

Aubrey Sarvis, an Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network added:

“We need supporters to contact their senators and tell them to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and follow the lead of Chairman Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill on the floor.  It is critical that we beat back any filibuster threat, defeat attempts to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments.  Senators need to hear from us now, especially in the 10 key states where our combined SLDN and HRC field teams are working now.”
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