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Grassroots Organizing Builds Support for DADT Repeal This Year

As we near Veteran's Lobby Day this coming Tuesday, the HRC and Servicemembers United "Voices of Honor" tour is winding down.  The grassroots organizing continues in our six key states -- Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia and West Virginia -- and the efforts are paying off. Just a few quick numbers for you: HRC has two dozen organizers on the ground in those six states working on events, post card campaigns, phone calls, district office visits, op-eds, letters to the editor and other earned media. Partnering with local groups we have held "Voices of Honor" tour events in more than 30 cities. We have also used these events to recruit for the Veterans Lobby Day, where we will bring more than 300 veterans from 45 states to Washington to lobby for DADT repeal. Here's a snapshot of what our organizers have accomplished and some of the great press attention we've garnered:

Florida

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Indiana

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Massachusetts

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  • Partnering with MassEquality to generate constituent contacts and earned media urging Sen. Brown to vote for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this year.
  • Several organizers based in Boston coordinating activities in the Boston area, as well as in Central Massachusetts. We have added three additional staff in the state to apply grassroots pressure.
  • 1,700+ DADT postcards signed; 1000+ phone patches made to Brown’s offices; 50+ vets identified; 10 lobby day attendees

Nebraska

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Virginia

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  • Field staff present across the state working  in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Northern Virginia and Blacksburg
  • 1,800 DADT postcards signed; 900+ calls into Sen. Webb’s district and DC offices in support of repeal; 100+ vets identified; 300+ hand written letters obtained; 50 lobby day attendees
  • In-District meetings in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Falls Church, and Roanoke.
  • 4 Voices of Honor events in Richmond, Norfolk, Blacksburg and Arlington.
  • Virginian-Pilot: "Advocates for gay troops target Sens. Warner and Webb"
  • WWBT-Richmond: "Don't ask, Don't tell activists come to Virginia to demand repeal"

West Virginia

More on our West Virginia work

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