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Hundreds Turn Out for DADT Event in Lincoln, Nebraska

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blog-dadt-sidebarYesterday started at 7:30 am, planting 800 American flags to raise awareness for the mission critical staff discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  We were excited to see that the UNL paper The Daily Nebraskan had printed an editorial supporting repeal.  Over the next few hours, 16 student volunteers collected over 300 postcards and made 241 calls into their Senator's offices urging Nelson and Johanns to co-sponsor legislation that would repeal this discriminatory law. Just before we packed into the UNL Union auditorium for the Voices of Honor Panel we saw that the Lincoln Journal Star had posted a story about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” profiling two veterans. IMG_3420_1520Sunburnt and tired we joined nearly 200 others at the Voices of Honor veterans forum.  Local veterans in the audience shared their experiences including a woman who had served in the Air Force for almost 20 years. For more on the forum please take a look at the story published in the Daily Nebraskan. And also take a look at the top story on the local ABC affiliate.

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Tomorrow the tour moves to Omaha with a film screening and discussion:

  • WHAT: Screening of “Ask Not,” a PBS documentary on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Omaha Public Library, 215 S 15th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHO: Discussion to feature remarks from: U.S. Army Specialist Jarrod Chlapowski, who opted to not re-enlist because of DADT and is a public policy advocate at the Human Rights Campaign

Photos courtesy of Erik Bahr

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