Keeping Up The Fight For Repeal in New Hampshire
July 13, 2010
This past weekend in New Hampshire, we had some pretty outstanding volunteers on the ground in Manchester. These volunteers were gathering petition signatures, recruiting volunteers and identifying veterans. The activist community has not ceased to impress and inspire me and I’m so glad we have already met such amazing volunteers with so much passion for about repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
However, even though things are rolling along across the state, we still need every supportive individual, especially veterans, to get involved. There are many that you can help us repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Please get in touch with us at Christine.Sloane@hrc.org , to find out how you can help.
Not long ago, I received an email from an active-duty Army Captain who was about to be deployed to Iraq for his second tour. In his letter, he expressed that although he knew he was protecting freedoms that did not always apply to him, and that should he be killed his partner wouldn’t be allowed the dignity of being the first to know, it was still worth it to serve his country. He closed his email saying that while he was away on the battlefield, fighting to protect our nation, he was comforted in knowing that people back home were fighting for his freedoms, even though he himself has been silenced.
The time for repeal is this year and with your help we can make that happen.
If you are in the Manchester area, we will be continuing outreach on Saturday night. If you are in Concord, we’ll be making calls from a volunteer’s home on Sunday between 3 and 5. For the Portsmouth area, we will be writing letters to Senators Gregg and Shaheen on Thursday, July 22, and screening the PBS documentary “Ask Not,” which explores life under this discriminatory law. Please reach out to us at the email address above for more information on these events and other ways you can get involved.
There’s no time to wait, we have to act now.
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