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Marching to Repeal DADT in Omaha

The following post comes from HRC's Cassie Fleming: Veterans and volunteers marched through Omaha’s streets on Saturday chanting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, D-A-D-T has got to go!” Wearing the green “repeal” t-shirts and handing out “repeal” dog tags, the group was one of the most energetic that marched in Omaha’s Pride Parade. As the marchers filed into the Pride festival grounds at the end of the parade, we took out cell phones and clip boards and put our excitement and enthusiasm to work. Our volunteers gathered signatures and helped Pride-goers call Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to urge him to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” now. Omaha Pride was not only an excellent way to get hundreds of Nebraskans in touch with Sen. Johanns over the weekend, but it was also a good way for our volunteers from across the state to come together and celebrate all the hard work they have done over the past few months. After Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson voted for repeal during the Senate Armed Services committee vote in May, our volunteers did not miss a beat in revving up the campaign to urge Republican Sen. Johanns to also vote for repeal this month. We have several events coming up: We will continue our stop-and-dial in Lincoln and Omaha. In Lincoln, we will be at the Stransky Park Concert Series at Stransky Park from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday. Contact Cassie Fleming at cassie.fleming25@gmail.com to help us out on Thursday! And, in Omaha, we will be at Shakespeare on the Green at Elmwood Park near the University of Nebraska-Omaha from 5:30 to 8 pm. Contact Rachel Gehringer-Wiar at rgw91@cox.net to help us out on Friday! Omaha volunteers will also be at the Old Market Farmer's Market Saturday morning from 9 -11:30 am. Contact Rachel Gehringer-Wiar at rgw91@cox.net to help us out on Friday and Saturday! And, make sure to attend the film showing of “Ask Not” at McFoster’s Natural Kind Café in Omaha from 7 to 10 pm on Wed, July 14. The film showing will be part of the “People’s Film Festival.” “Ask Not” is a film that addresses the issues and effects surrounding the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gay and lesbian service members. It tells the powerful stories of both current and veteran gay soldiers and explores the various campaigns and youth activism that the push for repeal has spurred. Following the film, four Omaha veterans will tell their stories, explaining how “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell” has affected them. There will be opportunities to take action by writing letters and signing the petition in support of repeal.

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