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Nebraska Students Speak Up to End DADT

Repeal-DADT-Now-banner_600 The following post comes from Cassie Fleming: NE Alva 100_0240Rising with the sun, Nebraska HRC volunteers and activists on two separate campuses in the state awoke early this week to raise awareness and help repeal DADT. Voices of Honor special guest Eric Alva’s presentation on the two campuses capped off each morning of activism. Alva is HRC’s national spokesperson for the repeal effort, and has been traveling the country talking about his experience in Iraq, and was on hand as well. On Wednesday morning, 800 flags were placed at the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Pep Bowl. The 800 flags represented the more than 800 military specialists who have been discharged under DADT. The next morning, more than 20 students from Nebraska Wesleyan University made their way to the university’s North Lawn at 7 a.m. to help place the 800 flags there and to ambush the campus’ classrooms and common areas with flyers and chalkboard announcements for Alva’s visit to NWU. These efforts were part of the university’s two-day GLBTQIA event: “End the Silence: Speak Up, Speak Out!” NE Alva 100_0241Against a backdrop of 800 American flags waving in the wind, volunteers adorned in green repeal DADT shirts and equipped with clipboards and cell phone stopped passersby on both campuses to tell them about the significance of the flags and to encourage them to call Senator Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson right there on the spot. Alva’s presentations at UNO and NWU were followed up by question-and-answers sessions and individual conversations with several interested students and community members who are pumped to join the campaign in Nebraska. Marty Rouse, HRC’s National Field Director was also on hand to highlight the work HRC Field staff and volunteers were doing across the country to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year. Eric Alva speaks to students NE Alva 100_0231

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