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On the Road to DADT Repeal in Omaha

This post comes from HRC field organizer Rachel Gehringer-Wiar on the ground in Nebraska: Last Wednesday, Cassie Fleming and I hosted a screening of the PBS documentary “Ask Not” at McFoster’s Natural Café in Omaha. Thirty-five people met to view the film and enjoy delicious vegetarian and all natural food. We showed the film as a part of the weekly “People’s Film Festival” in coordination with Progressive Omaha. The atmosphere, though a little stuffy on the hottest day of the summer, was very open and friendly. After the film, Omaha veterans Matt Klang and Jeff Hurt told their stories, answered questions, and led a solid discussion about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the road to repeal. In addition to Matt and Jeff, there were a few more veterans in the audience who made valuable contributions to the discussion. All attendees signed petitions urging Senators Nelson and Johanns to vote for repeal of DADT this year and took fliers with more information. Many took the time to write handwritten letters letters to Senator Johanns as well, and others expressed interest in volunteering in Omaha for the cause. To write your own senators about repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, visit

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