Repeal DADT NOW: May 11th Lobby Day & National Recruitment Campaign
February 25, 2010
The Human Rights Campaign today launched a national action alert to recruit service members, their families and allies to gather in one of the largest showings of veteran support for the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" (DADT) on May 11, 2010, as Congress begins to take action on the Defense Department budget.
The Lobby Day action, in partnership with Servicemembers United, will build a national network of gay and straight veterans willing to give voice to repeal. Focusing on key states where congressional support for repeal is critical, veteran leaders will recruit, train and mobilize their broad community to become effective voices for change. To assist in that effort, HRC field staff has been dispatched to five states – Florida, Indiana, Nebraska, Virginia and West Virginia, with other states to follow in the months ahead. To elevate the campaign, HRC’s national action alert includes an emailed survey to find and build service member participation for the May 11th Lobby Day. HRC is asking members and supporters to pass it along to anyone they know with military connections. To sign up and to join the growing network of supporters to repeal DADT, visit: www.hrc.org/RepealDADT. Said HRC President Joe Solmonese:
“We know that nothing elevates this issue more than the personal stories of veterans and their families who have been so burdened by this law. Too many members of Congress have been removed from the direct impact of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell.’ We hope this national call to lobby will activate former service members and their families to speak candidly and bluntly about the damage caused by this law."