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Virginia DADT Organizing in the Star City

I just got back from a great weekend trip to Roanoke, Virginia – a.k.a The Star City! It’s a beautiful part of the Commonwealth that I know well from my upbringing in neighboring Franklin County. It was great to get back to Southwest VA for some home stretch DADT organizing. My trip started with a movie screening of Ask Not on Friday evening. The event was held at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge and was cosponsored by Roanoke Equality. Community members from across the Roanoke Valley came out to watch the film and the write letters to Senator Webb asking him to support repeal of DADT this year. I had the opportunity to speak with three women – all veterans – who pledged to get more involved and help out with the repeal effort locally. Saturday, I spent the day doing community outreach and attending meetings with local activists and veterans. The studies and polls tell us that an overwhelming majority of Americans support repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Having traveled all over the state, my experiences and interactions have backed up these numbers. Virginians from every walk of life support repeal, and they want Senator Webb to lead the charge for repeal in Congress THIS YEAR! Sunday took me to two separate church services. After saying a few words at the MCC of the Blue Ridge and collecting repeal postcards there, I headed over to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke for a community potluck. Both congregations were very gracious and the congregants were eager to write letters and sign postcards. With a belly full of home cooked food, I packed up and headed back to DC late Sunday afternoon.

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