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Weekend Organizing Ahead of Tonight’s DADT Event in Nebraska


Lincoln house party 3.28 It was a busy weekend here in Lincoln, Nebraska.  It started early in the morning when we saw the Lincoln Journal Star’s announcement for the two Nebraska Voices of Honor Events.  The first stop for Cassie, one of HRC’s local organizers, and me was a morning class at the University of Nebraska Lincoln to announce Monday’s Voices of Honor Veterans Panel (before we left the entire class had made calls into Senate offices).  Then we were off to the Haymarket in downtown Lincoln to get calls during the lunch time rush (35 people called in including the Mayor of Lincoln!). After a quick coffee we left to attend a letter writing house party where volunteers wrote 9 letters and made calls to fill the remaining space on both of their Senators' voicemails.  The final stop was OUTLinc’s one year anniversary celebration.  Between bites of cake and ice cream folks filled out postcards and 4 supporters signed up to host their own letter writing house parties.  Sunday we were be busy at open and affirming churches to discuss “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal during coffee hours. As part of our letter to the editor campaign, a religious voice weight in on DADT in Sunday's Omaha World Herald.  Writes Rev. Eric Elnes of Omaha:

Yet these courageous women and men many of whom have offered decades of service live with the additional danger of losing their careers, along with their dignity, for no other reason than their sexual orientation becoming known.

Volunteers make follow-up calls to encourage supporters to contact their Senators If you're in the Lincoln or Omaha areas this week, join us for an event tonight in Lincoln:

  • WHAT: Public forum on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
  • WHEN: Monday, March 29, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. local time
  • WHERE: University of Nebraska Lincoln, Union Auditorium, 1400 R Street, Lincoln, NE‎
  • WHO: Discussion to feature remarks from: U.S. Army Sergeant Stephen Vossler, a native of Friend, Nebraska, is a straight ally who served with numerous lesbian and gay service members, including Chlapowski; U.S. Army Specialist Jarrod Chlapowski, who opted to not re-enlist because of DADT and is a public policy advocate at the Human Rights Campaign; U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Kevin Vick, a linguist fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Arabic who was stationed at Offutt AFB in Omaha, NE.

and Omaha on Wednesday:

  • WHAT: Screening of “Ask Not,” a PBS documentary on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. local time
  • WHERE: Omaha Public Library, 215 S 15th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
  • WHO: Discussion to feature remarks from: U.S. Army Specialist Jarrod Chlapowski, who opted to not re-enlist because of DADT and is a public policy advocate at the Human Rights Campaign
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