Send Your Email Of Support To Help Lt. Dan Choi Fight DADT and his protect his career!

  • metta

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    Jun 26, 2009 9:58 PM GMT

    Lt. Dan Choi

    On Tuesday at 8 a.m., I will stand trial for speaking three truthful words: "I am gay."

    On Tuesday, I will face a panel of colonels who will decide whether or not to fire me -- to discharge me for "moral and professional dereliction" under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

    On Tuesday, I will try to prove that it's not immoral to tell the truth.

    As an infantry officer, an Iraq combat veteran and a West Point graduate with a degree in Arabic, I refuse to lie to my commanders. I refuse to lie to my peers. I refuse to lie to my subordinates.

    My case requires that I provide personal testimony from people who can attest to my character. That's why several members of my military unit have written letters of support and offered to testify on my behalf.

    Now I need your help. ANYONE who believes the Army should not fire me can take a stand right now. I am bringing a statement of support to Tuesday's trial and I need you to add your signature to it. Will you support me by signing this statement before Tuesday?

    I want to thank the 141,262 people who have signed the "Don't Fire Dan" letter launched a few weeks ago by the Courage Campaign and CREDO Mobile to President Obama, asking him to take leadership to bring this tragic policy to an end.

    The momentum is building. This week, 77 members of Congress signed a letter to the President citing my service as an example of why DADT should be repealed. And a Gallup poll was recently released showing that 69 percent of Americans -- including 58 percent of Republicans - favor allowing openly gay men and lesbian women to serve their country .

    As I learned at West Point, deception and lies poison a unit and cripple a fighting force. That's why more than 70 of my fellow West Point graduates have also come out of the closet to join Knights Out, the organization I co-founded to build support for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

    The only way we will eventually overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is by speaking up together. You can help me fight back right now by adding your name to my statement of support. On Tuesday morning, I will bring your signature -- and thousands of others -- to my trial as a demonstration of your collective support:

    National security means many things, but the thing that makes us secure in our nation and homes is love. What makes me a better soldier, leader, Christian and human being is love. And I'm not going to hide my love.

    Love is worth it.

    Thank you for your support.

    Daniel W. Choi
    1LT, IN
    New York Army National Guard
  • metta

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    Jun 26, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
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    Jun 26, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    Explain what the bump means, please. icon_smile.gif
  • metta

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    Jun 26, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
  • metta

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    Jun 26, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidExplain what the bump means, please. icon_smile.gif

    icon_biggrin.gif pronto....importante..... icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 26, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    Thanks. Still don't get it, but no longer in the dark. icon_biggrin.gif

    I got the email earlier today, but you beat me to posting it. haha.
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    Jun 26, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    I think we posted the same topic at the same time! Thanks for helping!
  • Menergy_1

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    Jun 27, 2009 1:10 PM GMT
    Done yesterday (I got this in email since I'm subscribed) Thanks of putting this here, too, metta8
  • metta

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    Jun 27, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    Thanks for sending the letter.....lets hope that a lot more people do it as well. Please tell your friends to as well......even if they are straight. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 03, 2010 7:52 AM GMT
    I know that this is an old thread, but I ran across it looking at DADT threads. The soldier referenced in this thread was a part of a photography "project" that some may find interesting and I don't think Iv'e seen referenced here.

    The home page shows some of the photographs he has taken of closeted soldiers in ways that still conceal their faces. Apparently Dan Choi was one of the soldiers who was photographed- if I did it right his pic from that series should be below...***EDIT:alright- I did it wrong- that is not him- but it is from the same project.***
    July 22 2010 he was discharged... from a letter addressed to Choi from General Patrick Murphy:
    “Based on the approved board findings that 1LT Choi did publicly admit, on more than one occasion, in person and through the media, that he is a homosexual, such conduct being in violation of [military and National Guard regulation], I direct 1LY Choi be discharged from the New York Army National Guard with an Honorable characterization of service.”