Support Dan, he NEEDS our help NOW!

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    Jun 26, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Please go to the site below and sign a letter of support for 1LT Dan Choi. His dismissal from the Army is almost certainly unavoidable but your support will help.

    http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/SupportDan

    Dan Choi, a native of California and an Army Lieutenant, asked us to share this message with the as many people as possible.

    An amazing 141,262 people signed Lt. Choi's letter to President Obama a few weeks ago. Now he needs our help again. Please forward this message to your friends and spread the word before Tuesday.


    On Tuesday at 8 a.m., Dan will stand trial (an administrative board for separation) for speaking three truthful words: "I am gay."

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

    On Tuesday, Dan 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, Dan refuses to lie to his commanders. He refuses to lie to his peers. He refuses to lie to my subordinates.

    From Dan: 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?

    http://www.couragecampaign.org/SupportDan

    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week, 77 members of Congress signed a letter to the President citing my service as an example of why DADT should be repealed.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:

    http://www.couragecampaign.org/SupportDan

    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

    Courage Campaign Issues is part of the Courage Campaign's online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California.
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    Jun 26, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    I just visited the site and signed the letter of support. Approximately 48,000 people have already signed the letter since the plea for help was posted 6 hours ago!

    Please help him and help us fight DADT.

    Thanks!
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    Jun 26, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/569193
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    Jun 26, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidhttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/569193


    Yeah,
    I saw that after I posted. I thanked metta8 for getting the word out. Thanks for the heads up Erik.
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:03 AM GMT
    Did that.
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:36 AM GMT
    Done.
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    Jun 27, 2009 8:14 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    Thanks a lot for signing the letter, every one counts! Until Obama or Congress takes up the banner, we will have to fight DADT one case at a time...
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    Jun 27, 2009 8:39 AM GMT
    Done. But the fact I'm an Aussie, I'm not sure it will make any difference?
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    Jun 27, 2009 8:57 AM GMT
    Well I did get a letter of thanks back, but I'm not sure the US military will care what an Aussie thinks.
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    Jun 27, 2009 10:26 AM GMT


    Done deal!
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    Jun 27, 2009 10:45 AM GMT
    Personally, I am a little bit disappointed in the Courage Campaign. I suppose that they believe that it is necessary to create a wider base of support by reaching out on issues that have nothing to do with Proposition 8. However, the flood of mail that I receive on the budget crisis and other issues that have nothing to do with the original mission, ultimately led me to cancel my subscription to the mailing list.

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    This image is taken from the homepage of the Courage Campaign. When I look at this I instantly think of the apologists who wanted to take the Gay out of the efforts to defeat Briggs and Proposition 6 in the late 1970's. It was Harvey Milk who insisted that the primary political mission not be diluted. Milk's clarity and political savvy were fundamental in defeating 6.

    Of course, I believe DADT is a disgusting and hypocritical artifact of the flawed Clinton presidency and it has to go. I do, however, question the strategy of this particular organization.

    I donated money to an organization advocating marriage equality, not to a progressive hub.
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    Jun 28, 2009 12:38 AM GMT
    UrsaMajor said

    Of course, I believe DADT is a disgusting and hypocritical artifact of the flawed Clinton presidency and it has to go. I do, however, question the strategy of this particular organization.

    I donated money to an organization advocating marriage equality, not to a progressive hub.


    UrsaMajor,
    I agree that things are not moving along as swiftly as we would like. Abolishing the DADT policy may be a critical step towards marriage equality. If DADT is eliminated and gays can serve openly, it will force the issue of partnership benefits. Given that Obama is backing those benefits for the other federal employees, I see this as the logical outcome. I know several military members with partners who will ask for the same benefits that their straight colleagues receive.

    Social reform in the military has historically led social reform in the rest of society. My guess is that eliminating the DADT policy will be a watershed event leading to equality in other sectors of society.

    I will caveat the above with sincere concerns that the Obama administration appears to be stepping away from campaign promises that he made to the LGBT community before he was elected. I wonder what promises he made to the religious right?
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    Jun 28, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    done
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    Jun 28, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    Done.
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    Jun 28, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    @Navy

    You know, I totally agree with you. I have a friend who read nuclear physics at Annapolis and is not serving in the Navy. We all spent a fortune to educate the best and the brightest and it is a horrific waste, actually a sin, not to let those men and women serve. Any choice that puts prejudice ahead of merit imperils our nation not only in its security but in its morality.

    My point was actually different. The Courage Campaign's mission statement doesn't even mention the word gay. Reading it they give the impression that they are an Internet 2.0 mashup, a networking hub for progressive politics.

    Yes, I went and signed the petition, of course I did; but this strategy is wrong.

    The worst of it is that the advocacy groups that we have, HRC for example, or the SLDF are so woefully inadequate that there actually needed to be something like the Courage Campaign that was unapologetically branded Gay with a capital G.

    I come back to the Briggs initiative. The defeat of Briggs was a textbook case of advocacy done right. The failure on 8 is a textbook case of advocacy failed.

    Sorry to rant, but you know, you are right too about the military serving as a harbinger of positive social change. However, it takes men of real conviction in leadership roles to make that happen. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a Republican, lest we forget it. He was also a real pragmatist. Chief Justice Earl Warren was a Republican appointee.

    The unfortunate thing is that overturning DADT requires moral courage from a President who has shown none thus far.

    I remember clearly President Carter's deconstruction of DADT. He said that had it been he instead of President Clinton he would have gone from the inaugural platform into the oval office and signed that executive order, as he did with the Vietnam pardons. While I am the first to admit that Carter was mostly a failure as President, he did have conviction.



    Navy96 said
    UrsaMajor said

    Of course, I believe DADT is a disgusting and hypocritical artifact of the flawed Clinton presidency and it has to go. I do, however, question the strategy of this particular organization.

    I donated money to an organization advocating marriage equality, not to a progressive hub.


    UrsaMajor,
    I agree that things are not moving along as swiftly as we would like. Abolishing the DADT policy may be a critical step towards marriage equality. If DADT is eliminated and gays can serve openly, it will force the issue of partnership benefits. Given that Obama is backing those benefits for the other federal employees, I see this as the logical outcome. I know several military members with partners who will ask for the same benefits that their straight colleagues receive.

    Social reform in the military has historically led social reform in the rest of society. My guess is that eliminating the DADT policy will be a watershed event leading to equality in other sectors of society.

    I will caveat the above with sincere concerns that the Obama administration appears to be stepping away from campaign promises that he made to the LGBT community before he was elected. I wonder what promises he made to the religious right?
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    Jun 28, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    done
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    Jun 28, 2009 2:53 AM GMT
    DONE!
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    Jun 28, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    Thanks for signing guys!

    Ursa,
    Great points, I agree with you. I don't see any real leadership so far...perhaps if all of us stop contributing to organizations like HRC they will get the message?
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    Jun 28, 2009 4:17 PM GMT



    Well, as useless as it sounds ( and probably is, being in Canada) we e-signed the petition and also wrote a letter.

    -meddling Canadians lol


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    Jun 28, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
    Meninlove,
    Thanks for the letter; Dan can use the moral support!
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    Jun 29, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    Done
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    Jun 29, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    I just got this message in my email...

    "With just hours left until Lt. Choi's trial, an amazing 91,147 people have signed the letter of support linked below asking the Army not to fire Lt. Choi.

    It's important that Lt. Choi walks into the courtroom on Tuesday holding as many letters of support as possible. Can you help us gather more than 100,000 signatures by adding your name now and forwarding this email to your friends?"


    Sign now....he goes into the hearing tomorrow.
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    Jun 29, 2009 6:46 PM GMT
    I signed it, posted to Faceboob, Tweeted and sent out emails.
    Please encourage your family and friends to do the same !
    Let's go over 100,000 and beyond the signatures needed !
    Show your fighting spirit guys !! DADT must DIE !!!
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    Jun 29, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    done
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    Jun 29, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
    Done - and distributed!