Dan needs your help!

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 26, 2009 11:31 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.


    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?


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week, 77 members of Congress signed a letter to the President citing my service as an example of why DADT should be repealed.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

    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.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 28, 2009 1:42 AM GMT