DADT - PLEASE help Dan help the rest of us!

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    Jul 01, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    When I saw yet another email from the Courage Campaign I thought: "oh great, another request for a signature." My next thought was: "hey, stop being lazy, one mouse click and electronic signature is not much to ask for and it helps the gay community raise its voice." So I signed again. Below is a note from Dan and the Courage Campaign asking us to sign a letter to the Speaker of the House... Please go to the link and sign the petition to initiate Congressional action; let us know if you do it! icon_smile.gif

    http://www.couragecampaign.org/RepealDAD

    Letter from Dan:

    I've got some bad news.

    After 10 years of service to our country -- including leading combat patrols, rebuilding schools and translating Arabic in Iraq for 15 months -- the Federal Recognition Board issued its recommendation on Tuesday that I be discharged from the Army for "moral and professional dereliction" under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

    The board's decision to fire me is not the end. Now that this panel of four officers has recommended my discharge, it still must be approved by senior officials in the Army, a process that could take a few weeks to a year. Unless something unexpected happens, it may be just a matter of time before the Army officially fires me.

    I will not give up, no matter the odds. Because I know that the only way we will win this fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is by facing it head on. And I need your help again to keep up the fight.

    I've made my case to President Obama -- supported by more than 140,000 of your signatures. I've made my case to the Army -- supported by more than 160,000 of your signatures. And I will continue to make my case until they fire me for good.

    Now we need to make our case to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Will you join me in asking Speaker Pelosi to strongly support legislation currently in Congress that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"? Please sign on to our letter before July 4th and I'll personally deliver your signatures to the Speaker ASAP:

    http://www.couragecampaign.org/RepealDADT

    At West Point, I recited the Cadet Prayer every Sunday. It taught me to "choose the harder right over the easier wrong" and to "never be content with a half truth when the whole can be won." The Cadet Honor Code demanded truthfulness and honesty. It imposed a zero-tolerance policy against deception, or hiding behind comfort.

    That's why I can't give up now. I've got to keep fighting. My fellow servicemembers -- and the 70 fellow West Point graduates who have also come out of the closet to join Knights Out, the organization I co-founded to push for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- would expect nothing less.

    The only way we can win this fight for the truth is if the political cost of discrimination eventually becomes too great for the system to operate successfully. We need to raise the political cost in Congress so that Speaker Nancy Pelosi understands that, as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once said, "justice too long delayed is justice denied."

    Speaker Pelosi needs to make "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" a priority now and come out strongly in support of legislative action to repeal this discriminatory law. Will you stand by my side now and sign our letter to the Speaker before July 4th? You have my word that I will deliver your signatures to Speaker Pelosi personally:

    http://www.couragecampaign.org/RepealDADT

    As I said a few days ago, 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
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    Jul 01, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    Who do I have to _____ to get this thing rolling?! icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 02, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    signed it today, navy 96 -- mentioned it on the other thread...(I've signed every petition so far from Courage Campaign on this and other issues)
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    Jul 02, 2009 12:50 AM GMT



    We got a reply from the web-site as well, but felt a little down that our own e signature and letter we sent of support will be meaningless as we'll be considered outsiders by the recipients of the petition.

    "Canajuns? Whadda THEY want? Harrumph." LOL. On second thought, too sad for a lol. icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 02, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    done
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    Jul 02, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    Thanks guys - I really hope more people sign this one than the others. As long as Congress and the President keep punting this DADT issue back and forth, it will get nowhere fast and they will just blame each other...
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    Jul 02, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    Done and posted to my myspace page also. Am working on a video message about DADT to send to officials as well.
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    Jul 02, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidDone and posted to my myspace page also. Am working on a video message about DADT to send to officials as well.


    That is great - thanks!