Monday, June 22, 2009

265 Is Disgraceful

As of this week, an estimated 265 service members will have lost their jobs
under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" since January 20.

That's when President Obama and the new Congress came to town promising
change -- change they've failed to deliver, certainly with respect to
repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Every day they wait to act, another service member is fired simply because
of his or her sexual orientation.

We're marching to the White House this Saturday to call on President Obama
to show leadership on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Even though you're not near
Washington, you can join this effort by telling your friends why 265 is
disgraceful -- and why we've got to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

Like those who drew a line in the sand 40 years ago at the Stonewall Inn in
New York City, we're standing up to demand action. It's past time for these
discriminatory discharges to end.

After 16 years of this nonsensical law, it's critical that President Obama
and Congress act to kill "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Together, marching, we have a real opportunity to deliver a powerful message
to the White House, to Congress, and to the American people -- and to let
our service members know they have not been forgotten.

Thank you so much for your continued support.


Ben Mishkin
Grassroots Organizer
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

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