Message from the DADT Rally to the Senate: Don’t Go Home

This afternoon, I went over to Capitol Hill for SLDN’s rally on DADT repeal. I was surprised that there was a actually a pretty good crowd considering it was freezing (even for me and I’m a Mainer) and in the middle of the work day. (DC rallies aren’t known for turnout.) There was an impressive turnout from the traditional media. Lots of cameras. I understand CNN covered part of the rally live. Most importantly, there was an amazing array of speakers comprised of discharged vets and straight military allies.

As I mentioned earlier today, last year, SLDN protested in front of the White House. Today, the backdrop was the U.S. Capitol. The way things are going, we may end up getting equality at the Supreme Court. But, we still have a chance to pass the DADT bill — and the message to Senators was pretty clear: Don’t go home until the job is done.

Air Force Major Mike Almy delivered a strong message to his home state Senator, George Voinovich:
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Discharged Marine Danny Hernandez also gave a powerful speech about his strong desire to serve his country. I got goosebumps when I heard him say, “I am ready to die for my country.” I talked to Danny after the event concluded.
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On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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