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Below are the 12 most recent journal entries recorded in Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell," pass the MREA's LiveJournal:

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
9:11 am
[sor_bet]
DADT poll at Yahoo
It's just a little poll at Yahoo that closes sometime today, but the article I saw said 60% people supported the repeal of DADT, and now the poll says 54% are against a repeal. So if you see this, get over there and let's get the numbers straighted out (so to speak).

ETA: I got the numbers wrong -- 60% had been AGAINST repealing DADT, and the number went down to 54% when I'd posted this. I'm not sure what they are now.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
11:56 am
[militarypartner]
Cowardly Behavior
President Obama appears to be backing off from his promise to repeal DADT. So far, he has modified his language to "changing" DADT, and has deferred to Congress for action, as if he cannot do anything but sign a law.

Asked by George Stephanopoulos directly whether “don’t ask, don’t tell” would be overturned, [National Security Adviser] General Jones responded, “I don’t know.”

The President CAN do something.

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN, indicated that a bill was unlikely to be introduced without support from the president. “Congress will likely not act without a nod from the commander in chief. Congress often defers military personnel matters to him.  And Obama is the ultimate enforcer of 'don't ask, don't tell,’” he said.

A Democratic strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity pressed the point a little harder: “No one wants to push this without the backing of the White House,” he said.

“The most important legal justification for signing an executive order is that Congress has passed a stop-loss bill which explicitly gives the president the right to retain any service member who is necessary for the national defense during a time of national security emergency,” he said. “We are now, by law, in a period of national security emergency; therefore the stop-loss law is in effect and that gives the commander in chief the right to trump any other law having to do with military personnel policy, separation, and retention."

It seems that, after making  promises to the LGBT community in order to get our votes, President Obama is now pretending that he has no control over the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I apologize if this offends any of Obama's biggest supporters, but I am angry. I feel betrayed. At the same time, I am not surprised. LGBT issues aren't popular, so they don't garner the same attention that other issues do. We need to demand attention. See entries below for how to make a difference, or as always, click http://www.sldn.org/page/s/DODbudget

2:19 am
[aqui_estoy]
Have you heard of this?
Take Action Tuesday

From the site:

TAKE ACTION TUESDAY: Tomorrow – Tuesday, May 12 - call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1111.

Lieutenant Dan Choi is being fired because of his orientation. Lt. Choi acknowledges that he is one of tens of thousands, but we recognize him as a symbol of everything that’s wrong with this policy. A West Point grad, infantry officer, Arabic linguist, and Iraq vet – whose soldiers know he is gay, and support him – is being dismissed.

Some politicians are calling for “studies” – but studies have been done over and over, and every study shows that gay and lesbian servicemembers do NOT harm unit cohesion. Enough is enough. It’s time for action.

With the issue in the news, it is important to speak out NOW – not later – to make this happen.

On Tuesday, May 12, call the White House at 202-456-1111.

Sample Script:
I’m calling to tell the president not to fire Lieutenant Dan Choi – and to keep his promise to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
I am a [something about you: Iraq vet, gay/straight West Point/Annapolis/AFA grad, concerned citizen, brother/sister/father/mother/son/daughter/friend of a soldier/sailor/airman/marine…etc.]
We need all the combat officers, and Arabic linguists, and for that matter, every capable servicemember we can get – to keep our military strong. No more studies; we need President Obama to tell Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law NOW.

Call Tuesday. It’s important that we flood the switchboards NOW. The Secretary of Defense and the National Security Advisor have been on TV suggesting that we “be patient” – Washington code for “put it on the back burner.” We need to make clear that military readiness requires that we take action, not settle for Washington waffling.

With your help, we can get this law changed. We can make this happen!

Regards,

Becky Kanis
Chair
Knights Out
www.knightsout.org
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
12:40 pm
[militarypartner]
Crunch Time
Both the Senate and the House have not been in session for most of April, so it's no surprise that the Military Readiness Enhancement Act is still stuck in committee. However, both chambers are back in session this week, and our voices can help make the MREA a top priority!


I apologize for the infrequent updates here. To be honest, I have been very disheartened by the overwhelming negative response to this group by some members of the LGBT community.

Even if writing to and calling Representatives is not the best way to achieve our goals, it is the only way I know how. You can sit at your computer and do nothing to advance gay rights, or you can sit at your computer and click a few links to contribute to the advancement of gay rights. It's up to you! Be proud of yourself - be able to tell future generations that you helped repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell," even if it was in a small way. All the small things add up to change.

You can go to this page:
http://www.sldn.org/page/speakout/
and choose which message you want to send to Washington. It's fast and it's easy. What's your excuse not to?
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
11:00 am
[militarypartner]
An Easy Way to Help
I know everyone is very busy, but if you can be a part of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and improving equality in our military, you can feel really good about yourself. And it only takes less than 5 minutes, I promise!

Just click on this link: SLDN "Write to your Congressman" form
and enter your zip code.

The SLDN already knows if your Representative is a co-sponsor, and has a form letter written out for you. You can simply hit "send," or take the time to write your own letter.

No stamps, no hard work - it's so easy to make a difference! We can change this policy by making our voice heard.


**note: only civilians are allowed to use form letters. Military servicemembers may write to speak out against this law, but they should not suggest in the letter that they are LGBT.

10:48 am
[militarypartner]
Not-so-good News
Robert Gates says, "The president and I [are going to] push that one down the road a little bit."


This is very disheartening. In politics, "pushing something down the road" means ignoring it. In April, the national defense authorization act, which sets the military budget for 2010, will be passed. It is the perfect time to eliminate funds for prosecuting LGBT people from the budget. If it doesn't pass now, we may not get another chance for a year.

Call your Representatives and send letters to the executive administration! This month is the final push!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
12:47 pm
[militarypartner]
Decriminalization of homosexuality
Good news!

The Obama administration has decided to sign the UN resolution to support decriminalization of homosexuality. Many countries in the world still punish homosexuality - either as an identity or as an act - and some even have the death penalty for it.

One of the reasons that the Bush administration did not want to sign the resolution (at the time, we were the only "Western" government that did not) was because they were afraid it would require the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," since in a way, this policy criminalizes homosexuality under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/WireStory?id=7106926&page=2

Signing this resolution is a step in the right direction. As long as the Military Readiness Enhancement Act doesn't die in committee, we could be successful! But in order to keep it on the docket, we need to remind our Representatives that it is an important issue to the public.

Keep writing those letters and e-mails, and please do comment if you take the time to write! I really appreciate your efforts, and so does every service member who has been or risks being discharged under this discriminatory act.

Monday, March 9th, 2009
12:01 pm
[militarypartner]
The Military Readiness Enhancement Act is back on the docket!
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/03/calls-for-repea.html

The Military Readiness Enhancement Act may be part of the debate in the House of Representatives this April, as Congress gets ready to pass next year's defense authorization bill.

It's not a guarantee, but at least it's back in the media and may come up to a vote!

Thanks to anyone who wrote to their Representative, Senator, or the President. Keep writing! Now your letter can encourage them to support this bill and ensure that it doesn't die in committee.

Be sure to leave a comment if you take the time to write a letter. Public support can really make a difference with this issue!
Friday, February 27th, 2009
2:29 pm
[militarypartner]
Welcome, new members!
Thanks so much to everyone who has joined this community! It's great to have online support, but the way to really make a difference is to write your Representatives!

You can find the address of your district's Representative in the House here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

The Military Readiness Enhancement Act would repeal the discriminatory policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and allow GLBT people to serve in the military without fear of being discharged for what happens behind closed doors. This bill basically died in committee, so write to your Representative and ask them to revive it!

Here are some compelling reasons you can include in your letter:

- 800 specialists with critical skills have been discharged under DADT, including 55 Arabic translators. If we are going to successfully pull out of Iraq and leave them with a stable infrastructure, we cannot afford to lose any more Arabic linguists!

- Taxpayers have paid hundreds of millions (estimates range between 250 million and 1.2 billion) of dollars to persecute GLBT service members and train their replacements.

- 67% of Americans support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as of 2004

- 75% of troops say they are comfortable with the presence of GLBT people

- The U.S., Turkey, and Portugal are the only NATO nations that do not allow GLBT to serve openly in the military.

(The above facts are from http://www.hrc.org/legacyofservice/dadt.asp)


Leave a comment if you took the time to write a letter!
Monday, February 16th, 2009
12:38 pm
[militarypartner]
Military Readiness Enhancement Act
According to the Open Congress website, this is what the Military Readiness Enhancement Act is all about:


Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2007 - Repeals current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces. Prohibits the [government] from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation against any member of the Armed Forces or any person seeking to become a member. Authorizes the re-accession into the Armed Forces of otherwise qualified individuals previously separated for homosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexual conduct. Requires such Secretaries to ensure that regulations governing the personal conduct of members of the Armed Forces are written and enforced without regard to sexual orientation.


Notice that it says "2007." This act was introduced on February 28, 2007, and still has not been voted on - this is why we need to write to our representatives and President Obama's administration. The bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been stuck in Congress for almost two years already, mostly because the Senators and Representatives don't see it as a priority. Make your voice heard! See the post below for information on how to contact your Senators and Representatives, to let them know that this policy needs to end as soon as possible.
12:20 pm
[militarypartner]
Other ways to fight DADT
To write to your House representative and tell them you won't tolerate discrimination in our military, click here: http://www.sldn.org/page/speakout/congress

To write to your Senator, click here: http://www.sldn.org/page/speakout/senate

I will try to draft some sample letters to make the writing process easier. Look for those by Friday (hopefully)!
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
12:53 pm
[militarypartner]
Introduction

There are a lot of misconceptions about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." See the HRC website for a more balanced point of view: http://www.hrc.org/legacyofservice/dadt.asp

The last thing my girlfriend wants to do is cause problems in her unit. If "DADT" were repealed, and replaced with the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (which would make LGBT servicemembers subject to the same rules of decorum as straight servicemembers), she would never even discuss her relationship on duty. We would get married, live openly in our community, and as always, keep our work lives separate from our personal lives.

"DADT" prevents us from having any sort of legally recognized relationship, including coparenting children. It puts us both at great financial and legal risk, since we are technically just unrelated roommates.

I have created this group designed to educate people on the real consequences of DADT. Even more importantly than my own life, DADT has cost American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, and we've lost many qualified servicemen and women, including dozens of Arabic translators, who are crucial at a time when our military is stretched so thin.

To make our military more efficient, and to eliminate discrimination, you can do a lot to help. Contacting the President is now even easier than ever. Simply go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
and fill out the form. You can ask when President Obama will repeal DADT, or why it is still in effect. You can simply comment that you believe it is an unfair policy. The more voices united in this cause, the more likely we are to succeed in gaining equal rights.

If you have more to say, you can write a letter to:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
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