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Last week was hard on many of us. After many years of advocacy from the LGBT community and allies, a vote to simply open up conversation about repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was denied by the Senate.
Luckily, we have one more hopeful week before the Senate heads home for the holidays. A bipartisan group of Senators chose to give DADT repeal a second life, introducing a stand-alone bill that would repeal this discriminatory law and should be voted on this week.
But we all know that we cannot live on hope alone -- we must continue to take action in order to make repeal a reality.
We're not leaving the process up to the elected officials who screwed things up last week. Rather than relying on Senators to figure out ahead of time who's voting yes versus no (known as a "whip count"), we're asking you -- as constituents of these Senators -- to do the detective work yourselves.
Click here for instructions on calling your Senators and recording the results.
We all know that our community has made calls, gotten the run-around, and is expected to wait patiently for the "grown-ups" (i.e. the lobbyists) to do the work for us. We think that's nonsense. If your elected official (or her/his staff) won't give you an answer on how your Senator will vote on DADT repeal, we encourage you to organize actions that will make it impossible for them to ignore you.
Stage a rally outside their office. Call the local media. Stage a sit-in. Interrupt an event. Refuse to give up until you get an answer!
Let's get this done.
Get Out! Get Active! GetEQUAL!
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