Nebraskans Can End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Nic Swiercek
NFP State Board 

The Human Rights Campaign is on the ground in Nebraska working to repeal the military’s discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Nebraskans for Peace is helping them in their efforts.

Passed in 1993, the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law allows gay, lesbian, and bisexual service personnel to serve in the armed forces as long as their sexual orientation is not publicly disclosed or discovered. More than 13,500 men and women have been discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation, including more than 60 Arabic linguists and nearly 800 other service members in critical occupational fields.

We’ve seen tremendous movement on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell from the Pentagon and Congress since President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Not only have we seen top military leadership testify on the issue, but Senator Lieberman introduced legislation (S. 3065) to repeal this discriminatory ban on open service—the first Senate bill in history to repeal the policy. However, before Senator Lieberman’s bill can go to the full Senate it must pass through the Armed Services Committee, which Senator Ben Nelson presides.

TAKE ACTION! Contact Senator Ben Nelson TODAY and urge him to support Senate Bill 3065, the bill to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Call Senator Nelson:

Omaha: (402) 391-3411
Lincoln: (402) 441-4600
Scottsbluff: (308) 631-7614
Kearney: (308) 293-5818
South Sioux City: (402) 209-3595
Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-6551

ARE YOU OR YOUR FRIENDS FORMER SERVICEMEMBER?

HRC is identifying gay and straight Nebraska veterans to speak out in favor of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and to meet with Nebraska’s congressional delegation.  Please visit HRC’s veteran survey page and fill out the quick survey, or contact Nic Swiercek at (402) 659-1420 or swiercek@gmail.com.

GET INVOLVED!

Would your NFP Chapter, local church or community organization want to get involved and help repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’? HRC organizers are looking for Nebraskans who want to help! Volunteers are needed to host house meetings, contact supports, and show film screenings (PBS’s “Ask Not”). HRC's organizers are based in Omaha and Lincoln but will be traveling throughout Nebraska. Contact Nic Swiercek for more information at (402) 659-1420 or swiercek@gmail.com!

This spring, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Servicemembers United are bringing their national ‘Voices of Honor’ Tour across Nebraska to highlight the continuing use of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to fire competent, fit, and highly-skilled Americans from the U.S. military solely because of their sexual orientation. Look for future events happening in Nebraska in mid-April posted on Nebraskans for Peace’s website at http://www.nebraskansforpeace.org/events!

RECENT DADT REPEAL ACTIONS IN NEBRASKA

This past week, HRC and Servicemembers United hosted two great events in Nebraska involving numerous NFP student activists at UNO and UNL.  On Monday, students hosted the national Voices of Honor Tour at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which features gay and straight veterans talking about their efforts to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ On Wednesday, HRC screened the PBS documentary “Ask Not,” a film which explores how gay and straight veterans and youth organizers are turning to activism to challenge DADT. The film follows the Right to Serve Campaign’s targeting of military recruitment centers where individuals attempted to enlist, openly declaring their homosexuality, and when they were refused enlistment, the would-be recruits and supporters held sit-ins and were arrested for trespassing.  (Want to screen the film? Contact Nic Swiercek at (402)659-1420 or email swiercek@gmail.com)

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April 13th 2010

Nic Swiercek - It is also important that Nebraska's entire federal delegation hears from Nebraskans. Contact Seantor Mike Johanns! Omaha: (402) 758-8981 Lincoln: (402) 476-1400 Scottsbluff: (308) 632-6032 Kearney: (308) 236-7602 Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-4224 Contact Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)! Lincoln: (402) 438-1598 Norfolk: (402) 379-2064 Fremont: (402) 727-0888 Washington, D.C.: (202) 225-4806 Contact Rep. Lee Terry (NE-02)! Omaha: (402) 397-9944 Washington, D.C.: (202) 225-4155 Contact Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03)! Grand Island: (308) 384-3900 Scottsbluff: (308) 633-6333 Washington, D.C.: (202) 225-6435