SLDN Holding ‘Mission: Incomplete’ Rally to Demand Senate Stay in Session and Repeal ‘DADT’

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network just announced a rally outside the Senate on Friday.

They write:


We call upon the Senate and the President to remain in session and in Washington until the National Defense Authorization Act is passed – which includes the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The Senate is scheduled to break for holiday vacation; we can't let them leave. We must show our rage for repeal and insist the Senate stay in Washington until they have finished the job. We implore all who support repeal to join us outside the Senate this Friday. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, ‘If not now, when?'

The lame-duck vote on repeal was set up and dictated by some of the same Senators – like Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — who are now delaying to kill the bill. They wanted the Pentagon report – now they have it. They wanted hearings – now they're done. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he is determined to pass the defense bill with repeal. Senators must not be allowed to hide any longer behind process, procedure, and tax cuts for the wealthy, while the discrimination continues.

The rally is scheduled for Friday at noon at Constitution Ave. & Delaware Ave. at Upper Senate Park.

UPDATE — The following groups have joined the demonstration:

American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER);  Equality Federation;  Get Equal;  Human Rights Campaign (HRC);  Kentucky Fairness Alliance;  Knights Out;  MoveOn PAC;  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force;  National Center for Lesbian Rights;  OutServe Parents; Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); National People For The America Way (PFAW);  PROMO Missouri;  National Stonewall Democrats;  Swish;  VoteVets;  Young Democrats of America


  1. FizziekruntNT says

    That’s my exact thought, Paul R. In what universe does a 3-day preparatory notice for a rally do anyone any good? What a complete waste of time! It’s just aggravating to me. Who is doing the PR? Who is setting up the call centers to anger the constituents enough to actually give a damn to make a call to their representatives? Where is the news coverage or is this another case of 5-12 people go to jail for a day because they handcuffed themselves to the fence? Horse. Shit. Don’t misunderstand, SLDN is fighting for us ALL and I acknowledge that, but, come on! Really?!

    And in all reality, aren’t we seeing now the very results of our time, making calls to Senators and Congressmen? The letters? The time spent? The electoral overturns?! The unmistakable truth here is that if they don’t want to do something, they simply won’t. Without an insider’s leverage, nothing is achieved. The entire system is garbage and filled with ineffectual, pandering deal-makers. At least, that’s certainly the impression that I’ve been given and it’s heartbreaking. In 43 years I’ve never felt so utterly disillusioned with the exception of watching the rank filth of the Reagan administration and that brainless ass that sat in the oval office, more interested in nuclear war than preventing a pandemic.

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