Thursday, November 11, 2010

FW: DADT rally in nc

Subject: RE: DADT rally in nc

Below is the advisory with all of the details regarding today’s event in Raleigh.  Also, I’ve cc’ed Jose Rico on this email.  Jose is the on the ground media contact and will be at today’s event.

Please let me know if you need anything further,



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
CONTACT:  Brad Luna -- 202/812.8140 (cell) or
LOCAL CONTACT:  Jose Rico --


DREAM Activists and Raleigh Advocates for Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Plan Local Action; Rally for Veteran’s Day Part of National Campaign
Week-Long Campaign Will Focus on Building Pressure for U.S. Senate to Repeal Discriminatory Law During Upcoming Brief “Lame-Duck” Session

Raleigh, NC – Today, DREAM Activists and Raleigh area advocates supporting the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law announced plans for a local protest on Thursday, November 11, 2010. The Raleigh rally – just one of dozens of similar repeal events happening across the country during the week of Veteran’s Day – will focus on honoring the lives and service of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) veterans by building support and pressure on the United States Senate to immediately pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal legislation.

The last opportunity for passing repeal legislation this year will be during the upcoming “lame duck” session of Congress. The “lame-duck” session of Congress is scheduled to begin Monday November 15, and will adjourn when Congressional leadership have the votes to the end the session. North Carolina Senator – Kay Hagan – has previously voiced her support for repealing the discriminatory law.

The local Raleigh rally is part of a national campaign launched this week in many other cities across the country. Justin Elzie -- the first Marine in the nation to be discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” back in 1993 -- and GetEQUAL -- a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization -- joined forces last week to announce the national campaign, designed to run the week of Veteran’s Day (kicking-off November 8 and lasting throughout the week). To read the full text of the national action alert announcing the campaign to supporters nationwide last Friday, please go to:

WHAT: DREAM Activist and local Raleigh area Veteran’s Day event honoring LGBT veterans by calling on the U.S. Senate – including North Carolina Senators Hagan and Burr – to immediately pass legislation repealing "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

WHO: DREAM activists and local activists veterans advocating the repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell"and The Dream Act

WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 5:30pm

WHERE: Kay Hagan's office 310 New Bern Ave. Raleigh, NC 27601

**NOTE – Media interested in scheduling pre or post-event, one-on-one interviews with local organizers should contact Jose Rico To speak with Justin Elzie (discharged Marine) or Robin McGehee (director of GetEQUAL) regarding the national campaign effort or the legislation pending before the U.S. Senate, please contact Brad Luna, Luna Media Group, at 202-812-8140 (cell) or via email at
In announcing this national, week-long Veteran’s Day campaign, Robin McGehee -- co-founder and director of GetEQUAL -- stated, “Justin and I thought it would be great if organizers took action during the entire week of Veteran’s Day, creating momentum across the country for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal as their state’s two Senators return to DC for the ‘lame-duck’ session. As legislators head back to Washington for this last legislative session to address 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' repeal this year -- there is no better time to take our message into the states and into the streets.”

To view a map of other pro-repeal events being planned in other cities across the country this week, please visit:
GetEQUAL is a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way.  For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit:  You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter at, on Facebook at, or on YouTube at

Brad Luna
Luna Media Group, LLC
202-812-8140 (cell)
Instant Messenger:  bLunaMedia

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