Your Help Needed to Repeal DADT and Pass the DREAM Act
Next week, the U.S. Senate will vote on two crucial human rights measures – a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” which bars openly same-gender-loving people from serving in the military, and enactment of the DREAM Act, which allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16, and have been here for at least five years, to earn legal status if they pass background checks, attend college or serve in the military for at least two years.
Over the past year, you have urged your legislators to support these measures, and asked Congressional leadership to bring them to the floor. Because of your advocacy, the time for a debate and a vote has finally arrived.
Both of these bills will be voted on as amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act. For those of us who passionately advocate peace over war, consideration of these two priority measures in a bill dealing with the expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense is a bitter pill to swallow. Still, there is no denying that the tactic of using this spending bill as a means to pass progressive legislation has proven effective, most recently with the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
It appears that the only opportunity to move forward legislative priorities of the immigrant rights and LGBT civil rights movements in 2010 are through these two crucial votes next week. Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and passing the DREAM Act are moral imperatives that every legislator should support, regardless of how these measures come to the floor. Unfortunately, Republicans are threatening to filibuster to prevent these measures from becoming law.
We need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, and we need your help to make this happen!
In the wise words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.”
In partnership and equality,
Standing on the Side of Love
P.S. If you can, take an extra 2 minutes and call your U.S. Senators to let them know you support the Dream ACT and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Dial (202) 224-3121 and a switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.