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Firedoglake Campaign Briefing Call
with Lt. Dan Choi & Yetta Kurland

Wed. August 17th, 7:00PM EDT

 

On Wednesday, August 17, Firedoglake.com will hold a tele-news conference call with Lt. Dan Choi and his attorney Yetta Kurland to discuss his upcoming trial in DC federal court on August 29 for protesting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in front of the White House last year.

FDL readers can sign up now to be on the August 17 call and ask questions of Dan and Yetta.

According to Yetta, it will be the first time anyone has been tried on federal charges for protesting in front of the White House since Woodrow Wilson had suffragette Alice Paul arrested and jailed in 1917.

Dan’s decision to chain himself to the White House fence is widely credited with contributing to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell last year. Photos of the event appeared around the world. In June of 2010, in the wake of the health care debacle, I wrote a post called “Progressive Activism: What Works”:

Who can argue with that kind of principled, non-violent conviction, coming as it did from someone who risked his life every day in Iraq? It was an incredibly powerful, iconic moment and a successful tactic that has inspired other activists to follow in Dan’s footsteps.

“Dan’s willingness to put himself on the line was inspirational in our decision to have over 1,500 patriots sit in at the White House later this month” says Bill McKibben of 350.org, who will lead an ongoing sit-in from August 20 – September 3 this year to pressure President Obama to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. “Dan’s decision to join us in our fight is also a great show of solidarity, especially as he stands against his own persecution. We cannot allow this injustice to happen to a brother.”

» Sign up now to be on the August 17 call and ask questions of Dan and Yetta.

Earlier this year Dan, Bill and I met for the first time when we participated in a panel discussion of successful activism tactics at the Powershift environmental conference in DC entitled “What Do You Do When the President Is Just Not Into You.” I think it had a big impact on all of us. Dan and I will be joining bill for the Tar Sands Action sit-in later this month.

But even after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed last year, Dan is being hounded by the federal government for his role in making it happen. In addition to what the Department of Justice is doing to him, the Department of Defense is also demanding that he pays $3000 for the period of his enlistment he did not serve after being thrown out of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

They have — and I’m not kidding here — turned his account over to a collection agency that is threatening to seize Dan’s veterans disabilities check if he does not pay.

When I heard about it, my first response was to say “Jesus Dan, we’ll have a fundraiser to pay it off.” But Dan is refusing to pay it off. He recently sent me the payment demand he returned to the collection agency with the word “No” written in pink lipstick.

It’s clear that the government is out to punish Dan as a lesson to others who might want to follow his model. Two federal judges have already expressed skepticism regarding the reasons given by Assistant US Attorney Angela George in pre trial hearings about her decision to single out Dan by filing federal charges.

Firedoglake is collecting signatures in support of Dan that his lawyers hope to file with the court as part of his defense. You can sign the letter protesting Dan’s harassment by federal prosecutors now, to be filed with the court before his August 29 trial.

President Obama is relying heavily on gay bundlers to raise money for his campaign in 2012, citing the successful passage of DADT last year.

But celebrating DADT and then standing by while the government persecutes Dan Choi for actions that led to its passage is unconscionable. Those who value the right of all Americans to exercise free speech without fear of retaliation from the government must rise to his defense.

» Sign up now to be on the August 17 call and ask questions of Dan and Yetta.

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Firedoglake Campaign Briefing Call
with Lt. Dan Choi & Yetta Kurland

Wed. August 17th, 7:00PM EDT

On Wednesday, August 17, Firedoglake.com will hold a tele-news conference call with Lt. Dan Choi and his attorney Yetta Kurland  to discuss his upcoming trial in DC federal court on August 29 for protesting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in front of the White House last year.

FDL readers can sign up now to be on the August 17 call and ask questions of Dan and Yetta.

According to Yetta, it will be the first time anyone has been tried on federal charges for protesting in front of the White House since Woodrow Wilson had suffragette Alice Paul arrested and jailed in 1917.

Dan’s decision to chain himself to the White House fence is widely credited with contributing to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell last year. Photos of the event appeared around the world.  In June of 2010, in the wake of the health care debacle,  I wrote a post called “Progressive Activism:  What Works”:

Who can argue with that kind of principled, non-violent conviction, coming as it did from someone who risked his life every day in Iraq?  It was an incredibly powerful, iconic moment and a successful tactic that has inspired other activists to follow in Dan’s footsteps.

“Dan’s willingness to put himself on the line was inspirational in our decision to have over 1,500 patriots sit in at the White House later this month” says Bill McKibben of 350.org, who will lead an ongoing sit-in from August 20 – September 3 this year to pressure President Obama to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. “Dan’s decision to join us in our fight is also a great show of solidarity, especially as he stands against his own persecution. We cannot allow this injustice to happen to a brother.”

» Sign up now to be on the August 17 call and ask questions of Dan and Yetta.

Earlier this year Dan, Bill and I met for the first time when we participated in a panel discussion of successful activism tactics at the Powershift environmental conference in DC entitled “What Do You Do When the President Is Just Not Into You.” I think it had a big impact on all of us.  Dan and I will be joining bill for the Tar Sands Action sit-in later this month.

But even after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed last year, Dan is being hounded by the federal government for his role in making it happen.  In addition to what the Department of Justice is doing to him, the Department of Defense is also demanding that he pays $3000 for the period of his enlistment he did not serve after being thrown out of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

They have — and I’m not kidding here —  turned his account over to a collection agency that is threatening to seize Dan’s veterans disabilities check if he does not pay.

When I heard about it, my first response was to say “Jesus Dan, we’ll have a fundraiser to pay it off.”  But Dan is refusing to pay it off.  He recently sent me the payment demand he returned to the collection agency  with the word “No” written in pink lipstick.

It’s clear that the government is out to punish Dan as a lesson to others who might want to follow his model. Two federal judges have already expressed skepticism regarding the reasons given by Assistant US Attorney Angela George in pre trial hearings about her decision to single out Dan by filing federal charges.

Firedoglake is collecting signatures in support of Dan that his lawyers hope to file with the court as part of his defense.  You can sign the letter protesting Dan’s harassment by federal prosecutors now, to be filed with the court before his August 29 trial.

President Obama is relying heavily on gay bundlers to raise money for his campaign in 2012, citing the successful passage of DADT last year.

But celebrating DADT and then standing by while the government persecutes Dan Choi for actions that led to its passage is unconscionable.  Those who value the right of all Americans to exercise free speech without fear of retaliation from the government must rise to his defense.

» Sign up now to be on the August 17 call and ask questions of Dan and Yetta.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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