Atticus Circle is proud to join Military Readiness Enhancement Act (MREA) Legislative Team (MLT) and SLDN in the fight to guarantee equality for all of our patriots and make our military more effective.
137 US Representatives are now cosponsors of MREA and that number continues to grow. That said, there is still much work to be done. We have a unique opportunity to get rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” once and for all. We must counter the voices of opposition that are beginning to publicly challenge us and continue to make our case that the time for repeal is now.
One of the most effective ways to do this is by scheduling in-district meetings with our members of Congress. That’s right, you don’t need to be in Washington, DC to meet face-to-face with your representatives and senators!
You can build a relationship with your members of Congress and explain to them why repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is so critical for their constituents.
Members of Congress will be heading home for an extended Easter recess starting this weekend – so now is the perfect time to set up a meeting!
Never participated in an in-district meeting? Not to worry! We’ve prepared (and attached) all the materials you’ll need throughout the process.
. Scheduling an In-District Meeting – a how-to guide
. Meeting Request Letter – if the scheduler asks you to fax/e-mail a
. A Guide to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – a short and sweet, yet
comprehensive, guide to DADT
. Lobbying Tips – tips to keep in mind during the meeting
. In-District Meeting Report 2009 – to provide us with feedback
after the meeting
We’ve also included a list of the current cosponsors of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1283). If you see your representative on this list, you do not need to schedule a meeting with him/her – reach out to your senators instead!
We are particularly interested in the following states and members :
Senators Collins and Snowe
ME-1 Chellie Pingree
MI-1 Bart Stupak
MI-4 Dave Camp
MI-5 Dale Kildee
MI-7 Mark Schauer
MI-9 Gary Peters
MO-8 Jo Ann Emerson
MO-9 Blaine Leutkemeyer
PA-3 Kathy Dahlkemper
PA-10 Chriis Carney
PA11 Paul Kanjorski
PA 12 John Murtha
VA-2 Glen Nye
VA-5 Tom Periello
VA11 Gerry Conolly
Progress is on the horizon, but it won’t come unless each and every one of us makes the case that the time for repeal is now.