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C-SPAN to Televise Donnelly’s Testimony on Gays in the Military

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

elaine_donnelly.jpgTAKE ACTION: Call your U.S. Congressman and Senators (House: 202-225-3121; Senate: 202-224-3121) or e-mail them and voice your opposition to opening up the armed forces to open homosexuality — a misguided proposition anytime but especially during a time of war. From the Center for Military Readiness:

July 22, 2008

C-SPAN television network will televise tomorrow’s hearing on gays in the military before the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee.

CMR President Elaine Donnelly and Brian Jones, a former Army Sergeant Major, Ranger and Delta Force soldier will testify tomorrow in support of the 1993 law stating that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military. The Center will provide new information about the consequences of repealing the 1993 law, which is frequently mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and will address the implications of taking the so-called “civil rights” argument to its logical conclusions. CMR also will refute all of the usual arguments raised by homosexual activists who want to impose their agenda on the military. All Washington area Friends of CMR, their families and other supporters are strongly encouraged to attend.

WHO: Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
Sergeant Major Brian Jones, USA (Ret.), Former Army Special Operations

WHAT: Testimony before the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommitte on the
law stating that homosexuals are ineligible for military service

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2 PM

WHERE: Room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

San Francisco School Board to End ROTC Over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

TAKE ACTION – E-mail the new USA House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or call her at (202) 225-4965 and ask her to intervene so that San Francisco teenagers who want to participate in ROTC and to prepare for a future in our nation’s honorable military retain the opportunity to enjoy that privilege.

Excerpted from S.F. School Board Set to Pull Trigger on JROTC, by Jill Tucker, published Nov 5, 2006, by San Francisco Chronicle:

A majority of the seven-member San Francisco Board of Education is poised to end the district’s 90-year relationship with the U.S. military and its widely popular Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, with a vote expected next week.

The proposal before the board on Nov. 14 would phase out the 1,600-student program after two years, with no new cadets added after this semester.

Four board members — Dan Kelly, Mark Sanchez, Eric Mar and Sarah Lipson — oppose the program on two grounds: the military’s stance on gays and the desire to keep the armed forces out of public schools.

…”I don’t think the military should be involved in civilian life,” said Kelly, a self-described pacifist who served two years in prison for resisting the Vietnam draft.

“I know that children, the students, like the program,” Kelly said. “I know they enjoy it. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s doing a good thing for them.”

About 10 percent of the students in the seven participating high schools are enrolled in the district program, which includes one for the Navy and six for the Army. Students often enroll for two years to get state-required physical education credits needed to graduate.

Most critics acknowledge that the JROTC helps reduce dropouts. Students learn leadership and problem-solving skills, first aid, money management, geography, civics and how to be a team player, among other topics — some of which they learn in other required classes.

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