Lt. Dan Choi spoke at the HRC/Kathy Griffin rally today. Kathy Griffin, who was in Washington at the behest of HRC to meet with members of Congress about DADT repeal, was also at the rally. When asked by Choi if she would march with him to the White House, Griffin responded, “Of course!” Neither Griffin nor Solmonese was seen at the White House protest, however. Then, he marched to the White House with Capt. Jim Pietrangelo and a crowd of several hundred. According to the word on the Internet street Kathy Griffin told Dan that she’d march with him, but didn’t. This is a t.v. show for her, but for Dan, it’s his life. No Kathy Griffin may be funny but she ain’t stupid. This is one picture she doesn’t want in her portfolio of jokes….
After delivering remarks, Dan and Capt. Pietrangelo handcuffed themselves to the fence in front of the White House. Handcuffed to the fence in front of the White House to protest the President’s failure to deliver on his promise to end DADT.
I am hearing that song by Ludacris “How Low Can You Go” but really in this case it means how far would you go to stand up for your legal rights against the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy?
Choi is working with GetEqual, the organization promising direct action. Here’s a copy of Dan’s statement, which I found on the Internet:
Hello. My name is Lt. Dan Choi. I am being discharged from the US Army because I am gay and dared to say it out loud.
Today, I am here on a mission with Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, and we are asking you all to join us. We’re calling you to action because we are at a turning point — a moment in time where talk is no longer enough, and action is required.
Equality is not going to happen by itself.
You have been told that the President has a plan. But Congressman Barney Frank confirmed to us this week that the President still is not fully committed to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell this year.
And if we don’t seize this moment it may not happen for a very long time.
Some may tell you that I am one of the lucky ones. I have been welcomed back by my unit with open arms. And it would be easy for me to stay quiet and hope that change will happen.
But what I was taught at West Point and learned in war is — hope is not a strategy. As officers, James and I both find it a dereliction of our moral duty to remain silent while thousands of our brothers and sister are not allowed to serve openly and honestly.
Capt. Pietrangelo was honorably discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2004 and I will be subject to the same shortly. As officers we are here today fighting for those in the ranks, and we need our Commander in Chief to do the same.
Our fight is not here at Freedom Plaza, it is at the White House. We are walking to the White House right now to send the President a message. So…take out your cell phones and your cameras. Document this moment. Join us as together — we make history