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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lt. Dan Choi, Gay American Activist And Hero, Needs Our Support

Gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi is being prosecuted in Washington, DC for chaining himself to the White House fence last year to help force Obama to finally do something to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The government is really throwing the book at Choi. They're trying to send a chilling message to discourage activists from acts of non-violent civil disobedience. Choi has asked for letters of support to be sent to the judge. Here's mine:

Honorable US Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola
333 Constitution Ave NW
Washington DC 20001

James Kelly-Evans
2637 Aspen Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130-2427

Re: US v Choi 10-739M-11

September 14, 2011

Dear Magistrate Facciola,

I am writing in support of Lt. Dan Choi, currently being prosecuted in your court for his civil disobedience activities at the White House. To my husband and I, Lt. Choi is a true American hero willing to devote himself selflessly to the pursuit of justice. He should not be subjected to arbitrary persecution by a government embarrassed by his courageous calls for justice for gay and lesbian Americans. I urge you to insure that this brave citizen is treated fairly and not subjected to prosecutorial excesses. He should be released without penalty in recognition of his work for civil rights and justice in the well recognized tradition of non-violent civil disobedience.

Very truly yours,

James L. Kelly-Evans

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