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  1. Jean-Paul, Canada 23 Apr 2010, 5:24pm

    Dan Choi and the human Rights Campaign (HRC) have a lot in common, a lot.

    They both want to advance equality in the fastest way possible…and they will.

    This issue gives us a clear example of how American democracy works. Anybody who have spent any time doing committee work will recognize the gear-work of collective action amid obstacles:

    http://www.dcagenda.com/2010/03/24/hrc-president-responds-to-choi-protest/

    It’s good to know that Dan Choi and Joe Solomnese are dialoguing.

  2. I can never have enough admiration for Dan Choi; he is just brave and wonderful. I need that kind of spirit to be like him.

  3. I think he’s great, too.

  4. “All that is required for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing”

    Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo are GOOD MEN doing something!!

  5. Mihangel apYrs 24 Apr 2010, 3:47pm

    I just hope this doesn’t give the military the angle the need to discharge Dan on other grounds than DADT.

    Jean-Paul, HRC is rapidly losing credibility with gay activists and others (see various comments on Pam’s House Blend, Joe My God, among others)

  6. %5:

    Yes, you’re right about HRC losing credibility at “Daily Queer News”; and both Pam and Joe are well informed.

    In fact, before his first arrest Dan Choi expressed his disappointment with Human Rights Watch because he claims the organization caters to the demands of American political elites rather than responds to the needs of the victims of a harmful official policy, e.g. DADT.

    These conflicts are to be expected and they rightly stimulate the HRC to promote our causes not only at a diplomatic level but also at the grass roots level, e.g. visible demonstrations. It can’t be easy to do both.

    Still, HRC is implicated in our cause at an international level as well, where people’s lives are at stake.

    I don’t pretend to see the whole picture – that is such a challenge – and I could be wrong, but I believe we would not be better off without gay activists working hand in hand with HRC.

    Dan Choi has yet to achieve his goal, but he will, and I hope he does it through dialoguing with HRC because “we have a long way to go before we sleep”.

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