UPDATE: DADT Repeal Sit-In: McCain’s Office


photo: Luis Garcia

The Repeal DADT sit-in  sit today at John McCain’s Phoenix office was neither a GetEqual or EAA action. The five people, since arrested–Meg Sneed, Jimmy Gruender, Lee Walters, (Lonnie) Allen Howard-Stidham and Luisa Valdez–are members/founders of the Phoenix-based HERO

We are a grassroots group of community organizers committed to organizing and motivating the community, planning actions, and fighting for the human, civil and equal rights for ALL.

More photos from HERO’s action can be found on their Facebook page

Ameriqueer on Feastoffun.com reports via Twitter

Apparently the Equality Across America organization, born out of the National Equality March, has been inspired by GetEqual. According to a few sources trickling out of Phoenix, five activists are staging in a sit in at McCain’s office there. Please call to tell McCain’s staff he needs to support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” (602) 952-2410

I will deliver the news as it comes.

I tried calling McCain’s office. First the phone was busy, but I did get through. When I asked about the sit-in, I got referred to Brooke Buchanan in McCain’s DC office. Awaiting comment. Will update.

So Brooke never called back.

18 Responses to "UPDATE: DADT Repeal Sit-In: McCain’s Office"
Teddy Partridge | Monday April 26, 2010 12:46 pm 1

This is what the President told GetEqual to do when they heckled him at the Los Angeles fundraiser for Barbara Boxer: bother the legislators standing in the way! As one who said he’d change his mind when the top military told him it was time to repeal the ban, Gluehorse McClydesdale has a lot to answer for in his new and unstinting opposition to DADT repeal.

Go GetEqual!

andrewww | Monday April 26, 2010 01:39 pm 2


These silly publicity stunts don’t change any minds or votes.


librty | Monday April 26, 2010 07:29 pm 3
In response to andrewww @ 2

Sure worked for several causes in the 60′s

Teddy Partridge | Monday April 26, 2010 07:31 pm 4
In response to andrewww @ 2

Yeah, let’s just keep going to HRC cocktail parties and White House receptions and hope for the best.

This is the O N L Y way social change is ever accomplished, by getting in the face of the oppressor — and McCain is an oppressor and a liar on this issue, don’t doubt it — and D E M A N D change.

Besides, this is what President Obama asked GetEqual to do when they so rudely interrupted him in Los Angeles last week. They are only following instructions from The President.

Petrocelli | Monday April 26, 2010 07:31 pm 5
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 1

The key to success is perseverance. If groups of people show up at 5 and then 10 Senators’ offices and so on, for a month, things will change quickly.

Hiya Lisa !

Petrocelli | Monday April 26, 2010 07:31 pm 6

I’m sure the office staff was nice enough to offer them Green Jello before calling the Cops.

hackworth1 | Monday April 26, 2010 07:32 pm 7

No Longer a mavericky Maverick – nor one of a pair of Mavericks, McCain is very busy tacking hard right. That means no equality for LGBT persons and no equality for immigrant persons.

McCain’s got teabaggers and other ignorant bigots that he is compelled to pander to. The equally corrupt and creepy JDHayworth is breathing down his (once Mavericky, but no more) neck.

CTuttle | Monday April 26, 2010 07:42 pm 8
In response to Petrocelli @ 5

It took a few tries for Mohatmas Gandhi…! ;-)

Petrocelli | Monday April 26, 2010 07:43 pm 9
In response to CTuttle @ 8

Who ?!!

CTuttle | Monday April 26, 2010 07:47 pm 10
In response to Petrocelli @ 9

I’ve seen it spelled several different ways, Mohandas be another…!

Btw, Is Harper really serious…?

Canada confirmed army forces withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011

masaccio | Monday April 26, 2010 07:48 pm 11

Lisa, I’m just sure Brooke will call you in the morning. You might e-mail her a link to this column as a reminder.

Petrocelli | Monday April 26, 2010 07:51 pm 12
In response to CTuttle @ 10

Neva hoid of ‘im, Guvnah ! *g*

Harper has to take them out … Canucks are tired of having our boys used as target practice … a military solution is not viable. But then again, we knew that going in …

vendome | Monday April 26, 2010 08:01 pm 13

Well, you can go after McCain if you want but – well – why aren’t they going after Obama? Could someone answer that here? Nope. You can’t!

TheLurkingMod | Monday April 26, 2010 08:01 pm 14

Petrocelli | Monday April 26, 2010 08:08 pm 15
In response to vendome @ 13

Cuz McCain is teh Real Preznit and GoToGuy in the Yoonited States …

librty | Tuesday April 27, 2010 04:58 am 16
In response to Petrocelli @ 15

Cuz McCain is teh Real Preznit and GoToGuy in the Yoonited States …

shoot, I’ve been calling, writing and emailing the wrong office

good to know

larryv | Tuesday April 27, 2010 08:07 am 17

No worries, I am certain the next law passing the State legislature in Arizona will be a bill requiring homosexuals to 1.) register, and 2.) later become interred in a wonderful camp in the dessert managed by the Phoenix area sheriffs office. The good news, they will get to wear lavender jump suits so not to be confused with the pink ones the straight prisoners have to wear and the newly designed Tabasco red with mango accentjump suits the “illegals” will have to don.

DonWilliams | Thursday April 29, 2010 01:29 am 18
In response to larryv @ 17

Tell me more about the fantasy world you live in, LarryV.

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