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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repealed!

After 17 years, the discriminatory law that forced gay and lesbian servicemen to hide their sexual orientation has been repealed by the Senate.  It is expected to be signed by President Obama this week.  ADA's national director, Michael J. Wilson, discussed the repeal on Same Sex Sunday's year-end wrap-up.

DREAM Act

Even though the DREAM Act—which would have provided a pathway to citizenship for undocumented but law-abiding high-school graduates brought to this country as children who go to college or serve in the military—was defeated by a Senate filibuster over the weekend, advocates are now weighing a state-by-state strategy to achieve greater justice for immigrants.  

Dems Unhappy About Tax Deal

The tax-cut and unemployment-extension deal worked out between the President and Congressional Republicans passed both houses last week and was signed into law over the weekend.  Although a majority of both caucuses wound up voting for the measure, many (especially progressive) Democrats expressed anger and disappointment that middle-class tax relief and jobless benefits were, in the President’s own words, “held hostage” to big income- and estate-tax bonanzas for the nation’s wealthiest families.  Also, many argue that the new law endangers the future of Social Security.

Noteworthy

  • ADA's Ed Fund is sponsoring an essay contest for our upcoming "What Would Martin Do?" event.  The essay should discuss how the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., might address key policy issues facing our country in the 21st century.  The winner receives $500 in U.S. savings bonds and two runners-up will receive a $100 U.S. savings bond.  Get more information!

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