WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Two separate organizations were on Purdue's campus Wednesdayafternoon to raise awareness about human rights.
The Human Rights Campaign was gaining signatures to send toSenator Evan Bayh and a feminist activism group was bringingattention to violence against women.
800 flags were neatly arranged in a circle on Purdue's MemorialMall, each one representing someone who was discharged from themilitary since 1993 due to Don't ask Don't Tell, which bans gaysfrom serving openly in the military .
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Field Organizer, Adrian Matanza,said the event on campus was part of a national stop tour.
"This is our 8th stop on the Voices of Honor Tour just inIndiana alone. We have 28 nationwide in six of our prioritystates," said Matanza.
Signatures to support the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell wereobtained. HRC Indiana Veterans Field Organizer, Scott Spychala,said 65,000 veterans are serving right now and fear for theirjobs.
"It creates service members to lie about who they are. If theycould be themselves and be honest with the people they serve withit will actually help unit cohesion," said Spychala.
Once signatures are collected, they will be hand delivered toBayh's office.
Matanza said roughly 2,000 signatures to repeal Don't Ask Don'tTell have been collected across the state. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday,250 were collected at Purdue.
Also at the Memorial Mall Wednesday, several people were on handto raise awareness about violence towards women. The FeministAction Coalition for Today, or F.A.C.T., organized a flash mob withthe theme of 'Breaking the Silence.' FACT president, KathrynJester, says it's all about raising awareness.
"We're here to get people around campus and in the community ingeneral to understand that violence against women is very seriousand it is something that happens to people and they don't evenrealize it's happening," said Jester.
FACT is a new organization that was formed based upon severalrequests from students.
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