The meeting will take place in Webb Hall from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and will focus on the genocide crises in the Darfur region of Sudan. Congressman Watt will also take time to address other concerns of constituents.
State Representative Paul Luebke (D-Durham), lead sponsor of Sudan divestment legislation to be introduced in the 2007 North Carolina General Assembly, will also be present.
Congressman Watt, a Democrat, is the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus and has proven to be a very progressive American leader. The Congressman, however, has failed to join as a co-sponsor of some very important LGBT-related legislation: The Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR 1059). The MREA would repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. North Carolina has only one sponsor for the bill, that being Congressman Brad Miller of the 13th Congressional District, and the bill has a total of only 118 co-sponsors so far.
I encourage those attending the town hall meeting to discuss Congressman Watt’s commitment to his LGBT constituents during the time set aside for concerns not relating to Sudan and Darfur.