can you help AB 2072 Die in Suspense
pls view Jim Brune (DCARA executive director and member of CA Deaf Newborn Identification & Stakeholder Coalition) vlog at: http://test.opposeab2072.com/?cat=14
The Oppose AB 2072 folks are rallying TODAY THUR Aug 12 in Sacramento to make visible the invisible. Too often and too long our history has been decided by “others” – our fate in their hands (whack whack) and thus its been legal to deny Deaf children the right to natural and accessible language. (remember MLK pointed out that everything Hitler did was legal) The oppose AB 2072 folks are out and about PARTICIPATING in the political process in accordance with the ICED 2010 New Era document and the U.S.’s dedication to the funding principle that all people are created equal.
From ICED 2010 Vancouver New Era agreement:
– “Call upon all Nations to facilitate, enhance and embrace their Deaf citizen’s participation in all governmental decision-making process affecting all aspects of their lives”
– “Call upon all Nations to involve their Deaf citizens to assist parents of Deaf infants, children and youth in appreciation of the Deaf culture and sign languages”
Call Senator Christine Kehoe (916) 651-4039 and Senator Darrell Steinberg (916) 651-4006 today. Let them know you Oppose AB 2072 and that the bill should stay in suspense.
AB 2072 was proposed by Assemblyman Mendoza and is sponsored by several oral / aural only programs, audiologist and pathological groups
Click the links to all of those programs and you will see big $ and big push for the EXCLUSION of ASL from the life of Deaf infants
Brune reports that Mendoza has thrown in another 11 hour ploy – with a last minute addition of audiologists and medical practionares being added onto the stakeholders’ task force!
Bill has undergone several revisions and amendments. To implement this bill as is will be extremely costly for the state of CA and thus should not move forward from the CA Senate’s appropriation committee.
See Oppose AB 2072 for more in-depth history
Help ensure that Deaf children and their families have the best of both worlds – a natural and fully accessible language while learning the language of the dominant culture (ASL and English)
– “For educators to deny deaf students the opportunity to maintain or acquire ASL essentially represents an attempt at cultural genocide, since the only identity option offered to students is to become a stigmatized member of the majority society
.” (Cummins and Danesi, Heritage Languages, p. 95).