Noble Hunger: Women and the VOTE

short vlog discussing Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and the other women of the National Women’s Party (NWP) (a peaceful direct confrontation group than split off from the more docile National American Woman Suffrage Association – NAWSA).  Vlog mentions the HBO film Iron Jawed Angels which is based on Paul and others in the NWP activism for women’s right to vote to the point where they engaged in a prison hunger strike.  Later in 1920 the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote was passed largely due to their non-violent civil disobedience activism.

We are approaching the 100 year anniversary (2020) of the right to vote for women and Nov. 2 is a major election day – federal, state, and local elections will have a big impact on all of our lives – time to honor what Alice, Lucy, and Susan B. Anthony before them and many more did for us.  Don’t make their fight be in vain.

VOTE on Nov. 2

If your confused and lost about how to vote for because there is so much spin, falsehoods and lies out there – these sites might help

to get facts on the candidates: (scroll down for election candidates)
League of Women Voters

Also if u reside in NY – consider voting under the Working Families Party because it helps communicate the the candidates that the 2 party system is not representing us well and we care more about important issues (economy, employment, environment, peace, etc) than we do about all the other jazz.

just found this youtube video that has a lot of clips from Iron Jawed Angels with TEXT quotes and facts.  what is true of ’08 is true for 2010 and 2020 and 2030 and….  VOTE – just do it!

NOTE: the “Noble Hunger” line actually comes from Agatha Tiegel Hanson (one of the 1st Deaf woman to graduate from Gallaudet) presentation day speech “The Intellect of Woman” 1893


the Wars and the Truth

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime” 

Ernest Hemingway

Lots in the news re: the war in Iraq due to the wikileaks documents

The war began in 2003 – u can go to this site for a detailed timeline Yep it will be 8 years in March

there was an earlier wikileak of documents re: the War in Afghanistan (see timeline about this war) Scroll down to 2001 – yep its been 9 years

The logs showed there were more than 109,000 violent deaths between 2004 and the end of 2009.

They included 66,081 civilians, 23,984 people classed as “enemy”, 15,196 members of the Iraqi security forces…, and 3,771 coalition troops.

that is an AWFUL lot of people – NOTE that disproportionate number of civilians.  This is not cool, folks.

these wars r so abstract to us – so foreign, so far away… most U.S. citizens couldnt even point out Iraq and Afghanistan on a map and yet we have been shooting at these folks for Y E A R S now.

I once saw a retired general of the U.S. army present and he said he stepped down from his post so he could speak out against the war.  He said one of the biggest problems with the wars is that, Americans are making NO personal sacrifices for it.  Families who have loved ones in the military are again and again (as tours of duty are extended etc) but the average Joe, Junita, Lakesha, Maria, and Sam are not.  Our economy has taken a plunge and unemployment is still HIGH but still some how we dont really challenge how much $$$$$ (billions of bucks folks) are being shelled out for these unjust and unwinnable wars.  As a Vietnam vet told me – the U.S. has never won against an enemy that uses guerrilla warfare (as we did against the Red Coats during the American Revolution).

i’m mighty worried about these wars.  Im glad the Iraq war has a time table but the no more combat declaration is a pretty hollow one at present.  I’m glad we have a timetable for getting out of Afghanistan but i am still mighty worried about what we will be leaving behind in our wake.

Quotes i found at – picked some of me fav. and a few that just made me head shake and glad for term limits.

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
~Adolph Hitler

In war, truth is the first casualty.


The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
~Albert Einstein
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
~Albert Einstein

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.

~Alexis de Tocqueville

Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
~Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

~Arthur Schopenhauer

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
~Benjamin Franklin

Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~Benjamin Franklin

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
~Benjamin Franklin

Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.
~Charles V of France

The politicians in this world… have at their command weapons of mass destruction far more complex than their own thinking processes.
~Charley Reese
The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has alwa…ys been driven by economic or strategic interests.
~Charley Reese
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. 

~Clarence Darrow

When the largest industry in the world is no longer War, I will accept Darwin’s theory of Evolution.
~Dale S. Mugford 

Today the real test of America’s power and wisdom is not our capacity to make war but our capacity to prevent it.
~Dale Turner

You are not going to get peace with millions of armed men. The chariot of peace cannot advance over a road littered with cannon.
~David Lloyd 

War creates peace like hate creates love.
~David L. Wilson

Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.
~Dorothy Thompson

Peace…is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle.
~Dorothy Thompson

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower 

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?
~Dwight D. Eisenhower 

This world of ours…must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

War settles nothing.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other–instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
~Edward Abbey

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
~Edward Abbey

Our “neoconservatives” are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.

~Edward Abbey

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
~Frederick Douglass

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
~George Washington

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
~George Washington

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
~George Washington

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
~George Washington

If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.
~George W. Bush

…the role of the military is to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place.
~George W. Bush

I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.
~George W. Bush


NOTE: there are alot more good ones there but i stopped when i got to the last ones here cuz i just was feeling despair at how we got here.

Peace, (and no not George W.’s peace)


Thank You Obama

Thank you Obama for this important message

If only we could stop the wars too



Paintings by Deaf artists Recording the Struggle for Natural Sign Language

vlog comparing Goya’s The Third of May 1808 with Mary Thornley’s Milan, Italy 1880 and introducing Nancy Rourke’s new painting We Came, We Saw, We Conquered, which commerates the ICED 2010 New Era agreement

Click PAUSE button if you want to examine the paintings for a longer amount of time

other vlog discussing Nancy Rourke’s paintings

nancy rourke’s website  see this page for a hidden message in Nancy’s We Came, We Saw, We Conquered painting

Info and art by Mary Thornley – go to – click ARTISTS button

Info on Goya’s The Third of May 1808

Possible Model for Guidelines re: Social Networking

heye all

we all be trying to figure out how to “get it right” re: civil discourse via digital technology

Sheri F. left a comment in the previous “People of the Eye” thread with a link to the NAACP’s guidelines, which are great – so i’ve copied and pasted them here for us to consider. Please do share your thoughts, ideas, possible modifications of these guidelines for our online Deaf commUNITY.

I’ve added some of me thoughts in PURPLE

The NAACP Facebook community is a great opportunity to share and exchange thoughts, ideas, theories and other content in a respectful and unifying manner.

We seek to foster a community that allows NAACP members and supporters, activists, concerned citizens, and the general public the opportunity to discuss, analyze, critique and present solutions to issues pertinent to the NAACP’s agenda. Our community will be constructive and will ultimately seek to generate solutions-based conversation. We’ll agree to disagree when necessary but will always convey respect and reflect our common thread of humanity. We invite all to participate with the hopes that their collective insight will advance the NAACP’s mission of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. We encourage all of you to join us and aid our efforts in social action and creating a better America for us all.

As we are a community comprised of Americans of all backgrounds, we expect all of our community participants to maintain a high level of sensitivity, particularly as it relates to:

  • race/ethnicity
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • religion
  • political beliefs
  • education
  • socioeconomic status
  • disability (added by P)
  • culture (added by P)
  • language (added by P)
  • age (added by P)

Guidelines for Commenting

Comments that violate the following guidelines may be deleted.

1. Comments that address people using slurs or negatively reference one’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc. are unacceptable and are subject to immediate removal from the group.

2. Personal attacks are not conducive to fostering healthy dialogue and will be dealt with accordingly. We want to foster an environment when folks can come together to discussion issues pertinent to their community. At times, there will be a need to agree to disagree, but we ask that you remain respectful at all times and NEVER attack an individual.

3. Violent threats or suggested violence will result in immediate removal from the group.

4. Many comment threads are infested with trolls – put simply, people who post comments to specifically start a fight, defame, divide, distract or otherwise detract from the overall function of the community. In instances of trolling, we ask that the community just ignore them. Trolls will be subject to immediate removal from our Facebook community.

5. We discourage long, point-by-point arguments. These types of conversations tend to alienate the rest of the community and often stray from the initial purpose of the disagreement.

6. Stereotypes have the potential to be divisive and offensive, and any comment that does so will be monitored closely. We encourage intelligent, enlightened conversation and careful articulation of one’s thoughts before posting (again, sensitivity is key).

7. Another key aspect of sensitivity is to avoid minimizing the comments/posts of others. We all have our individual priorities and beliefs – it is important to respect this fact and react accordingly. Disagreement can occur without making another feel their stance is less than important. Any instances of minimizing will be dealt with accordingly, first with a warning, though subsequent occurrences will be subject to removal from the community.

8. If all or most of your comments are repetitive and off-topic, we reserve the right to ban you from the community. Comments that are blatantly off-topic will be deleted. We will be strictly monitoring those who we feel may try to “hijack” the forum to advance their own agenda. Repeat posts will be deleted, while the poster is subject to permanent removal from the community.

We always encourage thought-provoking posts & commentary, but ask that you please take a moment to read and reflect on the post or comment before you insert your related commentary. Repeated transgressions will result in permanent removal from the community.

9. Disagreement with comments is natural and encouraged. However, if you happen to take offense to a comment, please address the commenter clearly and respectfully.

10. Please do not use the comment section to air complaints, whether it be about a post, a particular comment or the moderation of our page. Please address all such concerns to

Should you have a comment or thought that is unrelated to an existing thread and meets our community guidelines, please feel free to begin a discussion on the NAACP’s discussion page, or to post it on the Facebook page’s wall.

Again, we are a solutions-oriented community and welcome disagreement, but want to take every opportunity to extend the conversation. Dissent with no proposed solution does no good for any of us.

11. Do not use this Facebook community for self-promotion. There are exceptions where post may simultaneously advance the conversation while also promoting; the assessment of such instances and its appropriateness is left to the discretion of the page moderator.

12. Last but not least, we want to remind you that this is YOUR community. We welcome your participation & contribution to all threads. We ask that you do your part to adhere to the guidelines we’ve set before you and encourage others to do the same. Should you have additional questions, please e-mail

Homophobia & Sexism aint cool and DVTV boo

heye all

Homophobia & Sexism aint cool and DVTV boo

youtube link:

NOT COOL!  I can not tell u how uncool this is coming in the wake of g/l/b/t suicides.  it is so thoughtless and wrong i can not fathom why it was carried and still up at DVTV.  it is beyond mind-boggling.


A boycott is a form of consumer activism involving the act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country as an expression of protest, usually for political reasons. (from wikipedia)

Once Thoreau refused to pay his taxes as he was protesting slavery and was put in jail – his friend said:

“Why are you in jail?” the friend asked.

“Why are you out of jail?” he answered.


Read more there about how the Montgomery Bus Boycott was to be for one day only but had to go on and on for over 1 year and WHY?

Don’t ride buses that allow folks to be mistreaded.  Yes, it happens else where and one struggle at a time.  We will get to those places too.  For now eyes on DVTV and DR for constantly violating their own guidelines.

If you decide only to do a ONE day boycott – make that known.  Put a vlog or blog entry up saying BLUE MONDAY!

Many folks have been boycotting both DVTV/DR for a mighty long time.

Many folks have asked me “Why are you out of DVTV/DR?” to which i should have answered “Why are you in DVTV/DR?”

Time to do the right thing folks.

Rosa Parks – an UNstupid woman!

Standing by our Mother

heye all

the other night Rochester School for the Deaf had a fabulous German presenter, photographer, conservationist, environmentalist and crazy guy, Florian Schulz, as part of their annual Adventures in Education fundraiser.

See D and C article

Every time we attend these events, we always leave joyful and hopeful.  Mostly because its so good to see folks out there who really love our mother (nature) and really are working so so hard using their passion, time, talent, dedication, and big hearts to do good to and for the things that surround us while we still got a chance to do this good work. has tons of samples of his photography work and the Freedom 2 Roam projects:

Yellowstone to Yukon

Baja to Beaufort

that he and his Mexican wife Emil Herrera-Schulz have been dedicating themselves to.  It is notable that both of them hail from countries very far away from the landscape and waters of the U.S. that they are working so hard to care for.  Their dedication to making the invisible visible before its too late is beyond commendable.  Their devotion to standing by our mother (nature) and not being a bystander who walks all over her and trashes her or simply performs lip-service to her is inspiring.

They have made me think long and hard about our roles in being the change we want to see in the world and doing – not just talking.  And making stuff tangible and real.  And getting me to take longer walks in the woods.  They also made me think of how Florian learned to talk to grizzly bears from the Blackfeet (especially in light of the fact that a black bear took a stroll on RIT’s campus yesterday) and how the language was not internationally accepted or appreciated when he tried it on a Polar Bear.

So if u got time and heart – visit his stie – they have oodles and oodles of his amazing photograghy and information about his projects for wildlife corridors (one on land and one by sea) and land bridges over highways for animals to cross over safely.  There is much much more so check it out.

By all accounts the students had a phenomenal time learning about animals, nature, conservation, and photography – RSD always does an amazing job pre-teaching before the vip guests come to campus and each time the guests always remark on how amazing, inquisitive, and engaging the RSD students are.

not directly related but related:

if u got time – check out Karen Mayes blog entry re: Bystanders – it is not about conservation as it is about the detriments of being neutral in the face of bullying, threats, and injustice.  Florian and Emil are working tirelessly for humans to  not be bystanders to our ecosystem which in turn affects our biodiversity which in turn affects EVERYTHING.

So to our mother – I’m pretty dang sorry.  I don’t know what to do beyond the organic farm cooperative, recycling, compositing, turning lights off, and walking more but im sure u will show me a way to do more.

Thank u RSD and Florian and Emil – ya give me hope!



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