Where oh Where is Y OUR Letter folks? & “palpably just”

Where oh Where is Y OUR  Letter to AG Bell Association folks? & “palpably just”

folks r returning to their schools for the Deaf to find the unwanted and offensive membership card/letter from the AG Bell Association – unfamiliar with this issue?  where have u been?  see previous entry for info

photo of AFA T-shirt. artwork by Nancy Rourke - G Veditz signing LOVE and framed with hand STAND

Many individuals (see links below) and organizations (DBC and AFA) have sent letters to AG Bell objecting to these membership cards/letters but….

where is YOURS?

need inspiration?  need courage?

well – there are some BRAVE souls out there.

Braver and better than I – see Jill Radford’s resignation as principal of a Bi-bi school because the supt in Utah is pushing an unjust system (the oral / aural only agenda) while undermining a Deaf child’s right to have access to information, language, and knowledge in a fully natural and accessible language (which is afforded ALL other children in this country except for Deaf children – nope they gotta work for their words as part of making them “independent” says the superintendent.  WOW!)

Kudos Jill Radford – i have never met u nor ever heard of u prior to this letter but i commend you for taking this just, right and good STAND.  Few would do what u have done, Jill.  thank u!

Now returning to the AG Bell unwanted and offensive membership cards/letter which is a national issue as it has been sent to schools for the Deaf all over the US of A –

if we all say “well, i didn’t get a card so it doesn’t matter to me…” or

we say “well, its not a big deal…” or

we say “well, it wont make any difference …” or

we say ” well, i dont want to make trouble…” or

we say ” well, i dont want to get in trouble…” or

we say “well, other people have already spoken out for me and i have nothing more i can add…” or

we say “well, i have been a busy doing this and that….” or “weed” or

we say nothing at all ….


and are a bystander instead of STANDing by that which is right, JUST and good

and u do Jill Radford, all the teachers of the Deaf (Deaf and hearing alike), all the future Deaf babies and their families, yourself, ourselves, even AG Bell association a DISSERVICE.

STAND the _____ up folks

it is not time consuming – for gosh sake u dont even have to print the letter and lick an envelop.  What has the digital age done to u all – made u so lazy u forgot how to STAND up!

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result”.

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

~ Gandhi

Truth and Love win – think of it always says Gandhi

“And right here let me say that the organized deaf do not understand their own might. It is in their power, if united, to dictate to the schools what methods of education should be pursued therein. Their cause is so palpably just that public, legislators and parents must in the end side with them.”

~ George W. Veditz

It is NOT ok for the AG Bell Association which has a long history of promoting and propagating oral / aural ONLYism and trying to destroy and undermine Deaf teachers, bilingual-bicultural education, Deaf culture and ASL to be infiltrating Deaf schools by making teachers and staff AUTOMATICALLY members of their association.  This propaganda of talking and hearing will set the child free, this mislabeling teachers and staff as “hearing specialists, this adding of teachers and staff into some data base and as members – is not acceptable, not cool, not right, not just, not good.

If  YOU do nothing – AG Bell Association thinks its ok to keep doing what they are doing and much much more folks.  They got plans and they be busy.

STAND and say ¡Ya basta! would ya could ya should ya?  aye eye say!

Consider it a birthday present to George Veditz ;  )   [yes, im grabbing at ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to get ya all to do the right thing]

if u do send an ASL and/or English letter to AG Bell association and want it shared here too – just send to me or post it in the comment section here so i know i can repost as a separate entry

to all the Deaf folks and Allies and organizations who have already DONE the right thing – THANK YOU and geez aint it rude how we havent even gotten an auto reply of something like “Thank you for your email.  All of you are important to us…”  I mean that big all plaque of theirs says “for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing”

DBC’s letter to AG Bell https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/dbcs-letter-to-ag-bell-association-board/

Dr. Don Grushkin’s letter to AG Bell https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/dr-don-gruskins-letter-to-ag-bell-assoc/

Gene DiVencenzo’s letter to AG Bell https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/gene-divincenzos-letter-to-ag-bell-association/

Antonio Rathbun’s letter to AG Bell https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/antonia-rathbuns-letter-to-ag-bell-association/

Karen Kingrey’s chant and poem to AG Bell

Nancy Rourke’s artwork to AG Bell Assoc

Dr. Barbara Kannapell’s letter to AG Bell Assoc

Paul Kiel’s Letter to AG Bell

Dianrez Letter to AG Bell

Barb DiGigi’s ASL with English captions letter to AG Bell

Michele Westfall’s letter to AG Bell

Ruthie Jordan’s Letter to AG Bell

Dr. Karen Christie’s Letter to AG Bell

Jenny Witteborg’s Letter to AG Bell


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Don G.
    Sep 03, 2011 @ 22:11:27

    Speaking of “propaganda”, did you know AGB’s Bylaws state:

    “Section 4. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying
    on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation….”

    They totally do not practice what they preach, eh? But then again, we knew that!

    See: http://nc.agbell.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=538

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  3. handeyes
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 22:21:57

    Don – thanks for pulling this out and for the link

    it inspired another blog entry so thank u




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