October 29, 2006 was the 5 year anniversary of the Unity for Gallaudet protest.
This is a chart comparing DPN and UFG protests. Please alert me to any errors or additions.
the Diamond ? symbol should read as ‘ or “. PC to MAC conversion problem seems.
Chart created in 2006
Comparison of Deaf President Now (DPN) and
Unity for Gallaudet (UFG)
Deaf President Now
Unity For Gallaudet
|When||March 6-13, 1988||Spring 2006 to October 29, 2006|
|Where||Gallaudet�s gated campus and Internationally||Gallaudet�s gated campus and Internationally|
|Demands||1. Zinser step down and deaf president selected
2. Spillman step down from the Board
3. Board comprise 51 % of Deaf people
4. No reprisals for protestors
|1. Fernandes step down as the president-designate
2. A new and impartial search process be implemented
3. No reprisals for protestors
|Actions by administration||
|Actions by protestors||Meetings and rallies
Take over the campus gates (6 days)
hotwired buses then gave them flat tires to block entrance
Signs, rallies, sit ins
March to hotel where BoT meets
March on Capitol
Burning of effigies of Zinser and Spillman
|Establishment of Tent City
Take over academic building
Take over the campus gates (3 days)
Human chain, signs, rallies, sit ins, vigils
Vigil at hotel where BoT meets
March to Capitol
2 Votes of no confidence by fac.
Burning two effigys of Audism and Oppression; an effigy of IKJ, JKF, & PK
|Action by individuals||
|Student Leaders||Greg Hlibok, Tim Rarus, Jerry Covell, and Bridgette Bourne||Ryan Commerson, LaToya Plummer, Leah Katz-Hernandez, Chris Corrigan, Tara Holcomb, etc|
Deaf schools and mainstream
ASL first language
|Hearing and Deaf Families
Deaf schools and mainstream
ASL early language & ASL first language
A variety of majors
|Other groups||Ducks, Alumni, Community||FSSA, GU Alumni Assoc, Community|
Selected new president
Jerry Lee (h)
Jordan (late deafened / sim-com)
Corson -(d and native signer)
Davila (d – Latino deaf school)
Fernandes (d – deaf mother)
Baldwin (d) then Brueggeman (d)
Dr. Jordan (d)
Weiner (d – deaf parents)
Stern (d – deaf parents)
Anderson (d – African-American)
Rosen (d – deaf parents)
|Quotes||Spillman – �Deaf people are not ready to function in a hearing world�Zinser – �My resignation was not in response to demonstrations � but to pave the way for the civil rights movement to progress.�IK Jordan – quote on changing his mind from supporting Zinser�s appointment to supporting the protest – I said to myself, �Sure I�m a dean and should support the Board of Trustees, but hell, I�m also deaf and will be for the rest of my life, and that�s more important.�
�DPN�s impact on hearing people was to demystify deafness for them, show them that there is no stigma to being deaf. For deaf people, DPN showed that we didn�t have to accept limitations that are put on us by others.�
Jesse Jackson – The problem is that not that the students do not hear. The problem is that the hearing world does not listen.
Senator Tom Harkin – You have succeeded in educating the world about deafness, the concerns of deaf people, and the simple truth that we all need and are entitled to dignity and respect. You communicated your message with clarity and forcefulness. Your actions will have a positive impact on future generations of hearing and deaf persons both here and abroad.
|IK Jordan – �We are squabbling about what it means to be deaf.��If there is a confrontation, the dissenters will have caused it,� Jordan said in a written statement. �They must take full responsibility for their actions, including possible suspension and arrest.�Fernandes – �Although the current situation is serious, if I abandoned my commitment at this point, which I have no intention of doing, it would only become worse for the university, in general, and for future boards of trustees and presidents.�
Hurwitz – �People look up to Gallaudet University because it�s a pillar of the deaf community,� said T. Alan Hurwitz, dean of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. Hurwitz added that he thought the controversy had more to do with the selection process than a split over deaf culture.
Plummer – �Some people think we are saying that the new President isn�t deaf enough. That�s not true at all. It�s that our deaf leadership is being deaf to our concerns.
There are diverse groups within the campus community are not being heard. This is important and worth fighting for.�