Help the NAD awake from their do-nothingness

Help the NAD awake from their do-nothingness

Let us be the “leaven which is raising the Association from its long lethargy of do-nothingness into the activity of doing something worth while.”

this is an email i sent some folks yesterday but since i dont have all ur email addys i thought id post it up here for u to see see

Greetings all

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is preparing for its upcoming convention in Kentucky and in doing so has invited a plenary presenter who has used his political position and power to actively deny individuals of our country justice and equality.  I type of Dennis Daugaard and his war against women, GLBT, and Islam and his lack of defense of Deaf folks and ASL.
Elected officials are supposed to preserve and fight for our founding principles not restrict them.  In addition to passing legislation that curtails women’s rights to their bodies, marriage equality for GLBT, and religious freedom for Muslims – he also did NOTHING when the South Dakota School for the Deaf was being shut down.
there is a letter writing campaign to NAD conference sponsors and affiliates to withdraw their support for the upcoming conference as it conflicts with the core values of which NAD is supposed to stand for (human, civil and linguistic rights) and because its is the right to do. (see Octavian’s blog http://truebizme.com/ (Added – and also the End One, End All facebook page with many letters there http://www.facebook.com/EndOneEndAll)
(Added – you can see AFA’s letter to NAD sponsors and affiliates at http://audismfreeamerica.blogspot.com/2012/05/26-may-2012-greetings-this-letter.html.  ASL version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNjtkLCRAZE&list=UUcY3go7tTUJuZz6b1ijVLVw&index=1&feature=plcp
there is also a petition asking the NAD to withdraw their invitation to Governor Daugaard (see misha’s petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nad-should-withdraw-its-invitation-extended-to/
Many folks have been lobbying long and hard on this issue – if you care and dare – pls do sign your name and/or a vlog and/or a letter, tweet, FB, vp ur NAD connections.
remember what Jessie Jackson wrote in his letter of support to DPN students – the problem wasnt that the students could not hear – it was that the board did not listen.  NAD needs to hear from u and needs to hear/t you.
Seriously this is wrong – this invitation of Daugaard and the NAD’s silence to the community’s outcry.   To my knowledge the NAD has not sent any response to anyone emailing their concerns re: Daugaard’s invitation.  (Meanwhile the editor of the American Heritage Dictionary gave John Lee Clark a prompt and positive reply to John Lee’s letter of complaint about their definition of audism – see John Lee’s great letter and the editor’s comment at http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4xvHAS/www.johnleeclark.com/?p=52).  The NAD should at the very least be responding to folks concern about the invitation – their reasoning for insisting that Daugaard “educate”us about us is incomplete, unclear, inadequate and unjust.
In a 1910 Deaf-Mute Journal issue there is a statement about Agatha Tiegel Hanson’s signing of “AMERICA” at the 1910 NAD convention in Colorado:
“As we sat there in the convention hall and felt the organ’s notes rising and falling and saw the graceful signs—our signs—of Mrs. Hanson giving out the living poetry and inspiration of the song, then allowed our eyes to wander to the window and there we saw America as Colorado only can show it, we almost heard the echoes ring “from every mountain side,” and were indeed glad we had come: glad that we are blessed with such a beautiful language and glad to be among men and women gathered to do it honor and work for its preservation, advancement and permanency.
this is what we would like to see happen at the NAD 2012 Convention – that folks would gather and feel pride and honor at the good work & the peacework of the NAD for preservation, advancement and permanency
they can only do such if the NAD truly STANDS for justice and equality for ALL.
we dont need more politiking
here is my letter to the NAD https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/nad-do-the-right-thing-or-dont-the-option-is-yours/

i hope to do my letters to the sponsors and affiliates soon

any little bit you can do will go a long way

and now may i say – we should keep our great love and affection for NAD and show them just how much we love them by calling upon them to do the just, right, true and good thing.  

“nothing about us without us” should ring true and “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ MLK Jr

thank you for your attention and heart to this matter
if u prefer not to get such emails from me – just send me a note 

much peace & love

Patti

here r the full lyrics for America, America My Country, tis of Thee Lyrics by Samuel F. Smith 1832 (and yep i know Deaf folks are still denied the right to serve this country even though they do in other nations like Israel – we still do need to fight peacefully for our liberties and for freedom and justice for all.  Be a peace warrior folks and STAND)

My country, ’tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills,
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet Freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To thee we sing,
Long may our land be bright
With Freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by thy might
Great God, our King.

Our glorious Land to-day,
‘Neath Education’s sway,
Soars upward still.
Its hills of learning fair,
Whose bounties all may share,
behold them everywhere
On vale and hill!

Thy safeguard, Liberty,
The school shall ever be,
Our Nation’s pride!
No tyrant hand shall smite,
While with encircling might
All here are taught the Right
With Truth allied.

Beneath Heaven’s gracious will
The stars of progress still
Our course do sway;
In unity sublime
To broader heights we climb,
Triumphant over Time,
God speeds our way!

Grand birthright of our sires,
Our altars and our fires
Keep we still pure!
Our starry flag unfurled,
The hope of all the world,
In peace and light impearled,
God hold secure!

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NAD do the right thing or Don’t – the option is yours

Dear NAD –

“nothing about us without us” eh?

I’m sad and blue.  U know its true.  I’ve loved u long and hard.  I’ve stood by u through thick and thin.  When you did NOTHING despite many cries from our community to take a stand against the AG Bell’s

From AG Bell letter to teachers of the Deaf at Deaf schools (courtesy of Barb Wifi)

AG Bell temporary membership card with their FALSEHOOD motto (image courtesy of Barb Wifi)

unwanted and offensive temporary membership cards mislabeling teachers of the Deaf at Deaf schools as “hearing specialists” and promoting their propaganda of independence through talking and listening, i was outraged.  (link added to past letters https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/where-oh-where-is-y-our-letter-folks-palpably-just/

and george came a calling.  he said Patti BOYCOTT

i said george let me try this fella and this lass and let me try this way – and George WAITED.

he is a patient chap

When George W. Veditz’s 150th birthday was rolling around and i didnt see no party planned by you – i was blue but then u pulled a fast one and posted up his PRICELESS “preservation of sign language” film of 1913.  I was grateful to see it up and

George W. Veditz signing “DEFEND” in his famous FILMED presentation – “Preservation of Sign Language” 1913. Click this image to route you to the full film in NAD’s youtube

out but it should be on the front page of your website to constantly REMIND YOU about george’s HOPE that NAD will LOVE and DEFEND.  Not just preach and speak and toss out empty statements here and there but actually D E F E N D our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift the creator gave to us and THE world.

But it aint enuf to toss out that video at the last minute.  it aint enuf to issue an apology to Audism Free America when u rushed to defend AG Bell’s fortress while trampling on your own and on the very victims and survivors of AG Bell’s vicious methodology and biogtry and injustice

but it aint enuf to still not issue a STATEMENT CONFRONTING AG BELL about those unjust and unwanted and unsolicited temporary membership cards (folks u can put AG Bell membership cards in the POTE search box and see the pix and all the letters GOOD folks wrote to complaint to AG Bell.  You will NOT find any from the NAD though)

yep im still waiting for that promised statement – i was stalled and stalled until i finally had to tell the good folks at NAD that im walking out on u. BOYCOTT baby i be.  Thank u george for pushing me

it is not enuf to say u r gonna some day stop the antiquated and unjust Miss NAD ritual.  One more to go in KY folks – enjoy have ur $ go to finance another queen for 2 more years

sexism sucks folks

it is not enuf to pull out a hollow statement at the last minute saying the NAD supports equal marriage rights cuz u seen that Obama does and the NAACP does and they are still standing.  Nope its not enuf cuz that statement was pretty insulting cuz it through throw in a push for spending more money at the NAD luncheon that is gonna allow GLBT folks to eat together and it throough throw in a disclaimer protection about diverse opinions

Still from the BSL video Deaf Not Dumb

REALLY?

u think we are DUMB?

And hey  – that statement came out QUICK but u tell me the statement the Deaf community has been clamoring for from our BELOVED NAD – a statement telling AG Bell totally uncool those membership cards and that false motto of independence through talking and listening – you tell me to my face that you just hired a PR person and it will take a bit of time to get THAT statement out but lookie how fast that marriage equality statement comes out.

you are contradictory and unjust NAD

you must withdraw your invitation of Dennis Daugaard – gov. of South Dakota who did not work to keep a Deaf school open even though he was one of the highest ranking members of the gov. office at the time the issue came up.  AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY:

Gov. Daugaard will talk about political power and the importance of deaf and hard of hearing people participating in the political process. He will describe how to best advance our community’s civil, human, and linguistic rights with politicians.

So big pssstt NAD – the Deaf community bloody knows what is important and they bloody know how to get involved in the political process.  You have seen it at DPN and UFG and you are seeing it now.

And psssttt – try to spin it that he will tell US how best to advance our community’s civil, human, and linguistic with politicians while he OPPRESSES those very same rights.  He is not gonna teach us nothing we dont already know – that most politicians including CODAs like himself dont give a shit about Deaf folks and they will use and abuse as they so choose.

the NAD should not follow suit.  And this is what u r doing NAD – u r playing and it SUCKS

yep im pissed

i have loved u long and hard but i did not love u enough to say YA BASTA as firmly and as truly as i need to so here it is YA BASTA NAD

u do not think that u are strong enuf to uninvite him.  u think it will back fire.  u worry and u fret about looking unprofessional or it being sticky.  When and if u do call the bloke – he will be like ‘whatever’ – one less hollow speech to deliver.

and u will be able to stand a BIT taller.

or u can do nothing but throw out smoke and mirrors

seriously George is weeping and so do I and i say as he did to u in 1933

And this is goodbye.

https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/what-veditz-said-to-nad-near-the-end-of-his-life/

Peace, Love, and Truth,

Patti

PS: im sure i have tons of typos but im off to peaceworks.

there is a letter creating (can be ASL video and/or English) going towards NAD 2012 Conference Sponsors – see Tavian Robinson’s True biz blog where he has a variety of letters up for sponsors and/or affiliates and to NAD http://truebizme.com/

misha’s petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nad-should-withdraw-its-invitation-extended-to/

Still from the BSL video Deaf Not Dumb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0PQAtko8Cc

NAD – raise from its long lethargy…doing something worth while

NAD – raise from its long lethargy…doing something worth while

George W. Veditz has been on my mind lately – since he had is 150th birthday.

Don’t know who George is – well, booo.  The more i learn the more im in awe.

And awww – the bestest KC sent me a poem she stumbled upon the other day by one of our dearest Agatha Tiegel Hanson (first woman to graduate from Gallaudet – see her pow pow address of “The Intellect of Woman” – equality for all rocks).  (thanks for always feeding me the good stuff kc)

im very upset with the NAD right now – George led it through and true but after his term the NAD went to appeasement and the 1st wave of Oralism washed over our schools, our community, and our association.  It has never since regained its full footing or made a TRUE, JUST, and GOOD commtiment to civil rights since and hence we trapped forever begging for scraps.  (see what George had to say at the end of his life re: the NAD and our contemporary comments & Octavian’s great write up on NAD’s wrong)

To George William Veditz
 by Agatha Tiegel Hanson

Silent Worker 22, no 4. Pg 73 (January 1910)

(suggested by his services in the Civil Service fight; and
also by his recent action in sending copies of N.A.D. resolutions
on methods of instructing the deaf to the leading oralists of the country).
 

George and the Dragon by De’VIA artist, David Call. For more of David’s work see http://www.eyehandstudio.com/

    A song to him who grasps
And flings out waving banner to the wind,
Riding with valiant heart and ringing cheer
    To help his suffering kind!
 
    How clear and unafraid.
His words are hurled like lances at the foe.
Piercing their pride of arrogance and cant!
    Down in the dust they go.
 
    Our brave and fearless knight.
We lift our hearts and voices in thy praise.
Thy noble quest shall end in victory,
    And honors crown thy days.
 
    Wrong can never be right.
And truth shall stand though towers and castles fall.
Lo, in the east there dawns a beaming light!
    Our sun shall sine o’er all.

—-Agatha Tiegel Hanson

(note followed: This bouquet came as a well deserved tribute to the President of the N. A.D. for ‘tis he who is the leaven which is raising the Association from its long lethargy of do-nothingness into the activity of doing something worth while.)

Thanks for allowing me to reproduce ur artwork here David – it totally syncs up with what Agatha had written over 100 years ago.  Gosh, collective consciousness and artists! and history repeating itself if we dont study it

Let us be the leaven – shall we?

exodus: movement of the people

we cant know where we r going if we dont know where we been

standing on their shoulders (George and Agatha’s)

Kudos to the Cops & Not Cool, Karl

Heye all

just some songs of freedom re: the Audism Free America peaceful activism in St. Louis March 3-6, 2012.

By all accounts the cops were mighty cool while Dr. Karl White was not.

Now this is me – typing as patti at patti’s place so if u want AFA’s official position on anything mosey on over to their space (website) and Youtube (scroll down)- they got some mighty fine pow pow letters up re: the expensive  12 th International CI conference (yes 12th folks), Huff Post, NPR etc. in addition to the various videos from the St Louis activism.

knowledge and action are cool folks

so back to the Karl and the Cops in ole st. louie:

right at the very beginning when we approached one cop with an AFA card and gestured about the importance of sign language, he replied “I think everyone should learn to sign” and i was in love.  ha – it’s that easy.

In contrast when AFA met with the key players of EHDI – the system (not just the conference) – Dr. Karl White was acting like he had not been promoting the 2nd wave of Oralism when in fact he has been.  When he asked “what did I do?”  We showed him and told him – not cool, that testimony in CA in favor of the Oral / Aural supported AB 2072 and the Oral / Aural supported Indiana HB 1367 and we placed his FINISHING THE EHDI revolution manifesto in the volta review on the table.  Jig is up – we know what u have been up to and it aint neutral nor unbiased.   nc.agbell.org/document.doc?id=90 – page 8-29 in the pdf

During the St Louis peaceful activism, we did hit some moments of tension (remember peace is not the absence of tension but rather the presence of justice).  We donned our  hardiHOODS and fortitude to stand firm with LOVE so that justice and true peace could reign and it did.  Folks started to wake up and say “hmmmm why is the system so ENCOURAGING / MANDATING of ear testing, and retesting, and listening devices, and speech therapy while ASL+English is in the periphery as in way way way over there?”  hmmmm, indeed.

so below are some snapshots of how the police did the good work they are supposed to do, which is to preserve our constitutional rights of freedom of speech and assembly instead of being pawns for huge hotel chains like the Marriott and how Karl was not cool.

Cool Cops and Not Cool, Karl:

MARCH in MARCH

1. Cops were cool when folks came in from the march from City Hall (to signify laws ABOUT us without us) to Union Station and we held up our signs – many of which were from the Lies AG Bell Told My Parents campaign that DBC supplied

EAT, DRINK and BE ACTIVE

2. Cop was cool when he was unnecessarily sent over to the food court – way far far away from the EHDI conference area to surveillance Deaf&ally folks eating and congregating. AFA checked in and asked – everything alright?  Aint we allowed to eat and chat?  (noting that the conference security and the conference interpreter really had no business stalking us – we aint in conference space and the tracking and surveillance EHDI does is supposed to be of the babies not the adults – they so confused).

Cop noted this was the truth and reminded us to keep the pathways open as they already were (what else can they say) and walked away.  Oy they got played by them there crack down conference but we just smile and wave – HOWDY.

SHUT OUT OF EHDI 101

3. the cops (eventually LOTS of them got called in unnecessarily) were super cool when we went to see if we could get into the free PRE-conference EHDI 101 session which is normally open FOR the Deaf community but which Dr. Karl White and security ordered closed to us despite the Deaf presenters wishing it to be open.  They allowed us to all gather and WAIT.

Yes, we are a patient and a hopeful people.  We went to see if justice and truth would emerge – if they would allow us to go see EHDI 101 in accordance to the purpose of that session – to educate the public – most particularly the Deaf community about the basics of EHDI.  Our patience and hopes proved to be misplaced since Dr. Karl overruled the EHDI 101 presenters’ wishes and ruled against justice.  So much for inclusion and stakeholders and open society.

That was ok because: 1. the cops didnt have no problem with us standing and waiting to see see.  2. we got our 101 in how EHDI does and does NOT work mighty quick.  we See Saw – what goes up must come down – ie true stakeholders “not allowed”

During the walk from the conference area to the Marriott Hotel bar, which is in a different part of Union Station, we were stalked by the hotel security.  We checked to make sure it would be fine if we all went up to the Marriott Hotel bar which is open to the public and many of us were guests at the hotel.  She said “sure, welcome.”  So off we went.

KARL & CO. JUMPED THE GUN

4. Very disappointed that this same security person tried to get an innocent Deaf man arrested simply for being a Deaf man walking.  I kid u not folks – and this is NOT FUNNY.  i was mighty upset to see this.  Scott Manion, Sr. had went to the bathroom and upon returning to Union Station and heading up to the Marriott hotel bar was accosted by a Lieutenant and almost arrested.  His wife came and alerted us to this fact and when we went to find Scott he was being brought into the hotel bar to find out what is what.

We asked the lieutenant what’s up?  He said he was informed by the hotel security this man was harassing someone.  I looked up at Scott (he is tall and i do look up to the dude – he was super cool during this incident even though inside I’m sure he was shaken).  I asked “were you harassing anyone?”  He signed and spoke “Nobody.  I just went out off to the bathroom.”  Ruthie Jordan asked “Did anyone approach you and give you any warnings?” “Nobody,” he responded shocked and rattled.  I looked at the Lieutenant – “this is not cool” i said.

He summons the hotel security – we asked “what’s up – we are guests of this hotel and this is our friend who is visiting with us.  He is NOT bothering anyone and never got a warning”  Security goes – ahems and haws and the Lieutenant sternly says to her “I want to talk to you” and storms off cuz its not cool to falsely accuse someone of harassment cuz then u be the harasser – see see?

Busted – it is so not cool Karl and crew tried to get a nice dude like Scott arrested for nothing more than being a Big Deaf Dude with a beard and a bandana on.  NOT cool.

Lieutenant super cool for not appreciating having cops called in to Union Station for NOTHING!  Waste of time, resources, and geez they could be fighting crime instead of almost undermining the constitution.  Thank you for figuring out how quickly you were getting played and for being mad that they almost made you arrest an innocent man.  Geez that could have gone real bad real quick.  Glad you were a PEACE officer and not a hired gun (like the other folks floating all around the Marriott and more)

SO MUCH FOR INCLUSION

5. uniformed security was cool when Dr. White had slinked up to each table in the Marriott hotel bar and suggested that folks relocate to another secluded space where he got the Marriott to set up a completely separate make shift bar so he could keep the EHDI participants away from Deaf and Hearing ASL folks who  had gathered peacefully in the bar that evening.  This action on his part stole all the staff away from the Marriott bar thus closing it to us paying guests of the hotel as well as the public in the hopes that we

would GO AWAY.  But instead we stayed – Deaf time rocks!

And when i looked up up up (it really is a LOVELY bar / lobby) I saw the uniformed officer looking down on all of us – i guess Karl was worried we were gonna start pummeling his conference security person for bringing us the bad news of no booze but instead we all just said – whatever and kept chatting.

I waved and smiled at the uniformed officer and he waved back.

Aint sign language beautiful!  and Scott thank you again and again for keeping ur cool.  U r my hero.  They totally where trying to provoke us but nope we no take the bait – we cool cucumbers

Wow – look at this list and the conference hadn’t even started yet.  That was all per-conference events.  guess we will have to do a Part II for you soon.

AFA vlog covering events pre-EHDI and during the EHDI conference

What Veditz said to NAD near the end of his life

Veditz Hope by De’VIA artist Nancy Rourke

I’ve had this entry in the queue to click publish for a long time but i delayed and delayed cuz well, i was paddling that denial river.  I just did NOT want to come to terms with the fact that the NAD was not shaping up to be the organization that it could and should be.

big OY and GRR and BOO to the NAD’s lack of activism from NAD’s education committee, lack of response to AG Bell Association’s mailing of unwanted and offensive membership cards to teachers of the Deaf at Deaf schools, having another Miss Deaf Pageant, and the latest – a Plenary Presenter who is anti-equal marriage rights (if he has changed this position GREAT – pls do share that here).  (thanks Mz for tweet of the link)

many folks have expressed concerns about the NAD’s direction, focus, activism or lack there off – too many for me to list here for fear of missing some folks.

Below we see see how true blue George W. Veditz was.

We gotta know our own history in order to not repeat it and in order to stand on the shoulders of giants.  As we rediscover our roots and our ancestors may we also see the power of taking a stand for that which is right, just, true and good.

NOTE: Veditz’ paper was written in 1933 for a 1934 NAD convention and Veditz passed away in 1937.  He must have been so sad when he wrote the last sentence here.

Thanks KC for finding the gem below.

blue emphasis added by me

NOTE: Aug 12, 2012 will mark the end of Veditz 150 year and Aug 13 will begin his 151st birthday.  See ya in Colorado Springs, folks, to ring out the 150th and ring in the 151st.  if u cant go, do something locally in honor of Veditz and US or honor a local Deaf hero/ine

—————–

Excerpts from The Genesis of the National Association

George William Veditz

Deaf-Mutes Journal

Thursday June 1, 1933

[paper prepared for NAD Convention in New York, 1934)

“The meeting was called the National Convention of the Deaf-Mutes, and that’s that. If oral magicians, who can yank educational rabbits out of silk hats and pearls of speech out of the mouths of those who have never heard, choke over it, why bless ’em.

“1880, the year that saw the birth of the infamous Milan Resolution, that paved the way for foisting upon the deaf everywhere a loathed method, hypocritical in its claims, unnatural in its application, and mind-deadening and soul-killing in its ultimate results.

“The fact should never be lost sight of that the deaf do not object to the teaching of speech and lipreading as such, but they utterly condemn making them the soles means of mental development, aside from the reading and writing that must always have their place in every educational theme.

“I would venture to suggest that the deaf stop using the designations ‘Combined System’ and ‘Pure Oral Method.’  Call the one the American Method and the other the German-Bell Method.  Smash the hoary lie that the German-Bell Method is the newest and most up-to-date and scientific method of educating deaf children.  We must smash the ridiculous, untenable claim that once a deaf child has been taught speech and lip-reading it has been restored to normalcy.

“Speech is merely the sign-language of the lips.  Every bit of knowledge that reaches the mind through the eye is conveyed through some kind of sign-language, whether it be this typed page, or a book, or a penciled pad, or a fingerspelled communication, or a moving throng in our streets, or a landscape or an approaching or passing auto.”

“What our Association [now] needs is a ‘Committee on Education’ to co-operate with similar committees of the State associations and try to bring home to the minds of parents as well as of teachers and superintendents what deafness really means….”

The Association has been drifting like a ship without a compass or rudder.

…I do not expect to figure on the program of any future National convention, and this is goodbye.

EHDI you have failed the EAFD screening

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

(You can see this discussed in AMERICAN Sign Language and cited in an International Day of Sign Language Rally 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VVU40ZnBH6U#t=40s – thanks Ritchie Bryant)
and so while we r not having a march on the capitol this weekend – we did have one in the capitol of Oralism and Audism – St Louis – to say howdy to the EHDI folks and the “specialists” and “professionals” and the corporations and the agencies and associations (see EHDI 2012 sponsors list) and the institutions and the parents
good social change has been a DIRECT result of Direct Confrontation – peaceful of course.  always peaceful on the part of the protesters – on the part of the oppressors – well, not so much but that is the primary purpose of civil disobedience and peaceful resistance – to expose unjust systems – to have them pull down their own masks for all to see so that the systematic oppression becomes more visible and thus can be challenged and changed

Women marched, petitioned, debated, challenged, lobbied, got spat upon, got manhandled, got arrested and engaged in a hunger strike – See Iron Jawed Angels

African-Americans marched, petitioned, debated, challenged, lobbied, sued, got arrested and beat upon and water hosed and attacked by attack dogs and homes burned and churches bombed – see many films about the Civil Rights Movement such as The Children’s March http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-27-spring-2005/announcing-childrens-march

Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender folks have done the same (Stonewall Rebellion and on and THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA – me so happy.  And no worries all those anti-GLBT bigots can try to use their $ and unjust ways to get u out of the white house but we on the move now.  ya stood by the CREED of this COUNTRY over politiking and its a beautiful sight to behold)

Peaceful direct confrontation is what ya gotta do to make the invisibleness of the PREJUDICE visible and this is why we STAND and this is why they try to split Deaf&Ally folks up and pit them against each other – so we wont be indivisible in our quest to make things visible

Unfamiliar with soul force / truth force – check out the 6 principles of non-violence a la Kingian philosophy

http://mlkday.gov/plan/library/background/principles.php

so since we are truthseekers we say unto the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention system you have failed the EAFD screening

EHDI really should be Early Healthy Deaf Identity but that is just way too egalitarian + equality of condition for them to consider just yet but we helping them inch their way in that direction – the direction of that which is right, just, good and true.

In March, we marched and came to see how ya do things and are sorry to inform you that your baby (EHDI) has not passed the Early Audism-Free Detection Test (EAFD) and we gotta do an Intervention.

Your baby (EHDI) has failed and had to be referred to the specialists for further testing to see just how bad it is.  And after several test of peaceful engagement – you have been diagnosed to be suffering from profound audism.

So I’m sorry to say your baby (EHDI) has failed yet again.  I know that you are sad to learn this but the majority of American people instinctively know that it is wrong to deny a Deaf child the right to a fully accessible language via American Sign Language.  The fact that you can not comprehend nor accept this true fact is abnormal and will prevent you from being able to function normally, successfully, independently and humanely within a democracy cuz ur work thus far has been biased in favor of injustice.  And that is not cool, EHDI & co.

But do not despair.

We are happy to announce there is a cure for your affliction of audism.  And the cure is known as truth force / soul force.

The truth – the truth will set you free as will love

so we r lovingly here to tell you some truths: (yes this is an Intervention Dear EHDI & Co.)

Truths:

– there really is no use in trying to say you have a handful of Deaf people on a planning committee out of 19 when we know you make all the final decisions and psst…

4 – 5 out of 19 is pathetic.

FOR THE TEST on “balanced and unbiased” – WE ARE SORRY TO SAY YOU HAVE FAILED

– you tried to minimize the FACT that EHDI 2012 only has 1 presentation out of over 100 with the word ASL in the title, you did a word search by keying in the word “sign” and “deaf” or looked for presenters who had requested an ASL interpreter and got a few more hits

<20 out of over 100 presentations allowing the mention of ASL&English and/or using ASL&English is abysmal and UNbalanced

Your bias is busted

– trying to portray it as a just, right and good thing is simply bad math and bad science.  We may be Deaf but we aint dumb, sir.

we been sold that promissory note before

ya can spin it to say – well more presentations about bilingualism-biculturalism should have been submitted.  HA – spin baby spin.  The burden is on your end to seek out such good stuff.  Like why the heck wasn’t the smart folks at Gallaudet’s LV2 invited to be keynote instead of the bloke saying genetics are the new frontier to purge us from the problems of Deaf folks?

ya FAILED

given the FACT that ASL and bilingualism has been oppressed and suppressed in the US of A (See Baynton’s Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign Against Sign Language and many other scholarly publications), it really is beholden upon the EHDI conference and entire system to make ASL+English more visible so that their claims of being balanced and unbiased might actually have the appearance of being true.

selecting a few here and there aint gonna cut it.  having ASL+English mentioned here and there after all the pathological and medical stuff is not gonna cut it.  Criticizing studies about the value and merits of baby signs for Hearing babies while not criticizing some of the very lame-o studies re: AVT+CI is totally showing a BIAS.  YES Dr. Karl White we totally see what you are up to.  My goodness and your badness.  Ya know on a scale of 1 to 5 you are rating in the negatives.  Be a good bloke and fight for everybody – not just the oral / aural fixation for the fix it up nation cuz… Bio diversity is a must and Deaf folks are NOT going away – no matter how hard you work at it.  If you really want Deaf folks to be part of the family table – put some of your work towards getting ASL&English into the homes of the families.  Yeah the Obertokker family and AG Bell might not likey but HEY re-read MLK’s message at top and remember George Washington’s words of “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”

Back to the EHDI 2012 Conference and the failing of the EAFD test

– you put the only bilingual booth all the way at the END of the exhibition stretch

– and while i understand that folks who have not registered for the conference didnt have the right to go into the exhibit space and NO ONE FROM AFA EVEN TRIED – i do not understand why you corralled a Deaf man who left the DBC table to come out and talk with us back into the booth area.  Doesn’t this Deaf bloke have freedom of movement, of personhood, and liberty – when folks register for your conference does that put them under your thumb and mean you can PHYSICALLY restrict their movements and socialization – WOW!

Seriously Dr. White – what is up with that.  There’s more – there is much much more.  Like how you said that EHDI 101 could not be made open to the public when it always had been in the past

Or how you slinked up to EDHI conference folks in the Marriott Hotel bar to whisper in their ears that you were closing down the bar and establishing a new locale so they wouldnt have to sit amongst the large group of Deaf&Allie folks who had gathered to discuss good stuff like justice and equality (note – many of those in the circle were also EHDI conference attendees but you didnt seem to concerned about them – odd eh?)

Dr. Karl despite your trying to make St. Louis be about you – it really isn’t.  Its about the system of which we are learning you are a major part of.  but not the all of it

Its about the truth and getting the truth out –

THE TRUTH – there is no harm in ASL and there is plenty of harm in Oralism (oral  / aural only).  See the Lies AG Bell Told My Parents campaign

One man, upon seeing EHDI’s audism up close and personal in St Louis (Dr. Karl White telling another Deaf man to “behave” when he wasn’t doing nothin’ accept trying to get into the pre-conference EHDI 101 session that he was registered for), remarked:  “I am glad to be here to witness this.  I never thought i would see something like this.” The witness, a survivor of CID of St Louis, was shaking his head sadly at how little the system thinks of us and how free speech and assembly and just ole walking around was severely restricted by the EHDI conference leader, Dr. White.  Oppression is not pretty

Bearing witness and telling truths – this is how ya get injustices to end and justices to emerge.  this is how u cash in on that promissory note – not by enabling the oppressors by pretending everything is OK when it aint and not by getting angry and mean and not by ignoring.  Just by loving urself and ur people enough to STAND and say – we are here and this here EHDI is utterly imbalanced in favor of an exclusionary method and the falsehood that its bad to be Deaf

so we say ¡Ya basta!

pretty much never a dull moment in St Louie – bottom line is that EHDI surely fails and has been referred to an AA program for treatment.  Audism Anonymous

the first step is admitting u have a problem

no worries – the treatment for your affliction is very humane unlike the treatments EHDI pushes upon parents and schools and the real babies

The fact is there is nothing wrong with us.  I got no objection with teaching speech and audition as long as it is done humanely.  I have MAJOR objections with OVERemphasizing the importance of speaking and listening as equaling independence when it dont and MAJOR objections with DENYING a fully natural and accessible language.  Crimes against humanity are not cool and should not be financed or sanctioned by governmental bodies.

And i aint alone in these objections – See Dr. Humphries et al. article about the HARMS of COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/pdf/1477-7517-9-16.pdf

(odd how i can not find this article cited or linked in the NCHAM website – NCHAM is a EHDI / UNHS clearinghouse type of thingy that Dr. Karl White runs out of Utah State University w/ lots of money from an oral /aural ONLY dynasty – Heya Obertokker family we see you too)

Audism is the problem and if you believe that its bad to be Deaf then you are part of the problem.

So EHDI – the jig is up – the first step is admitting you have a problem – that you have stacked the deck in favor of a medical solution which inherently undermines and harms Deaf children’s linguistic, cultural, social, and psychological development and puts a wedge between child and parents resulting in estrangement.

It’s time to mend your ways and right your wrongs and tell parents the truth.  its ok to be Deaf and ASL&English do not harm

I promise ya – when u begin to put this truth front and center – you will TRULY begin to do your job which is to detect if a newborn and/or child is Deaf and to ensure they do not suffer any adverse impacts from audism (which includes paternalism, linguicism, ableism, and phonocentrism)

Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. ~ MLK

Racial injustice includes discrimination based on ethnicity and Deaf ASL folks r an ethnic group (See Lane, Pillard, and Hedberg People of the Eye) – trying to deprive the babies of their ethnicity is not gonna solve YOUR problem – just delays it from coming to a head.

Head in the right direction EHDI – work the steps and work for social justice and equality by ensuring that ASL&English is part of the “I” in intervention.

or keep doing what u be doing and we will keep doing the soul force / truth force w/ love way

its a beautiful new day, eh?

peace,

patti

education – now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

education – now the eyes of my eyes are opened)*

just a bunch of quotes about the importance of true education, knowledge & action and the damage of propaganda & dumbing down the masses via mass media

Be careful ‘brethren’ (that includes u NC)

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~ Victor Hugo

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.
~ Mark Twain

“Wherever the deaf have received an education the method by which it is imparted is the burning question of the day with them, for the deaf are what their schooling make them more than any other class of humans. They are facing not a theory but a condition, for they are first, last, and all the time the people of the eye.” ~ George W. Veditz

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. ~ Edward Everet

Man’s most human characteristic is not his ability to learn, which he shares with many other species, but his ability to teach and store what others have developed and taught him. ~ Margaret Mead

“The aim [of education] must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem.” ~ Albert Einstein

A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. ~ Malcolm X

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.  ~ Malcolm X

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.  The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.~ MLK

To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. ~ MLK

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
~ Nelson Mandela

It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.~ Shirley Chisholm

“One cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the world held by the people. Such a program constitutes cultural invasion, good intentions notwithstanding.” ~ Paulo Freire

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” ~ Paulo Freire

Tragedy is when the masses know nothing of the good because they are fed nothing but the bad and deem it of normality. ~ Jeffrey A. Roberts


We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.
~ MLK

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers! ~ MLK (The Purpose of Education, 1947)

*eyes quote from e.e. cummings poem

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