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 (Added – and also the End One, End All facebook page with many letters there
there is also a petition asking the NAD to withdraw their invitation to Governor Daugaard (see misha’s petition
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  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

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


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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