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stuff: vote, Deaf under Nazism, Sim-com, & Felix

heye all

thank u to the folks who checked in to see see if all was well.  all is.  just had a BUSY summer traveling.  the Viva Veditz celebration was GRAND – see Ruthie’s spontaneous and original 2-5 poem at the gravesite and click the AFA channel for other video from the ceremony.

And now after traveling here there and nearly everywhere this spring and summer – i is HOME and a busy bee again now that we all back to school – whoo hoo! hold tight!

so this is just a quick bunch of stuff:

1. VOTE – if ur not registered – GET THEE TO A BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTER!  this will probably be the most important election of our life time.  im serious.

if ya hate politics cuz u dont know who to trust – well like i told farmer abe when he asked me which candidate can i trust? – politicians generally are no longer trustworthy but some are worse than others so…do do?  VOTE!

this is a good website that compares Obama and Romney’s position on important issues – check it out as knowledge is power.  http://2012election.procon.org/

this site tracks LIES (liar liar pants on fire animated icon), Half True, and Truths – it also has links that explain in more detail – scroll down to bottom for over 120 pages of POLITIFACTS made clear http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/?page=2

2. BBC See Hear program about the persecution of Deaf folks under the Nazi Regime via the T4 (“euthanasia”) and Sterilization program (also covers Deaf Nazis) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjAn0YBe4ls&feature=plcp

3. folks discussing the pit falls of sim-com – scroll down for vlog from ella mae lentz and an older vlog by ruthie jordan.  ella’s vlog reminded me of Johnson, Liddell, and Erting’s Unlocking the Curriculum document – it was GREAT then and is GREAT now.  read and/or re-read and circulate it folks – its really important and still sadly VERY relevant


added – older blog from Dr. Don Grushkin re: Sim-com

and an older one from Ella on signed systems and “good enuf” mentality for ASL

4. Lots of folks make an outrage over a public school trying to change a Deaf child’s Hunter sign name but largely silent over a Deaf school changing another Deaf child’s name sign of ML on the heart given by his Deaf father to a sign name of “chubby” – hmmm

5. got a nice letter from Felix Garcia (Deaf guy in prison whose Hearing brother has since confessed to setting up) If you’d like to write to Felix see pix of address at bottom and include stamps if you would like him to write back.

Mother Jones article about Felix’ case http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/deaf-prisoners-felix-garcia

interviews with Felix at Deaf In Prison website (note some of the interviews discuss prison rape and is not intended for young audiences.  Link to transcripts under video box)

part I  http://deafinprison.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/felix-in-his-own-words-part-i/

part II http://deafinprison.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/felix-part-ii-is-now-captioned/

part III http://deafinprison.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/felix-garcia-interview-part-3/

part IV http://deafinprison.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/felix-in-his-own-words-part-4-end-of-disc-1/

DBC’s letter to AG Bell Association Board

Heye all –

as u know or SHOULD know – the AG Bell Association has been sending out unwanted and insulting temporary “free” membership cards/letters to staff at Deaf schools (see past entries for pix and info by clicking the links below)

¡Ya basta! AGBell and Blue Tape

WTF AGB – wow the nerves of u!

To see other letters to AG Bell Association’s CEO Alexander Graham and Communications director Susan Boswell – click the side bar or key in the names in the search box in this blog site (thank you Jenny Witteborg, Karen Christie, Ruthie Jordan, Michele Westfall, Barb DiGi, Dianrez, Paul Kiel, Dr. Kannapell, Nancy  Rourke, Karen Kingrey, Antonia Rathbun, Gene DiVincenzo, and Dr. Grushkin)

Hoping the CAID (Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf) and NAD (National Association of the Deaf) will send something too.

The Deaf Bilingual  Coalition has just released its letter to AG Bell and can be seen at their website or below

Just FYI – The Deaf Bilingual  Coalition has a great petition up re: the bilingual-bicultural birthrights of Deaf children

Big thanks to the DBC for its unending STAND for justice and equality.

——————-DBC letter to the AG Bell Association Board ————-

August 13, 2011

The Board of AGBell Association,

Recently your organization sent out solicitation letters to teachers of the Deaf at Deaf Schools across the country. The letters contained a “temporary” free membership card to staff at these schools. These letters were not only unwanted they were offensive and mis-labeled teachers as “hearing specialists”. They are, in fact, highly trained professionals. Their job has nothing to do with hearing but has everything to do with educating the mind and the whole child.

Many of these very same teachers who you sent letters to were actually victims of your listening and speaking/oral ONLY propaganda tactics used on their parents. Many may not have found ASL or their identity as a Deaf person until much later in their lives after much personal damage had been done.

The havoc that your organization continues to maintain in the lives of Deaf children by limiting their exposure to the visual language of ASL through misleading propaganda is unacceptable. Deaf children have the right to fluency in language and to be bilingual in both ASL and English.

Stop promoting exclusive oral-only approaches to language acquisition for Deaf children and include ASL equally in the education of all Deaf children, including those who have cochlear implants or residual hearing. This might be your better bet to recruiting Teachers of the Deaf.

The Deaf Bilingual Coalition

Ruthie Jordan’s Letter to AG Bell Association

There is a little letter writing truth campaign going on to ring AG Bell Association’s bell and say “well hell, audism, Oralism, linguicism, phonocentrism, are not cool”

so what about you?  do you want to send a letter too?  Can be in ASL or an artwork or….   if you do and you’d like it shared here – send it along.  If u have done but prefer it not be here – no problem.

thank u very much to all who have sent them something so far – we thank u for doing the right, just, and good thing.

Other letters and more context about the AG Bell Association mailing of unwanted and offensive temporary membership cards and letters at:



Ruthie Jordan – thank you forever STANDing for ASL, Deaf culture, bilingualism-biculturalism, and Deaf ethnicity.  You Rock!

NOTE: and folks dont worry about the NYT editorial pieces – the bias is obvious and we will let them know that too is not cool.  See Amy Cohen Efron’s important blog on this subject but read below first and if you havent done ur letter yet – pls do so even if it is just to say “howdy, we see u AG Bell and not cool”

————–Ruthie Jordan’s Letter to Alexander Graham (CEO of AG Bell) and Susan Boswell (Communications and Marketing Director)—–

Mon, Aug 1, 2011


In regards to your sending temporary memberships to teachers in Deaf programs, I would like to let you know that I am a D E A F professional and NOT A HEARING SPECIALIST. Do not ever send me any unwanted and insulting solicitation.  I do not support oppressive organizations and have no intention of becoming a member of an organization such as AG Bell which promotes Oralism, Linguicism and Audism.

George Veditz, a former NAD President, communicated to AG Bell and your Association that Oralism was a failure and you have been an “enemy” for over 130 years. Again, what you are doing – oralism – is an UNETHICAL AND UNSUCCESSFUL business.  Sending the temporary “Hearing Specialist” membership card to Deaf people is also disrespectful and abominable.  Oralism -“Listening and Speaking”- has made Deaf children suffer emotionally and spiritually. For many, they feel their soul has been taken away by those who work for AG Bell.

Thus, I would like to remind you again: I am a Deaf professional who uses sign language and I am a culturally Deaf human being.

Please do not send any unwanted and insulting solicitation!

Thank you,
Ruthie Jordan