A Whole Country of Gun Violence

-10.jpeg

My thoughts are with Parkland, Florida. The mass shooting is sickening and stomach knots. It is getting too old. It is everywhere. It is time to make a change! I never had been a supporter of Second Amendment. Did you realize something wrong with the amendment itself?

A Well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It is the most confusing language for people to understand this amendment. It is often misinterpreted. Did it say guns? Handguns? What is Arms? It means that people could build bombs, carry AK-47, high assault rifles, anything. So, the politicians in Congress who are members or supporters of National Rifle Association (NRA) want to be the arms of the killing machine. It is the most powerful lobbying in the world. Remember, Charlton Heston, former NRA president’s shameful quote: “I have only have five words for you: From my cold, dead hands!”

mass-shootings.jpg

 

While he was saying that in 2000, the mass shootings from 2000 to 2018 in America: 239 school shootings, 438 people were shot, 138 were killed in cold, dead hands. Oh, NRA-LAND! There is very good article to read by New York Times: After Sandy Hook, More Than 400 People Have Been Shot in Over 200 School Shootings. by Jugal K. Patel. The link will be shown below.

I have five words for NRA. From my compassion, writing hands, to support gun control and get rid all of weapons. Have some heart for a change! End the cold, dead hands! The bullets needs to be controlled!

-JT

Copyright © 2018 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

References: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/15/us/school-shootings-sandy-hook-parkland.html

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Rightful Presence in Justice: Challenging ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620)

hr-620-outline.jpg

I am writing this out of my great concern to respond what Congress wants to pass so-called The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2017 [H.R. 620] this coming Thursday, September 14th. From the moment of its passage in 1990, it has quickly reached an unprecedented global scope, overwhelming the human rights formed by Deaf people because of Deaf President Now (DPN) in 1988 to the waves of marginalized people from shore to shore in America upheavals of earlier decades.

ADA became important for everyone including Deaf people and Disabled people. The doors were open. They were left out for generations. It reminds me of a movie called Music Within based on a true story. Richard Pimentel who lost his hearing during war in Vietnam then comes home and became oppressed after that then he became a disability rights advocate. One scene where he and his friend in a wheelchair went into a restaurant in Portland, Oregon and the waitress asked them to leave because they were not “standard” people according to a law called “Ugly Laws” so controversial that made people hate people who had disabilities.

The law continued to practice for almost 100 years from late 1860s until 1970s– several American cities followed the law where people were “unsightly” or “unseemly” to appear in public then it was removed from the law books. ADA of 1990 recognized the growing pain of ugly laws and gave those people with disabilities to have rights. No more hatred. Sandra Fredman in her book, Discrimination Law in 2011, writes:

Individuals with disabilities are a discrete and insular minority who have been faced with restrictions and limitations, subjected to a history of purposeful unequal treatment, and relegated to a position of political powerlessness in our society, based on characteristics that are beyond the control of such individuals and resulting from stereotypic assumptions not truly indicative of the individual ability of such individuals to participate in, and contribute to, society.

Tyler Ray, Americans Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] Washington Legislative Office and Vania Leveille, Senior Legislative Counsel writes on September 6, 2017:

H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring that a business comply proactively, the bill would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access. This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make “substantial progress” toward access, before going to a court to order compliance. 

american-immigration-overview.jpg

The key word: “would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access”—isn’t that the same thing that applies to so-called Ugly Laws? The civil rights would be violated in the highest sense of oppression. The disabled people are at a higher risk of rejecting in a bias-motivated attitude. Why should Deaf people and disabled people suffer and deal with Eighth Amendment “nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” in the United States Constitution?

As bad as Congress brought the idea about wanting to pass unlawful H.R. 620, we must remind ourselves that the old-school politicians have since the last removal of Ugly Law in 1970s, at least moved in the direction of making strongest effort possible, through the eyes of public policy, to reduce inequality for Deaf and disabled people. We must also be aware of 1964 Civil Rights Act, and ADA that has carried the legacy in our society to keep and protect the rights of all our citizens. No matter what the cost is. The H.R. 620 is unconstitutional and inhumane!

-JT

Copyright © 2017 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

References:

Fredman, Sandra (2011). Discrimination Law [2nd ed.]. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 96.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/disability-rights/congress-wants-change-americans-disabilities-act-and-undermine-civil-rights

 

David Call: Stop Taking Credit

IMG_4989.JPG

I need to set the record straight. There are not honest people in Deaf community anymore—which is sad. Yes, I have been giving away too many “credit” to other people because I love Deaf community and believe in helping other Deaf people and that is who I am. I have been a scholar winning awards more than people can really think who I am despite that I am a Deaf returned citizen and they would not give me a credit—very lame. It is all about one sided salacious stories without showing both sides of the issue many times.

Have those people lost the ability to learn not to judge Deaf returning citizens while maintaining a culture of civility and respect? Incivility and disrespect seem to have only increased, threatening the very nature of democracy. In the most recent example of not giving me the credit that I was the one who wrote countless blogs and did a lot of homework on my own about EPHPHATHA—the seal on Gallaudet’s emblem.

IMG_4972.JPG

I also need to set the record that the late Carl Schroeder asked me to do research about EPHPHATHA on my own and I thank him for believing in me. He was THE ONE who told me about it—how did it happen? Well, I was auditioning for Deafhood Monologues that time and saw a seal on the podium right there and took the picture and went home and did a lot of research—then that was where I became very motivated to write about it. The Deaf artist, David Call did not know anything about EPHPHATHA until I mentioned to him. I will be more than happy to take pictures of all the e-mails between me and David Call. No problem!

Then there was one of the first red flags that David Call refused to credit me—only Charles Katz—his ghostwriting buddy when he was the “one” who corrected the spelling of EPHPHATHA. It was all about himself. Then I had to straight it out with him and asked him why he was not telling the truth in the first place. The first picture below:

IMG_4992.JPG

Then he “apologized”—which I had forgiven him with e-mail below then he made a linocut print about EPHPHATHA which I purchased it from him. On Oct 25, 2013, at 7:00 PM, davcall@aol.com wrote:

Hi,
I wasnt pay attention to what you were trying to tell me that the word was spelled wrong until another person, Charles Katz, in FB told me that it was spelled wrong. That is when I realized oh! that is what you was trying to tell me. Other person who told me about spelling error is also a scholar like you. I guess it takes two scholars to make me realize my spelling error!  Both of you caught my spelling error before I carve the linocut. Thanks for saving me countless hours of wasted linocut carving!

DC

Also, I need to make it clear that I am tired of being the “BAD PERSON” here and get blamed for everything.

IMG_4976.JPG

David Call made a linocut print for President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano that showed EPHPHATHA in there with the ladder breaking into the floor and gave her a gift when she was in Bay area. Now the print is hanging in her office. Just WOW!!!!! He would not have done it without my countless knowledge. I feel very foolish than anything right now. I was shocked that night.

12472532_937278983046224_3947735201435882759_n.jpeg

-JT

Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

The Room That Cannot Help Themselves: Lack of Democracy for Deaf People

Image

The picture in Library of Congress (LOC)-Thomas Jefferson Building sends a message. Gallaudet covers pretty much what literature is all about. Congress had the fundamental source of “community and continuity” that made Gallaudet the most powerful society. It reminds me of a quote, “We Americans like to think of our revolution as not being radical; indeed, most of the time we consider it downright conservative”–Gordon S. Wood. I’ve taken few good friends to visit LOC and see the message and let them think. I love doing that!

This room is dedicated to those who cannot help (procure) themselves. I often wonder if it is part of learning refutes old ways of thinking. It also cancels all wrong concepts. Is there a reason Gallaudet scripted in same room as the quote scripted? That is how Congress educates itself into viewing the Deaf. We cannot procure our own instruction ourselves. See the picture below. Gallaudet represent the body of knowledge. Let’s look at the sign of GALLAUDET to imply an ongoing power struggle for the Deaf. Gallaudet is appropriated by Congress so it is never Deaf-centered.  From Merriam-Webster: Procure appeared into Middle English, from Anglo-French procurer, from Late Latin procurare, from Latin, to take care of, from pro- for + cura care. “To Take Care Of”—is kind of insulting for Deaf people.

ImageHumiliation will always present. It is how you handle it makes all the difference. As far as I could remember, Gallaudet University is federally funded, private university. It is a privilege, not a right. This is what the administration loves to assert: you rock the ship, and they’d best had you removed. There are hidden volumes in the library, for example, Gallaudet Archives protect the most important term on the seal. Why not? There is a vacuum in the university leadership to raise or find funds for them as long as the religious leaders are happy to see the term running on the seal today. Speaking of appropriation (budget), Gallaudet University belongs with Congress, not the Deaf. Thus,  it is a privilege for the Deaf, never the right of the Deaf.

The “those who cannot procure it for themselves” statement you see the photo above from Library of Congress begs for a greater development, a head-on challenge. In the other word, we can branch out our intellectual life by setting up Deaf-centered, Deaf-controlled, and Deaf-oriented University so it becomes necessarily that Deaf people can continue to make new meanings. What is the truth? In the case of “waving our language”, the truth is what we need to be proactive about our condition, namely, DEAF.

The word, “DEAF” belongs to us Deaf people in the same manner that the word “THINK” belongs to IBM, and the phrase “Just Do It” belongs to Nike. I do not understand why GALLAUDET was scripted in the same room, “those who cannot procure it for themselves“. Is it an evocative of oppression the Deaf community could easily and readily identify? Perhaps it could not evolve in the university mission for the matter because of its hidden agenda that defines Gallaudet of so called “new order of Deaf people”–and it is Orwellian utopia where the Big People are watching, isn’t EPHPHATHA part of those who cannot procure it for themselves to hear? (The funny thing is that LOC is one of my favorite places to hang out and study).

-JT

Copyright © Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

A Dumb Picture: Not The Real Thing!

Image

I saw a perfect picture yesterday that I would like to share with you. Is America obsessed with listening and speaking?

Alexander Graham Bell (AGB) is dead but Oralism and Cochlear Implant remain alive; Keep saying it. It is the truth the far right that cannot be lied about anymore.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) once said, “Socialism is man’s attempt to overcome the predatory stage of human development.” Ask then: Why does socialism equals cooperation? Many people only think of the good side of AGB and the media refuses to look under the covers. The real truth about AGB: he had no baggage–obvious to anyone–besides he was the guy who stole telephone patents and invented them. Oh, yes, the same person who loathed Deaf people, in his own famous words about Deaf children that needs to be heard and seen over and over, “We should try ourselves to forget that they are deaf. We should teach them to forget that they are deaf.”

After his death in 1922, we know that AGB had been in over his head and we the Deaf are suffering for it. We own our rights of the state of being Deaf, and we have to claim it back and be in shape. The bottom line is that there are millions of Deaf people who are suffering ostracism which has been tanking again, especially when Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf (AGBAD) takes over in charge.

AGBAD’s plans for Oralism and Cochlear-Implanting Deaf babies is social insecurity and makes Deaf people suffer longer before receiving curtailed benefits.  AGBAD invests billions of dollars in Cochlear Implants and Oralism in market by making sure that both the AGBAD and its sister organization, Oberkotter Foundation, earn the profit of the income. AGBAD and Oberkotter Foundation makes sure to let the floodgates on future Deaf babies to be cochlear-implanted for profits of a lot of money from insurance companies through a voucher system at any cost. They are truly the sharks.

The picture up there is a perfect example of the U.S. Constitution that Deaf people should be protected by First Amendment to have the rights to use American Sign Language and their rights to be Deaf. Why is AGBAD still holding Deaf-center on a degraded legal rights control zone after all these years because the politics of Oralism and Cochlear-Implanting companies fear the media profiteering off the Deaf-centered topics? The AGBAD is a joke if they want to expect to protect the society. The AGBAD is for the solo benefit of those Oralists and Cochlear-Implanting companies running for “election” to use the media profiteers to use the FEAR to destroy Deaf people off the face of Earth. PERIOD.

Conclusion: Historically, AGBAD seems to find a way to throw out the Deaf-signing nor Deaf-centered people under the conditions and it gives AGBAD the power to fix things. AGBAD has been contrasted with the ugly, hateful, negative, I hate Deaf-centered people, and will never show you their returns or tell you the details of their plans because Deaf-centered people do not deserve it at all. AGBAD’s ideologies were both uplifting and inspiring.

The question that we the Deaf need to think in a free society like ours, how far should efforts in public safety go before we are trampled on the very foundations of freedoms and liberties of all Americans? Happy July! The same month that honorable Laurent Clerc passed away 144 years ago. Never mind the Bill of Rights was adopted by the Congress.

-JT

Copyright © 2013 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.