Reading the Lines Between: AGBell’s Latest Letter

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It takes an individual who is profoundly sympathetic to the issues of reading the lines–it is called English chunk. AGBell’s letter was written by its own executive director. The letter has exemplified a great deal of hatred between lines and it is like skipping a grade that is risky and drastic move. Also it takes someone to be trained to have a sharp eye how to read between the lines. In the red color meaning RED FLAG. In the blue color meaning, how AGBell interprets Deaf community.

1) Tragedy: From Merriam-Webster definition, in fact, two definitions–a very bad event that causes great sadness and often involves someone’s death and a very sad, unfortunate, or upsetting situation: something that causes strong feelings of sadness or regret. AGBell uses this word to attack Deaf community that they were in unfortunate or upsetting situation when Deaf community has strong feelings of sadness after AGBell president attacks Nyle DiMarco in Washington Post article.

2) reflecting on the tremendous damage that hate and intolerance bring to our lives. AGBell uses this excuse to feel the pain from Deaf community that they’ve attempted to do tremendous damage–not true. AGBell was the one who has brought in a great deal of tremendous damage that hate and intolerance bright to Deaf community since DAY ONE. Deaf community is the one who feel the pain the most.

3) outbursts of violence and hatred beyond those we have seen in the past. Very dumb thing to say. Really! What AGBell means by “in the past”: Deaf Community. That is a big AGBELL lie. AGBell practices horizontal, vertical violence and hatred 365 days. Simple.

4) trend now, particularly in social media, for people to state the ugliest and most hateful things about those who have a different opinion from them. Really? That’s funny. AGBell is no better than themselves either. They use social media to spread lies about successful stories and in fact, AGBell followers has been using this to attack Deaf community UNDERGROUND.

5) This is tantamount to verbal bullying. Actually, AGBell is the king of  viral hate.

6) anonymity some forums afford us, there seems to be no limit to the detestable nature of their comments. Real smooth by blaming Deaf community first. What a foolish thing to write!

7) As we listen to others, we hope that we also will be heard – without hate, without derision, without intolerance. That is a very good lie. AGBell did not listen to Deaf community. Never. Know what they did? Attack Deaf community. More true colors coming out of AGBell.

8) In the darkest of times, we must find hope for the future. AGBell believes that Oralism, listening and speaking, LSL, cochlear implant, whatever is the FUTURE in Deaf community. No, not really.

Original letter below:

Dear Alexander Graham Bell Community,

In light of the tragedy in Orlando this past weekend, I’ve been reflecting on the tremendous damage that hate and intolerance bring to our lives. Whether it’s based in our upbringing, our culture or our spiritual understanding, a lack of respect for one another destroys families, organizations and even civilizations. We have an obligation not only to ourselves, but to the generations that follow, to reverse this ruinous trend.

The devastating shooting in Orlando is only the most recent of events based in hatred. How sad that so many innocents have been killed in acts of intolerance.

Although this is a time in American life where we see the generations blending across ethnic and racial backgrounds, where the rule of law has broken down barriers of gender and orientation, still there are outbursts of violence and hatred beyond those we have seen in the past. Worse yet is the lack of tolerance for the choices others make in their own lives. I really don’t understand it. We know more now than we ever have about each other – what trials and challenges various peoples have endured and often overcome throughout history and into present times – yet the lack of acceptance of the differences that make each of us who we are seems unprecedented.

There is a trend now, particularly in social media, for people to state the ugliest and most hateful things about those who have a different opinion from them. It’s not just in political dialogue; it shows up in postings as simple as feedback about a product or an expression of thanks for a blessing or a statement about education. One person makes a comment, and detractors pile heaps of derision upon them. This is tantamount to verbal bullying. And because of the anonymity some forums afford us, there seems to be no limit to the detestable nature of their comments. A simple difference of opinion seems to give license to personal attacks, some of a highly graphic nature. Is this the open-minded, accepting, tolerant society we claim to have become?

What truly concerns me is how this limits our progress. We’ve known for many years that while one person can get a movement started, others must join in to bring it to a tipping point where it actually makes a difference in people’s lives. Think of the impact that schools like KIPP have made in recent years or the effects of increasing diversity among leaders of corporations and organizations. These were not overnight successes; many took long years to change the prevailing opinion, but change they did, and for the improvement of us all.

Let’s change the way we listen and speak to each other – after all, listening and speaking is what AG Bell is all about. Let’s hear what people are trying to express about their experiences without dashing their hopes for the future. As we listen to others, we hope that we also will be heard – without hate, without derision, without intolerance.

Let’s speak with intelligence, with compassion, and with an open mind. Each of us carries the hurts of the past with us; but by sharing our knowledge and working together, we can achieve new advances that ensure that each generation will face fewer hurts than the one before. We cannot do that through hate, but only with the knowledge that our world is constantly changing and so must we.

In the darkest of times, we must find hope for the future.

-JT

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AGBell: The State Of Shame

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I am still sickened by Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Executive Director’s letter for Alexander Graham Bell Community comparing Deaf community to Orlando shooting—Mr. Emilio Alonso-Mendoza. In his letter, he editorializes in favor of hatred towards Deaf community—specifically American Sign Language (ASL). This is hatred; “On paper” is a quote mark trick—probably the best substitution of an indirect expression for AGBell’s letter of support, which is extremely unethical and unprofessional. Alonso-Mendoza informs AGBell Community that he agreed to write to support his views that Deaf community is a perfect example of Orlando shooting. —His support is “on paper”—more favorable, less neutral.

Throwing hatred in Deaf community is one of the most de-motivating things we have ever experienced. This hatred refers to when Alonso-Mendoza appears to be treated better than all other candidates for the position. The end result is that Alonso-Mendoza’s application appears to be better than all others “on paper” and for no valid reason. Whether or not the Deaf community felt pain is legitimate and proven-able might be the biggest obstacle. If the hate speech Deaf community is experiencing from AGBell Association and we feel that it is based on illegal reasons—hate speech—we might need to consider legal action but we would obviously need to be strong to have a case.

The state of shame what Mr. Emilio Alonso-Mendoza has done! Shock was first. Denial followed. Anger arrived. Numerous illegal labels were made out to media to describe the Deaf community by the AGBell Association who is suggesting that their education has been a kind of anarchy and terrorism. Alonso-Mendoza qualified those labels by telling about an unwarranted threat of being shot or being compared to Orlando shooting, “yes, by a gun” which is an angry and false accusation.

The executive director for AGBell is a modern-day he-Adolph Hitler. He has a recipe for using propaganda, fear, and scapegoats to convince AGBell followers to go along with his plans. He has a gift for crafting negative labels for Deaf community by accusing them for arousing anarchy and terrorism. I have seen none more strikingly similar to Hitler than Alonso-Mendoza. His accusations seem more acceptable in media today when compared to attack the Deaf community because they do not directly attack any one particular group, but instead attack Deaf community that has long been known to hold the interests for many diverse groups in Deaf community as well.

I am not even sure I understand Alonso-Mendoza’s points about anarchy and terrorism since I am not aware of the monopoly of AGBell Association that controls all media. Yet as an AGBell survivor, I cannot sit idly by when false accusations about activism are made. Apathy seems cool in an “ignorance is bliss” kind of way, but it is very risky not to disagree with opinions inside AGBell Association. It is therefore important to take a stand against AGBell’s ignorance, hatred, and false accusations.

The truth of what is happening with AGBell Association is obvious to most of us the AGBell survivors, but we must not take that for granted. There are many out there who are now in the state of shame—we are ashamed of mistrust of what we see on the news outlets about AGBell Association whom killed the LEAD-K bill in Rhode Island. There is no doubt in our minds that AGBell, Meredith Sugar, and Emilio Alonso-Mendoza will still continue to blame weak-kneed Deaf community for destroying the morale of their educational leadership and making Deaf community what it is today. They are angry people, and we are ashamed now. Please make a notice that Meredith Sugar and Emilio Alonso-Mendoza have something in common: “Lawyers are”: perilous mouths.

As William Shakespeare once wrote, “Measure for Measure”: To whom should I complain? Did I tell this, who would believe me? O perilous mouths, That bear in them one and the self-same tongue, Either of condemnation or approof; Bidding the law make court’sy to their will: Hooking both right and wrong to the appetite, To follow as it draws!…..”

The key word: O perilous mouths, that bear in them one and the self-same tongue.

*****Perilous definition: (adjective) full of danger or risk.******

Shame on Meredith Sugar and Emilio Alonso-Mendoza!

-JT

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AGBell’s Continued Witch Hunt

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It was written by Sheri Ann Farinha and that is exactly why I wrote in my previous post: Alexander Graham Bell’s Name: Hate Speech With Spin Wheel the day (April 2nd, 2016) after AGBell President Meredith Sugar attacked ASL community.

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2016/04/02/alexander-graham-bells-name-hate-speech-with-spin-wheel/

Open Letter for AGBell Executive Director:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2016/06/18/open-letter-for-agbell-executive-director/

Farinha’s words:

ALERT: “Spin is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing a biased interpretation of an event or campaigning to persuade public opinion in favor or against some organization or public figure. While traditional public relations may also rely on creative presentation of the facts, “spin” often implies the use of disingenuous, deceptive, and highly manipulative tactics”.

This is exactly what Alexander Graham Bell Association (AGB) President, Meredith Sugar and her group did the last 48 hours, using deceptive and manipulative tactics to stop a Deaf-led RI Bill that was in alignment with LEAD-K goals. They purposely spun false information, trying to make this bill to be about “Parent Choices”. In fact, this bill was not even about “which language deaf children should use”, but rather, this RI LEAD-K bill was encouraging all deaf children to have a language, period. Whether using ASL and English, both or one of these two languages – the bill’s emphasis was on deaf children acquiring a language, educating parents about using language milestones, and, for an advisory committee to recommend educator tools to use when the early interventionist does their annual review/assessment for an IFSP/IEP. AGB President Meredith Sugar announced on a closed parent group page: “the ASL mandate was removed! Point for Parent Choice”. Right there is “The Spin”. This is the kind of ugliness that is being spread to portray Deaf-led efforts as the bad guy and “they” are trying to save parents choices promoting LSL. AGB’s own Executive Director compared us who use ASL to what happened in Orlando (see Amy Cohen Efron‘s post for more info); AGB’s letter to Washington Post, and other blogs here and there also portray the spin, attacking a Deaf actor/model, Nyle DiMarco because he is in the PR spotlight, explains that there are two languages Deaf children in the USA use: ASL and English.

LEAD-K believes Parents have the right to clear and unbiased information as many parents are not informed about ASL. Whether parents want their child to learn to speak English, or want their child to learn ASL, LEAD-K supports and believes in working with all stakeholders to end language deprivation. We do not discriminate.

The focus of LEAD-K is to promote language equality & equity, a basic human right for all deaf babies by advocating for deaf children to have access to both: American Sign Language and English. Having “access and information” is not forcing anyone to use one or the other. This was the spin I watched shared on that parent page where Deaf people were discriminated and harassed for supporting LEAD-K. LEAD-K has English defined as spoken, written, or visual cues and was worked in alignment with oral option schools in CA.

LEAD-K will be sending a letter to the Alexander Graham Bell Board of Directors demanding that they send a retraction to RI Senators; to cease with the blatant lies and misinformation; to cease with their discrimination and cease their harassment and discrimination of Deaf children and adults who use ASL. As one letter to a Senator stated using “the spin”: “less than 1% of the population understands ASL, limiting communication transactions. It is absolutely fine to limit one’s social life to people who communicate the way you do, but for those who want to work and shop in a spoken language environment, being able to speak can make a difference.” The recent actions to sabotage RI bill, was like witch hunt against the Deaf-led efforts, and is in fact, an act in itself is going against the very Deaf children who need parents and educators to support their human right to language. We will not allow AGB’s history of oppressing Parents, and Deaf children and adults who want to use ASL repeat itself. “The spin” by AGB must end NOW.

April 2016: Achieving ASL Liberates Us All

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From what I had learned a lot from this month, it is probably the most incredible month I had seen for a while in Deaf community. After Ms. Meredith Sugar, President for Alexander Graham Bell Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, an organization that is a comedy training—actually, it would easier to call all of them clowns after scolding Nyle DiMarco and its American Sign Language (ASL) was an epic movie. Including a highway in Canada would like to rename one of few core leaders in eugenics and hate crimes known as Alexander Graham Bell Parkway by attempting to replace Highway 403.

So, tomorrow, May 1st will be AGBell’s favorite month. Why? Better Hearing and Speech Month. Well, not to worry that the Deaf community did their part to express their stories that will never be forgotten. AGBell survivors are untouchable. They are unique! Deaf community may not be perfect, but they sure are the leaders, all of us in one same group.

It is their problem to face the fear that the fact ASL is a powerful key in obtaining communication, knowledge, and information. Without ASL, there is no room for Deaf people. Without silence, there cannot be any real appreciation of ASL, which is as delicate in its inner fabrics as a newborn who happens to be Deaf. So the first step into Deafhood is to recognize that ASL and Deaf Culture exists. As AGBell read this lesson, his mind may rebel, saying “No!” to the very notion that ASL exists.

Gallaudet University SBG has invited AGBell to visit the campus, they did not answer the letter. My interest is in coining the phobia term to describe a type of fear that exists only at AGBell headquarters. Yes, it has yet to be found in a reference book or medical paper but it has to be confirmed by the medical profession.

Enosiophobia (fear of criticism)—I need to understand how that phobia was named. It comes from the root of Greek, therefore any word that is connected to it should be Greek.

AGBell broke the Greek rule within the medical profession. It is unacceptable for AGBell organization not to respond to all of the letters Deaf community has found their sweat and passion to write, they are afraid to face the truth, the normal fear for AGBell to face the ASL stimuli, such as negative labels (ASL is declining, etc) has been a prototype elsewhere as well. If AGBell wants to expose Deaf community like that again, either labeling or being labeled, the phobic response could not extinguish itself. This is occurring with the Deaf community, and we need to develop phobic treatment involving exposure to negative labels.

We will be warmed by change and growth within ASL community. Our journey will continue. AGBell, time for you to wave the white flag.

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-JT

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Suing AGBell and its Enablers

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Joseph Artino, Deaf Artist

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.—George Orwell

Few years ago, I was reading a book: Animal Farm by George Orwell, a British writer—the story is about the oldest pig on the the farm, his name name was Old Major—had to call out all the animals to a secret meeting and telling them about his dream of a revolution against the cruel Mr. Jones; After Major dies a few days later, his speech gives the more intelligent animals a new outlook on farm life. Pigs and pigeons play major roles in charge of the farm.

Animal Farm is one of the greatest analogies for anyone who is part of AGBell survivors—where we all need to go through rebellion to have AGBell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to be shut down. Forever. AGBell survivors had been hurt over and over through hatred and bigotry—and what is it that stands between AGBell survivors and them that such a proposition would loose in the mind and body of a person who believed that ASL is not important anymore. The letter by Meredith Sugar was deeply dismayed, concerned, and even frightened, the ongoing and escalating crisis by AGBell survivors could be. It is very important that AGBell survivors is up to par with current events affecting all of us frightfully.

Ever since April 1st letter by Ms. Sugar, in the Deaf community, we have witnessed our democracy in process that met with unnecessary hate crime and bigotry. That was how we would always remember about our experience through AGBell lies; Today we can walk far in the company of intellectual people and stop AGBell’s hatred and intellectual oppression either exalted or scorned.

The reason for the latter attitude is that the term “oppression” has always carried the scent of impropriety of ASL discourses in Deaf community. We all need to share our personal and professional experience in this healing process. We also need to depend on each other to heal. In healthy discourses, we MUST not loose our sight of the value of it—the form of healing that is not only healthy but important vital for the well-being of AGBell survivors and the maintenance of Deaf community today and tomorrow across America and around the world.

It is important to take a look at this way. Wal-Mart has been sued 4,851 times in year 2000 (The picture attached below)—about once every two hours. Wal-Mart has billions of dollars. They have insurance. Even there are people who actually worship Wal-Mart—way powerful than a bible. No, I am not kidding about this part.

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There are roughly between 400,000 and a million ASL users in America (most recently I attempted to look at Gallaudet Research Institute [GRI] and saw what Schein and Delk old study back in 1974—400,000 ASL users, but someone informed me that today it might be up to a million ASL users. Again, no hard numbers). —who knows that most of them might be AGBell survivors—imagine if Deaf community take action to sue AGBell—every minute of it for 365 days of living through AGBell lies, hatred, bigotry, language hegemony, the list goes on—how come AGBell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has not sued or anyone ever done this before? Insurance? Strong sound-oriented country?

We could create a CLASS SUIT and shut down AGBell—not only that but the telephone company, cochlear implant companies, and all that hate groups who are in the same boat as AGBell stakeholders. They do not have much money like the Daily Moth has showed the Deaf community how much AGBell really made—very poor financial management—a weak link.

Imagine sharing your concerns with AGBell, the Deaf survivors like yourself who to listen to you with respect. Imagine how you would feel about yourself if you could call them for guidance, insight, and perspective when you need it. Is this gonna happen? You decide. Wake up! Do we really have this kind of imagination today? AGBell Board of Directors is powerful in the human psyche and its hatred psyche, too. Indeed, at this level of archetype, they have failed to live within our imagination now.

In fact, one of the things I have admired most about AGBell survivors telling their stories, writing letters, and all that is its embrace for change. It teaches us to look to the work we can do on ourselves—repair, maintain, build and grow—so we can better deal with change that is certain to come. Growth may mean that AGBell survivors must be the one who to proactively instigate change that is long overdue.

AGBell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is now ready to be shut down for greater good and gives us the change and grow. We have memory, we have history that gives us remembrance that AGBell begun hatred and bigotry in 1883—the history is our strength that is deeply rooted in our sense of place. Its lesson is not to be a survivor of change inflicted upon AGBell; We are the ones to instigate the change that is beneficial, the change that holds merit of ASL and Deaf culture today and tomorrow.

-JT

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AGBell: Time For Peace With Justice

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Where does bigotry and hate begin? Bigotry and hate begins and ends with language. All of us are familiar with hate slurs but fail to recognize the seemingly innocuous misuse of proper nouns when describing ethnic or cultural diversity. Bigotry is the oldest language in the book, for example, in 3rd century B.C., Aristotle, the Greek icon became the first philosopher found the cans to open the sprees of language bigotry of Deaf people.

AGBell, the face of Deaf hate crime, refuses to respect the cultural diversity of Deaf people by referring to Ms. Meredith Sugar’s ideology with a common noun in association literature. AGBell continues to refuse to correct a seemingly innocent misuse of language has escalated into a violation of the public trust. Hate crime has repeatedly refused to reply for Deaf people’s honor numerous requests to correct their misuse of American Sign Language (ASL); thereby, in public’s opinion characterizing Deaf people as the face of hate ideology in America.

You know that to take off, let’s say, 50 pounds and keep them off you must change your life. It may be the hardest thing you ever do. It seems such a trivial thing. This is like attempting to take off bloody moments off from AGBell’s history, which is going to be the hardest and most trivial thing to do. It has upset Deaf people everywhere. What is more ludicrous than perfectly effect AGBell living off the fat of the hatred budget in history? Almost none of the are particularly caring. Bleed these Deaf people; Bleed them as weakest links, losers, and targets. And they did. And that was a mistake.

But the content of AGBell’s quest—its public relations—is the most important thing, is it? If PR says it was a matter of respecting AGBell’s policies, then that would be just a renewal form of entertainment for whatever it is. Oh, yes, remember, it is not the content, but the order. AGBell wants a new order, and if one way of changing the order is to select Ms. Meredith Sugar who announces that only she can lead Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, into the 21st century with a new order of the Deaf—an educated euphemism for “a new order of the AGBell”, well, then give them the big middle finger and remind them.

However, Deaf people got hurt by AGBell’s stunt, with courage than ever. There have been letters pouring into Ms. Sugar’s mailbox, so overloaded that she would have to pay by using her own credit card because AGB “executive” card has been maxed out. Oh, that is a good sign!

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Our Deaf brain is a prolific generator of beliefs around the world. ASL plays a very large role, of course, but the challenge will be to discover how our brain brings the products of perception, memory, and reasoning to bear on all of us Deaf individual propositions and magically transforms them into the very substance of the Deaf life.

Advocating for one’s own interests is a fundamental right of all Deaf people. Deaf people believe that using ASL and the right of being Deaf should remember that they are encouraging to stop hate-motivated literature practiced by AGB folks for redress of grievances is a Constitutionally-protected First Amendment right. If you disagree with what AGB has been practicing, then you do not think hate crimes, literature, speech is in America’s interest—you should, likewise, communicate that to your government. That is the way democracy works. Can AGB advocate for them without political and social ostracization that encourages hate? Impossible!

And so, If I may be blunt as Ms. Sugar was, I believe that AGBell has attempted to hijack Deaf people’s legacy, like Nyle DiMarco, for one, for its own purposes. This is not new, of course, or is it unique to the AGBell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing members has long hijacked the legacy of Deaf people in the past and present in order to serve and advance their own special interests.

In 1974, I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had a mother and father who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen by AGBell puppets: Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, Oregon that was in 1976. My very first school in my life, I was a prisoner. I was an object for AGBell practices to use and abuse. I was not allowed to learn ASL and spell my name for two years. I became a student of AGBell’s hate ideologies. Hate begins and ends with language.

On April 13, 2016, I am very proud to spell my name in ASL. My name is Jason “JT” Tozier. I survived. Time to peace with justice! ASL is justice!

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-JT

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