Bernie Sanders: A Future to Believe in Challenging Bias of American Sign Language

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When I first read the article about American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation being provided by Democratic presidential candidates across the country, and learned that Bernie Sanders as the front-runner by near and far, it is clearly that he is the people’s champion because he listens to ASL/Deaf community well. How would Presidential candidates cooperate with ASL/Deaf Community? Voting rights matter for Deaf people.

Compassion. Respect. Listen well.

Bernie Sanders was in an important march 1965 for voting rights in Selma with Martin Luther King, Jr;

While providing information is based on the notion that intellect consists of acknowledging ASL. Number one: ASL community knows that the importance of critical thinking, for it is the necessary starting place for acquiring information. Critical thinking is both respectful of the ASL/Deaf community.

Deaf people are seen an important citizens from across the country to receive ASL interpreters a greater understanding of how politics of hate, prejudice, discrimination, and language deprivation meant.

Bernie Sanders published a book, Our Revolution—leading the right to end bias for the most exploited people in the society. For one, Deaf community is the most exploited minority group in America. The challenges facing America is lack of discussion about Deaf people in politics. We must focus on today—and tomorrow–because ASL is a voting and human right.

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Last April 2019, Bernie: “If somebody wants to go around perpetrating hate crimes, that person will pay a very, very heavy price, indeed”

The dangers of hate crime as it has been noted, it is characteristic of those who judge Deaf people and acknowledge their own bias. The flaws has been either known or unknown, the political and criminal minds; when a hate crime symbolizes in America, the centralism of U.S. flag has become a symbol of hate, amidst the denial of hate, though is confusion.

The culture of hate has been targeting ASL and destroying lives of the Deaf, as in the practice of human consciousness, and how often do we see it and let the bystanders enough to admit that the fear mongers is cruel enough to judge ASL/Deaf community. The bigotry and hate of ASL is a human problem that has its roots in language deprivation.

ASL is a journey of intellectual transformation for Deaf people who believes in politics is a good cause with incredible number of gifts to enjoy and share–talents, dreams, and desires that can make ASL/Deaf community rich, and continue to explore.

Bernie’s camp is a bold move into politics of Deaf America and believes in access to ASL for communication, information, and knowledge. It is all about encountering a change in winds with good counsel and guidance to a future to believe in challenging bias of ASL. The willingness to move beyond conformity and stereotype, to turn Deaf community into strength, and ASL into intellectual discourse and put aside self-judgement, and honor the unique gifts they were born with.

Bernie’s camp invests with a heavy heart to give ASL/Deaf community to hold their hands on the steering wheel in right direction whose standards expect nothing as we can ever appreciate. And, what would the relationship of ASL be to the political world?

-JT

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References:

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/10/28/presidential-candidates-using-more-sign-language-interpreters-in-2019/4066278002/

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/25/politics/bernie-sanders-she-the-people-answer-sayu-bhojwani/index.html

VRI: Stop the Exploitation of Deaf Patients

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Last Sunday, January 21, 2018: I experienced heart problems in the wee early morning. When I was brought into the emergency room, the VRI screen had brought before my face where I politely refused a service of my own decision, I asked for ASL interpreters immediately, the VRI was not even working and been delaying for 10 minutes and it has continued by the time ASL interpreter arrived on the premise from upstairs, VRI was still in struck mode when there is NO Wi-Fi in the ER.

I was actually gasping for some damn air! My mouth became dehydrated. Literally, I was! I want to thank that ASL interpreter for quick response! Bless the interpreters from Access Interpreting Inc. It was surreal and intense experience. I was in high risk situation as a heart attack survivor, the nurses then realizes that the VRI machine was still in trouble with no Wi-Fi, I signed to them through ASL interpreter, “That is exactly the problem right there that has been causing a great deal of stress for Deaf patients” and the nurses then said to me that they agreed with me. That is the message that we all need to see.

I thought it is extremely important that it is time for VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) companies to read this post:

Your Excellency,

Deaf patients who are in high risk situations do not need to face a life sentence and not be threatened a human security for expressing their rights to refuse VRI. I urge VRI companies to ensure the harassment of Deaf patients ends.

Deaf patients has braved years of VRI oppression in their own faces when they are standing up for their rights to refuse VRI. No Deaf patients should be evicted of their human rights.

Deaf patients continues their human activism, and it is time for VRI companies to overturn Deaf people’s life sentences so Deaf patients can continue to earn their pursuit of happiness and end all charges of being oppressed and release them immediately. Deaf patients have been intimidated by VRI companies for refusing their services. They have rights to ask for live interpreters on the site immediately.

The discussion of how oppression becomes invisible in Deaf community, then it requires a formal distinction between respect and disrespect as the two components of compassion. By compassion I mean any movement of people from that place to another place when Deaf patients are considered as outsiders.

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By the ways of movement that put human understanding often to see and discuss about it, and when I look up a word in dictionary, it takes me a minute. When Deaf patients who are in high risk situations, for example, heart attack survivors, they do not need to deal with more stress, fueling their traumatic experiences, to share their stories.

Deaf patients in high-risk situations need to stand up and speak out more about their experiences dealing with VRI companies in hospitals, to reduce stress, the labor of VRI need to question themselves for their lack of compassion. By definition, getting rid of VRI companies and gives Deaf patients more power to seek for live interpreters is a human right.

Deaf patients have a moral duty to continue their rights of seeking live interpreters. As good example of this quote we all should follow: “Each has a right to the other’s attention and correction action.” Our duty is to stand up to stop VRI oppression for high risk Deaf patients in emergency rooms and the human right to rebuke VRI companies who do not have any compassion and undermine the ground rules of Deaf patients who experience language hegemony in the hospital settings.

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We demand the changes that VRI companies be stopped for exploiting Deaf patients. We demand the changes that ASL interpreters be on hospital sites 24/7 with their own office.

Even with live interpreters became necessary to make a measurable effect, the less harm on Deaf patients. VRI companies and hospital administration are passed by politics primarily for reasons that are best understood in the context of disrespect and the appearance of Deaf patients is being exploited in hospitals and the crucible for the lack of discourses about compassion. The exploitation of Deaf patients is all about money and politics. This has to be stopped.

Finally, we need to stop allowing VRI companies to exploit Deaf patients and demand changes to have interpreters on site 24/7 and the studies of language hegemony for political pleasure and that shall lead Deaf patients to stand up and speak out more.

-JT

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NAD: VRI Concerns

National Association of the Deaf releases for anyone to carry with them all times with VRI card for medical settings (doctor, dentist, hospital, etc) that questions the liability and credibility with VRI companies.

Holiday of Darkness: Deaf Returning Citizens’ Journey

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Do Deaf returning citizens deserve shame? Politics can be funny. The politics of returning citizens remains unseen. The question, do people understand in second chances? Does the society discuss not enough about the pedagogy of second chances? That is up for you to decide.

The biggest holidays of the year: December. You see all those holiday spirits going around, people volunteering to feed the homeless, and in addition with the holiday spirit should encourage to end abuses of shaming returning citizens, and diminish culture oppression in their lives, they had been dealing with some of the prolonged dependency of being as Deaf returning citizen that they account ASL for communication, information, and knowledge. Their experiences have never been done before, but the crisis demands a new form of activism.

The stories are the reason they are here; with that being the case, the society would have doubts as to the relevance of the story they might have to share, but the offer itself also pushed them to take a closer look at the back story that bought their lives to the corner of growing pains. The biggest goal: Be the change. Returning citizens had their notes filled with observations and experience.

The people are true-color oppressors, no more than first-class airplane seats. The journey has begun in the search of healing. Returning citizens have the right to choose to seek path to heal every fiber of their bones. It takes a lot of courage to change a person’s life around. The liberty of respect is hard to replace these days. It takes a lot of hard work to believe in themselves, they also need to refuse to believe in the past and make all the difference as much as I can.

The important question we should need to know: Do you ever think about what justice means and how it should be applied in a democratic society? Can politically active voters strongly against unfair laws that have more to do with political careerism than actually providing well-reasoned fear?

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Holidays can be very difficult times for them at this time of the year dealing with stigma—the greater degree to which returning citizens can be integrated into Deaf community and have access to both social services along with neighborhood supports, the greater the chance for complete rehabilitation.

There is more to that as the signs of the holidays may be the time to highlight the spirit of the holidays—not everyone feels merry during the holidays. For some, it can be lonely due to a loss of loved one, being far from family, rejection from circle of friends, bear with difficult memories and even from Deaf community itself. Struggling with the “Holiday Blues”—Would it make people feel better if they commit more to support Deaf returning citizens and understand their struggles and stories?

Any effort at getting to know Deaf returning citizens will reveal many who, despite all odds, struggling to be good neighbor, and community member. The societal debt had been paid, and they are free to pursue life’s opportunities as any other normal American citizen. Re-entering into society is a hard place filled with hate, anger, depression, and loneliness. The part about loneliness is the most invisible human trait.

-JT

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