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The Lack of Jury Duty for Deaf People

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On Friday, July 21st hot afternoon–I decided to meet a friend and gave a tour at Library of Congress. Great times! However, when we walked into a room, “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustrations.” and I saw something that caught my attention and share this with you fellows. It makes me wonder if Library of Congress, the mother of all libraries, is known for research skills, the leadership of literacy, and a complex web of  higher knowledge, makes me think if this message is filled with mixed thoughts, when you notice the picture I took below:

to the rights of the deaf to sit on juries; from a courtroom filled with people wearing masks fearing….”

How do you feel about that when you saw this? Were Library of Congress aware of very little stats about Deaf people to sit on juries? Did they research that, too? Truth: How many Deaf people sitting on juries? Come on, really. Why cannot they tell the truth? Number will make all the headlines. That’s Mask of Benevolence, folks! Europe: Number? Australia: Number? New Zealand: Number? South America: Number? Africa: Number? Asia: Number? America: Number? Right, after the passage of 1990 ADA law, again, how many Deaf people serve on juries? Yes, there were few Deaf people who were selected. Most recently, a friend of mine who was selected to be on jury few months ago in DC. It was very interesting experience for her.

Why did Library of Congress do that? To make them look good for enrollment purpose? Selfish acts? Were Deaf people aware about Library of Congress planing to use them in public eyes? I am sure that there are many questions behind that. Some may not able to answer and avoid the reality. Deaf people were banned from serving on juries for years and many centuries, there is a good article to read:

http://theconversation.com/deaf-or-blind-people-cant-serve-on-juries-heres-why-law-needs-to-change-67418

No courtroom should be wearing masks fearing Deaf people. There are thousands of stories around the world that Deaf people would end up in courtroom with no interpreter at all and struggle for information. They often end up pleading guilty by threatening them or found guilty even without evidence, they fail to recognize Deaf discourses in the courtrooms. For example, recent Thursday evening, I attended an event at Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C; to watch a private screening of Change of Signs, an powerful 35 minutes film. Discovering Deaf Worlds, Inc; (DDW) did an excellent service to help out Deaf community in Philippines and support the stories of ten members of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf. Extraordinary work!

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See that hand waving with the watch on on right side? That was me.

The film talked about the lack of Deaf people have the rights to have an interpreter in courtrooms, struggle to be recognized as a human being, and have the human right to sit on the jury as all other people do. I learned that it was 121,000 Deaf people living there and only few interpreters available. That’s major crisis. A lot more to that film that I hope it will show to the public one day.

Before wrapping up for this post, how do you feel when you see, “to the rights of the deaf”? Why lower “d”? Why not “Deaf people have the constitutional right to sit on the juries” Or, “From a courtroom filled with Deaf people’s rights to serve on juries” that would help the visitors from all over the world visiting Library of Congress for the first time and see the truth what Deaf people are really going through a lot. What do you think?

-JT

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References: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-022/drawing-justice-the-art-of-courtroom-illustrations-opens-april-27/2017-03-07/

 

 

 

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Did AGBell Take the Possession of Deaf Community Out of Lincoln’s Words?

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Fighting hate. Teaching tolerance. Seeking justice. All those years I’ve read books about Abraham Lincoln. I visited Lincoln Memorial many times. I visited Lincoln’s summer retreat. I’ve visited Ford Theatre. I’ve visited Petersen House. The only place I did not get to visit Springfield, Illinois, the birthplace of Lincoln. Not yet.

Few days ago, I just completed reading a book about Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the great debate between them. Douglass was Lincoln’s personal adviser that Lincoln himself had the biggest change of heart all because of Douglass. Thanks, Douglass!

First, I would like to talk a little more about Alexander Graham Bell. He was a professional thief. He stole the phone idea. He stole written lines from influential people, for example, stealing the line from Helen Keller. Look between Keller and Bell’s lines. Disclaimer: Keller said it first WAY before Bell claimed it was his. So easy to see this!

Keller’s line: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

Bell’s line: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

So obvious!

He stole Deaf people’s life. How? Did AGBell copy the idea from Lincoln’s 1858 quote? Let’s take a serious look at those similar speeches between Lincoln’s 1858 hate speech and AGBell’s 1883 hate speech. First, let’s take a look at AGBell’s hate-filled words first:

Those who believe as I do, that the production of a defective race of human beings would be a great calamity to the world, will examine carefully the causes that lead to the intermarriages of the deaf with the object of applying a remedy.”

I must warn you this that the quote by Lincoln you are about to read will be graphic that may make your skin crawl. This quote was the most racist and hate language you would see anywhere from Lincoln [seriously!] and I was very surprised what I read with my own eyes. I was in total disbelief. Lincoln’s words:

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am nor ever have been in favor in

making voters or jurors of negroes, or of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”—Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President.

Yes, yes, yes, Lincoln really said that! Were you surprised? Admit it.

Source: Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858. [The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-145]

I am sure that Lincoln may be very much regretted to say this. Few years later, Lincoln toured several Civil Wars, he saw the great pain in Black soldiers who were severely injured, killed, became whether North nor South soldiers became Deaf and the hollow ground that fights for democracy. Stories became Lincoln’s stories. I am also sure that Frederick Douglass who stood strong and believed that Lincoln would have the change of heart after realizing that being a racist is not the pivotal answer and he knew that hate do not win at all costs.

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Douglass saw a great potential in Lincoln who took the greatest power to overthrow hate. That took a REAL MAN to stop being racist and believed in equality. You do not see that like that often. That is why Lincoln supported the idea of 13th Amendment—and abolishes slavery for good all because of the mistake he said in 1858. It shows that Lincoln believes in returning the favor out of love. That’s really big! Love trumps hate. (Tsk. Tsk. Wonder who it reminds me of?)

AGBell loved Lincoln’s racist idea to make him fame and infamous and saved for the best to attack Deaf community. Did you ever wonder that AGBell may get the idea from Lincoln? Just sharing thoughts on this.

AGBell did not own up and apologize and show that it is important to continue practice hate against Deaf people. Did you ever wonder why there is not a single photograph of AGBell and a Black Deaf person together in same photo? Was AGBell a hardcore Racist? That is exactly why AGBell believes in continuing slavery. Same way. Again, hate does not win. Lincoln was honest about his mistake. AGBell will never admit his mistake. Can Racists become better people in the future? Who was better person? What about Audists?

We need to fight hate against AGBell. We need to teach tolerance against AGBell. We need to seek justice against AGBell. Every inch of human cost. The bottom line is that Lincoln overthrew Racism. AGBell did not overthrow Audism because he was at the level of false hope. That’s where it went the wrong way. Oops.

Whenever you visit Cap City for the first time or visit the city again, be sure to visit Tower of Books. Since Lincoln’s death in 1865, about 100 books every year has written about President Lincoln, the most popular president in American history. That’s over 15,000 books already written about Lincoln. If you want to see the Tower of Books, you need to visit Petersen House first before see it. Let’s write 15,000 books about how AGBell fucked Deaf community up.

 

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-JT

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Lisa Lampanelli: Queen of Hate-Monger in Deaf Community

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Look at the date and the namesake of the theatre. 

April 8th. The theatre named after President Lincoln. It is the date when President Lincoln signed an important history to give Deaf people a new life to breathe for higher education by establishing National Deaf Mute College in 1864. I saw the sign when I was waiting for Metro train to come by and realized something about it.

Who might be Lisa Lampanelli? She is the Queen of hate-monger. She is a mean comedian on HBO and other TV series promoting hate speech. In 2007, she was in Rochester, New York for stand up show and made very hateful comments about Deaf people. I mean, really hateful.

Lampanelli: “God hates Deaf people. What’s wrong with you?”

Lampanelli: “Don’t you think Deaf students could be maybe just retarded, and they’re trying to sneak by saying they’re Deaf?” Oh, there are many more what she said about Deaf people. Where is the humor in these statements? In what way are these acceptable? NONE. NADA. ZERO.

Link: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/11524000.html

For Deaf people in Washington, DC, the home of Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for Deaf—they have been as an agent of change, and in many respects, an awakening in politics and Deaf culture. Deaf people are still reminded that that they are collectively still in pursuit of happiness, freedom, justice and equality in the land of America.

Lisa’s words supported mob attacks, medical genocide, cultural genocide, discrimination, hate speech, culture of fear and most importantly, Audism. How would Deaf people feel if the hearing peers approve a show of a hearing person mocking and degrading them? What kind of message is that sent to the Deaf people and their families who struggle discrimination and prejudice on a daily basis? What about the self-esteem of those Deaf people who already demoralized by the extensive Audism?

To add the salt on the wound, their money via public and private activity fees might finance the show. Lampanelli can practice her hate speech/literature elsewhere, but to do this in Washington, D.C.; with the major Deaf university sends a very negative message on the value of Deaf people and students. There is no going around this message.

Lampanelli still have not apologized for her hate speech ten years ago. She cannot get away with it. We need to remind her that it is not acceptable. Stop hate speech against Deaf people. I feel those Deaf people in 2007. I cannot imagine and I do not think it was funny at all.

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No wonder where Trump got this from Lisa for calling Deaf people retarded. 

April 8th is very special for Deaf people with the BIG help of President Lincoln. Bless his soul! Lisa Lampanelli knew that it was an act of hate against Deaf people, as well as an attack on them as the state of being Deaf.

I think that Lincoln Theatre needs to realize and have the show cancelled and respect Deaf people first. I wish Deaf people would protest there and make a difference.

-JT

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The Unreal and Real: Stories From Deafhood Journey

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Four years ago the day before today, we were selected to give a play called The Deafhood Monologues written by Ella Mae Lentz held at Atlas Performing Arts Center, one of the oldest theaters in District of Columbia that night. It was special for all of us. I was very proud to be part of the cast—despite that I am from Portland, Oregon.

That night was truly special. I was a product of Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, Oregon—every oral school for the Deaf proudly proclaims that it teaches its students how to speak. Every such school proudly advertises that it does not teach sign language, nor do its students use it. Every residential oral school has traditionally had a clandestine signing subculture.

It is far more difficult for this to occur in day schools, where students are shuttled between their families and school, which is why Alexander Graham Bell thought they were the best solution to the problem of educating Deaf students. His ideal was schools where there would be a single Deaf student in the midst of the hearing majority.

It goes without saying that he never considered Deaf children’s linguistic, social, or cognitive needs. Much less than their feelings.

Denial is the first law of healing. It is the first practical step toward getting rid of your mind the mistaken beliefs of a lifetime. The word, “deny” means to “declare not to be true that that appears true.” It is important that the first law of healing, the best way to get rid of negative beliefs from your mind and rid of toxic that eats up your body. Deaf community was taught to use self-hate when growing up in a society that is in a great deal of denial.

Self-hate is a disease and the truth is that the disease is that it is also self-inflicted. Deaf people inflict their own diseases upon themselves by their fears, resentments, hate, and belittlement. Self-hate in the Deaf community is probably the number one in the circle that it carry a gross injustice, which destroys our community, sabotages democracy and it is linked to many of our social problems.

The Deafhood Monologues changed my life. Self-hate is a form of darkness that flees in the presence of light and enlightenment. The Deafhood Monologues gathers up in a circle and used ASL as a breakthrough to stop politically correct society that Deaf people should not be oppressed.

It was part of healing for The Deafhood Monologues cast how to break trough self-hate from their childhood before discovering their true Deaf identity.

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-JT

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AGBell’s House Shall be Demolished

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AGBell’s birthplace.

Yesterday, there was a headline about demolishing a house where Adolf Hitler was born—a birthplace in Austria. Yes, wise decision to do so! Time to heal—and I support the idea. I mean, after visiting United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. more than five times, it is mind-boggling and it makes you THINK what Hitler has done to Deaf people was fucking unbelievable—yet, Deaf people were in silence!  After reading few books, Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, and Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany was painful to read—it is exactly why bigotry and hate crimes had been recognized in Alexander Graham Bell’s (AGBell) hands.

Since AGBell’s time, he had devastated as the whole world and villages that had decimated Deaf people and forced them to walk into the deserts of pain. There are millions of scenes that have tragically become familiar again today by not recognizing enough hate crime in Deaf America. From I can remember those books, I have not seen a detailed story about Deaf people that suffer through hate crimes, the America we live in the shadows of freedom, time for us to prevent hate crimes in Deaf community, too. I must be an advocate for Deaf people who were survivors of AGBell.

Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe written by Donna F. Ryan and John S. Schuchmann, the book made an agreement with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,

The fate of deaf people in Nazi Germany is a neglected aspect of the Holocaust. Certainly, few would think of them as Holocaust victims or survivors. In the United States, even in Germany, few were aware that during the Nazi era, human beings—men, women, and children—with impaired hearing were sterilized against their will, and even fewer know that many deaf people were also murdered. Under Nazi rule, they shared the fate of all persons with mental and physical disabilities. [Holocaust Studies and the Deaf Community, Henry Friedlander, Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, p. 15]

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I learned that there were an international conference held in Washington, D.C.—1998, called “Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, 1933-1945”—I was only 23 years old that time living in Great Pacific Northwest.

The media continues to portray “uncalled” hate crimes in Deaf community so wrong is that they has successfully evolved hate speech into story-tellers to guide us to speculate or guess diverse modes of Audism. For example, as a kid I grew up into reading literature, Christopher Columbus thought that the world is flat and the stars revolve around the earth to determine our fate and future. The same future we live shall makes a difference and support Deaf people to minimize hate speech in our community.

If you read Deaf books, try to find why most of survivors who were living in AGBell’s hands, it is clear that they represent a new, important form of hate expression. They mark a fundamental shift in power away from public life dominated by invisible hate crime to dark cave, which now empowers the Deaf community. For example, the books reach places that Deaf community, as journalism cannot touch today.

With a Deaf fellow like myself, who was survivor of AGBell —his ideology was a fearful example of the damage wrecked by inbreeding leadership with Deaf community, is it painful to protest hate crimes against AGBell? The answer is yes! I believe that they should complain to start the healing process. The same Deaf community we live in, sets up us up to ignore the pain of Deaf people who were survivors of AGBell, so we need to turn against the oppression and question why it is still practiced today.

Can we dream that AGBell’s birthplace in Scotland be demolished? We are dreaming because we can see by dreaming a connection between premises and conclusions: we dreamed that we would solve a problem that we would read earlier then we would write down on it on the paper made out of tree, we found out that the conclusion does not follow from the premises in our dreams. As you can imagine, it must be painful to write a story about it. AGBell destroyed Deaf people was the exactly what Adolf Hitler destroyed Jewish people and others—including Deaf people.

Yet, it fails to mark a case that Deaf people experience of a hate crime, literature, or speech. It must be even more painful that people who are AGBell advocates are protesting the ignorance of Deaf American community. In the time of crisis, it is AGBell who holds out, by our very nature, the deepest vision of healing and peace that is possible for Deaf community.

Again, AGBell in Deaf community was biggest insult because Deaf people were not taught to be leaders for their own people—Deaf people. This is the reason they live in silence. We need to feel the wind more often. We relate to Audism nor hate crime in Deaf community as family and experience a bond within the same community, which is clearly unknown to you. We have different inner clocks and deal with time differently. Maybe you can remember the famous artist by Salvador Dali where the clock was melting. That is the most invisible trait that did not prepare us excellently enough for Deaf community to talk about it and easily labels us as intellectually vulnerable in our American society.

The media and newspapers are what you know: a modern of they-Adolf-Hitler. They use the recipe for using propaganda, fear, and scapegoats to convince the readers to go along with AGBell that is supposed to be the bureaucrat’s heaven. Not only Deaf people suffer, but also the Deaf community as a whole becomes more vulnerable. It is time to have AGBell’s birthplace DEMOLISHED house in Scotland and begin healing!

Thanks, friend for sending me the pictures of AGBell’s house. He was actually there in person. Oh, clocks are melting everywhere!

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References: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37682298

-JT

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Kat Brockway: The Making and Unmaking of a Perfect Bully

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It is very important to know that October is Anti-Bullying Month. The award goes to Kathleen “Kat” Brockway, so-called “Chair” for Deaf Culture and History Section with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and author of Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage and Detroit’s Deaf Heritage, is the perfect poster person for bullying. Since I can remember meeting her first time at Deaf Nation Expo in Washington, D.C; her energy was very negative—so negative that she does not know how to forgive herself. She is very angry person. So much denial she is in.

Then I realized that she had been targeting after me ever since by telling Deaf people through e-mail inbox, text messages, even VP calls that I am really, really, really bad person because I am a returned citizen. She does not ever understand where I came from. My childhood life was very painful to deal with. That is exactly why I am writing a book to clear my conscience.

Bullying is growing and Deaf community does not seem to be ready for it. With legitimate concerns about Kat’s bullying on one side, and equally legitimate concerns about the dangers of such conduct on the other, she attacked a friend of mine, Tamera Gaudet-Doody, a Deaf activist in Illinois who sent me copies of her text messages, I mean, she actually threatened Tamera with her new wave of bullying, Kat told Tamera all the lies that I came from Utah, well, no, I was born and bred in Pacific Northwest, and Utah is not even close, that is how bad she is. With false statements through texting, putting my life in great deal of danger, she actually encouraged to have my life disappeared. Then she became a weak substitute for bullying with false information that really involve psychological warfare.

Tamera became very alarmed and did not really appreciate what Kat told her. Sure, Tamera and I have talked about my life—not very often I can trust people like that. Tamera understood where I came from. There has been series of suicide attempts I have been given thought to end my life when I was younger then I realized that I will not tolerate like this anymore.

For the last 30 years soon I will be 42, I have been suffering way too much, my life does not readily reveal that I am restlessly seeking truth through a turbulent time for 30 years that shaped up. Most of all, what comes through is an attitude, an approach to life that begins in wonder–at the vast possibility the world offers me, and leads to joy in choosing my own way of partaking in this awe, finding my own place, and ensuring that it will be a location meaningful to others and to the world as a whole.

Kat’s bullying may motivate hatred attempting to take my life away, it is a form of homicide, it is only in the rarest form that bullying will be deemed to be the cause to suppress my struggles and my life stories what I had been going through. Not only that she attacked Tamera, but many others that had alerted me what Kat did to them, most recently, I was scheduled to give an academic lecture on West Coast, Kat found out that I was on the program, she also attacked the conference coordinators that they were turned off by her behavior acting in very cruel and callous manner is something we need to watch out from Kathleen Brockway.

In return, Kathleen thinks she professes a superior appreciation of not just the question of truth, but the whole nature of revenge. It is important to bear in mind that, in the Deaf community, truth is associated with a dualistic system—we exist in a higher transcendent realm (we are truthful) and the “think-in-the-box” world, inhabited by the others (they are false) by eliminating my name off the program, (it is not the first time every time I give a lecture, she would get in touch with coordinators and tell other Deaf people about me and attempting to destroy my knowledge)—I grow tired of her malicious attacks to seduce people and gives a false view of the truth campaign and provides unsuitable models of “bullying” to the Deaf community.

The lamentation found in Kathleen’s words encourages rage against Deaf people, not just me, but a lot of Deaf people out there had been attacked by Kathleen, too. Even attacking a well-respected Deaf librarian–that’s elder abuse, no? Her behavior is twice removed from the truth. Plato would consider her behavior deceptive.

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Let me give you a good example, during the 5th century B.C.; there was a painting competition between Zeuxis and Parrhasius. Zeuxis painted a bunch of grapes that is so lifelike that it attracted the birds. However, Parrhasius’s painting deceived people. The nation here is that the truth is the deception, and vice versa. Does truth use the concept of imitation as in the 5th century B.C. painting competition? That is what she likes to do by deceiving people.

Have we had enough of Kathleen’s modern day witch-hunt? Are we ready to push back from the table with her bloated bellies full of vengeance and hatred towards Deaf returning citizens? I doubt it will happen anytime soon. Deaf against Deaf? Enough!

That is a good example what Kathleen “Kat” Brockway is all about, but I have my doubts. She is so lowly that she is “the lowliest of all breads known to us” by telling Tamera and other people that she wanted to see my life disappeared for good. Funny thing is that she already subscribed to my blog with three different e-mail addresses including my YouTube channel stealing my knowledge for her own credibility. That tells you a lot.

-JT

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DCAD: Where Is The Poll For Members to Vote?

District of Columbia Association of the Deaf (DCAD) has not sent the poll for DCAD paying members to vote whoever they want for National Association of the Deaf (NAD) president. Where is the poll? NAD conference is in few days. American democracy is very important for all of us.

A Whirlwind: 2015 in Deaf Community

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Year 2015 has been difficult for Deaf community in DC and the rest of America except Oregon. The majority of Deaf community’s Christmas present got delivered this year. In fact, you could say Deaf community got served with BIG RED MARKER: REJECTION.

Last October 2015, the city of Portland, Oregon—where I am proudly come from has required ALL the TVs be captioned in restaurants, hotels, gyms, anywhere—and that is what it should be! America is home of 250+ millionaires, and strange politicians. Washington, DC—the city councilors fails to understand that DC is strong as another “DC”—Deaf City/Community, even some people said “Dysfunctional City” and is home of Gallaudet University, the strong provider in the world that serves Deaf students was told with many stories about Deaf people’s gifts and struggles in higher education.

Portland, Oregon has pronounced the top city in the country to provide closed captions ON all the time–anywhere or face $500 fine is a great honor! In the intellectual world, Portland has topped DC, which is like outdoing Los Angeles in movie stars or Beijing in pollution. How come DC or maybe even the Deaf community did not fight harder and push for laws that require captioning in DC?

I was so impressed by how seriously Portland takes this as a golden opportunity. You know how important for people to eat breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day—and Deaf people in Portland would not have to worry anymore and live in peace and harmony. Whether Deaf people visit Portland or not, they will take it as a rich experience they will never forget.

Nothing surprises me that Portland is number one in many areas. Keep Portland Weird! Over the past 30 years—and there was a time when Washington, DC, despite being located at the intersection of Florida Avenue and West Virginia, students were struggling to get full accessibility in communication, information, and knowledge. Politics in DC has been driven not only by our attitudes but also by our atmosphere, and some of that atmosphere did not change right beneath our tables.

If DC wants to serve and respect Deaf community with captions ALL THE TIME, it would give them greater advantage to minimize the power dynamics of Audism when Deaf customers had to deal with so many issues ranging from “Sorry, the remote is not working, I do not know how to do it, other customers would complain, try and lip read them, and others” worrying that they will lose customers. It is all about managers being paid to make customers happy expect Deaf people.

DC needs to change of ownership and give Deaf people the total accessibility. It would be a human wise to do it. Stop being a policy maintaining the quality of customers and whiners and it is time to give Deaf people the same accessibility as hearing customers do when they pay taxes, too. The whiners are a toxic people caused by lack of awareness and education. Would you imagine what DC would be like when all the restaurants, hotels, gyms, buildings, museums, and many others become an imaginative shape as when Gallaudet University was built in 1864 to give Deaf people life——displaying the awareness of our Deaf culture. Can it enrich our experience, it would take DC to set a good example like the city of Portland, Oregon did for Deaf community?

Look at this way: Washington, DC was founded in 1790, and has 672,000+ people as of 2015, and Portland, Oregon, founded in 1845, and has 620,000+ people as of 2014. That’s only 52,000 people greater or lesser in both cities. Quite embarrassing for DC to set a good example, right? One of the largest Deaf communities in DC and its greater area.

Washington, DC set a ripple effect for Deaf community in 1990: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved and that was a huge change in human evolution! Yet, 25 years later, no changes in the same city it was approved with the same ADA home page that provides access to ADA regulations for business, state, and local governments, technical, and the list goes on.

Come on, DC, bring the entire showcase and make DC happy! Why people are making Deaf people suffer dysfunctional these days? Regardless of “DC” stands for. You decide. Maybe this is the agenda for 2016 and makes changes!

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-JT

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