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DEAF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT RALLIES

May 6, 2016


Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2016 and any unauthorized use is prohibited.

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Montogomery, AL
DEAF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT AT THE STATE CAPITOL TODAY
In a day and age when communication seems to be getting easier with the increase in modern technology, there are still communication barriers for some citizens. The Deaf Grassroots Movement or DGM wants to break down those communication barriers. The Deaf Grassroots Movement strives to make civil rights laws for the deaf better. Now, and for future generations. The rally today in Montgomery aimed to bring awareness to issues like communication, education, jobs and equal access in the deaf community. / WVTM

Anchorage, AK
AT AN ANCHORAGE RALLY, A GLIMPSE OF THE CHALLENGES OF BEING DEAF IN ALASKA

Self-described “rabble rouser” Albert Berke is at it again. He made news in 1990 at the age of 61 as the subject of a profile in the publication Deaf USA for being the force behind the McGraw Hill Book Company's first-ever "Deaf Encyclopedia," and for starting programs, expanding services and educating lawmakers about the needs of deaf people. A lifelong advocate for deaf rights, the Anchorage octogenarian has come to view equality and fairness for deaf people as a fundamental civil rights issue. He is not alone. / Alaska Dispatch News

Phoenix, AZ
ARIZONA'S DEAF COMMUNITY ANGRY WITH LAWMAKERS
Dozens of deaf Arizonans marched on the state Capitol Wednesday to let lawmakers know that they are feeling the budget pains. The group is angry at the state lawmakers who approved a $9.6 billion spending plan they say shortchanges a program designed to help the deaf find work. "I've been having a very hard time, and I don't know what I'm going to do for future employment," said Dean Bobis, who was born without the ability to hear. "It's a pretty tough position to be in." / KPHO/KTVK

Little Rock, AR
RALLY FOR DEAF ARKANSANS
Actions are speaking louder than words at the Arkansas State Capitol today as members of Arkansas' deaf community rallied for access and equality. The group "Deaf Grassroots Movement" is calling upon state leaders to break down communication barriers and increase educational and job opportunities for deaf Arkansans. The rally lasted all day, and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson addressed the crowd this afternoon. / ArkansasMatters

Sacramento, CA
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Denver, CO
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Hartford, CT
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Dover, DE
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Tallahassee, FL
PROTESTORS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF DEAF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
All across the America, thousands rallied in support of bring the same opportunities to deaf people as their hearing counterparts. In Tallahassee, the dozens of protesters gathered at the state capitol Wednesday as part of the nationwide rally. They held signs, asking for equality in jobs, and educational access. They say they've experience ADA violations, discrimination in their daily lives, and want to see that change. / WTXL

Atlanta, GA
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Honolulu, HI
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Boise, ID
DEAF COMMUNITY HOLDS RALLY AT IDAHO STATEHOUSE
Several members of the deaf community gathered Wednesday afternoon in front of the Statehouse to raise awareness of the issues they say they're facing here in Idaho. It was one of 50 rallies hosted by the Deaf Grassroots Movement, taking place simultaneously in all 50 states. "One of the biggest problems is their limiting or ability to communicate," said presenter David G. Wilder. They want to educate others on what can be done to make their lives better. / KTVB

Springfield, IL
ADVOCATES FOR THE DEAF PROTEST AT STATEHOUSE
Nearly 50 advocates rallied at the Capitol steps in a peaceful protest for the deaf and hard of hearing. Members of the grassroots movement say they have concerns with the unemployment rate within the deaf community. They say, about three in four deaf people don't have a job, and that's a rate that should be much lower. They say education is key to building the future and it's important lawmakers address the situation now. / WRSP

Indianapolis, IN
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Des Moines, IA
ADVOCATES FOR DEAF COMMUNITY RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL
Activists gathered in Des Moines as part of a nationwide effort to help the deaf community achieve more in their communities. The Deaf Grassroots Movement rallied at state capitols across the country, raising awareness about areas where advocates say they need more help. That includes more opportunities in the workplace and expanded resources in education. / KGAN

Topeka, KS
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Frankfort, KY
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Baton Rouge, LA
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Augusta, ME
MORE THAN 100 MARCH FOR DEAF RIGHTS IN AUGUSTA
More than 100 deaf, hard of hearing, blind and deaf-blind people marched Wednesday at the State House in support of equal rights as part of the Deaf Grassroots Movement. Larissa Pelletier, of South China, is the Maine representative. Through an interpreter, she said the Maine group is focused on language rights, communication access, education, employment and jobs and equal accessibility. / Central Maine

Annapolis, MD
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Boston, MA
DEAF, BLIND ENCOUNTER HIGHER BARRIERS TO ADDICTION TREATMENT
Marie Hoffmeister said she has been searching for weeks for a detox unit or substance abuse treatment facility that will help her overcome addiction and become sober. But there’s been one major roadblock in her attempts to seek help: Hoffmeister is deafblind. Hoffmeister was among hundreds of people who gathered on Boston Common on Wednesday to raise awareness and increase political pressure to address the needs of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing individuals. / WWLP

Lansing, MI
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St. Paul, MN
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Jackson, MS
DEAF COMMUNITY WANTS TO BE RECOGNIZED IN MISSISSIPPI
A rally raising awareness for the deaf community in Mississippi was held on the steps of the state capital. This group wants lawmakers to know about the challenges they face every day, including simply finding a job. There’s more than one way to get a message across. For those that are deaf, using their hands to speak is the best way, but not everyone understands them. “Communication. Communication is a daily challenge for us,” said Nancy Mears, a rally participant. / WJTV

Jefferson City, MO
PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING ADVOCATE FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
With impassioned shouts and raised hands, a crowd reacted Wednesday to stories of discrimination against people who are deaf or hard of hearing and applauded to speeches detailing efforts to end it. The statements were part of a rally at the state Capitol organized by the Missouri Deaf Grassroots Movement. The event was linked to a nationwide campaign to advocate for improved access to employment, education and communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. / Columbia Missourian

Helena, MT
DEAF RIGHTS ADVOCATES CALL FOR CHANGE AT STATE CAPITOL
The Deaf Grassroots Movement’s rally at the Montana State Capitol was louder than you might expect. Nearby church bells rang and lawn mowers hummed around the Capitol steps as protesters kicked off the Wednesday protest meant to raise awareness about economic and social hurdles faced by deaf residents. The planned seven-hour event, one of dozens organized the same day in state capitals arond the country, featured roughly two dozen deaf or hearing-impaired Montanans and their family members. / Helena Independent Record

Lincoln, NE
ADVOCATES HOLD 'DEAF PROTEST' AT STATE CAPITOL
Dozens of people rallied in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday to send a loud message to stop discrimination toward deaf people. Members of the Deaf Grassroots Movement said deaf people are treated unfairly in the classroom, the workplace and in public buildings. There has been no school for the deaf in Nebraska, since it closed nearly 20 years ago and advocates said many students don't have the proper services and support in their schools. / KETV

Carson City, NV
RALLY FOR DEAF RIGHTS HELD IN CARSON CITY
Dozens of people gathered in Carson City Wednesday to rally for the rights of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind. Organizers said they want deaf children to have the same opportunities whether they're educated with other hearing children or via sign language. The Deaf Grassroots Movement of Nevada says deaf people don't get equal access to public services either and they want that to change. / KTVN

Concord, NH
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Trenton, NJ
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Santa Fe, NM
NATIONAL RALLY FOR DEAF RIGHTS MAY 4
National Rally for Deaf Rights is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4, at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, hosted by Deaf Grassroots Movement-New Mexico. At the same time at all state capitols across the United States, the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind people will gather to rally for civil rights for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind people. / Los Alamos Daily Post

Albany, NY
DEAF ACTIVISTS RALLY AT CAPITOL
A grassroots group of activists for the deaf and hard of hearing rallied Wednesday at the Capitol. Activists marched at the Capitol and met with state legislators about equality in education, access to services and for equal opportunities in employment. Among the groups were the Empire State Association of the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf and House of Justice Deaf Club. / Times Union

Raleigh, NC
DEAF PEOPLE MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD AT THE NCGA
Advocacy rallies in front of the North Carolina State Legislative Building in Raleigh inevitably have the same elements: speakers, hand-lettered signs, instruction on what to say to lawmakers, chants, cheering. And the rally taking place on Wednesday morning had all those elements, except no one “spoke” a word. The advocates gathered on the wet grass in front of the General Assembly were members of the deaf and hard of hearing community, and all the speeches, cheers and instructions were done in ASL. / North Carolina Health News

Bismarck, ND
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Columbus, OH
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Oklahoma City, OK
DEAF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT RALLIES AT THE OKLAHOMA CAPITOL
Nearly 200 people marched at the Oklahoma Capitol in support of expanded services for the deaf community.
Participants from Oklahoma's Deaf Grassroots Movement joined a national effort on Wednesday to demonstrate the needs of the deaf in education, employment and access to communication. Deaf Grassroots Movement spokesman Chris Reagle says unemployment rates are particularly high for the deaf and that they often face discrimination in the workplace and barriers in education. / The Associated Press

Salem, OR
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Harrisburg, PA
DEAF PROTESTORS 'MAKE SOME NOISE' AT PA. CAPITOL AS PART OF NATIONAL RALLY FOR DEAF RIGHTS
Dozens of deaf people gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to "make some noise" about the discrimination and oppression against the million Pennsylvanians who share their disability. With body movements, hand gestures, and handmade signs, they rallied and marched to call attention to problems the deaf community faces when it comes to communication access, educational equality and employment opportunities as part of a National Rally for Deaf Rights that was playing out in state capitols across the country. / PennLive.com

Providence, RI
DEAF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT SUPPORTERS RALLY AT R.I. STATE HOUSE
About 80 people, most of them deaf and wearing bright green T-shirts that illustrated the sign language for "equality," followed by the word "now!" rallied at the State House on Wednesday. The rally was one of 50 all-day rallies taking place around the country in the Deaf Grassroots Movement. Some of those wearing the green shirts were supporters of a deaf person, and some in their own matching black T-shirts were members of an interpreters group. / Providence Journal

Columbia, SC
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Pierre, SD
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Nashville, TN
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Austin, TX
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Montpelier, VT
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Richmond, VA
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Olympia, WA
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Charleston, WV
DOZENS GATHER FOR DEAF RIGHTS RALLY OUTSIDE W.V. CAPITOL
As Christopher Mick stood alongside other deaf West Virginians outside the state Capitol Wednesday, his hands worked passionately to convey the discrimination he has faced since losing his hearing at age one. “Hearing people need to learn our world. We need help — better interpreters, better education, better jobs, better everything. We need to improve on it all,” he said. “We want to wake the government up to understand our suffering and our side, to get a better future ahead of time for our future generations.” / Charleston Gazette-Mail

Madison, WI
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Cheyenne, WY
GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT RAISES AWARENESS OF DEAF INDIVIDUALS IN WYOMING
Advocates gathered in downtown Cheyenne to raise public awareness about discrimination against deaf, blind and hard of hearing individuals. The Deaf Grassroots Movement of Wyoming (DGM) is hoping to raise awareness of job and education discrimination in the cowboy state. To do so, they're looking for help in removing communication barriers and improving equality in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. / KGWN

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