• President Updates / February 2020
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    President Updates / February 2020

    Hello, I’m Melissa. I have two important updates to share this month. First, the American Library Association (ALA) held an annual mid-winter meeting in Philadelphia. They had different forums — one of which was about Deaf Culture, and it was ALA’s first time having a forum on that topic. ALA invited librarians who were familiar or not familiar with Deaf Culture, along with deaf community members — including myself, on behalf of the NAD. We used the opportunity to share resources. I’ll share two resources with you that I shared with ALA. First, I encouraged ALA to provide more signing stories for young children by people who sign or interpreters.…

  • LEGISLATIVE TIP: They Do The Work
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    LEGISLATIVE TIP: They Do The Work

    You’re probably thinking, “I want to propose a bill, but I can’t write it because of all the jargon that the bill requires.” Don’t worry! Sit down with a legislator who is willing to support your idea, give them a draft. The legislator will be able to give the draft to a group of researchers or legislative councils — all legislators have groups like this. This group has lawyers who will write the bill and research for no conflicts or changes in laws. When they complete the draft, they will hand it off to the legislator — but this part is important, make sure you get the chance to review…

  • The Truth About The Buffalo Soldiers
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    The Truth About The Buffalo Soldiers

    Buffalo soldiers were a real thing, not just a reggae song. Buffalo Soldiers were some of the bravest and most decorated soldiers to serve in the United States military, and yet their accomplishments aren’t very well-known because of racism. This is the untold truth of the Buffalo soldiers. During the American Civil War, all-black regiments called the “United States Colored Troops” made up roughly 10 percent of the Union Army. Those troops were disbanded at the end of the war, and a lot of newly free blacks in other parts of the nation found themselves facing difficult circumstances. In 1866, Congress passed the Army Organization Act, which was mostly just…

  • LEGISLATIVE TIP: Which Is Worth The Effort?
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    LEGISLATIVE TIP: Which Is Worth The Effort?

    People wonder whether it’s better to pass a bill as a state law or a federal law, why not both! Federal laws process things more slowly and fewer bills are passed. State laws are more fast paced and more bills are passed every year. When a federal law passes, it’s usually for the minimum. States can look at that minimum and make their state law more detailed, specific, and expand more. However, states can’t be more flexible on a law than the federal law’s minimum. I encourage you to look at federal laws before you try and expand on it in your state. Sometimes if more than one state passes…

  • The Quest for Civil Rights Under the Constitution
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    The Quest for Civil Rights Under the Constitution

    ♪ [Opening music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>Grace Campbell: Welcome everybody, my name is Grace Campbell and I’m the coordinator of UNCA’s senior humanities course, humanities 414 the individual and contemporary world and I’m very pleased to be able to introduce to you today our guest speaker Dr. James Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson is one of the country’s most prominent civil rights attorneys he is cofounder and president of the Charlotte Law firm of Ferguson, Stein and Chambers; internationally renowned for expert handling of cases involving civil rights, civil liberties and the rights of the accused. A native of Asheville and a 1960 graduate of Steven’s Lee High School Ferguson was…

  • LEGISLATIVE TIP: Your State’s Legislative Session Schedule
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    LEGISLATIVE TIP: Your State’s Legislative Session Schedule

    How do we find out our state’s legislative start and end dates? You can check www.multistate.us — click ‘resources’ and there will be a list of all states’ legislative dates. Some states’ dates are biennial while some are annual. Some start in January, February or April — it varies. End dates can range from one month, six months or a year. Again, it always varies but it’s important that you know your dates. This information will include the start of the legislative date, when you can file a bill prior to the start date, when they foresee a ‘sine die’ (when legislators close their sessions), and whether the house/senate have…

  • How Governments Shut Down the Internet | WSJ
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    How Governments Shut Down the Internet | WSJ

    (pulsing electronic tones) – [Narrator] More governments are kicking people off the internet than ever before. It usually happens during politically-sensitive times like elections, protests, and conflicts. Last year, governments shut down the internet more frequently than in previous years according to a digital rights group that started tracking the practice in 2011. For instance, in India, it happened in parts of the country more than 100 times. Authorities say shutdowns help stop unrest and the spread of fake news and even prevent cheating on school exams. Advocates for an open internet say shutdowns can cripple economies and disrupt daily life all while curtailing civil rights, so here’s how governments…

  • #TipTuesday: Legislative Tip: Ask What Their Intentions Are
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    #TipTuesday: Legislative Tip: Ask What Their Intentions Are

    If you see a bill that you’re not sure if it is a good or bad bill, you can always contact the NAD or the person who wrote the bill. Sit down with them and ask what their intentions are. What’s your intention for writing this bill? Sometimes, they will be more than willing to explain because they are familiar with it. Maybe you can add to the bill, and expand on deaf related topics. Maybe they will realize that they did not think this through, that they did not realize how this would impact the deaf community. Reach out to them or contact the NAD!

  • Justice Beyond Borders, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS
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    Justice Beyond Borders, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS

    The overview effect is a psychological, cognitive shift that happens to many astronauts when they go into space for the first time and see Earth. It’s this feeling they describe as the full definition of awesome. So being in awe of this pale blue dot that contains all life that has ever lived and died. And so what astronauts describe is that you cannot see man-made borders in space. But what you can see and understand is how connected we all are on this Spaceship Earth. And so, the worldwide Survivor Bill of Rights is predicated on this principle that justice should not depend on geography.