Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inspirational Message for the AB 2072 Detractors!

This inspirational message are for the naughty deaf naysayers undermine the attempted unity and teamwork of CDNIS (Deaf California) to bring such joy, community-building, elevate the deaf child's educational opporunity to the fullest potentials and sparks within our enriched language, American Sign Language free from the destructive pathological medical viewpoints.

Happened to stumble into one of the website which surely bring the inspiration to many of us -

Dr. Martin Luther King said this in a 1957 sermon: " An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"

Look forward to sit together with all of you, deaf naysayers and drink and eat merrily together and embrace the real community unity in the name of Deafhood and Deaf Empowerment and Deaf Unity.

ASLize yours,

Robert L. Mason (RLM)



  1. I believe the "naysayers" were fully in support of ALL OPTIONS. And then something happened and the Health Committee opened the door to some dialogue and they got a little bit of education about deaf culture. This resulted in a change of direction from KILL BILL which allowed negotiations to begin and some concessions were made. So all can live with this. It is time to stop this in-fighting.


  2. First of all, I appreciate the quote from Martin Luther King. I think the quote illuminates CDNIAS effort. Did we think CDNIAS won the war? I doubt that this is the way we are feeling. We believe that the winners are the deaf children whose families will now know more about American Sign Language and consider embracing ASL and its deaf/hearing community.

    Infighting? From whom? We were busy fighting the AB2072 battle and clarifying our positions to the deaf detractors in the blogosphere.

    There is a lot of misinformation that we attempted to correct; guess what happened when we did that? Our attempts were thrashed in disrespectful ways.

    To think Barry Sewell and Candy (aka Gina Alberti Sutton) had supporters in spite of our attempts to correct their misinformation is very disheartening.

    I would like to end this sad chapter by saying that we are fighting for our way of life, and the hearing professionals are fighting for their ideology, and dare I say, their livelihood.

  3. Tousi,

    I second you for stopping the in-fighting. :)


  4. Marla,

    You wrote superbu what really happened within the controvesy surrounded the AB 2072 bill.

    Many thanks for making the great rebuttal.


  5. Tousi,

    I agree to kick(stop) out the in-fighting.

    Tell Tayler to ban Barry Sewell and Mike McConnell in