Questions to the Senator
testing_the_truth Dear Senator McCain, many of us Deaf people would like to know what are you doing. We all remember too well the time you spent as a political figure head at the Gallaudet University's Board of Trustees. You obviously did not care much to learn about Deaf people and did not make effort to understand our culture. You call yourself a maverick, but others call this kind o...
Mon, Oct 27 2008
Black Friday in light of presidential failures
testing_the_truth A painfully glorious day of the protestAt the second anniversary of Black Friday, the painfully glorious turning point of the tides for the Unity for Gallaudet protest, we see much clearer. We know so much more now about he causes of the misery and suffering that was inflicted on Gallaudet in 2006 and the years before. It was not only the previous, disgraced president...
Mon, Oct 13 2008
Time of plain talk of truth
testing_the_truth It is getting hot in politics. It is not only about presidential race or bail-out policy, although both are very important. It is about one thing at the moment: the character of leading republican candidate John McCain. His double face and double talking is revealed now in federal politics. But we know even more than that: we remember his actions as Gallaudet Universi...
Fri, Sep 26 2008
Finding true meaning in hard times
testing_the_truth What is the true meaning of Black Friday? Was it a defeat or was it a victory? Did it change the world of the Deaf? After 2 years, why is this day still so significant? Well, for a long time, I thought I would not write ever again. I just felt like shutting up. I struggled with challenging moments every day. Now I feel, we should talk. We should remember. We should re...
Wed, Sep 17 2008
A Dark Moment of Deaf History
testing_the_truth Hi Everyone, yes I am talking about Black Friday, October 13, 2006. On this outrageous day many of us read the on-line news reports of favorite protest bloggers Elisa and MishkaZena with broken hearts. Why? Because of the the arrest of 133 brave protest warriors at the Gallaudet University! I am talking about this year, when current presidential candidate John M...
Mon, Sep 15 2008
Time for Healing
testing_the_truth More than a year after the first great victory of the Gallaudet movement we have to admit that we achieved something significant: if there is a new chapter at Gallaudet, then it can be because of the victory of many brave students, staff, faculty and alumni, who risked their own safety and wellbeing during the protest in order to give Deaf higher education a new begin...
Wed, Nov 07 2007
That was the day -- remembering Black Friday, October 13,...
testing_the_truth A year ago the previous president of Gallauedet University made over 130 protestors arrested, turning this day memorable forever, as the Black Friday of Gallaudet. What a day it was! New heroes were born! It was the president's desparate act to try to save his legacy. He could not. Years of neglect and abysmal policies undermined the academic...
Fri, Oct 12 2007
That was the day -- remembering October 13, 2006
testing_the_truth A year ago the previous president of Gallauedet University decided to make over 130 protestors arrested. What a day it was! New heroes were born! It was the president's desparate act to try to save his legacy. He could not. Years of neglect and abysmal policies undermined the academic quality of education with long-lasting effect. The Gallaudet com...
Fri, Oct 12 2007
Understanding the Gallaudet Movement: Empowerment and...
testing_the_truth Empowerment is related to discrimination and exclusion from decision making. When the protest started at Gallaudet last May, this was exactly what people realized: while the Deaf community and Deaf individuals at the school suffered many forms of discrimination, they also found themselves competely powerless in influencing an important decision with great significance [...]
Sun, May 27 2007
Understanding the Gallaudet Movement: What is Empowerment?
testing_the_truth The Gallaudet protest movement that started last May raised important issues. One is the question of empowerment of the Deaf commnunity in one of its naturally given cultural center: at the University. First we need to have a look at the concept.Empowerment addresses members of groups that social discrimination processes have excluded from [...]
Tue, May 22 2007
Glorious Days of May 2006 at Gallaudet
testing_the_truth Time is-a-flying, my friends... Well, it is already a year ago that our noble and peaceful Gallaudet protest started on Kendall Green! It is as if it happened yesterday. We all who were lucky to be there will remember those days for the rest of our lives. It started as a protest against a selection. But under the surface there was much more. The [...]
Tue, May 01 2007
testing_the_truth I said farewell to the GallyNet email forum. Not that I unsubscribed from the list, but I was forced to leave by the administrators. I appealed their decision to them for no avail. I was not surprised. Recent practices showed that GallyNet detached itself from Gallaudet interest by promoting a violent mentality against all those former protestors who saved Gallaudet [...]
Sun, Mar 18 2007
Undergraduate student blasts Gallaudet BOT, American Society
testing_the_truth An undergraduate student who used to live in Africa until he was admitted to Gallaudet University about 2 years ago, feels that he knows it all about racism in America and especially at Gallaudet University! So much that he feels he is ready to lecture the Board of Trustees on it. He wrote a very angry, and haughty one person letter to the Board accusing the school [...]
Sat, Mar 03 2007
Protest again? Oh gimme a break!
testing_the_truth When we protested for social justice at Gallaudet University last Spring and during the Fall, we fought for the benefit of the whole Deaf community. We fought for the right of getting quality, state-of-the-art education at our flagship university. We protested against a miserably failed leadership that 1. undermined educational quality by neglect, 2. destroyed the [...]
Sun, Feb 25 2007
Cheating the Deaf out of their Education (1)
testing_the_truth After the most recent public uproar surrounding the MSA accreditation agency's letter to Dr Davila, the new President of Gallaudet University, we don't need to explain it anymore how our Deaf students at Gallaudet were cheated out of their right for decent education by years of neglect, incompetence and outright acts of sabotage. We don't need to explain it anymore [...]
Thu, Feb 22 2007
Outgoing Act: Gambling with Accreditation
testing_the_truth Folks, I have to write again because I am outraged. It came out in the press that the outgoing Gallaudet administration failed to inform the appropriate accreditation agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, about the failing grade Irving Jordan and Jane Kelleher earned to the school in the latest federal assessement (PART report). They also sabotaged [...]
Mon, Dec 11 2006
Does the Lying Continue?
testing_the_truth The covering up of inconvenient truths by outgoing president Irving Jordan continue to poison the public view of Gallaudet affairs. The fiasco he suffered with the postponement of accreditation of Gallaudet academics by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is something that clearly shows his and his team's personal responsibilities. [...]
Mon, Dec 11 2006
Happy Thanksgiving! -- the reforms must go on!
testing_the_truth I wish a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday to all readers be they pro-protest or anti-protest, pro-reform or anti-reform, supporter of the progress or supporter of the status quo. We should be able to suspend all animosity for one day. Then the fight will rage on. The good news is that reforms cannot be stopped anymore. We are beyond the point of return. From this on it is [...]
Thu, Nov 23 2006
Building on the Momentum
testing_the_truth This entry was inspired by Joey Baer's latest vlog entry at [link] . Yeah, we have the momentum now, we are empowered by unity as maybe never before. We need to build on this momentum. The Gally protest ? our relentless efforts, pains and suffering that finally earned us a great breakthrough ? brought our communities together with an [...]
Mon, Nov 13 2006
Abysmal administratative practices
testing_the_truth The truth is finally coming out about the real background of the Gallaudet protest. See the Inside Higher Education News. Our protest was not that of a few lunatics as some opponents say, not by any means! It was an all-inclusive, unified stance of about 90% of students and 80% of faculty against a systematic corruption of all decent principles a higher education [...]
Sat, Nov 11 2006
How Could We Win?
testing_the_truth It is still a surreal feeling to know that 10 days ago the protest movement at Gallaudet University achieved its first goal, the removal of an unfit president designate from office. How could we achieve this Great Breakthrough? Number one: unity! Number two: firm resolve! Number three: we were right! All we did was we helped the Board of Trustees to realize a mistake. [...]
Wed, Nov 08 2006
A Sunday Song
testing_the_truth Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (Words and Music by Rick Found) Lord, I lift Your name on high;Lord, I love to sing Your praises;I'm so glad You're in my life;I'm so glad You came to save us. Will ye listen, Board?!You came from Heaven to earth;To show the way,From the earth to the cross,My debt to pay,From the cross to the grave,From the grave to the sky;Lord, I [...]
Sun, Oct 29 2006
Who is testing_the_truth?
testing_the_truth My name is Zoltan Szekely. I was born two years after the Hungarian Revolution. I have two brothers in Hungary. With 8 years of professional experience in mathematics, I enrolled to the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC for graduate studies. I received my Ph.D. in 1998. Palmetto State, South CarolinaI started to work at Gallaudet University in 1999. I have [...]
Sun, Oct 29 2006
Waiting in Calm Resolve
testing_the_truth Folks, we have done an amazing job thus far. We resurrected the wonderful days of the Deaf President Now movement and renewed its beautiful ideas. What ideas? Well, what were the expectations behind demanding a Deaf President for Gallaudet University? Why was that so important? Why could this demand erupt with such an elementary force into the public arena that seven [...]
Sat, Oct 28 2006
Accreditation Bomb Planted by Fernandes and Jordan
testing_the_truth If there is any trouble with the accreditation of Gallaudet University, then it was caused by Jane Kelleher as provost and Irving King as president. The is NO such thing as accreditation problem popping up from one month to the other. Blaming protestors is a desperate trial to shift their responsibility from an incompetent and barbaric academic leadership during many [...]
Thu, Oct 26 2006
Will ye submit your necks?
testing_the_truth Will ye submit your necks, and choose to bend The supple knee? Ye will not, if I trust To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves Natives and sons of Heaven possessed before By none; and if not equal all, yet free, Equally free; for orders and degrees Jar not with liberty, but well consist. Who can in reason then, or right, assume Monarchy over such as live by right [...]
Wed, Oct 25 2006
The Great Revolution
testing_the_truth The ?bald maffiozo? as we used to call Ulyanoff (aka Lenin) was the butcher of Eastern Europe, a dumb ideologue of the Soviet regime. People in my home country rose against their brutal yoke exactlly 50 years ago, in October 1956! I can smell the dictators and the personal cult they build around themselves from miles. Even if they are hiding in richly decorated [...]
Mon, Oct 23 2006
The power of Gallaudetian spirit
testing_the_truth Where is this power coming from? Where is this incredible faith, this smile on my face? I raise my hand with palm toward DC, toward Gallaudet University, and I feel an incredible channel formed in the air between my open palm and Tent City, and a flow of power accross the ocean entering my hand and fill my arm with joy radiating into my face. Yes, Gallaudetians, you [...]
Mon, Oct 23 2006
How Long O Lord?
testing_the_truth Psalm 13For the director of music. A psalm of David. How long, O Lord ? Will you forget us forever?How long will you hide your face from us?How long must we wrestle with our thoughts and every day have sorrow in our heart?How long will our enemy triumph over us? "How long, O Lord?"Look on us and answer, O Lord our God. Give light to our eyes, or we will sleep in [...]
Sun, Oct 22 2006
A Demagogue in Service of the Medical-Industrial Lobby?
testing_the_truth The monomaniac repetition of some kind of superiority of technologically enhanced Deaf people over those who are simply Deaf looks like a talking point of trademark policy of the incoming Fernandes administration at Gallaudet University. As it happens so often, we may find the interest of Big Money behind this arrogant superiority demagoguery. We have to ask: have [...]
Sat, Oct 21 2006
Lies as Tool for Audism: Linguistical Slavery
testing_the_truth I am astonished. The tactics of linguistical colonization of the Deaf, practiced by the desperate status quo of Jane Fernandes, Irving Jordan and their army of professional liars, turned rather ugly. They use language as a weapon to enslave the spirit of the protest, the spirit of freedom for the Deaf. Their unbridled lies and slanders show a pure form of Audism, as [...]
Fri, Oct 20 2006
We knew this all way along
testing_the_truth Folks, it did not come as a surprize. We knew this all way along that the poisonous venom of Jane Fernandes, just as you expect that happening from an asp serpent, will spill out at one point or the other so openly that the whole world will see it astonished. A presidential candidate blackmailing the same Board of Trustees that placed her in the position? How utterly [...]
Thu, Oct 19 2006
Jordan is irrelevant
testing_the_truth Irving Jordan let the office of President of Gallaudet University be usurped by university spokesperson Mercy Coogan. This outrageous act of relinquishing the ultimate authorithy and power in decision making to a staff person cannot go unnoticed. By this, the old man let himself be pushed aside and made himself irrelevant. Even worse, he degraded the prestigious [...]
Wed, Oct 18 2006
Fernandes' program: Futuristic Utopia
testing_the_truth Yesterday Jane Fernandes made me scared, folks, truly scared. She said she wants to "create a new order of Deaf people", who will occupy Gallaudet University. Her obcession with something she MUST respresent for the school turned her presidential program into a futuristic utopia. But hey, folks, it is the only way she can justify her presidency! Utopia?Fernandes gave [...]
Tue, Oct 17 2006
October Theses from the Paddy Wagon
testing_the_truth Fernandes and Jordan has to go! Recent events showed the innate nature of hidden oppression perpetuated by the so-called inter-mediators toward the Deaf Community. They are the worst villains of our age. Who are these inter-mediators? They are those Deaf people, or people working with the Deaf, who anoint themselves as inter-mediators from the ?hearing world? toward [...]
Mon, Oct 16 2006
Jane on the Hook
testing_the_truth As outgoing president, Irving Jordan has practically zero authority atGallaudet matters. Mercy Coogan committed insubordination when refusedstudent demands at media while Jordan was still in negotiation with the students. This led to the campus shutdown. The signs lead to Jane Fernandes who probably conspired with Mercy to escalate the protest and push DC police into [...]
Sat, Oct 14 2006
testing_the_truth If Fernandes would resign, it would show she has decency to become aleader. If she does not resign she reveals the lack of decency to be a leader. Therefore letting go of the presidency would earn her back the title, while sticking to it will strip her from the honor. The MÃƒÂ¶bius strip-paradox testing_the_truth [...]
Thu, Oct 12 2006
Jane Fernandes: Walking Academic Disaster
testing_the_truth Folks, it is serious stuff about Jane "I had to make unpopulardecisions" Fernandes' true performance as the Provost of GallaudetUniversity. Read!1. The White House asked the Office of Management and Budget toinvestigate if Gallaudet uses federal funds according to expectations.They found that the academics at Gallaudet is 'ineffective'. It is justanother word [...]
Wed, Oct 11 2006
The Naked King
testing_the_truth Everyone can realize how double-faced Irving Jordan Gallaudet University President is. I would not shy away from going back in history and point out that his power structure at Gallaudet University is a 21th version of the old Byzantine empire of the Middle Ages. Lies, intimidation, deception, terror. These are the major tools he employs against any legitimate [...]
Tue, Oct 10 2006
Out of colonization: a new framework for the protest
testing_the_truth The status quo at Gallaudet University employs colonization techniques.The only way AOP (Agents of Oppression), as lead by Irving Jordan and Jane Fernandes, can stay in power is going back centuries into the Middle Ages and imitating the inhumane practices of the secretive and highly oppressive Byzantine empire. The enshrining of Irving Jordan as a president alive, [...]
Sun, Oct 08 2006
Deafhood and Feminism -- A word of caution
testing_the_truth I watched the very interesting entry about comparing Deafhood and feminism from Candace McCullough at http://www.ascdeaf.com/blog/?p=202 with amazement. Wow, yes, the parallel is truly fascinating! The Deafhood movement can learn a lot from the way feminists are organizing consciousness and action around the community they serve. Their successes and achievements are [...]
Sun, Sep 24 2006
Refutation of an evil strategy
testing_the_truth Peeking through a window in the insideous machinations of Gallaudet administrators, we recognize an evil strategy to dismantle the protest. A letter from a dissident published elsewhere shows how Kelleher's supporters spent the time during the summer by devising a shrewd plan. A flawed logic and a warped strategy was followed that reveals the true intentions. Can we fight against this shrewd plan? Sure, we can! [...]
Mon, Sep 18 2006
testing_the_truth Hi folks, I am planning to write an open letter to Fernie. As many readers know, I was involved in the protest at Gallaudet from Day One. As an international faculty at the school, I went through a long and humiliating struggle with the administration in order that they accept me. This actually never happened. They chased me down the road, oppressed and kicked at [...]
Sun, Sep 17 2006
Proposal for a New Sign
testing_the_truth Hi guys, here is my sign proposal for the word ?Deaf?: index finger pointing to ear and eye at the side of the face. There is only a slight modification of the present sign as the finger is not moving down to the mouth after pointing to the ear, but moves to the direction of the eye. That's all, folks! The meaning is obvious: [...]
Sat, Sep 16 2006
Xenophobe Administration at Gallaudet?
testing_the_truth Xenophobia comes from a Greek word meaning "fear of the foreigner". We have here a clear example of a vicious circle: I fear those who are different because I don't know them and I don't know them because I fear them. Similar to discrimination and racism, xenophobia feeds on stereotypes and prejudices, though it has its origin in the insecurity and the fear projected onto "the [...]
Fri, Sep 15 2006
Xenophobe administration at Gallaudet?
testing_the_truth Xenophobia comes from a Greek word meaning "fear of the foreigner". We have here a clear example of a vicious circle: I fear those who are different because I don't know them and I don't know them because I fear them. Similar to discrimination and racism, xenophobia feeds on stereotypes and prejudices, though it has its origin in the insecurity [...]
Thu, Sep 14 2006
A short video from MikeS
testing_the_truth Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to annouce that MikeS, a great fellow from among the RidorLive blog-folks produced a short video featuring his sign version for the word 'Deafhood'. It is a remarkable video! Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBrf5dzM7ME Mike emphasized that it is just his way of signing the popular word and he respects other people's way to sign it. Let me add that I like Mike's version, and I would [...]
Thu, Aug 31 2006
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