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16
Sep
2013
HEARD Report on Abuse of Deaf Prisoners in Florida

Please sign and share HEARD's petition that calls for an end to horrifying abuse of deaf prisoners in the FL Department of Corrections!

Last week, after five elderly prisoners reported abuse to the warden, two of the alleged abusers were put into lockup. These two men, also gang members have vowed to murder or seriously injure five deaf elderly men upon their return to the general population. With the exception of one man who is 51 years of age, the others are between the ages of 70 and 88 years old. HEARD leaders and Deaf & Hearing Community members have contacted the warden's office this morning but have been unable to speak directly with the warden.

This is just an example of the daily terror that deaf, elderly and disabled prisoners endure at Tomoka Correctional Facility and in the Florida Department of Corrections. HEARD has hundreds of letters and grievances from prisoners with disabilities that document horrendous human and civil rights violations that have only worsened over the years.

It's time to tell Florida's government officials that we will not allow this abuse to continue and that they are equally responsible for this abuse if they sit idly by while abuse continues. Please share widely.

HEARD's most recent Report on this abuse can be viewed here.

 
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12
Sep
2013
First Ever Deaf Returned Citizen Panel
On September 12, 2013, HEARD hosted a historic panel of Deaf returned citizens. Each panelist gave powerful testimony to the failure of our justice system to provide Deaf Access to Justice.

Photos of this amazing panel can be viewed here.  

Great turnout, great discussion, great forward momentum in the struggle for Deaf Access to Justice. A HUGE thank you to our amazing panelists for sharing amazing stories of survival.

Many thanks also to everyone who came out to learn about HEARD and to hear the stories of Deaf returned citizens.

 
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05
Sep
2013
HEARD's Summer Newsletter!

In this Edition of HEARD's Quarterly Newsletter:

  • HEARD's Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign Success!!!
     
  • HEARD Board Members Educate and Empower Commissioners at the Federal Communication Commissions, Employees at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Lawyers, Students, and the Community! 
     
  • HEARD's interns LEAD ON! Peter Kesaris testifies at the DC Council & Max Shea spearheads summer community outreach and coalition building initiatives!
     
  • A tribute to Dr. McCay Vernon, a pioneer in the field of deaf education & former HEARD board member. 
     
  • And much more . . . 

The PDF of HEARD's Quarterly Newsletter can be found here.

 
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