The Daily Moth 6-22-2018

June 23, 2018



Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Friday, June 22. Ready for news? 




News Briefs: Supreme Court Ruling on Cellphone Data; “Roseanne” Spinoff Without Roseanne; Updates on Children Separated at Border 


Here are three news briefs:


The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling said police officers can’t look up the past locations of your cell phone without first getting a warrant. Previously police could look at records to determine where you or a suspect were and it was used in court as evidence without first getting a warrant. But this is changed. 


There is another hot discussion on if police needs a warrant to track cellphone locations in real-time. The Supreme Court said today’s ruling has no bearing on other surveillance techniques. But internet privacy advocates hope this sends a signal for future cases related with digital privacy. 


ABC announced yesterday they would have a “Roseanne” spinoff (a new, related show with some of the same characters), but no Roseanne. 


Top stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert, and others, will continue with their roles. The new show’s name: “The Conners.” 


The booted Roseanne Barr said she regrets the circumstances that caused her to be removed (the controversy with her tweet), and agrees with this move so that 200 jobs of cast and crew members can be saved, and wishes them the best. 


3 — The cover of TIME magazine has President Trump looking down at a scared, crying immigrant girl with the headline, “Welcome to America.” 


The girl in the photo was from an image of a mother and child who was apprehended by border officers. This image has been used by newspapers and everywhere on the internet. 


It was thought she was separated from her mother, but her father said she is with her mother at a facility in Texas. 


The girl and her mother are from Honduras. Her father said they left in early June to escape because it was dangerous. When they crossed the border, they requested asylum. The father said if they are deported, that’s OK, as long as they are together, and he is waiting to hear from them. 


TIME magazine said the girl is a symbol of the immigration debate and she represented the separation of children and parents. They magazine did correct a statement that previously said the girl was carried away screaming by border patrol — to say instead that the mother and daughter were taken away together. 


As reported before, there were about 2,300 children separated from their parents before President Trump signed an executive order to end this policy. 


Reports say now 500 children out of that group have been reunited with their parents. So there are about 1,700 still separated. 


President Trump has been aggressive on immigration issues, saying Republicans’ efforts to pass a bill in the House were wasting their time, that we should wait until after midterm elections (so there can be more Republican members of Congress). He appeared at an event today with families of those who died from crimes by people who illegally crossed into the U.S. 


Democrats and activist groups are continuing rally and to speak out about this, saying this is morally wrong. It’s still very heated.  


People have donated over $18 million on Facebook to an organization, RAICES, who helps to reunite parents with their separated children.




ACLU Sues Georgia Prisons for Violating Rights of 14 Deaf Current and Former Inmates


*Correction: The “D” in HEARD stands for “Deaf Communities,” not “Deaf.” 


ACLU is now representing 14 deaf current and former inmates in a lawsuit against the state of Georgia and their various agencies within their corrections system. The lawsuit states their constitutional rights were violated. 


The ACLU on their Facebook page this week released an undercover video that followed an unidentified Deaf person with his face blurred out, who was released from prison. He had a list of requirements he had to follow for his release. 


The video followed the man meeting with officers who struggled to sign out requirements for his release, with none of them “qualified” in signing. 


One officer was filmed only fingerspelling, and was filmed jumbling a word. 


One officer said if the Deaf man wanted an interpreter, he would have to pay for one himself. 


The ACLU’s video, which had subtitles and an interpreter, pointed out that if the Deaf man got his information wrong or violated the terms of his release, he would be punished with another 25 years. The ACLU said deaf people go to prison more often, stay there longer, and return faster. 


ACLU said this has to end and that’s why they are suing — because the law is clear and the government just has to follow it. 


Talila Lewis, the co-founder of HEARD (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf), an organization that advocates for deaf and disabled prisoners, is a key person in the lawsuit. 


Talila wrote an article for ACLU said throughout our country, our system refuses to provide interpreters and other communication access, which is required by federal law. 


She named three Deaf plaintiffs from the lawsuit. One was charged and convicted of murder, but he didn’t have interpreters throughout his trial and never told his side of the story. 


The second person was isolated during his 10-year prison sentence. He didn’t have access to VP and was punished by prison officers for not understanding or following rules, which they never explained in ASL. 


The third person said he was frustrated with zero access to ASL for his substance abuse classes. No interpreters or ASL teachers. So he decided not to attend the classes. But he was arrested because he violated his probation and is now in jail for another two years. 


Talila said there are hundreds more stories in Georgia and across the country. 


The lawsuit says there are 134 people with hearing loss in Georgia custody and 500 under state supervision.




Canadian Government Introduces “Accessible Canada Act” 


The Canadian government is moving towards a goal of passing their first “ADA” law. 


On Wednesday, the “Accessible Canada Act” (ACA) was introduced to Parliament by Kirsty Duncan, the Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities. 


She announced it in a live video on Facebook with two sign language interpreters, one in ASL and one in LSQ. 


Duncan said this is the most important federal legislative advancement of disability rights in Canada in over 30 years. 


On a government website, it says ACA’s goal is to end systemic discrimination of people with disabilities — which includes deaf people. 


It will focus on removing barriers in buildings and public spaces, employment, information and communication, getting goods and services, the delivery of programs and services, and transportation. Those are the six categories and Canada wants barriers removed to make it accessible. 


The Canadian government will fund about $290 million over the six years towards the goals of the ACA. That’s a big investment. 


Currently, if disabled or deaf Canadians experience barriers or discrimination, their only route for complaints is through human rights complaints, which isn’t ideal. But if ACA becomes law, it would change by shouldering public organizations and businesses with the responsibility to make sure they are accessible. 


The Canadian Association of the Deaf posted on Facebook that this was a huge milestone for Canada and the Deaf and disability community.


I was in touch with a Deaf Canadian who said the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise he would introduce this act, and now his administration is doing this. 


The Deaf person hopes this act will pass before the federal election next October.




Viral Facebook Post of DeafBlind Man and ASL Student on Plane


There is a viral photo on Facebook about a DeafBlind man on a flight who used tactile ASL with a 15-year old ASL student. 


Image Description: The photo shows a white, bearded DeafBlind man sitting on an airplane seat with a young blonde female in front of him, both are talking in tactile ASL)


The person who posted the photo is Lynette S. She wrote a long post telling the story on  Tuesday which was shared often. I’ll explain the story. 


She said she saw the DeafBlind man, Tim, at Boston’s Logan airport with his sister. She observed them using tactile ASL. 


Then Lynette saw that Tim came alone on the Alaska Airlines flight and was seated in the same row as her, in the middle seat. The person in the aisle offered to switch. 


During the flight, she saw that Tim was not able to communicate easily with the flight attendants, but had help from other passengers to put in coffee creamer or to guide him to the restrooms. 


The flight attendants asked passengers if anybody knew sign language. Then a girl, Clara, came up. She learned ASL because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foregin langauge for her to learn. 


For the rest of the flight, Clara talked with Tim and made sure he got what he needed. 


Lynette said Tim asked Clara if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed while another person told Tim, “yes!” 


Lynette said she was inspired by the people on the flight and that it was a reminder that there are still good, good people during this time of too much awfulness. 


Lynette added an update yesterday saying Alaska Airlines has reached out to Clara, Tim, and the seat mate. 


Wonderful story. This post was shared over 90,000 times on Facebook.




Manatee County Contracts With Interpreting Agency for Emergencies 


Remember the chaos last year in Manatee County, Florida when there was an unqualified interpreter during Hurricane Irma? The person was a lifeguard who had a deaf brother. 


Now the county has a new contract with an interpreting agency — King Interpreting Service. I will call them KIS for short. The contract is for emergency interpreting needs. The county asked for proposals from agencies and picked KIS over two other firms. 


This information is from the Bradenton Herald. 


The county said there is another contract with another agency that does interpreting for city commission meetings or court proceedings. 


The article said KIS is a new company, formed four days after Hurricane Irma. 


The agency is registered with the Florida RID. I saw that KIS offers other spoken language interpreting in addition to ASL. 


The article said KIS’ rates are $68.50 per hour for a standard rate to $99.50 for holidays. So they are the new contractors. 


There was a bill introduced in the Florida legislature that would have required counties to have a certified interpreter during emergency weather announcements, but the bill was postponed and was withdrawn, and is dead. 


Now, with this new contract, hopefully Deaf people in the county will have access to qualified interpreters during emergencies, and that other Florida counties will learn from their mistake and also make preparations to have a certified interpreter for emergencies. 








That is all for today! Have a wonderful weekend and… stay with the light! 

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