The Daily Moth 6-26-2018

June 27, 2018

Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban; Boy Fires Gun in IKEA Store; Supreme Court Says Anti-Abortion Clinics Don’t Have To Provide Abortion Information; Trump Criticizes Harley-Davidson For Moving Some Operations Out of U.S.; Interview with Dr. Laurene Simms on “Climbing the Avalanche” Documentary; Guest Deaf Bings: Hotel Doors & Dark Confusion

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth. I am back from my out-of-state trip yesterday. Thank you to Renca for covering the news yesterday.


It is Tuesday, June 26. Ready for news?




Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

The Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban in a 5-4 decision. The court said the order is lawful and within the President’s authority.

Trump tweeted “Wow!”

We remember Trump’s first temporary travel ban against seven Muslim majority countries, which he issued by executive order a week after he was inaugurated.

It caused chaos at airports as travelers and immigrants were detained at airports, sparking protests.

Federal courts said it was unlawful because it was discrimination based on religion, pointing to Trump’s statements about wanting a “Muslim ban” when he was campaigning. The ban was blocked.

There was a second travel ban, which also had its round in federal courts.

Then there was a third and current ban on seven countries, five with a Muslim majority — Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, and the other two Venezuela and North Korea.

It was also blocked by federal courts, because of religious discrimination and an opinion that Trump exceeded his authority.

This went to the Supreme Court and now they this ban is lawful. Conservative justices said Trump has the authority to make national security judgments on immigration.

Liberal justices said the conservatives has looked the other way on Trump’s comments, that it was obvious the ban was anti-Muslim. The conservative side won 5-4.

So, this “ends” the chapter on the travel ban, but is a part of Trump’s ongoing controversies on immigration.


Boy Fires Gun in IKEA Store

At an IKEA store in Fishers, Indiana, a six-year old boy found a gun in a couch’s cushions and fired it once in the couch.

The gun was left behind by a gun owner who didn’t realize it fell off him after he sat on the couch. The boy found it a few minutes later and fired it.

When the man noticed a commotion, he stepped forward to identify himself and cooperated with the investigation.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt. There was no arrests, and it will be up to the county prosecutor to decide if there will be charges.

IKEA has a “no-weapons” policy, but Indiana is a very pro-gun state with generous concealed carry privileges.

A police officer said they want to press the importance of responsible gun ownership, that if you are going to carry a weapon, that it is under control at all times.


Supreme Court Says Anti-Abortion Clinics Don’t Have To Provide Abortion Information

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to say the state of California cannot require “crisis pregnancy centers” — which are usually run by organizations that are against abortion — California had a requirement for them to inform women about options for low-cost or free abortion services. But the court said California can’t do this, the centers can now choose not to disclose this.

Conservative justices said the California law likely violates the First Amendment by forcing service providers to talk about abortion, which they are against.

Although this is a decision “against” a liberal state, this could have an effect on other conservative states that have strict requirements on women considering abortions, for them to have a ultrasound or get information about their fetus growth.

Because California can’t force service providers, we might see lawsuits against conservative states to stop requiring ultrasounds and fetus information. We’ll see the impact of this decision in the future.


Trump Criticizes Harley-Davidson For Moving Some Operations Out of U.S.  

Harley-Davidson (HD) motorcycles, based in Wisconsin, announced yesterday (Monday) they would move some of their operations out of the country, including a new plant in Thailand, to save money because of the impact on tariffs from Europe.

This is related to European Union’s recent announcement of new tariffs against the U.S. in response to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum against the EU. It’s now impacted HD.  

After HD made the announcement, President Trump criticized them, saying they already planned on moving to Thailand and are now using the tariffs as an excuse and “blaming Trump.” He said that HD motorcycles should never be built in another country, and threatened to put taxes on the company.

This is a surprising breakdown in their relationship. Last year Trump invited the company to park motorcycles in the front of the White House as a part of an event to celebrate American businesses. That strong bond has dissolved.

We’ll see if other American businesses makes similar decisions because of the changing trade policies.


Interview with Dr. Laurene Simms on “Climbing the Avalanche” Documentary

Two weeks ago, Renca Dunn, Daily Moth’s sub reporter, announced the release of a documentary film, “Climbing the Avalanche,” that was produced and directed by Dr. Laurene Simms.

She did an interview with Laurene. Here it is!


Laurene Simms (LS):Hello!

Renca Dunn (RD): Hello there! Thank you for being willing to meet with me and explain more about your documentary film. Before we begin, I would like for you to mention your name and little bit about who you are.

LS: Sure! My name is Laurene Simms. My name sign is (shows name sign). I am a professor for the department of Education at Gallaudet University. I mainly focus on teaching students to become future teachers.

RD: What made you step your foot down and say “yes! I need to make this documentary film!”?

LS: Good question. I have always wanted to make a documentary movie related with social justice, related with people of color, Deaf Education, and so forth. In my experience growing up, I have seen my friends who are People of Color struggled and had a lot of challenges. That goes for me too. So, I remember reading an article one day mentioning that the most powerful impact that you can make that will have people remember your story is through social media such as making a movie. The impact is greater. I decided to try this approach, to make a documentary movie. For example, we all know a classic movie called, “Roots” right? That movie had a profound impact on our society. To get a message out there, the best way to do it is through a movie. People remember better. If the movie is simply one or two hours, people still remember it. Books can also have more of a powerful impact too, but not everyone has access to reading. So, I was thinking of how I can educate Deaf people everywhere about the oppression within the Deaf People of Color community. In the hearing society around us, there are many resources, articles, research, explanations etc, about hearing People of Color, but what about Deaf? There is scant exposure on this issue. I see this documentary film as getting the message across to the Deaf community that there are many Deaf People of Color who suffer oppression, discrimination, etc. in the Education system. Deaf white people do experience oppression from the system, but with Deaf People of Color, they experience even more oppression- it is like a quad-oppression.

RD: What made you choose Victorica Monroe as the leading role for this documentary film?

LS: Because I believe she is the youngest activist. When she fought back against the system in Mississippi, a lot of people turned their attention to her- she is a black girl from Mississippi especially from the deep south. What she stood for inspired me. So, I wanted to have her as the main role of the documentary film. However, I had to wait until she graduated. It is rare to see someone from the deep south stand up against the system. Many People of Color will just go along with the system and stay in the back, but not Victorica, she fought against it in the front. I chose her to be in the spotlight. She has so much experiences and stories of what she went through. There was a lot more that happened, but it is not possible to include all for the documentary film. I only had to choose a few. Victorica is such an amazing person.

RD: The Mississippi superintendent mentioned that it is hard to recruit more People of Color in the education system. Why do you think so?

LS: Well, I could talk about this all day, but I will try to narrow it down to the main two reasons. The first one is lack of role models. Deaf Children of Color need other Deaf People of Color to look up to, but there are not many that we see. This is the same idea as when a Deaf child goes to a mainstream school, being the only Deaf person there, feeling like this person is the only one there. This Deaf child might feel like this person will not live long because there are no other Deaf role models at the school for the Deaf child to look up to. This is the same for Deaf Children of Color- they need more role models in the education system to see that Deaf People of Color can be successful. This also causes many Deaf Children of Color become less motivated academically. They do not have big dreams to be doctors, laywers, social work, etc. They assume once school is done, they will find a career just like their parents by being janitors or being a barber, and other basic jobs. That is how the Deaf Children of Color see- the People of Color usually have “basic” jobs. So, with this mind set from years ago, today we experience hardships with having more People of Color in the education system. The second thing is how the curriculum is built. If you see all the books, videos, resources, materials we have are based on the white people system. There are not many successful stories, videos, books that include a diverse body of People of Color. So, that s my two for this question: lack of role models and lack of curriculum that includes People of Color.

RD: What do you want your viewers to learn and understand from the documentary film?

LS: Well, I had quite an interesting experience recently. The first time I showed this film was at the National Deaf People of Color conference in Texas. I wanted to honor the People of Color by showing them the video first and wanted to get their feedback first as well. After the video was shown, I set up a camera in a private room for people who watched the video to go in that room and provide their feedback. They also had the option to write it down as well. I also asked the audience at the National Deaf People of Color conference to tell what they honestly felt and if they felt that the film represented them well. All of them responded yes and felt like it was the same story and same song- they relate to the experiences shared on the film. There was one thing that the majority gave feedback on was about why the film was short. They felt that 40 minutes was not enough. They wanted more time. I went to a different conference with a smaller audience, but mainly white people and I showed them the film. They said the film was too long. They said that the film should be 30 minutes. It was interesting for me. Both different audiences and both gave feedback in terms of how long the movie should be! So the people at the National Deaf People of Color conference felt familiar and relatable with the film. They are aware with this feeling and wanted discuss more about that which is why they wanted to elaborate more time for the film. I think it is because they finally see a story that they can say, “I feel that way too!.” They share the similar experiences. As for the other group with more white people, I feel I need to work harder on them. They are our allies. We need their support. So, I feel like I need to work on them for them to understand more why this is an issue for Deaf People of Color. I need to figure out how to balance on making sure Deaf People of Color can share their experiences just as getting more white allies to support us too.

RD: What is your encouragement for the Deaf People of Color watching this video right now?

LS: Tell your stories LOUDER. I mean LOUDER as in “sign” louder. Become more upfront with your stories. For example, the Women’s march last year- that was a LOUD event. People flocked over for this event. Another example is the Parkland shooting gathering when young people got together to fight against the system- that was LOUD. I encourage Deaf People of Color to be more LOUD with your stories. Do not let oppression or colonialization continue to linger, but rise up against that and tell your story. The documentary film is one of the ways that I am speaking up “LOUDLY” and my vlogs as well. Social Media is a powerful tool really. I would like to see more Deaf People of Color in movies or theatre. There is a rising star, Lauren Ridloff who acted on a Broadway play called Child of a Lesser God. There are many wonderful people out there, but the opportunities are limited for them because of the system. Do they have access? Technology? Financially stable? So, yes that is my encouragement- be more LOUD.

RD: Thank you for your time, Laurene. I appreciate you being willing for this interview.

LS: Thank you too. I feel honored! Hopefully more people will watch the video! I also have to add that it is free!

RD: Awesome, free movie! Now, I encourage all of you to watch the video on YouTube “Climbing the Avalanche.” You can find the link in the transcript. See you later.




Guest Deaf Bings: Hotel Doors & Dark Confusion

Alex: Here are two Guest Deaf Bings.

“Hotel Rooms”

Tamara: When Deaf people have a wedding, as you arrive at the hotel, how do you identify the “deaf rooms?” Just look at the doors. Deaf people tend to use latches to keep doors ajar like this. That Deaf Bing!

“Talking in the Dark”

Hayden: One Deaf Bing is… When it is raining hard and you, a Deaf person, is with a hearing friend in a house and the power goes out. When hearing person talks, the Deaf person says, “What? Say again. I can’t see.” So he speaks again and the Deaf says, “What?” again.

That Deaf Bing!

(Thanks Tamara and Hayden!)  



That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!


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