Beto O’Rourke Announces 2020 Presidential Bid; Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp Outages; Political News Briefs: Senate Votes to Block Trump Emergency Declaration; House Votes to Release Mueller Report; Deaf Woman Sheena McFeely Wins SXSW Award for ASLNook; Congresswoman Beatty Introduces Resolution To Recognize March 13 to April 15 as “National Deaf History Month”; Guest #DeafBing: Accidental Poke
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, March 14. Ready for news?
Beto O’Rourke Announces 2020 Presidential Bid
Beto O’Rourke announced he would join the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential campaign.
O’Rourke is a former Democratic congressman from El Paso, Texas and is known for challenging and losing a Senate race against Senator Ted Cruz.
He posted a captioned video of him sitting on a couch with his wife, Amy.
Some of his top campaign topics include healthcare, criminal justice reform, supporting immigration, and climate change.
O’Rourke raised record fundraising amounts in his campaign. He is on the cover of “Vanity Fair” and is quoted as saying, “Man, I’m just born to be in it.”
Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp Outages
Yesterday and today, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp was down with many users unable to access or view news feeds. It affected The Daily Moth’s ability to post videos.
Facebook tweeted that it was because of a server configuration change. They said they have resolved the issues and that their systems are recovering.
There was speculation that it was because of a cyberattack, but Facebook said this was not true.
downdetector.com showed that Facebook was still down in parts of the west and the northeast coasts, as well as in several areas in Mexico, South America, and Europe.
This could cost Facebook a lot of money in lost advertising revenue.
Political News Briefs: Senate Votes to Block Trump Emergency Declaration; House Votes to Release Mueller Report
Here are two political news briefs.
The first — the Senate voted 59 to 41 in favor of a resolution that would block President Trump’s national emergency declaration to reallocate $3.6 billion towards building the border wall.
12 Republicans joined Democrats in the vote. The bill will go to President Trump’s desk.
President Trump said he looks forward to VETOING the Democrat inspired resolution.
The second news — the House voted 420 to 0 on a resolution to make any final report by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation available to the public.
The resolution was backed by Democrats and had almost the full support of House Republicans.
AP News said this resolution is a symbolic action designed to pressure the new Attorney General William Barr in releasing as much information as possible when the investigation is over.
Deaf Woman Sheena McFeely Wins SXSW Award for ASLNook
Deaf woman Sheena McFeely, creator of ASL Nook, won a SXSW Community Service Award on Monday at the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX.
SXSW recognized ASL Nook’s “authentic representation, awareness, and equality of Deaf people.”
McFeely posted a video of her award acceptance speech on her Facebook page.
The link to the full speech is in the transcript.
McFeely also received a $4,000 grant from SXSW to give to a nonprofit or charity of their choice.
She announced yesterday morning that the grant would go to nonprofit organization Off-The-Grid Missions, which was founded by a Deaf woman Angela Maria Nardolillo.
The organization provides access to survival tools in high-risk and remote regions around the world and also provides Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training/self-defense classes.
They recently did work in Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.
Congratulations to McFeely for the award and to Nardolillo for the grant.
Award Acceptance Speech: https://www.facebook.com/SheenaMcFeely/videos/10156154402433848/
Grant Choice Announcement: http://bit.ly/2Hz9KyS
Congresswoman Beatty Introduces Resolution To Recognize March 13 to April 15 as “National Deaf History Month”
U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) announced in a press release yesterday she has introduced a resolution to recognize March 13th through April 15th as “National Deaf History Month.”
The NAD and the American Library Association (ALA) was involved in this effort and supports this.
The dates coincide with the the first deaf president at Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan, who was installed on March 13, 1988, and the opening of the first school for the deaf, the American School for the Deaf, on April 15, 1817.
The resolution would do the following three things:
Supports the goals and ideals of National Deaf History Month
Recognizes the many contributions that deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened and DeafBlind individuals, including those with additional disabilities, have made to the United States
Encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe and actively participate in National Deaf History Month through a variety of programs and activities.
Congresswoman Beatty said she has the privilege of representing a large Deaf community in the 3rd District in Ohio, which includes most of Columbus.
The resolution is House Resolution 224. It mentions that the 2017 Census Bureau estimates there are at least 11 million deaf or hard of hearing individuals in the United States.
The resolution also states that the National Deaf History Month has been observed from March 13 to April 15 every year since 1997.
The resolution has the support of 12 other members of Congress. It is now in the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Alice Hagemeyer, President of the FOLDA (Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action), said this was good news.
Hagemeyer is credited in an article on Gallaudet’s website with originating Deaf History Month many years ago. She is also an honorary member of the ALA.
In 2017, Ohio’s former governor John Kasich (R ) signed a bill to recognize March 13 to April 15 as Ohio Deaf History Month.
Congresswoman Beatty Press Release: http://bit.ly/2u4LLzz
Resolution Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/224/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22beatty%22%2C%22beatty%22%5D%7D
Hagemeyer Profile: https://www.gallaudet.edu/about/history-and-traditions/alice-hagemeyer
Ohio Deaf History Month: https://library.ohio.gov/documents/deaf-history-month-sign-libraries/
Guest #DeafBing: Accidental Poke
Here is a Deaf Bing from Christi and Lam about an accidental poke.
Lam: Deaf Bing is when I sign and accidentally poke her face.
There is a cut.
Did Dad do that?
We tend to sign and forget she is there, while hearing people can just use their mouths. I sign and then poke her!
Christi: That. ILY.
Alex: That’s a very cute and forgiving girl! Thank you for the video!
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!
Gallaudet University: [gallaudet.edu]