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22
Dec
2014
Scores of Deaf Students Petition the FCC- Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice

RIT/NTID Student Life Team & Tiger Media teamed up with HEARD to rally students to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission to support HEARD's ongoing Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign--which is currently in its third year. Students also participated in an experiment to see exactly how long it takes to use a TTY and sent hundreds of holiday cards to deaf prisoners. Take a look at the amazing show of student solidarity for #DeafInPrison.

 
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15
Nov
2014
Disrupting Injustice: The Crisis of Deaf Access to Justice & Deaf in Prison Conference

Hundreds of people from as far as Arkansas, New York and Texas showed up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to learn about how mass incarceration affects deaf and disabled people.


Presenters included deaf returned citizens; the president of CC Group; a practicing criminal defense attorney who has represented over 200 deaf clients & HEARD's founder; two RIT/NTID students, Tina Banerjee and Derek Landis, who are youth advocates for HEARD. People described the experience as "mind-blowing," "eye-opening," and "life-changing."


Many thanks to HEARD volunteer Scott Huffman who took the lead in organizing this workshop; Youth Advocates who shared how to use new media & live tweeted the event; Walker Estes for moderating the deaf returned citizen panel; all four amazing Deaf returned citizens who shared their stories; Amber Farrelly and Talila "TL" Lewis, who shared their expertise about representing and advocating for deaf people in the criminal justice system


Finally, humble thanks to CC Group who provided communication access (ASL/English Interpreters) for the entire day; and to all of those who came and dedicated themselves to helping end mass incarceration and improving conditions for prisoners across the nation.


Event photos can be found here.

 
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31
Oct
2014
Deaf Students Spend Halloween writing to Hundreds of Deaf Prisoners

Rochester Institute of Technology/ National Technical Institute for the Deaf students spent Halloween with HEARD supporting ‪#‎DeafInPrison by sending hundreds of HEARD update letters to deaf prisoners across the nation! The students also wrote notes to many deaf prisoners to brighten their days.

Take a look at the photos here.


 
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