The Daily Moth 6-27-2019

Recap of first night of Democratic debates; preview of second night; Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question; allows partisan gerrymandering; American killed in shark attack in Bahamas; Alabama woman who lost her fetus in shooting is charged with manslaughter; Hawaii Gov. Ige signs movie theater open captioning bill into law; Former NBA player Mike Glenn shares #WhyISign video; The Washington Post recognizes former deaf printers

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Recap of first night of Democratic debates

Last night was the first night of the Democratic debate which featured 10 presidential candidates. Here is a brief recap.

Many thought Julian Castro emerged from the “back of the pack” to the front with his strong responses on supporting immigrants and victims of police shootings. He singled out Beto O’Rourke for not doing enough to support migrants seeking asylum.

Another person who emerged from the back is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii). She is a veteran who served in Iraq and spoke out against the U.S. starting or being involved in foreign wars. She said she would stop overspending on the military.

Three candidates spoke in Spanish: former Representative Beto O’Rourke (TX), Senator Cory Booker (NJ), and Julian Castro. The captioners typed in “Speaking foreign language” whenever they spoke it.

The front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), talked about economic inequality, abolishing private insurance in favor for Medicare for all, and criticized giant corporations, saying they needed to be broken up. Many thought she maintained her lead position and gave strong responses, but that she did not “own” the stage.

Sen. Cory Booker talked about protecting transgender people’s rights, said he lives and represents communities with low-income black and brown people and understand their issues, and spoke out against gun violence.

Tonight is the second night, which will feature several top leaders in the polls — former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif), Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Other people to watch out for are businessman Andrew Yang and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).

The other four people debating tonight are former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep Eric Swalwell (Calif), and Marianne Williamson, an author.


Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question; doesn’t act on gerrymandering

The U.S. Supreme Court made two major rulings today.

The first is on if the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

The court decided 5-4 to not allow the question to go forward and sent the case back to a lower court. Chief Justice John Roberts said the Trump administration needs to do a better job of explaining why the question is necessary, saying their reasoning was contrived, which means artificial, unrealistic, or made-up.

Those opposed to the citizenship question say it will cause communities with large immigration populations to decline answering questions out of fear, which would have a negative impact on federal funding and House representatives.

The Trump administration will have another opportunity to convince federal judges why the question is necessary and not targeted against Hispanic people.

President Trump said it was totally ridiculous and have asked lawyers if they can delay the Census.

The second major ruling from the Supreme Court is on partisan gerrymandering.

The court decided 5-4 to not get involved with how states decide to draw their electoral districts, even if it looks like it’s purposefully drawn to benefit their political party.

This case was about Maryland’s districts giving Democrats a large advantage and North Carolina’s districts giving Republicans a large advantage.

Chief Justice Roberts said the federal judiciary has no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties.




American killed in shark attack in Bahamas

A 21-year-old American tourist died when she was attacked by three sharks in the Bahamas yesterday. Her parents and family said they were snorkeling and saw the sharks and warned her, but it was too late.

Her name was Jordan Lindsey. After the attack, she was taken to a local hospital, but died. She had injuries to her legs and her right arm was severed.

She was a student at Loyola Marymount University. Her family set up a GoFundMe to bring her body back to her home state of California. It’s raised $40,000 so far.


Alabama woman who lost her fetus in shooting is charged with manslaughter

In Alabama, a 28-year-old woman who was 5 months pregnant when she was shot in the stomach, with the bullet killing the fetus, was charged with manslaughter by the Jefferson County grand jury. Her name is Marshae Jones.

The shooting was at a Dollar General in December after an argument about who the father of the child was. Jones was taken to a hospital and went through surgery.

The shooter, a 23-year-old woman, was charged with manslaughter, but it was dismissed after police said Jones started the fight and the shooter acted in self-defense. The grand jury only indicted Jones.

This means that police and the grand jury views Jones as responsible for the fetus’ death. She was jailed on a $50,000 bond.

This has raised outrage from women’s rights activists who said this is inhumane because a victim of a crime is now treated as the criminal. An organization is now working to get Jones out of jail and provide her with a lawyer.

Alabama and 37 other states views a fetus as a victim in cases of violence against a pregnant woman.


Hawaii Gov. Ige signs movie theater open captioning bill into law

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) signed the movie theater open captioning bill into law.

The Aloha State Association of the Deaf announced this on Facebook.

The bill, HB 1009, requires movie theaters with at least two locations in the state to provide open captioning twice a week per movie.

This bill is stronger than previous versions because it doesn’t allow movie theaters to provide eyewear devices in lieu of open captioning. They are required to provide open captioning.

The bill is also permanent — previous versions had a sunset date that required it to be renewed again and again.

Gov. Ige’s office filmed the signing ceremony. He recognized State Rep. Tokioka, who has a deaf son, as being a champion of the bill.


Interpreter for Gov. Ige: The first, HB 1009. This has to do with movie theaters and will require at least two open captioning showings every week for every movie.

HB 1009 is now law in Hawaii!


Congratulations to Hawaii and to the Deaf community.

Gov. Ige Signing Ceremony:

HB 1009 Text:


Former NBA player Mike Glenn shares #WhyISign video

Mike Glenn, a former NBA player who runs an annual basketball camp for deaf and hard of hearing students in Atlanta, went viral in a #WhyISign video in which he explains how he learned ASL and became a part of the Deaf community. Check this out.


[Video by Leslie F. Eldred]

MIKE GLENN: #whyIsign... My name is Mike Glenn. I am a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Why did I learn how to sign? It was from my dad who was a basketball coach at Georgia School for the Deaf. His students and basketball players taught me sign language and the game of basketball. #whyisign... I use sign language to communicate with my campers and many of my best friends are deaf as well. ILY.


Alex: That’s a great video. It was filmed by Leslie F. Eldred, who volunteered at the camp last week. She said she used to be a camper in 1988 and 1989 when she was a Missouri School for the Deaf student. She currently works at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. Thank you for sharing the video with us.

Glenn played in the NBA for 10 years with teams the Buffalo Braves (who is now the LA Clippers), the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Milwaukee Bucks. His nickname was “Stinger,” because of his jump shot skills.

He is currently a broadcast commentator for the Atlanta Hawks.

The Mike Glenn All-Star Basketball Camp is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. It is free of charge and invites up to 120 athletes every year. Sign1News did extensive coverage of the camp last week.

Glenn is also an avid African American history researcher and collector and has written four books on African American historical topics.

For more information about his life, NBA career, and his research, you can check out his website at


The Washington Post recognizes former deaf printers

Back in the old days, it was very common that deaf people would have jobs as printers. The Washington Post recently published an article recognizing the deaf printers that used to work at The Post.

A printer’s job would be laying out the type for news stories, made up the advertisements, and get the pages ready to be transmitted to the presses.

Janie Golightly, one of the deaf printers, mentioned there was about 200 deaf people that worked for The Washington Post in the 1960’s. As the years went by, the numbers dwindled. In 2001, things switched to technology so printers were no longer needed.

Brian Greenwald, a history professor at Gallaudet University and his colleague, Jean Bergey, runs the Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center which plans to create an online exhibit about deaf printers.

Whenever they get funding for this, they will begin with the online exhibit.

The Daily Moth reached out to some of the deaf printers to share their experiences about what it was like working at The Post.



That’s where I met him, at The Washington Post. So, it’s really all thanks to The Washington Post that I got to meet him, and we got married! You’re right. I can’t believe that it’s been 44 years. We need to keep it going to 88 years of marriage! It’s been wonderful working at that place. There are no communication barriers at work. Everyone, even those who are hearing, know some extent of sign language. Some of them do prefer to fingerspell. It’s just such a wonderful company to work for.


Kathy Graham, who owned The Washington Post, always gave us support when we were printing. During the Deaf President Now (DPN), they were extra watchful of how they used certain words. Like with ‘hearing impaired’, I would insist that they used ‘deaf’ or ‘hard of hearing’ instead. Both of these words are more appropriate, you know. They were receptive to that and made that change. All 7 days during the week of DPN, they would print about DPN on the front page every day. Then we ended up winning the case.


Okay, it’s been a long time, so they all knew how to sign. I’d worked there for 31 years. I met my wife while I was working there as well. So, I’ve really enjoyed these 31 years, looking back now, and I’ve enjoyed working with 150 other deaf people.


I met my husband at work atl The Washington Post as a printer. We worked in the same department, on the same shift and on the same days, and had the same days off. We even worked near each other. We were smokers then and when we sat near each other, I would subtly ask if he wanted to go out for a smoke break. We would always go out on our smoke breaks together then come back to work. Many people would wonder if we would ever tire of each other. Our response always, “No way! We’ll never get tired of each other!”


When I worked for that person, often when there was someone missing at work, the union chairman would follow this list set up by priority. Whenever someone was off, someone else would get the shift, but there were some frustrations. Some of them wouldn’t get work and have to wait until the next shift or the next day. But deaf people often, as the situation holder, I’d be aware of the time off plans until the next day, I would look for deaf people to substitute. If they wanted the shift, then they’d come with me to meet with the supervisor. I’d tell him that I want them to work for me. I want to help deaf people get these jobs. That’s a part of the bond we all have, we support each other. It’s a really nice feeling!


With them, I’d always look forward to seeing them at work every day. They’re like siblings. Whenever I work at home, when I’m having car troubles, I know I have this one co-worker who’s really good with repairing cars. I have someone to consult with to help me figure it out. It’s the same with another co-worker who knows a lot about the plumbing. I can work with that friend and that’s how we all have something to offer to each other. They’ve been a wonderful family!


Okay, I worked as one of the printers in the ITU. I traveled a lot including California, Texas and a bunch of other states. When it comes to The Washington Post, the reason I really love that place, was because there were so many brilliant deaf people there including in sports, economics, politics, advice and more! I could always ask each one of them about the current trends instead of reading the newspaper. They would just tell me via ASL. I would ask them all the time and it was like I had my own encyclopedia. I truly enjoyed working with these people and how we all shared resources.


I want to thank The Washington Post for giving me all these wonderful years. Having that bond’s been beautiful and having that life, these experiences and all…just Champ! Every deaf person I’ve met who’s worked at The Washington Post, but left for another job, or they got married or they moved to another state; they’d always say The Washington Post is still the best. They’re the champ and I tip my hat off to The Washington Post for being such a great place to work at.


Renca: Thank you all for sharing your experience.

Golightly said that this group is the last of the deaf printers. It is important to treasure this history within our Deaf community.

Amazing how time has changed with how news is delivered. Can you imagine if The Daily Moth started in the 1960’s? I wonder what our news would look like.

Text: [If you’d like to make a contribution to support the Deaf Printers Online Exhibition Fund, please go to the link in the transcript]



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