The Daily Moth 6-24-2019

Seven motorcyclists killed in New Hampshire; Utah college student missing after Lyft ride; President Trump orders new sanctions on Iran; Reports of migrants suffering in filthy border patrol stations; USA defeats Spain, advances to FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals; Canada grants Royal Assent to Bill C-81 recognizing ASL, LSQ, and ISL; Facebook removes vlog by Deaf man that shows burning of a LGBTQ flag; Mozzeria announces new H St. location in Washington, D.C.

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, June 24. Ready for news?


Seven motorcyclists killed in New Hampshire

On Friday evening in New Hampshire, a man driving a pickup truck attached with a car trailer struck a group of 10 motorcyclists traveling in the opposite direction on a two-lane highway.

Seven of the motorcyclists died. The truck was on fire. A picture of the scene showed damaged motorcycles and parts strewn all over the road. The ages of those who died were from 42 to 62.

The truck driver, a 23-year-old man, was arrested this morning and charged with seven counts of negligent homicide. His name is Volodymyr Zhukovskyy and police said he was a fugitive. He had two previous drunken driving charges from May and in 2013.

He was a new worker for a transport company and the collision on Friday was on his second trip with the company. It is not clear exactly what happened.

The motorcyclists were members and supporters of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which is a group of Marine veterans. There is a GoFundMe set up for them that has raised over $340,000.


Utah college student missing after Lyft ride

A 23-year-old student from the University of Utah has been missing since June 17 after she got in a Lyft at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Her name is MacKenzie Lueck.

Police said she was last seen at 1 a.m. on Monday, June 17. She had just arrived from a trip to California for her grandmother’s funeral and texted her parents that she arrived safe.

Lyft the company and the Lyft driver who picked her up has cooperated with the investigation. The driver said they dropped her off at the address she requested in North Salt Lake and then continued to pick up other riders.

That address is not close to where she lives. Her family and friends do not understand why she would go to the address and said they have not heard from her since then. They said her phone is either turned off or dead. It is not known where her luggage is.

Her family and friends are now asking for the public’s help in finding her.


President Trump orders new sanctions on Iran

President Trump signed an executive order to impose new economic sanctions on Iran and their supreme leader.

Trump said the sanctions are hard-hitting and would block Iranian leaders from having access to financial resources and support.

Trump said he is doing this after a series of “aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks including shooting down a U.S. drone.”

The Treasury Department warned foreign financial institutions that they would be cut off from the U.S. financial system if they worked with sanctioned Iranian leaders.

President Trump said on Friday that he was very close to ordering retaliatory airstrikes, but decided at the last minute because it would kill 150 people.

The U.S. military did carry out a cyberattack against the Iranian military and intelligence.


Reports of migrants suffering in filthy border patrol stations

The New York Times and AP News wrote reports of filthy conditions and sickness at border patrol stations where hundreds of adult and migrant children are being held in.

A lawyer told the Times that at a station in Clinton, Texas, there are children who are 7 or 8 years old wearing clothes “caked with snot and tears” taking care of infants they just met and of toddlers who relieve themselves in their pants without diapers. Most of the young detainees have no access to toothbrushes, toothpaste, or soap, and have not been able to shower or wash their clothes after crossing the border.

AP said at a facility near El Paso, there are three infants with teen mothers, and a 1-year-old, two 2-year-olds, and a 3-year-old, dozens under 12, fifteen have the flu, and that 10 are quarantined.

Border patrol stations say they are overwhelmed with record numbers of migrant arrivals. The acting CBP commissioner said they need billions in emergency funding from Congress.

Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the Trump administration, have argued in federal court that they do not have to provide detainees with soap or toothbrushes.

The Hill reported that as of today 300 children have been moved out of one of the centers.

Last week U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the migrant centers to concentration camps. Many criticized her for the comparison, but there were many others who agreed.


USA defeats Spain, advances to FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Spain 2-1 in the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup. Megan Rapinoe scored two penalty kicks, the first in the 7th minute and the second in the 76th minute.

USA will advance and play against France, the tournament host, in the quarterfinals. Their match is on Friday, June 28.

Norway will play against England in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Canada lost to Sweden. Sweden will play Germany in the quarterfinals.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Round of 16. Italy will play against China and the Netherlands will play against Japan.


Canada grants Royal Assent to Bill C-81 recognizing ASL, LSQ, and ISL

On Friday, June 21, the Canadian Governor General granted Royal Assent for Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, which includes recognition of ASL, LSQ, and Indigenous Sign Languages as the primary languages of Deaf people.

This is the final step in the legislative process and turns the bill into official law. This is the crowning achievement of the months-long effort of the Canadian Association of the Deaf, Deaf indigenous organizations, and other Deaf/disability rights activists.

Indigenous Sign Languages was also recognized in another bill that received Royal Assent, Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act, which aims to recognize and preserve Indigenous languages.

CAD/ASC President Frank Folino told “The Daily Moth” in an interview two months ago that sign language recognition can lead to more employment opportunities for Deaf people in the federal sector.

Folino also said last month that the next step after Royal Assent is to establish regulations that will be in force in two years.

The ACA aims to remove barriers for disabled people in federal jurisdictions by 2040, but the work is to start without delay.

Once again, congratulations to Canada.



Folino/Moth Interview:

Bill C-81 Approved by House of Commons:


Facebook removes vlog by Deaf man that shows burning of a LGBTQ flag

Last week a Deaf man, Eric Oberhausen, posted a vlog on Facebook in which he showed a video of a LGBTQ pride flag burning up. That video is no longer on Facebook and Oberhausen’s account is unavailable to view, which could mean his account is suspended.

A Deaf man from Florida, Brandon Telford, posted on Facebook that he was the one who reported the video for promoting graphic violence. He showed a screenshot of message from Facebook that confirmed that the video violated their “Community Standards” and that they removed it.

Although the video is no longer up, several Deaf people shared screen recordings of the video.

In the video, Oberhausen showed the flag-burning clip three times and said it was a “beautiful thing.” He described a passage from the Bible in which Christians burned books about witchcraft. He said in the vlog that he loves people but hates the Pride flag and the LGBT.

The Daily Moth reached out to Telford to ask him why he decided to report it.

BRANDON TELFORD: The reason why I’m reporting on Eric Oberhausen to Facebook is because he lit a LGBTQ Pride flag on fire.

I was sickened by this, to be honest with you, and I’ve seen him post many anti-LGBTQ for awhile now.

Honestly, I’d been scrolling upwards, ignoring his posts, but now he’s setting a LGBTQ Pride flag on fire.

I didn’t think this was right and he was going too far so I decided to report him and explain my case and what happened. Then Facebook read my report, thanked me and notified me that they had removed the post.

I was actually surprised that they answered my questions. I checked Eric’s Facebook page and the post wasn’t there anymore. It seems like it worked. I do hope that he doesn’t continue this and refrains from oppressing the LGBTQ people. Don’t do that. We should be respecting each other. Thank you for your time.

Alex: Thank you, Telford, for sharing.

I was unable to reach out to Oberhausen as his account appears to be suspended. It is not the first time he has made a controversial vlog that is based on his interpretation of the Bible.


Mozzeria announces new H St. location in Washington, D.C.

Mozzeria, Inc. and Communication Service for the Deaf’s Social Venture Fund (SVF) announced on Thursday that there will be a new Mozzeria restaurant location in Washington, D.C. on H St. NE that is set to open Spring 2020.

CSD CEO Christopher Soukup and Chief Innovation Officer Dominic Lacy made the announcement in a building that is still under construction at the intersection of H St. and 13th St., NE. It appears to be the future spot of the restaurant.

This is a 10-15 minute walk from Gallaudet University and is in the middle of a rapidly transforming H St. Corridor that is full of restaurants, bars, art, and activities.

Melody and Russ Stein, founders of Mozzeria, told “The Daily Moth” that they are very thrilled that Mozzeria Inc. have identified a location where there is access to Gallaudet and the Deaf community. They said giving exposure to Deaf businesses has always been the ultimate goal.

This restaurant would be the only Deaf-owned storefront, brick-and-mortar business in the area. The “Signing Starbucks” is on the same street and while it employs mostly Deaf people, it is owned by Starbucks. So this would be the only Deaf-owned building on the street.

CSD’s SVF announced their investment in Mozzeria in December 2017, then announced last year that there would be a second Mozzeria location in Austin, TX. Soukup and Lacy said they are still looking for the right location in Austin.


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