DeafHope Together we can end violence We believe: 1. Any one deserve to live in homes that are free from violence. 2. The Deaf community and our allies CAN do something to end violence against Deaf individuals.

Mission: Our mission at DeafHope is to end domestic and sexual violence through empowerment, education and services. This mission will be achieved on three levels - by providing services to Deaf survivors of domestic and sexual violence; by educating our community and service providers about domestic and sexual violence; and by providing statewide training and technical assistance to establish more Deaf-run services for Deaf survivors.

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ThinkSelf Minnesota Deaf Adult Education & Advocacy hosts week 4 of our DVAM events.[description and transcript in comme...
How To Be Survivor-Centered

ThinkSelf Minnesota Deaf Adult Education & Advocacy hosts week 4 of our DVAM events.

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Join Maggie, Ashley and Christine as they discuss their survivor-centered approach to advocacy. Video description: ThinkSelf logo at the introduction, from b...

DeafHope's cover photo

DeafHope's cover photo

Mourning loss of Dana Clark Flores

DeafHope mourns the recent tragedy surrounding the loss of the life of a Deaf woman who was a resident of Seattle, Washington.

This video is about mourning the loss of Dana Clark Flores vlog. In ASL with English subtitles; transcript is available in "Open transcript" feature. [Video ...

Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency DCARA

DeafHope and DCARA are live now!

DCARA and DeafHope invites you to join our webinar series about Abuse of Power: Domestic Violence and Privilege in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Watch part one in the series: "Abuse of Power: Domestic Violence and Privilege" live here!

For more information or questions, contact: [email protected]

Big thanks to JC for leading an important conversation on reallocating our money for community services instead of polic...

Big thanks to JC for leading an important conversation on reallocating our money for community services instead of policing and criminalization.

Let’s continue our systems change work, fight for healthy communities - this means vote!

DCARA is hosting an important event today at 3:30 Pacific #whywevote. See you there!

Please join DCARA Youth & Family Services #WhyWeVote live event for a timely conversation between Deaf leaders, artists, community members and Deaf youth. This event will be moderated by DCARA Board Vice President Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow.

Join us live tomorrow, October 17 from 3:30-5 PM PST on DCARA's Facebook and YouTube channels.


• Melissa Draganac-Hawk, President of National Association of the Deaf
• Zahna Simon, Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and former Chemist
• Nicholas Sanchez, Voting Rights Activist
• Reza J Mosher, California School for the Deaf, Fremont, Class of '21
• Jennifer Homberg, Ohlone College ASL Club Treasurer
• Joseph Lewis, Policy and Political Advocate

For more information:

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"Why We Vote"
• Melissa Draganac-Hawk, President of National Association of the Deaf
• Zahna Simon, Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and former Chemist
• Nicholas Sanchez, Voting Rights Activist
• Reza J Mosher, California School for the Deaf, Fremont, Class of '21
• Jennifer Homberg, Ohlone College ASL Club Treasurer
• Joseph Lewis, Policy and Political Advocate

"Your Vote, Your Voice"

Saturday, October 17

Ways to Watch
Facebook Live and YouTube]


DeafHope is going live soon with JC!

DeafSAFE (Deaf Survivor Advocacy for Empowerment)

MJ from DeafSAFE talks about safety planning, part of our Interrupting DV Series for DV Awareness Month.

We are grateful to our partners on this project for their important work serving Deaf communities: DeafSAFE (Deaf Survivor Advocacy for Empowerment) ThinkSelf Minnesota Deaf Adult Education & Advocacy, Deaf SHARE and Ignite- Rochester, NY

Safety Planning during COVID-19. This is the third vlog from our series: Interrupting Domestic Violence in the Deaf Community. Stay tuned for more helpful vlogs to help survivors cope during the pandemic.

***Trigger warning*** We will be discussing varying forms of abuse while living with the person who causes harm.

Flyer for a live webinar hosted by DeafHope on Saturday, October 17, 2020.Text on top reads: “DeafHope Live Webinar: “De...

Flyer for a live webinar hosted by DeafHope on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Text on top reads: “DeafHope Live Webinar: “Defund the Police - What Does It Mean For Us?”

Event info: “Saturday October 17, 2020
10:00am to 11:30am Pacific
Watch at DeafHope’s page: www/”

Picture on right: presenter JC, a Black female-presenting person with afro, glasses, and a rainbow-colored bowtie, smiling.

Picture on bottom: presenter Aracelia Aguilar, a Latina female-presenting person with hair pulled back, wearing dangling earrings, smiling.

DeafHope logo on bottom left corner

Background shows a photograph taken at night of some buildings in downtown Oakland with “Defund the Police!” projected onto the side of a building.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 12, 2020. DeafHope honors the lives of Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples, their s...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 12, 2020. DeafHope honors the lives of Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples, their stewardship of the land, their heritages, and the preservation of their spiritual traditions and languages. Many of their lives and their cultural ways have been eradicated through the violence of white settler colonialism. It is our responsibility to recognize the privileges we have by living on lands stolen from the Tribal Nations.

In honor of Deaf LGBTIQA+ and Deafqueer folks, both those who have come out, those who are out to some but not all, and ...

In honor of Deaf LGBTIQA+ and Deafqueer folks, both those who have come out, those who are out to some but not all, and those who have not come out, DeafHope recognizes National Coming Out Day. [image: meme with text “Happy National Coming Out Day” with images below showing a monarch butterfly coming out of its coccoon, next to three monarch butterflies flitting about.]

📢 In partnership with DeafHope, DCARA and DeafHope bring you the video series about Abuse of Power: Domestic Violence an...

📢 In partnership with DeafHope, DCARA and DeafHope bring you the video series about Abuse of Power: Domestic Violence and Privilege in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Join us by registering a spot in our upcoming webinar! The part one in the series is called: "Abuse of Power: Domestic Violence and Privilege"

👉👉 Online Registration:

For more information or questions, contact: [email protected]

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DCARA & DeafHope Presents

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
8 Part Video Series

Part One - Live Webinar

"Abuse of Power: Domestic Violence and Privilege"
WHEN: Monday, October 19, 2020

TIME: 3 pm to 4:30 pm PST

Register Online:

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2020

Contact: [email protected]]

London Breed 倫敦.布里德

London Breed 倫敦.布里德

Last night, we lit City Hall in purple to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Even as we face one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetime, our work to end domestic violence must continue. Thank you to the community partners and organizations doing this important work.

To find resources for people experiencing domestic violence in San Francisco, visit this website:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthQuestion: What causes Domestic Violence?A. Anger management issues B. Mental...

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Question: What causes Domestic Violence?
A. Anger management issues B. Mental health issues C. Jealousy D. Power and control The answer is..................................................................................................................................................................................D. Power and control

Flyer for a series of online presentations on Domestic Violence in Deaf Community.Headline: “Interrupting Domestic Viole...

Flyer for a series of online presentations on Domestic Violence in Deaf Community.

Headline: “Interrupting Domestic Violence in the Deaf Community: A Series”
Subheader: “Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2020”

Each Thursday in October
(Times) 4pm Pacific / 5pm Mountain / 6pm Central / 7pm Eastern

Week One:
Oct 1 (Live on Zoom)
Title: “Lion in the Zoo: Domestic Violence is Bigger Than You Think”
Hosted by DeafHope

Week Two:
Oct 8
Title: “How to Better Serve Deaf Immigrants & Refugees”
Hosted by IGNITE

Week Three:
Oct 15
Title: “Safety Planning During COVID-19”
Hosted by DeafSAFE (Norcal)

Week Four:
Oct 22
Title: “How Can We Be Survivor-Centered?”
Hosted by ThinkSelf

Week Five:
Oct 29 (Live on Zoom)
Title: “Virtual Candlelight Ceremony Honoring Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Late-Deafened, and Hard of Hearing Survivors”
Hosted by Deaf SHARE

Videos will be posted on each agency’s page. All videos will have captions and transcripts with descriptions.

To Register: Week One live event on Oct 1:
Week Five live event on Oct 29:

For special requests or questions, send email to: [email protected]

[Logos for five different agencies: DeafHope, Norcal, ThinkSelf, Deaf SHARE, and IGNITE]


Interrupting Domestic Violence in our Deaf Community: a Series

Transcript and video description below:

[White female-presenting person with brown hair pulled back, wearing sage green blouse, looks to the camera, background shows refrigerator with a calendar and a few magnets. Behind her is a string of lights and a Monstera deliciosa plant in the corner.]

[Text written on back of her hand reads: “I am a survivor of…” She turns her hand to show the word written on her palm “patriarchy.”]

[Afro-Latina female-presenting person with curly hair let down on one side past her shoulder; wearing a black blouse with red, yellow and blue geometric pattern, standing outside with a wall of shrubs behind her.]

[Text written on a piece of paper: “Survivor of audism”]

[Closeup of white piece of paper with words handwritten in red; it reads, “Survivor of” and back of the paper shows the word “sexism.”]

[Person holding the sign pulls it close to her body under her chin; person is white female-presenting with hair pulled back, wearing glasses and a gray blouse; background shows a painting of pink flowers hung on the wall, and a thin-leaved plant off to the side.]

[White female-presenting person, wearing an ivory long-sleeve blouse, with hair pulled back; she is holding a piece of paper.]

[Text reads on one side of paper: “I am a survivor of” She puts down the paper and picks up another piece of paper which reads: “domestic violence by a police officer.”]

[White male-presenting person with bleached hair and the sides shaved looks to the side, his hand on his neck. His arm shows the words: “I’m a survivor of…” He moves his arm up above his head to show the text on the other side: “homophobia and,” then turns his cheek to show the word on the other side of his face: “rape.” Background shows plain wall illuminated by two different colors: cool purple and warm purple.]

[Black background with text appearing on the screen one at a time, then disappearing at the same time. Text reads: “Are you a survivor of…
Domestic Violence
Gender-Based Violence
Sexual Violence
Systemic Oppression.”]

[White female-presenting person with long hair tied in a bun, wearing a black blouse, sitting on a black office chair, plain white wall behind her.]

Members of the Deaf community have experienced some forms of violence. Violence is not to be tolerated. Domestic Violence is a systemic problem that is prevalent in Deaf communities all over the country.

Deaf Domestic Violence agencies strive to work collaboratively in supporting Deaf survivors. In solidarity, five Deaf Domestic Violence programs and agencies show support for Deaf survivors by providing a series of webinars during the month of October. Our purpose behind this is because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). If you would like to watch or participate in the webinars, keep an eye out for our flyer which will be released to the community soon!

[Black background with text: “You are not alone. If you have experienced Domestic Violence you can contact the National Deaf Hotline or your local DV agency.”]

[Next screen: Logo for ADWAS. National Deaf Hotline - Seattle, WA. [email protected] VP: (855) 812-1001]

[Next screen: Logo for DeafHope with URL DeafHope - Oakland, CA. [email protected] VP: (510) 735-8553 FB: @DeafHope]

[Next screen: Logo for DeafSafe at Norcal Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. DeafSAFE - Norcal. [email protected] VP: (916) 933-3393 FB: @deafSAFE]

[Next screen: Logo for Deaf SHARE, a program of SAFE. Deaf SHARE - Austin, TX [email protected] VRS: (512) 356-1599 text: (737) 888-7233 FB: @SAFEDeafSHARE]

[Next screen: Logo for IGNITE. IGNITE - Rochester, NY [email protected] VP: (585) 286-2713 FB: @deafIGNITE]

[Next screen: Logo for ThinkSelf: Minnesota Deaf Adult Education & Advocacy. ThinkSelf Inc. - St. Paul, MN advocates[email protected] VP: (651) 829-9089 FB: @thinkselfMN]

[Next screen: Black background with text: “Disclaimer: This project is a collaboration between DeafHope, Deaf Safe, Deaf SHARE, INITE, and ThinkSelf, made possible with OVW funding.]

This is a promotional video: 5 DV programs/organizations funded by OVW will be providing a series of webinars in the month of October.

On today, Native American Day, DeafHope honors Native Americans, First Nation, Alaskan Natives, Hawai’ian Natives, and I...
On Native American Day, Governor Newsom Takes Action to Restore Land, Promote Equity for California Native Communities | California Governor

On today, Native American Day, DeafHope honors Native Americans, First Nation, Alaskan Natives, Hawai’ian Natives, and Indigenous Peoples. We recognize the importance of Natives’ contributions to art, music, dance, culture and land stewardship, and we mourn the loss of Natives’ lives and cultures due to white settler colonialism.

Administration supports tribal access, co-management and acquisition of ancestral lands, will assess place names to better reflect California values Governor’s Tribal Advisor releases draft charter…

L’Shana Tova to our Jewish Deaf community members! May the sweetness of life be something we will always create vast spa...

L’Shana Tova to our Jewish Deaf community members! May the sweetness of life be something we will always create vast space for in our lives.

Deaf Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Deaf Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

In this video, we discuss the slogan, "Defund the police". This call for divesting funding from the police and reinvesting in social programs that uplift education and health care is also one of the Poor People's Campaign's demands. Demilitarize the police. End mass incarceration. Stop criminalizing the poor.

To learn more about the PPC's stand on systemic racism and our demands, go to

Forward together, not one step back!

Video Description: A light-skinned, blonde male is wearing a black shirt in front of a black background

Transcript is in the comments

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities - HEARD

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities - HEARD

We teamed up with five other amazing community organizations to create the first #ASL vlog about #MassIncarceration in the United States! Take a few minutes to learn why people are calling to #DefundPolice.

Thank you for this powerful collaboration to the following organizations:

- ASLized
- Council de Manos
- Deaf Queer Resource Center
- Gathering Of Deafatives
- National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. (NBDA)


¡Nos asociamos con otrascinco increíbles organizaciones comunitarias para crear el primer vlog de #ASLsobre #EncarcelaciónMasiva en los Estados Unidos! Es necesario tomar el tiempopara saber por qué la gente llama a #DesfinanciarLaPolicia/#DesembolsarLaPolicia. Gracias por esta poderosa colaboración con lassiguientes organizaciones:

Consejo de ManosGathering of Deafatives(Organización involucrada con Personxs Indigenxs Sordxs)
Deaf Queer ResourceCenter (El centro de recursos para Personxs Queer y Sordxs)
National Black DeafAdvocates


Spanish & English Transcript and video description below and linked here:

[TRANSCRIPT with visual descriptions: Video opens with the Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (HEARD) logo. HEARD presents: Mass Incarceration. Video opens to a Black indigenous individual from HEARD wearing a black polo shirt in front of a white wall. All messages are in American Sign Language.]

Maybe you’ve seen the English term “mass incarceration” and thought, hmm...I wonder what that is? Maybe you were curious and tried to do some research for yourself. But you could never find the information video in ASL or a captioned video so you could clearly understand “mass incarceration”. We have a series of short vlogs to help make it more clear. This vlog will show important statistics on prisons, education, police as related to disabled/deaf people and other marginalized groups. We’ll explain why it’s important to our communities to pay attention and help slow down and even end incarceration in the US. Future vlogs have other information too, like the history of crime and punishment, and prisons here in the U.S. Also, examples of deaf/disabled people being wrongly accused and imprisoned, plus how to be prepared to interact with police and the legal system. Third, information about current action and movements to fight inequality in the legal system. Fourth, maybe other legal topics you think are important. Let us know, share your thoughts! Hey! One important thing: when it comes to “mass incarceration”, keep in mind that signs are still being discussed, debated and developed about this topic. Conversation and feedback is very helpful and important! Now, let’s get started with some basic facts and information.

[Screen transitions to a woman representing Gathering of Deafatives. She is wearing a black shirt and turquoise jewelry in front of a light background.]

Here are some signs currently being used for mass incarceration: [Two signs are offered]. Remember, we in signing communities are still developing signs so maybe after you learn about this, you can share possible signs you would use? Now we are ready for facts about the policing system & prison systems. Did you know that the United States imprisons people more than any other country in the world? Wow. The U.S. has 2.2 million people currently incarcerated, and at least 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent.

[A graphic is shown on screen: Incarceration per 100,000 people among founding NATO countries. The United States is at the top of the graph, showing a disproportionate amount of incarcerated people. Source: Prison Policy Initiative, 2018. A new representative appears on screen from Council de Manos. She is sitting outdoors, wearing glasses and a black shirt. As she gives her message, supplemental text appears on screen, matching this transcript.]

Did you know that people in jails, prison and immigration detention are 3-4x more likely than the general population to have a disability? Disability can include deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, hard of hearing, late deafened and many other kinds of disabilities. Of course, you probably already know that disabled/deaf people in prison have awful experiences. Prisons and jails often do not follow disability rights laws, such as the ADA. This results in little or no access to information, services, programs or resources, not to mention isolation, frequent abuse, and much more. Very sad.

[Video transitions to a Black man representing National Black Deaf Advocates. He is wearing a green polo shirt and is standing in front of a dark background.]

Maybe you’re curious, what do education and police systems have to do with education? Good question. The U.S. education system and the police system can ignite a path to prison, beginning at an intersection between these systems. In the educational system, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students, as well as students with disabilities and other marginalized students are often treated unfairly. For example, a study from the Department of Education found that Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students are punished more harshly for the same behavior as their non-disabled and white peers. Many studies show that these disparities cannot be explained by differences in behavior. Wow…The studies explain that this inequity is because of differential enforcement of school discipline policies and systemic discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes, which includes “cultural miscommunication” between students and teachers. Many teachers do not have the same background or lived experiences of their students or the students’ families.

[Video transitions to a new individual representing Deaf Queer Resource Center. They are wearing a white shirt and black watch, sitting in front of a dark background.]

More suspensions and expulsions mean less education time, less enjoyment of education experience, with more being held back and/or dropping out. It might surprise you that suspensions and expulsions also influence the chance of contact with juvenile and adult prison systems. One study found that students who have been suspended or expelled are three times more likely to come into contact with the juvenile system the following year, compared to students who have not been suspended or expelled. Here is a chart showing suspension patterns by race and disability. You can see that all disabled students are disproportionately suspended and disabled students who were Black, Latinx & Indigenous even more unequally suspended.

[A graphic is shown on screen: Suspension by percentage. Disabled statistics are in blue, and non-disabled statistics are in green showing more disabled people receiving suspension. Source: Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project. Back to the representative from Gathering of Deafatives.]

Similar to the education system, the police system also unfairly targets, criminalizes and incarcerates deaf, disabled and Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people. For example, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people are disproportionately killed by police. Many people are killed by police every year who are deaf, disabled, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, or even low/no income.

[Artwork appears on screen: Watercolor portrait of a young black man wearing a black cap and shirt on yellow background. Text reads: Justice for Mario Woods / over 50% of people killed by police are disabled *no comprehensive data is collected but available reports show at least half of those killed by police have psych disabilities, these statistics do not include people who have mobility, sensory or developmental impairments or people who are otherwise neurodivergent or sick/chronically ill. Disability Justice Now #Black Lives Matter. Back to the HEARD representative.]

Let’s summarize. What is mass incarceration? The U.S. has less than 5% of the global population, but almost 25% of the world’s prison population. Since the 1970s, the U.S. incarcerated population has increased by 700% ­­– that’s 2.3 million people in jail and prison, incarceration far outpacing population growth and crime. So, why should you care about mass incarceration? The U.S. system is extreme in targeting and disproportionately imprisoning marginalized communities!

These communities include disabled, deaf, lower-income, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, migrant, LGBTQ people, and so many more. Working to end mass incarceration is important because jails and prisons have severely negative effects, harming our communities’ health, safety, rights, access to jobs, voting, education, family, language, and much more. This especially negatively affects marginalized communities, including deaf and disabled. Stay tuned for our next vlog in this very important series and share some of your thoughts on mass incarceration below!

[Text on screen reads: Video editor - ASLIZED! Fade to black as video ends. Captions by]

(TRANSCRIPCIÓN con descripciones visuales: El video se abre con el logotipo Educando Para Avanzar los Derechos de las Comunidades Sordxs (conocido por sus siglas en Inglés, HEARD). HEARD presenta: Encarcelamiento Masivo. El video abre a una persona Indígena Negrx que trabaja en HEARD con una camisa polo negra frente a una pared blanca. Todos los mensajes están en lengua de señas Estadounidenses, ASL.

Quizás hayas visto la palabra o frase ‘Encarcelamiento masivo” y te hayas preguntado qué es eso? De pronto tuvieron curiosidad y quisieron investigar el tema pero a lo mejor no habían podido encontrar información sobre el encarcelamiento masivo en Señas Estadounidense - ASL. Tenemos un video para Uds. que esperamos que podra explicar el tema un poco mejor.

De qué consiste este VLOG/ video?

● Estadísticas importantes sobre las prisiones
● Compartir educación relacionado con este tema
● Discutir sobre nuestras comunidades y su relación con la policía
● Explicar la relación de la policía con nuestros miembros de comunidad que tienen discapacidades incluyendo a las personas Sordas y de otras identidades en las comunidades marginalizadas.
● Explicar cómo es la vida de las personas Sordxs encarceladas y otros grupos marginalizados.
● Explica por qué es importante para nuestras comunidades prestar atención y ayudar a combatir / poner fin al encarcelamiento en los EE. UU.

Haremos más vídeos/ VLOGs en un futuro cercano. Los temas serán los siguientes:

la historia del "crimen" en este país, el significado definido en los ojos de este país, el castigo y las prisiones en E.E.U.U.
cuentos/ historias/ anécdotas de personxs Sordxs, con Discapacidades que han sido acusados erróneamente. Personas encarceladas siendo inocentes y cómo prepararnos para interactuar con la policía y el sistema legal.
que acción estamos tomando en este momento
El movimiento en contra de la desigualdad en nuestro sistema legal.
Otros temas legales que les pueda interesar! Avísanos! Compartan sus ideas!

Algo importante para recordar: las señas de ASL que estamos usando siguen en discusión. Seguimos elaborando y colaborando en nuestro equipo y comunidad sobre el tema de la encarcelación masiva. Sus diálogos y retroalimentación nos ayudará y es importante!

[pantalla hace transición a una mujer get está juntando Deafatives - Personas Sordxs que son indígenas de EEUU. Tiene puesto una camiseta negra y joyeria de color turquesa esta en frente de una pared de color claro)

Ya podemos comenzar con nuestro tema de hoy! [Deletrean an ASL ENCARCELACIÓN MASIVA para demostrar que comienza el tema]

Estas son las señas EEUU/ASL que se están usando para ENCARCELACIÓN MASIVA. *damos 2 opciones por ahora*

Recuerden que estamos aún desarrollando y construyendo las señas que le corresponden a estos conceptos. De pronto después de ver estos videos nos puedes recomendar más opciones de señas para usar. Ahora, podemos hablar de la evidencia/ los hechos del sistema policial y sistema carcelario aquí en los EEUU. Los EEUU tienen 2.2 millones de personas encarceladas. WOW !

2.7 millones de ninxs con un pariente en la Cárcel.


¿Sabías de las personas que están en la cárcel, o las prisiones, o en detención de inmigracion tienen 3 a 4 veces más probabilidades de tener discapacidad?

[Se muestra un gráfico en la pantalla: Encarcelamiento por cada 100.000 personas entre los países fundadores de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte- OTAN. Estados Unidos está en la parte superior del gráfico, mostrando una cantidad desproporcionada de personas encarceladas. Fuente: - Iniciativa de Política Penitenciaria, Prison Policy Initiative, 2018. Un nuevo representante aparece en la pantalla del Council de Manos. Ella está sentada al aire libre, con gafas y una camisa negra. Mientras da su mensaje, aparece un texto complementario en la pantalla, que coincide con esta transcripción.]

¿Sabía que las personas en las cárceles, la prisión y los centros de detención de inmigrantes tienen entre 3 y 4 veces más probabilidades que la población en general de tener una discapacidad? La discapacidad puede incluir sordos, sordociegos, personas con discapacidad auditiva, sordera que ocurre tarde y muchos otros tipos de discapacidades. A lo mejor ya sepas que las personas discapacitadas / Sordxs en prisión tienen experiencias horribles. Las prisiones y cárceles a menudo no siguen las leyes de derechos de las personas con discapacidad, como el Acto de Las Personxs Con Discapacidades, conocido en Inglés por sus siglas ADA. Esto resulta en poco o ningún acceso a información, servicios, programas o recursos, incluyendo el aislamiento, el abuso frecuente y mucho más. Una triste realidad.

[El video cambia a un hombre negro que representa a Defensores Nacionales de Personas Sordxs Negrxs, Lleva una camisa polo verde y está parado frente a un fondo oscuro.]

Tal vez tenga curiosidad, ¿qué tienen que ver los sistemas de policía con la educación? Buena pregunta. El sistema educativo de los Estados Unidos y el sistema policial pueden abrir un camino hacia la prisión, comenzando en una intersección entre estos sistemas. En el sistema educativo, los estudiantes Negrxs, Indígenas y Latinx, así como los estudiantes con discapacidades y otros estudiantes marginalizados, a menudo son tratados injustamente. Por ejemplo, un estudio del Departamento de Educación encontró que los estudiantes Negros, Indígenas y Latinx son castigados con más dureza por el mismo comportamiento que sus compañeros blancos y sin discapacidades. Muchos estudios muestran que estas disparidades no se pueden explicar por diferencias de comportamiento. Vaya… Los estudios explican que esta inequidad se debe a la aplicación diferencial de las políticas de disciplina escolar y la discriminación sistémica, los prejuicios y los estereotipos, que incluye la “falta de comunicacion cultural” entre estudiantes y maestros. Muchos profesores no tienen los mismos antecedentes o experiencias vividas de sus alumnos o de sus familias.

[El video cambia a una nueva persona que representa al Centro de recursos para sordos queer. Llevan una camisa blanca y un reloj negro, sentados frente a un fondo oscuro.]

Más suspensiones y expulsiones significan menos tiempo de educación, menos disfrute de la experiencia educativa, con más retenciones y / o abandono. Puede que le sorprenda que las suspensiones y expulsiones también influyan en la posibilidad de contacto con los sistemas penitenciarios de menores y adultos. Un estudio encontró que los estudiantes que han sido suspendidos o expulsados ​​tienen tres veces más probabilidades de entrar en contacto con el sistema juvenil el año siguiente, en comparación con los estudiantes que no han sido suspendidos o expulsados. Aquí hay una tabla que muestra los patrones de suspensión por raza y discapacidad. Puede ver que todos los estudiantes discapacitados son suspendidos de manera desproporcionada y los estudiantes discapacitados que eran Negros, Latinx e Indígenas son suspendidos de manera aún más desigual.

[La imagen en la pantalla: Las suspensiones en porcentajes. El color azul representa las estadísticas de estudiantes discapacitadxs y el color verde representa los estudiantes no discapacitadxs indicando que las personas discapacitadxs reciben más suspensiones. Fuente: El Centro de Reparaciones para los Derechos Humanos en el Proyecto de Derechos Humanos. Regresando al representante de Juntando Deafatives.]

En comparación al sistema educativo, el sistema policial también injustamente toma de punto, criminaliza a, y encarcela a personas sordas, discapacitadas y también a personas Negrxs, Latinxs, e Indígenxs. Por ejemplo, lxs personas Negrxs, Indígenxs, y Latinxs son asesinados por la policía en números desproporcionados. Muchas personas sordxs, discapacitadxs, Negrxs, Latinxs, Indígenxs, y también que reciben poco o ningún ingreso están asesinados por la policía cada año.

[Una obra de arte entra en la pantalla: Un retrato en acuarela de un joven negro llevando un gorro negro con camisa negra en frente de un fondo amarillo. El texto dice: Justicia para Mario Woods/ más de 50% de las personas asesinadas por la policía son discapacitados *no hay datos extensos pero los informes disponibles indican que por lo menos la mitad de las personas asesinadas por la policía tienen discapacidades psiquiátricas, estos datos no incluyen las personas con deficiencia de motricidad, sensorial, ni de desarrollo tampoco no incluyen las personas que tienen cualquier enfermedad crónica ni de desviación neurológica. Justicia de discapacidad ahora #Las vidas Negras importan. Regresando al representante de HEARD.]

Resumamos. ¿Qué es el encarcelamiento masivo? Estados Unidos tiene menos del 5% de la población mundial, pero casi el 25% de la población carcelaria del mundo. Desde la década de 1970, la población encarcelada de EE. UU. Ha aumentado en un 700%, es decir, 2,3 millones de personas en la cárcel y la prisión, el encarcelamiento supera con creces el crecimiento de la población y el crimen. Entonces, ¿por qué debería preocuparse por el encarcelamiento masivo? ¡El sistema estadounidense es extremo al apuntar y encarcelar desproporcionadamente a comunidades marginadas! Estas comunidades incluyen personas discapacitadas, sordas, de bajos ingresos, negras, latinas, indígenas, migrantes, LGBTQ y muchas más. Trabajar para terminar con el encarcelamiento masivo es importante porque las cárceles y las prisiones tienen efectos muy negativos, dañando la salud, la seguridad, los derechos, el acceso al empleo, la votación, la educación, la familia, el idioma y mucho más de nuestras comunidades. Esto afecta especialmente a las comunidades marginadas, incluidas las personas sordas y discapacitadas. ¡Estén atentos para nuestro próximo vlog de esta serie tan importante y comparta algunos de sus pensamientos sobre el encarcelamiento masivo a continuación!

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