Deaf Women United

Deaf Women United Deaf Women United aspires to be a significant contributor to the community of Deaf women from all walks of life and this is accomplished by recognizing, valuing, and embracing their additional identities.
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Deaf Women United (DWU) is committed to continuing a community of support of Deaf women from all walks of life.

Mission: One of the most significant changes in American society spanning the last few decades are perceptions of women. Women have assumed important responsibilities and are significant players in the making of a better society. Deaf women are key members in this era of social change by being involved in the shaping of this world and our respective communities. Herstorically, successful Deaf women have not made front page headlines or been recognized for their contributions. We currently have a small number of Deaf women leaders at the helm of some very important organizations and institutions; yet we do not have complete access to services and opportunities that are available to hearing women. It is this equal access that ensures an individual the right and ability to lead full and productive lives.DEAF WOMEN UNITED, and organization that is of, for and by Deaf women is at the forefront of these changing times. It is an organization that focuses on advocacy, education and outreach. Deaf communities are scattered throughout the country, which makes networking critically important for exchanging of information, empowerment and enhancement in the quality of lives for all Deaf people. Today, there is not enough equal access. With improved telecommunications, computer technology advancement and electronic mail, DWU will further its goals and offer its members access in our desire to fulfill our needs.DEAF WOMEN UNITED was not established to provide direct services, but to initiate and create a network of individuals and organizations that represent and serve Deaf women. DEAF WOMEN UNITED provides leadership to and empowers Deaf women all over the country by the creation of a support system that will enhance their lives. Our objectives are: -provide tools, information and training in areas of organizational management, personal growth and empowerment; -set up a home office which will become a clearinghouse of resource information; -expand and put in place a mentoring system; -expand DWU’s quarterly newsletter; -increase the number of affiliates; -increase our membership; -provide scholarship to Deaf women internationally. DEAF WOMEN UNITED believes that to be able to choose to “hear” what we want to hear, to know what we need to know, and to compete equally with the rest of the world is every woman’s dream.Join us in our efforts to build a network of Deaf women in this country. Your support and commitment is what we need to achieve the realization of our collective vision.

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11/22/2020

Sharing the fun event

Looking for something special to give to a special person in your life? Give them a painting that YOU made!

Join us for this Paint Event on November 28th at 2:00 pm central! Anyone can join us from anywhere!

Cost: $20 per participant

Please note that you will need to buy supplies yourself

Information on specific supplies to purchase will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.

Interested???
Register today!
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfu6opj4qGNGqeUGLWJhyj3QKd26za6zH

After registering, and paying for the event, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Paint Event! Please be patient for the confirmation email as it is not automatic. We need to check registrants and payments to make sure they match, and will be reviewed one once or twice a day.

We look forward to having you join us!

ID: flyer with a small sample of the painting of a christmas tree with only one ornament hung from the top of the tree which is leaning over. On the right there is text that reads:
Paint Event!
Hosted by Deaf Women of Chicago
Saturday November 28
2:00 pm CST
Paint this lovely image
Meet other women!

$20 for this even to DWChicago
You must buy your own
Paint and supplies

Register for your unique Zoom link
Pay us via CashApp or PayPal
(instructions provided after your Zoom registration)

Artist: Tammy Waddell

Proceeds will benefit Deaf Women Chicago for hosting the 2021 Deaf Women United National Conference

Julia here, sharing fun event
11/20/2020

Julia here, sharing fun event

Looking for something special to give to a special person in your life? Give them a painting that YOU made!

Join us for this Paint Event on November 28th at 2:00 pm central! Anyone can join us from anywhere!

Cost: $20 per participant
Please note that you will need to buy supplies yourself

Information on specific supplies to purchase will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.

Interested???
Register today!
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfu6opj4qGNGqeUGLWJhyj3QKd26za6zH

After registering, and paying for the event, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Paint Event! Please be patient for the confirmation email as it is not automatic. We need to check registrants and payments to make sure they match, and will be reviewed one once or twice a day.

We look forward to having you join us!

ID: flyer with a small sample of the painting of a christmas tree with only one ornament hung from the top of the tree which is leaning over. On the right there is text that reads:
Paint Event!
Hosted by Deaf Women of Chicago
Saturday November 28
2:00 pm CST
Paint this lovely image
Meet other women!

$20 for this even to DWChicago
You must buy your own
Paint and supplies

Register for your unique Zoom link
Pay us via CashApp or PayPal
(instructions provided after your Zoom registration)

Artist: Tammy Waddell

Proceeds will benefit Deaf Women Chicago for hosting the 2021 Deaf Women United National Conference

Sharing
11/12/2020

Sharing

ID: An image with black background and the following text (from top to bottom)

Come to the Deaf Women United conference and add more words to describe being a woman (green text)
a line of teal dots underneath.
A word cloud with words in various sizes and colors appear in the middle. The words read "woman, strength, sisterhood, multitasker, compassionate, tiring, resilient, dedicated, dynamic, community, gratitude, tenacity, nurturer, multifaceted, overwhelming, advocate, MultitaskerMaster, butch, intelligent, determined, innovative, empower, encouraging, deserving, empower, unique, sister"
July 14-17, 2021 ** Chicago, IL (purple text) underneath the word cloud.

11/12/2020
Deaf Women of Chicago

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Video description:

A video of 12 diverse women signing one word describing what it is like to be a woman.

Beginning of video: “Being a WOMAN means…” appears in purple font on the left corner of the screen. The Deaf Women of Chicago logo (pink I Love You hands with the index fingers touching to make a heart. “Deaf Women of Chicago” appears next to the hands on the bottom right corner, and the logo continues throughout the video.

The words that the women sign in the video are, in order of appearance:

Encouraging
Sister
Butch
Intelligent
Deserving
Determined
Innovative
Empowering
Unique
Doting
Empowering
Beautiful
Phenomenal

The video closes to show the Deaf Women United National Conference in Chicago logo. An outline of the skyline of Chicago is shown with gray swirly lines to represent the wind. Underneath the outline, CHICAGO is shown in pink font with a teal swirly line through the AGO to represent the wind. Underneath CHICAGO, Deaf Women National Conference (teal font) 2021 (pink font), “Soar with the wind” in pink underneath.

Every day is a new day. Smile, stay positive and give your best. Miracles happen every day. #dwu #deafwomenunited
11/09/2020

Every day is a new day. Smile, stay positive and give your best. Miracles happen every day. #dwu #deafwomenunited

DWU conference at Chicago
10/28/2020

DWU conference at Chicago

ID: An image with black background and the following text (from top to bottom)

Come to the Deaf Women United conference and add more words to describe being a woman (green text)
a line of teal dots underneath.
A word cloud with words in various sizes and colors appear in the middle. The words read "woman, strength, sisterhood, multitasker, compassionate, tiring, resilient, dedicated, dynamic, community, gratitude, tenacity, nurturer, multifaceted, overwhelming, advocate, MultitaskerMaster, butch, intelligent, determined, innovative, empower, encouraging, deserving, empower, unique, sister"
July 14-17, 2021 ** Chicago, IL (purple text) underneath the word cloud.

Deaf Woman business ‼️ALERT!‼️Introducing Katy Acosta! BIPOC woman with immense passion for baking. Go follow her @mrska...
09/24/2020

Deaf Woman business ‼️ALERT!‼️Introducing Katy Acosta! BIPOC woman with immense passion for baking. Go follow her @mrskatbakery !!— DO NOT MISS OUT ON HER “IT’S FALL Y’ALL” COOKIE PACKAGE!

Register to vote!! @signvote
09/22/2020

Register to vote!! @signvote

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her abilit...
09/22/2020

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability”. Ruth Bader Ginsburg RBG

09/15/2020
Deaf Women of Chicago

Deaf Women of Chicago

Register for the DWU Conference! Payment plans are also available! Any questions, please contact Conference Registration Chair, Kim Mokris at [email protected]. Register TODAY! bit.ly/DWU2021

#DWUChi2021

ID: White woman with curly hair and glasses wearing a black tanktop. Behind her is a white shelving unit with decorations, and white bifold closet doors. On the top right corner is the Deaf Women of Chicago logo.

Transcript: Hello. I'm Kim Mokris, Deaf Women Chicago (DWC) Registration Chair. We are excited that the time is nearing for the Deaf Women United (DWU)'s biennial conference this coming July 14 to 17, 2021. Time sure is flying by quickly. Have you registered yet? If you haven't, the ticket price of $375 will end on February 28, 2021. Starting March 1, 2021, the price will increase to $425. Grab the opportunity to register now! Did you know, we accept payment plans! The first deposit is $100 then you will make two more payments of $100 then a final payment of $75. Your balance must be zero by May 30, 2021. If you have any questions about registration, feel free to contact me at [email protected]. The Eventbrite link will also be posted so you can register. Time is running out, register soon to secure your spot! Hope to see you at the conference!

Deaf Women of Chicago
09/15/2020

Deaf Women of Chicago

ID:
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The background is black with text in white or yellow. The color is indicated in parentheses.
Did you know… (in white)
A row of various upside down triangles in teal, yellow, burnt orange, yellow, black, green, blue, purple and yellow.
Sears Tower has one of the fastest elevators in the world, going 1,600 feet a minute. (in white)
A row of various upside down triangles in teal, yellow, burnt orange, yellow, black, green, blue, purple and yellow.
To the right side of the text, there is an image of downtown Chicago skyscrapers lit up at dusk. The tallest skyscraper is Sears Tower with many lights on many floors and pink colored satellites on top.
Come to the conference and experience jaw-dropping speeds! (in white)
Chicago July 14-18, 2021 (in yellow)

Deaf Women of Chicago
09/15/2020

Deaf Women of Chicago

#DWUChi2021

ID: Pink background with abstract purple plants on each corner. Text reads: Benefits of attending Deaf Women United Conference:
Empowerment
Personal growth
Healing journey
Network with women
Learn from women
Unite with women

Check it out
09/15/2020

Check it out

Register today! https://bit.ly/DWU2021
#DWUChi2021

ID: (Text from top to bottom.)
The background is dark gray, aside from the image with white font.
Did you know… Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in America.
An image of Wrigley Field. The image consists of people entering a circular building that is white, brown and green. There are some flags around the marquee. The marquee says “Wrigley Field, Home of Chicago Cubs, Phillies 0, Cubs 2, Bottom 3rd, Toyota”. The sky is blue with a few clouds.
Join us for the conference, and visit the “Friendly Confines”!
Chicago July 14-18, 2021

Check it out.
09/15/2020

Check it out.

#DWUChi2021

ID:
(Text from top to bottom).
The background is teal with blue or purple text. The color is indicated in parentheses.
Did you know… (in purple)
What… Beaches in Chicago?!?!? You bet! (in navy blue)
Image of downtown Chicago in the background with lake Michigan in front of it and a sandy beach with some people on it.
Chicago is home to 26 miles of lakefront with 25 beaches. (In navy blue)
Be sure to come to the conference and check out one of our beautiful beaches! (in navy blue)
Chicago July 14-18, 2021 (in purple)

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day! “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”-Michelle Obama. #wome...
08/26/2020

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day! “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”-Michelle Obama. #womensequalityday #deafwomen #deafwomenofcolor #deaf Image Description: pink background with 5 diversity females in different styles of clothings. Words are Equality for Women.

08/13/2020
The Daily Moth

MUST WATCH!

Sarah Young Bear Brown sits down with “The Daily Moth” to talk about her beadwork, her political activism, the sign for “Native American,” and her thoughts on Black Lives Matter and Indian mascots. She also opens up about the 2018 incident and provides her side of the story.

Check it out!

Transcript: https://www.dailymoth.com/blog/sarah-young-bear-brown-interview

Sarah Young Bear Brown sits down with “The Daily Moth” to talk about her beadwork, her political activism, the sign for “Native American,” and her thoughts on Black Lives Matter and Indian mascots. She also opens up about the 2018 incident and provides her side of the story.

Transcript: https://www.dailymoth.com/blog/sarah-young-bear-brown-interview

07/18/2020
Deaf Women of Chicago

Check it out

Join us next year at the Deaf Women United conference in Chicago on July 14-18, 2021! Register TODAY! bit.ly/DWU2021

Video Description: Two white women wearing black shirts that reads #DWULove in the shade under a tree, which is also visible in the background. The Deaf Women of Chicago logo is on the top right corner throughout the video. At the end the video fades to the Conference Logo which is an abstract skyline of the city of Chicago with the word CHICAGO, and below reads DEAF WOMEN UNITED NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2021 and "SOAR WITH THE WIND" directly below.

Transcript: (Julia) Hello! I’m Julia Anderson. We are the co-chairs. (Carol) I’m Carol Nemecek-Kowalski. (Julia) We are thrilled to host the Deaf Women United (DWU) biennial conference here in Chicago in 2021! (Carol) The conference will have many activities including Art Gallery, Workshops, Keynote speakers, Silent Auction, Cake Auction, many events, and a Gala! (Julia) You do not want to miss out! (Carol) For more information about the conference, please visit the website: bit.ly/DWU2021. (Carol) Eventful! (Julia) You can’t MISS this! (Fade to Conference Logo)

Beautiful artwork completed by those who participated in Mia's Live Watercolor Painting Event!   Mia is contemplating to...
07/18/2020

Beautiful artwork completed by those who participated in Mia's Live Watercolor Painting Event! Mia is contemplating to do another event with a different theme, If you are interested, please let us know! Thank You!

07/13/2020
Water Color Painting with Mia Sanchez of Dame Art Studio! The event will be on July 18th for only $20! This will be limi...
07/13/2020

Water Color Painting with Mia Sanchez of Dame Art Studio!
The event will be on July 18th for only $20! This will be limited to 25 participants so grab quickly! Materials are listed in the registration form. Registration link: https://forms.gle/JqRuKZwqxfXWDcVA7

06/20/2020
Gallaudet University

“We must teach, learn, teach and provide mentorship and support to create change.”- Dr. Laurene Simms. Powerful dialogue on systematic racism and the change that needs to happen.

Thank you Dr. Simms for asking hard questions within ourselves and teaching us about humanity. We need to dismantle systemic barriers, so all can thrive!

Watch the full candid conversation between Dr. Laurene Simms and President Roberta Cordano at https://gu.live/Convo

06/19/2020
Deaf Women of Color

#Juneteenthcelebration #Deafwomenofcolor #2020

#juneteenthcelebration #juneteenth #juneteenth2020

06/14/2020
Deaf Women of Color

Repost from Deaf Women of Color and ProtestAccess

Antines Davis taught a group of Milwaukee protesters how to sign “#blacklivesmatter” in #ASL


[Visual description & transcript]: [Antines “NuNu” Davis, a Deaf Black activist, stands above a crowd in what looks like the back of a red pickup truck. She has very long braids and is wearing a light blue button-up shirt, a baseball cap, and a wrist brace on her right wrist. She signs towards the crowd as an interpreter translates over a loudspeaker] [Davis] And we're gonna sign slow. I'm gonna teach you all. And you can copy my signs. Are you ready? Are you ready?! [Voices in crowd] Yes! [Davis] Alright! [Davis signs each word slowly, teaching the crowd] Black! Lives! Matter! Again. Black Lives Matter! Let's go! [crowd cheers and applauds]

Repost from @protestaccess

Antines Davis taught a group of Milwaukee protesters how to sign “#blacklivesmatter” in #ASL


[Visual description & transcript]: [Antines “NuNu” Davis, a Deaf Black activist, stands above a crowd in what looks like the back of a red pickup truck. She has very long braids and is wearing a light blue button-up shirt, a baseball cap, and a wrist brace on her right wrist. She signs towards the crowd as an interpreter translates over a loudspeaker] [Davis] And we're gonna sign slow. I'm gonna teach you all. And you can copy my signs. Are you ready? Are you ready?! [Voices in crowd] Yes! [Davis] Alright! [Davis signs each word slowly, teaching the crowd] Black! Lives! Matter! Again. Black Lives Matter! Let's go! [crowd cheers and applauds]

06/12/2020
Riverside's LulaRoe

LuLaRoe Riverside is doing a fundraiser for DWU's national conference in July 2021! Your purchases will go towards the fundraiser! Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2788645844578528

Live: fundraiser proceeds go to deaf women united !
Come and help me sell 50 today!
*No credits can be used
*can’t pass or holding
Help me by share away please :)

Dear all,Deaf Women United (DWU) is absolutely saddened to see the latest affairs surrounding police brutality towards t...
06/02/2020

Dear all,
Deaf Women United (DWU) is absolutely saddened to see the latest affairs surrounding police brutality towards the Black and Brown communities, especially these escalated acts of racist, targeted brutality made by the police throughout the United States the past few days when these communities came together to express their grievances against the murderous oppression. These grievances were justifiably carried out through demonstrations, protests, and riots, throughout cities in the United States and the world, only to be met with further scolding disapproval and ignorance due to the expectation for peaceful demands for justice. We are discontented by the pushback we have been witnessing regarding the Black and Brown communities’ pleas for anti-racism love, work, and allyship. We have absolutely no qualms about the Black Lives Matter message and its movement. It’s a message of high magnitude that needs to be absorbed, as the need for it has been in existence for the past 400+ years and a massive collective effort on doing inner self-work is sorely overdue for anyone with white privilege.

We are absolutely disappointed to realize that we had no explicit commitment to antiracism in our organization and we are determined to show our solidarity in a proactive way, which we will begin through establishing our commitment to antiracism work now and onwards. First, we want to bring forth the definition of antiracism work through Ibram X. Kendi’s ​How to be Antiracist:

“What’s the problem with being 'not racist'? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: 'I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.' But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of 'racist' isn’t 'not racist.' It is 'antiracist.'"

The essential purpose of antiracism is due to the fact that all the issues the Black and Brown communities face for merely existing in their bodies are violations of the very essence of human rights. With the nature of our organization being dedicated to anyone who identifies as a woman, we recognize that women each have a role in this racial system. Black and Brown women and girls face so much oppression stemmed from racism, sexism, and sexual violence. These women are at greater risks of facing things ranging from complications or death during childbirth, to delivering stillborn babies, to sex trafficking, to being culturally appropriated, to being ignored, dismissed, or abused in workplaces, and to burdens of being expected to perform emotional labor for others. Furthermore, we, as an organization, face a profound need in promoting accountability within our white women membership population.

We are currently strategizing on our plan of action when it comes to integrating antiracism work into the daily implementation of our organization’s mission. For the time being, please start exploring your end of doing antiracist work through connecting to the organizations of Deaf Women of Color and National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. (NBDA) along with the resource webpage on DeafPower’s ​website​ -

Black lives matter.

With sincere regards,
The Board of Deaf Women United
- Kristina Bernhardt, Chair
- Kim Minard, Vice Chair
- Emily Catalfamo, Communications Chair
- Julia Anderson, Conference Chair
- Nicolette Obidos, Events Chair
- Renca Dunn, Finances Chair
- Rosevetta Jackson, Outreach Chair
- Julie Spigner, Programs Chair
- Maddie Fears, Youth Chair

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