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A big concern for Deaf residents who lives in the District of Columbia and pay membership fees for District Columbia Association of the Deaf (DCAD). Profiling and criminalizing is not funny.

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Important message. Sharing big concern. Deaf residents who lives in District of Columbia must be aware about this message. Why? DCAD (District of Columbia Association of the Deaf) whose Deaf residents pay for membership fees. Let’s take a look at the MISSION written by DCAD:

“As a culturally diverse organization, the Association shall be operated mainly to enable the deaf in the District of Columbia to promote and maintain:

-Empowerment to the deaf citizens in the District of Columbia
-Equal political, social, and economic access among the deaf
-Advocacy and social network.

Notice four factors? Diverse. Empower Deaf residents in D.C.; Equal social, political and economic. Networking: Advocacy. Interesting. Hello, DCAD?

Why? I am a regular Metro (D.C.’s “subway alike” access) and noticed something that really got my attention that must show the viewers to see this.

SECURITY INSPECTIONS:

Metro Transit Police may inspect carry-on items in the Metro system. We ask for your cooperation when we conduct inspections.

Please be aware that:

-Metro Transit Police may inspect any carry-on items brought in the Metro system.
-All customers who enter Metrorail are subject to inspections.
-If your carry-on item is selected for inspection, it will be opened and examined in your presence.
-If you refuse to cooperate, you will be prohibited from bringing the item into the Metro system.

That’s new, folks. They think they have the power to inspect whatever they want to. You must protect your rights. Why? Constitutional rights. For example, 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Amendment IV:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

That is critical information. I’ve seen it with my own eyes, targeting, profiling and criminalizing People of Color. Anytime. Now, the biggest concern: People of Color Deaf. Doesn’t matter. Deaf from all walks of life could be applied, too. Doesn’t matter. That’s big NO-NO. Important to be aware about 4th Amendment. Constitution protects the Deaf citizens. What happened today? Culture of fear? Don’t give up your rights.

Concern: DCAD. I wrote last April 2018 for DEAF LIFE: “Our Constitutional Crisis” discussing the importance of Constitution rights. When Deaf people are facing a time of crisis, it is extremely important that they understand their Constitutional rights. For the last seven years, I’ve been asking Deaf people the question whether they know their Constitutional rights “Ten Amendments” from heart. Only one Deaf person answered it all correctly. One of the DCAD’s board whose son answered all correctly. The first Deaf person ever.

Another concern: Current DCAD Vice President. I asked the VP the question. The VP does not know. Bingo. The article I wrote discussed where a Deaf woman I chatted with sharing her experience about an encounter with local police, and how an officer, who knew a little bit of ASL, told her, “I am cold, I need to come in,” and forced himself into her house without her permission. She told me that she felt violated. Just because Deaf person was loud. The neighbor called police for no reason.

Then I asked her if she knew anything about the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. She said, “No” then I felt the need to educate her about it. I told her that the police officer violated the Fourth Amendment. Then I had a discussion with board member from DCAD about this. Seems that it is not important topic.

Important that DC Deaf residents must know their Constitutional rights. Don’t be afraid at all. Must safeguard your Constitutional rights all the time. I’m sure that the Vice President for DCAD either would quickly grab the handbook and study before anyone ask the Vice President. “I know” or does not care at all. DCAD: Empowerment. Social. Economic. Political. Networking: Advocacy. Diverse. Hmmm. That is a big concern.

Deaf People of color. Deaf people from all walks. It is important to show the card, “4th Amendment” and protect your Constitutional rights. All the time.

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