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We are heartbroken to announce the death of Alphonso Taylor (sign name: *AP* on temple) who was proudly from Baltimore, MD. He is a cherished member of HEARD’s team who is deeply loved and missed.

Video Description: First two videos from zoom app appeared. The video screen on the left shows a Black person with a black beanie hat and glasses, wearing black jacket, sitting down behind a gray wall and bookshelf in the corner using ASL. The video screen on the right shows a young light skinned Latinx with brown hair down, wearing a green sweatshirt with a white lace knotted on the top, sitting on a brown couch using ASL.

ASL Transcript:

TL: HEARD has some sad news to share with our communities. Unfortunately, yesterday one of our community members passed away. His name is Alphonso Taylor, name sign *AP at temple*.

Esperanza: We really miss, care for, and love him so much. He was a really significant part of our deaf/disabled communities. He was part of HEARD’s core team and part of our Public Education Team (PET) and participated in many other things! Amazing! We really miss and love him so much. Unfortunately, we do not have much information about the services yet but will share more information soon. Thank you.

Video changes to a HEARD conversation between Esperanza TL & Alphonso. Alphonso is a Black man with a kufi on who is seated in a room in a prison. Alphonso responds to a question from TL or Esperanza in Black ASL:

When I first found out about HEARD and TL, Esperanza, and the others were doing, I thought to myself:

Naahh. This isn’t something I’m interested in. It’s not for me.

But the more I learned and got involved, the more I felt I could support HEARD. I could help improve the situation for deaf imprisoned people. I felt that my experiences and stories are valuable and we can use them for our advocacy.

Screen changes to a HEARD joint meeting following the FCC commissioners meetings. Alphonso shares how the meeting with the commissioners went with the other seven core HEARD team members:

I really want to thank you all for bringing me on to the team! I really appreciate that.

So I want to let y’all know that today at the FCC commissioner meeting, I really poured everything into that and shared a lot. I think the stories about my experiences and what I went through while I was incarcerated really impacted the FCC.

Thank y’all for the the advocacy and fighting for the future of incarcerated people! I hope HEARD keeps fighting and never gives up! We just gotta keep pushin’!

Video fades to a screen grab from one of HEARD’s Public Ed Team meetings with nine people with ILYs or hands waving. Camera zooms in on Alphonso’s photo.

Image fades out. Image of Alphonso looking into the sky with a background of purple yellow and pink fluffy clouds behind him. He looks toward a heart and a peace symbol. On the left side of the image are three Black and brown skinned fists raised in the fist of power and unity.

Image fades to the final image which says Rest in Peace, Alphonso. We love you!

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