Monday, June 1, 2009

March/Rally on June 16

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Meet at 11:00am

Location: Intersection of Austin Street and Franklin Street (near Harris County's Criminal courthouse click this link at

(For those who can not walk, meet at 12:30pm at a park by Houston City Hall - 901 Bagby, across the street from Tranquily Park - click this link at

Deaf/hard of hearing individuals, members of the Deaf community, and supporters.

Reason for this march/rally:
On May 16, 2009, there was a Deaf community meeting, and we, Deaf individuals, and our supporters decided to do something by planning to have a march-rally since we've had ongoing complaints regarding access to the City of Houston services including law enforcements, municipal courts, and other services. They routinely refuse to accommodate deaf citizens.

So, we are planning the march-rally in downtown Houston to City Hall to address these issues to the mayor and City Council on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 (Again, our march begins at 11:00am, and for who can not walk, meet at our rally at 12;30pm). The city council meeting starts at 1:30pm.

For signs, everybody is encouraged to make their own sign, and bring them over to the march/rally. We suggest the statements on the sign are suggested as follows (no obscence allowed, please, if you are not sure, just email at
- "City of Houston and 1998 DOJ Settlements, what happened?"
- "Don't Forget 1998 Settlements"
-"Stop Repeating History"
-"Enough is Enough!"
-"Deaf Citizens have civil rights, too!"
-"No More Discrimination!"
-"Communication Access Now!"

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to email at or leave a comment here.

Co-leaders of Houston Deaf Community's June 16 March-Rally:

Brian Determan
Danny Warthling
Kathy Walters
Kim Mitchell
Ovi Velaquez


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  2. Hi Ovi and all,
    I removed my previous comment above after I read Koch's blog. Apparently there were so many people who were unaware of your action. Keep the moment going by asking them to get together and provide some awareness programs like I did with Sam Carpenter who was former San Antonio policeman. We provided videotape about Deaf people's experience with San Antonio police. and trained them to know few sign languages so they can be able to communicate with them.
    Try to contact him in San Antonio (Northern Hills Church) and get some info about the workshop that he may help you and to set up Deaf awareness program in Houston Police Department.
    Hope that helps,