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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

BREAKING NEWS--Congresswoman Norton compares UFG to American Revolution of 1776

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton today spoke of the Unity for Gallaudet protest of 2006 as a "student uprising" and a "revolution" at the Installation of Robert R. Davila as Gallaudet's Ninth President:



Students probably regard the uprising of 2006 as their revolution, yet they and all of us who love Gallaudet and who read history know all too well that revolutions do not always bring the changes that are promised.


Congresswoman Norton then went on to compare the Unity for Gallaudet protest to the American Revolution of 1776, saying: "...we are still trying to realize some of its major promises," in reference to the fact that the American Revolution of 1776 was fought over the issue of democratic representation, and that citizens of the District of Columbia, including Gallaudet student residents of DC, are still today denied full representation in the US Congress.

Congresswoman Norton's comments have important implications for the future of Gallaudet, as the issue of the American Deaf Community involvement in Gallaudet's governance is raised. Many believe that members of Gallaudet's Board of Trustees should be elected by the alumni members of Gallaudet, or appointed in a more democratic fashion.

Currently the Education of the Deaf Act specifies that the Board members are empowered to select their own members. The Gallaudet University Alumni Association recently requested that the composition of the Gallaudet Board of Trustees be changed to incorporate a super majority of 75% of Gallaudet alumni members.

CLICK HERE to read Congresswoman Norton's speech.

CLICK HERE to read a translation of President Davila's Installation Speech.

CLICK HERE to read previous posts of the Gallaudet Protest Legal Issues blog.


Blogger RLM said...

That's what I made the analogy of the UFG to the American Revolution last summer 2006.

I like to make a correction on Rep. Holmes Norton. The real apporitate way is Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, not Rep. Holmes Norton.

Please identify Delegate Elenaor Holmes Norton as a non-representative of District of Columbia. Thanks.

Robert L. Mason (RLM)

May 9, 2007 at 7:00 PM  

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