A Day Without Immigrants- A Message from deaffriendly.com

Posted by: Staff Writer on Feb. 16, 2017

Across the country coffee shops, stores, restaurants and gas stations have shuttered their doors. Many businesses have closed for the day in observance of "Day Without Immigrants."  

While we focus almost exclusively at deaffriendly.com on rating businesses on their deaf-friendly customer service, we know that our vision to create a more deaf-friendly world cannot ever be treated as a single tier issue- all people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That's why today, we've decided to close too. To stand in solidarity with immigrants around the nation, their families and friends.

We know too, our community is beautifully diverse and Deaf people from all over the world stand for improved education for Deaf children, better access for Deaf people, and a more welcoming environment. Our community in turn benefits tremendously from those who are immigrants and whose descendants are immigrants in the form of exposure to new signed languages, new cultures, and a depth and breadth of knowledge and talent immigrants bring.

We do not believe in banning people of any kind: immigrants, disabled people, Deaf people. We are concerned about the deportations happening in our country, we are concerned about the human rights of Deaf people who are not being provided interpreters or receiving legal access, and we stand with them in solidarity in our collective fight to make sure we are building bridges between worlds and not walls.




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