Recommended Reading, June 28

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G20 Protest Disability-Related News Stories

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Photo by Hillary Lindsay for the Toronto Media Co-Op, used under a Creative Commons License.

Emomotimi Azorbo, a Deaf man, was arrested in Toronto for stepping off the sidewalk and being unable to hear the police’s demands that he get back on the sidewalk. The police would not allow his friend, who knew Sign, to community with him, and handcuffed Azorbo, which prevented him from communicating with anyone.

According to the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Hearing Society’s Gary Malkowski said the police failure to allow an interpreter who was not an officer to assist communication violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Ubyssey [University of British Columbia Student Newspaper]: Deaf man released on bail: Exclusive Photos of g20 arrest

“It was a great deal of misunderstanding from both sides,” he said. “[Azorbo] bumped into police…and the police starting yelling at them to get back, he didn’t understand. His friends were trying to tell the police that he was deaf, trying to explain the communication barrier.”

“[The police] were about to let him leave, but then he got into their faces, and then was tackled,” added Thibault. “I think he was just intimidated.”

Toronto Mobilize: Support Emomotimi!

The Spoke: Deaf Demonstrator Released on Bail [in PDF, Text only transcription]

Toronto Media Co-Op (Grassroots Media): An Accessible Movement

Disabled people were setting the pace of Friday’s anti-G20 march, says Andrew Mindscenthy.

Mindszenthy is a member of Disability Action Movement Now (DAMN), a cross-disability coalition that includes disabled people and people affected by ableism.

Globe and Mail (Mainstream Media): Deaf man arrested in G20 protest granted bail

Toronto Star (Mainstream Media): Deaf protester expected in court today

Key Quote: “Handcuffing a deaf person is like putting duct tape over a hearing person’s mouth,” he said. “It’s a violation of their human rights.”

The above links focus specifically on disability-related news stories. For grass-roots and up-to-the-minute report on the G20 protests, the Toronto Police State, the 4 a.m. arrests of social justice activists, etc:

Rabble’s Staff Blog [Independent Media]

Steve Paikin’s twitter feed [Journalist]

The Toronto Media Co-Op (part of the Dominion newsgroup) has up-to-the-minute updates [Grass-Roots Media] (Community Organizers thrown in Unmarked Police Vans en Route to Press Conference on Targeted Arrests)

Illegal Soul is bfp’s tumblr, where she is posting updates from protestors she knows in Toronto.

Sabotabby is posting updates from Toronto.

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October 4 2010 has been set as the date for the first conference in New Zealand on Access Tourism.

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  1. Just to let you know, the Toronto Star link no longer directs to the original article. It now directs to a more general article about 4 G-20 Ringleaders being expected in court, with only a small mention of Emomotimi Azorbo. Google, however, has a cache of the original article available herefor now.

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