Lawmakers ask that a sign-language interpreter be added to the White House’s popular coronavirus press briefings

Lawmakers ask that a sign-language interpreter be added to the White House’s popular coronavirus press briefingsThe Congressional Deaf Caucus is fighting to have sign language interpreters at all televised White House public health press briefings. The chairs of the caucus, Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and John Rutherford (R-Fla.), sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence…

The Ways We Speak

THE WAYS WE SPEAK Originally published in The Rumpus In the 1998 Flower Valley Elementary production of Peter Pan, I was cast as J.M. Barrie’s mute American Indian Tiger Lily, daughter of the Chieftain Great Big Little Panther, who is captured by the Pirates, then left to drown on Marooner’s Rock before Peter Pan comes to…

A neighborhood in need of a bus

A neighborhood in need of a bus Originally published in The Washington Post The Montgomery County Council recently made $4 million in cuts to transportation services, including the elimination of proposed Ride On bus service to Tobytown that was scheduled to begin Oct. 1. Tobytown is a historically black and low-income mixed-housing development in affluent Potomac, just a couple of…

E. Ethelbert Miller: A Mentor for Social Change

E. Ethelbert Miller: A Mentor for Social Change Read the original in The Writer Center’s Summer Issue. Poet, memoirist, and essayist E. Ethelbert Miller relaxes into a brightly colored classroom chair wearing his signature purple-framed glasses and fedora. Having just come from his talk at American University about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s multiple award-winning memoir, Between the…