This is a round up of the coverage (I know about), for the protests on Wednesday 25 May 2011, in support of the Italian Deaf community in their quest for recognition of LIS. Before the jump, this rallying of support - it is a privilege to be part of such a community. Watching the videos, looking at the photos and commentary; I know I'm not the only one who's proud of you all.
A comment from John:
We had a great day today. We were opposite the Italian Embassy from 12noon until 3pm and signed 'LIS YES, LMG NO', with a few drums and rackets to make some noise. Stefania Bella and Marco Nardi, our resident Italians, went to the back gate to hand in the petition and the police were already there to push them out. Luckily two Embassy staff came in and claimed 'they knew all about it'; they were willing to take the petition to the appropriate office. Thanks to Ramas Rentelis and Alison Bryan for their help. We were also filmed by the Hub and See Hear - we should see something on the TV soon.
Hats off to: Stefania Bella, Marco Nardi and Ramas Rentelis and everyone else who protested.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
LIS Protest at the front of City Hall, Belfast (video by Paul Stewart, on Facebook)
Belfast collected an additional 244 paper signatures, from people on the street. And also got the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery to sign the petition!
Hats off to: Lina Cankas, Jamie Rea, Danny Rea, Richard Beattie and that blue eyed fella from Dublin (sorry Lina doesn't remember his full name) , Colette McMahon, Paul Stewart, Rory Mcgee, Éamon James McCaffrey, Bernadette McCaffrey & their wee sweet son, Adam McCormick, Holy Lane, Bar.
John Bosco Conama at the Italian Embassy in Dublin, "Newsflash ambassador refused to take in letter and petition even after opening them. We re angry and still waiting for an answer!"
Photos by Elizabeth Fitzgerald: Protest for Deaf Italian Community @ Italian Embassy (on Facebook)
Kevin G Mulqueen: Vigil Protesting at Italian Embassy (video on Facebook)
John Bosco Conama: Vigil outside the Italian Embassy, Dublin (video on Facebook)
Elizabeth Fitzgerald: Protest for Deaf Italian Community @ Italian Embassy, Dublin (Facebook)
Hats off to: John Bosco Conama, Irish Deaf Society and everyone who protested.
Hats off to: Ace Seyed-Ali, Rita Mazza and everyone else who protested.
Hats off to: Belén Navas and everyone else who protested.
Washington DC, USA
LIS Protest at the Embassy of ItalyM (photos by Jean Boutcher, on Facebook)
The source of this information is from Robert Mason (on Facebook), which I've edited a bit to suit here (the substance remains the same):
30+ people showed up and made their presence along with a later suprise visit from the NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum; and Chief Operating Officer, Shane Feldman.
One Deaf Italian Gal, Gallaudet student, DODA shared her deep knowledge of what was going on with the Italian legislative process and IMG. She explained that the IMG was on the Italian law books for years until the younger generation demanded that the current law to be formally recognized as the Italian Sign Language, not the Mime and Gesture.
Jason Lamberton, the Yaon (French) and Matt Malzuhun had a conversation with the Consul Attache. The Consular Attache said that Rome did get the messages from DC and other places.
Howard (NAD) told the protestors that the NAD was all behind the international protest.
Hats off to: Jason Lamberton and his co-host Yoan and everyone who protested at Washington DC.
San Francisco, USA
Hats off to: Ella Mae Lentz and everyone who showed up in SF yesterday.
Boston was closed at noon yesterday, but they are supposed to be going today.
The Plan to Petition the Decision on LIS (video by John Pirone).
Video of the protest at the Italian Consulate, Boston
Hats off to: John Pirone and everyone else involved in Massachusetts
Rochester, NY, USA
A staff person was met at the Consulate. More on this later - Patti Durr is going to try and put together her experience later. (If she does, I'll link here - check back)
Hats off to: Patti Durr
Informal meeting with the official representatives at the General Consulate of Italy; in Osaka, Japan.
Hats off to: Emilio Insolera, Hirota Yoshiharu, Danny Gong, Yasunori Shimamoto.
I assume this protest was at the Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires.
Hats off to: Argentinian protestors!
The centre of it all.
News summary in LIS from TG3 (Italian TV). The campaign for LIS is 3 minutes in.
Hats off to: the Italian Deaf Community! We're right behind you.
Do you know any more? That's what the comment box is for.