Gloria Ferris

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Blogging in Tongues Against HB 477 Recap

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Yesterday was quite a day here in the Ohio Blogosphere, and I was glad to be part of it.  Last week Jill Miller Zimon had one of those creative ideas that has made her quite famous or notorious in the Blog World.  She asked her fellow bloggers to take one day-Tuesday June 9th and write why they thought the latest ENGLISH ONLY bill that passed the Ohio house and is headed for a  Senate Committee  is a very bad idea.  Now, for a lot of people that would have been the end of the creativity, but not Jill.  She suggested that we choose a foreign language and write our post in that language.

As people signed on, the languages were flying fast and furiously-Vietnamese, Hungarian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu, and there I was with three years of high school Spanish taken 40 years ago.  I was obviously out of my league, and then, Jill told me it would be quite easy with google translator.  I immediately signed up.

Jill created a blog just for this effort and you can read all of the posts here in English.  But I would suggest, at least, checking out each blog for the  original post in a foreign language.  It will give you a feel for just how difficult and frustrating it is when there is a language barrier.  These bloggers not only did a stand up job with the task given them, but each and every blog on this list is worth a periodic visit if you are a person who wants to know what is going on in Ohio and beyond.

American Pink Collar (French)

Bad American  (Polish)

bitter-girl::musings (German)

blogesque   (Korean)

Blue Bexley  (Dutch)

Bring Ohio Home  (Czech)

Bring Ohio Home (German)

Buckeye State Blog (Italian)

Glass City Jungle (Hungarian)

Gloria Ferris  (Spanish)

Ohio Daily Blog  (Croatian)

Pho’s Akron Pages (Vietnamese)

Plunderbund (Redneck)

Rowsey Blog (Spanish)

The Chief Source (Spanish) at the point

The Daily Bellwether  (French) 

Tim Ferris  (French)

Writes Like She Talks (Portuguese)

One of the things I found truly amazing was the common threads that were woven through the posts.  Each of us wrote these independently and in our own style but we all came to the same conclusions that the bill is exclusionary, that it panders to a certain mindset, that it reflects badly on Ohio when it comes to the subject of immigration,  that it will be costly, that it appears to be nearly unenforceable, that technology advances are not taken into account,  that there are so many exceptions to the rule that it is essentially meaningless, and therefore, has the look and feel of politics at its worst.  If we truly want to have an English Only state why isn’t more done to see that English as a Second Language classes are a priority?

I can’t wait for Jill’s next great idea.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Oh, she gave you homework too.  She has asked that every reader write or contact their legislator to voice their opposition.  And for those of you, who are in favor you should contact your legislators too.  Of course, I doubt if you are reading my blog, but if you are I want to be democratic.  Hmm, with legislators passing this kind of legislation, I wonder how much longer we will be able to consider ourselves a democratic society.    

Written by Gloria Ferris

June 11th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Posted in Cleveland

3 Responses to 'Blogging in Tongues Against HB 477 Recap'

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  1. Gloria, what a great post!!! Thank you so much! lol And I will remind everyone what I tell you all the time: it is you and others I’ve met through blogging who are like you and have been activists and organizers your whole lives who’ve inspired me to realize that I can do an awful lot more than I do. No denigration to my writing but we can and need to do more. I would have been okay if I was the lone blog writing in a foreign tongue but it was absolutely fantastic to have 18 others!!!

    Thank you Gloria – it’s because of you doing what you do that I feel able to do too. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE defying the stereotypes of bloggers. 🙂


    11 Jun 08 at 3:15 PM

  2. Those aren’t the only stereotypes I like to defy. Blogger stereotypes are just one of the many I would like to change.

    I know you feel that way too. Of course, we can always count on our French sister at American Pink Collar to agree with us on this point.

    Gloria Ferris

    11 Jun 08 at 3:54 PM

  3. Jill and Gloria,

    We should have a blogger meeting to establish our defying blogger’s stereotype…it would appeal to me. Breakfast at Lucky’s to discuss? Anyone interested?


    21 Jun 08 at 3:30 AM

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