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Acknowledging Black Lives Matter
PCRID stands with the Black community and others around the world with a commitment to end racism, violence, and injustice. We acknowledge the horrific events which include the death of George Floyd, and acknowledge the outrage being expressed all around the U.S. and the world in response to a long history of not being listened to and actions not being taken to end police brutality and systemic oppression.
We PCRID acknowledge that power and privilege, together with explicit and implicit biases have resulted in inequities in the field of sign language interpreting. We acknowledge the impact to Black interpreters and to the Black Deaf community and stand with you— our community, colleagues, friends, and fellow humans— being a relentless demand that Black voices are heard, and Black lives are held vital.
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PCRID and the Impact of the Pandemic
A message from the PCRID President, Traci Ison
Dear PCRID Members,
When the pandemic happened, it did not occur to the PCRID board as appropriate or responsible to move forward with business as usual pretending nothing has or is happening in the world. The Pandemic has hit many people hard. Many interpreters and people in our field who we live, love, and work beside have been experiencing reduction of work & income, loss of loved ones, and loss of life. Now, perhaps more than ever before, each one of us is impacted by the uncertainty and the fear and concern that comes with it. Cynicism and resignation is at an all time high.
While I do not know what the future holds, there is one thing that is for certain— it is that life is uncertain. In the face of everything that is happening, I continue to be committed to being your president & leader for this organization. I am declaring the possibility of this volunteer-led organization and our community being compassionate, open, brave, and empowering. My request is that every member of the interpreter community, together with stakeholders and allies, take on speculating what it looks like to create newly with discovery and innovation.
PCRID President 2019-2020