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2015 Day of Mourning Vigil Sites

In the past five years, over seventy people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents.

These acts are horrific enough on their own. But they exist in the context of a larger pattern. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and  comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victim is disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats.

For the last four years, ASAN, ADAPT, Not Dead Yet, the National Council on Independent Living, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and other disability rights organizations have come together at local vigils across the country to mourn those losses, bring awareness to these tragedies, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.

On March 1st, we will come together again, and we ask you to join us.

Current Vigil Sites:

Tempe, AZ
Facebook event
Xander McDonald,

Berkeley, CA
Facebook event
Brent White,
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), co-sponsor

Los Angeles, CA
Facebook event
Daniel Obejas,

Sacramento, CA
Facebook event
Stacy Shaw,

Washington, DC
Facebook event
Jean Winegardner,

Atlanta/Decatur, GA
Facebook event
Kit Mead,

Chicago, IL
Facebook event
Steph Ban,

Cambridge, MA
Facebook event
Finn Gardiner,

Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, MI
Facebook event
Jonas Blauer,

Twin Cities, MN
Facebook event
Gretchen Johnson
Chris Juhn,

Edison, NJ
Carole Tonks,

Albuquerque, NM
Facebook event
Star Ford,

Albany, NY
Facebook event
Shain Neumeier,
Yosef Treitman,

New York City, NY (Manhattan)
Facebook event
Sam Barwick,

New City, NY
Facebook event
Jason Ross,

Rochester, NY
Facebook event
Diane Coleman,

Portland, OR
Facebook event
Phoebe Loomis,

Philadelphia, PA
Facebook event
Xeno Washburne,

Pittsburgh, PA
Facebook event
Jess Hughes,

Houston, TX
Facebook event
Morénike Giwa Onaiwu,

Seattle, WA
Facebook event
Kit Albrecht,

Beloit, WI
Facebook event
Reid Caplan,
Beloit Cross-Disability Coalition, co-sponsor



New Westminster, BC
Facebook event
Alanna Whitney,


Facebook event
Kylie Boazman,


John Meghen,




A virtual vigil will be held online for those unable to make it to an in person location.
Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone,
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