In the past five years, over one hundred and eighty people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents.
Tuesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.
We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. 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 victims are 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.
But it doesn’t have to.
For the last five 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 to mourn the lives lost to filicide, bring awareness to these tragedies, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.
On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, ASAN and the wider disability community will be holding vigils to mourn the lives of those we’ve lost and bringing awareness to this horrific trend of violence against our community.
On March 1st, we will come together again, and we ask you to join us.
If you are interested in organizing a vigil in your community, please sign up here.
Current vigil sites:
Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Racey, email@example.com
Brent White, firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Hueneme, CA
Karen Reilly, email@example.com
Stacy Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Best, email@example.com
Bennett Gaddes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steph Ban, email@example.com
Finn Gardiner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Lee, email@example.com
Twin Cities, MN
Gretchen Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas City, MO
Spencer Hunley, email@example.com
Sarah Dresser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carole Tonks, email@example.com
New Brunswick, NJ
Aaron Zisook, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY
Elizabeth Rosenzweig, email@example.com
David Cusack Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ericka Jones, email@example.com
Melanie Hecker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Graydon, email@example.com
Joshua White, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tess Speranza, email@example.com
Cori Frazer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Anderson, email@example.com
Chad Beadles, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Espinoza, email@example.com
Disability Alliance, Disabilityalliancevt@gmail.com
Haley Outlaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Caplan, email@example.com
New Westminster, BC
Alanna Whitney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Baden Gaeke Franz, email@example.com