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Find your local Day of Mourning vigil site

In the past five years, over 650 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers.

On Friday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.

In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost over 70 more people to filicide. These are just the cases that we are aware of – since we began monitoring this issue, we learn about more murders every week. We read the victims’ names, see their photographs, and gather what information we can about their lives. The criminal justice system has continued to give lighter sentences to parents and caregivers who murder disabled children. And we have seen the news media continue to portray these murders in a sympathetic light. We hold the Day of Mourning vigils to draw attention to these injustices, to commemorate the lives of victims, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.

Since 2012, ASAN and other disability rights organizations have come together to send a clear message that disability is not a justification for violence. We’ll be at our local vigils on Friday, March 1st – and we hope to see you there.

If you cannot attend a vigil in-person, please consider taking part in our Virtual Vigil.

2019 Vigil Sites

USA

ARIZONA
Tucson, AZ
Tom Racey, cornelius41389us@gmail.com

CALIFORNIA
Berkeley, CA
BHS Neurodivergent Student Union, susannahbell@berkeley.net

Claremont, CA
Donnie TC Denome, cdenome@gmail.com

Oakland, CA
Mills College Disability Advocacy Club, dyovel@mills.edu

Orange, CA
Chapman University, sfitzger@chapman.edu

GEORGIA
Savannah, GA
Lydia X. Z. Brown, lydia@autistichoya.com

IDAHO
Moscow, ID
Tina Baldwin, christina.ann.baldwin@gmail.com

ILLINOIS
Chicago, IL
Amaranthe Zinzani, arzinzani90@gmail.com

KANSAS
Valley Center, KS
Sabrina Percival, silver47protons@gmail.com

MAINE
Portland, ME
Maine Autism Collective, maineautismcollective@gmail.com

MARYLAND
College Park, MD
University of Maryland President’s Commission on Disability, mappel@umd.edu

MASSACHUSETTS
Lynn, MA
Anna Mackie, amackie1512@gmail.com

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor, MI
Jeff Edelstein, jeffrede@umich.edu

NEW JERSEY
Edison, NJ
Alliance Center for Independence, ctonks@adacil.org

Ewing, NJ
TCNJ Disability PRIDE, dispride@tcnj.edu

NEW YORK
Rochester, NY
Center for Disability Rights, ejones@cdrnys.org

Syracuse, NY
Disability Student Union, ppenner@syr.edu

Troy, NY
ADAPT NY Capital Region, gberatan@cdrnys.org

NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville, NC
University of North Carolina Asheville, echiang@unca.edu

Boone, NC
Autistic Students & Allies of the high country, whitejd4@appstate.edu

OHIO
Kent, OH
Autism Connections Kent, ngaj1@kent.edu

PENNSYLVANIA
Allentown, PA
Muhlenberg Disability Advocacy Group, me251248@muhlenberg.edu

Collegeville, PA
Jennifer Stevenson, jstevenson@ursinus.edu

Philadelphia, PA
Aja Beech, beech.aja@gmail.com

Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, jess@autisticpgh.org

TENNESSEE
Johnson City, TN
Courtney Johnson, johnsoncp@etsu.edu

UTAH
Salt Lake City, UT
Neurodiverse Utah and Disability Caucus, wlgeertsen@gmail.com, jlms_qkw@yahoo.com

VIRGINIA
Charlottesville, VA
Ava Collins, avaecollins@protonmail.com

Christiansburg, VA
New River Valley Disability Resource Center, tallison@nrvdrc.org

Williamsburg, VA
William & Mary Neurodiversity Student Group, neurodiversitysg@email.wm.edu

WASHINGTON STATE
Tri-Cities, WA
Carly Coburn, carlycoburn4109@gmail.com

WASHINGTON, DC
DC Metro ADAPT, DCMetroADAPT@gmail.com

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee, WI
Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, emilyl@assew.org

CANADA

New Westminster, BC
Autistics United Vancouver- Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Territory, vancouverautistics@gmail.com

Halifax, NS
Autistics United Nova Scotia, novascotiaautistics@gmail.com

Winnipeg, MB
Autistics United Manitoba, rsalahub@mts.net

Guelph, ON
Kinnery Chaparrel, kinnery@live.ca

Toronto, ON
Autistics for Autistics, rayashields@hotmail.com

CHINA
Shanghai, East China Normal University Zhongbei Campus
Holly Miller, hollyirenehollins@yahoo.com

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane
Kit McGuren, caitlin.mcguren@gmail.com

Perth
Samantha Connor, moondyne@iinet.net.au

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester
Emlyn Scott, lotusthefish@gmail.com

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