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Monday, February 29, 2016

2016 National Day of Mourning Vigils for Disabled Victims of Filicide - March 1st

In December of 2015, 71-year-old Antonio Tucci was beaten to death by his nephew. A month earlier, 5-year old Helious Griffith and 6-year old Dustin Hicks were both murdered by their mothers.

In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost at least seventy more victims.
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.
Here's what you can do in your own community to help spread awareness of these tragedies - and help stop more from happening.

This toolkit is intended to provide advocates and allies with concrete tools and resources to use in their own communities, including in response to local incidents. The toolkit includes information about how to understand and respond to filicide, frequently asked questions about filicide, and a guidebook for Day of Mourning vigil site coordinators.

For the last five years, ASAN, ADAPT, AAPD, 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.
If you're interested in leading a vigil in your areaplease sign up to be a Day of Mourning vigil site coordinator here.

The information posted is shared from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and up to date info, visit: http://autisticadvocacy.org/

This year, for those unable to attend a specific community event, there will also be a virtual vigil. The virtual event will feature a Google Hangout and a Chat Room. For more information about the virtual vigil, visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1726468137594861/

Finally, if you would like to track the events over Twitter or post on Twitter, the hashtag is #DDoM2016.

#editors note: As information becomes available, the information in this post will be updated.


Current Vigil Sites:


Tucson, AZ Tom Racey, cornelius41389us@gmail.com

Berkeley, CA Brent White, brent@alacosta-acat.com
Los Angeles, CA Jessica Barrett, jesserbarrett@gmail.com
Port Hueneme, CA Karen Reilly, karen@oceanviewinfo.com

Washington, DC Rachel Best, best_rachel@hotmail.com

Atlanta, GA Bennett Gaddes, bennettgaddes@comcast.net

Chicago, IL Steph Ban, sban@uchicago.edu
Lansing, IL Amanda Burkhart, missus.burkhart@gmail.com

Boston, MA Russell Fig, russellfig@yahoo.com
Cambridge, MA Alexis Toliver, Toliveralexis@yahoo.com
Salem, MA Hala O'Keeffe, halaokeeffe@aya.yale.edu
Somerville, MA Finn Gardiner, fgardiner@autisticadvocacy.org

Twin Cities, MN Gretchen Johnson, gretchensj2@earthlink.net
Kansas City, MO Spencer Hunley, spencer.hunley@gmail.com
Hanover, NH
 Sarah Dresser, dresser.sarah@gmail.com

Edison, NJ Carole Tonks, ctonks@adacil.org
New Brunswick, NJ Aaron Zisook, autisticadvocacynj@gmail.com

New York, NY Elizabeth Rosenzweig, rosenzweig.ea@gmail.com
Purchase, NY David Cusack Johnson, david.cusackjohnson@purchase.edu
Rochester, NY Ericka Jones, ejones@cdrnys.org
Troy, NY Melanie Hecker, mhecker@youthpowerny.org
Yonkers, NY Emma Graydon, egraydon@gm.slc.edu

Winston-Salem, NC Alan Katzer, katzer.alan@gmail.com
Nashville, NC Joshua White, jwhite188@st.nashcc.edu

Cincinnati, OH Carla Williams, awace123@yahoo.com

Port Orford, OR Erica Holmes, asancurrycounty@gmail.com

Philadelphia, PA Tess Speranza, spert@sas.upenn.edu
Pittsburgh, PA Cori Frazer, asanpgh@gmail.com

Franklin, TN Chad Beadles, justmechadlyb@gmail.com

Milwaukee, WI Rhonda Greenhaw, rhonda.greenhaw@advancingabilitieswi.com


Edmonton, AB Kimberley Bewick, kimmieluwho@yahoo.ca
Halifax, NS Alex Kronstein, alexkron@live.ca
New Westminster, BC Alanna Whitney, alannarosewhitney@gmail.com
Winnipeg, MB Baden Gaeke Franz, violetsunflower16@gmail.com

# originally posted on Jan. 15, 2016

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