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Find your local Day of Mourning vigil site

Find your local Day of Mourning vigil site

In the past five years, over 570 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 50 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. To learn more or sign up to lead a vigil, view the Anti-Filicide toolkit.

We will be hosting our Virtual Vigil on Friday, March 1st – and we hope to see you there if you cannot find or attend a vigil in your area.

COVID-19

Some Day of Mourning vigils are virtual, while others are in-person. We recommend that each person consider the potential risks, and make sure to wear a mask and social distance if you attend an in-person vigil. If you are concerned about attending a vigil in-person, please consider attending ours or another virtual vigil in your area.

All vigils below are virtual unless otherwise noted.

2024 Vigil Sites

USA

ASAN Virtual Vigil
Online

US Gender and Disability Justice Alliance Virtual Vigil
Online
US Gender and Disability Justice Alliance.
j.mejias@womenenabled.org

INDIANA
Muncie, IN—In Person (Virtual option available, please email.)
Hoosier Alliance for Neurodiversity.
Samuel Johnson: contact@HoosierNeurodiversity.org

MARYLAND
College Park, MD
University of Maryland.
lsander@umd.edu

MASSACHUSETTS
Bridgewater, MA
Student Accessibility Services at Bridgewater State University.
Aliza Bridge: alizabridge@gmail.com

Boston, MA
Berklee College.
(with Disability Culture at the University of Michigan
and Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech).
shew@vt.edu

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor, MI
Disability Culture at the University of Michigan.
(with Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech
and Berklee College).
shew@vt.edu

NEW JERSEY
Edison, NJ—In Person
Luke Koppisch: lkoppisch@adacil.org

NEW YORK
Albany, NY
NY Assn. on Independent Living, Not Dead Yet.
Blaise Bryant: independentlivingcom@gmail.com

Rochester, NY
Disability Moving Assistance, Inc.
Ericka Glick: vtdisabilitymovingassistance@gmail.com

OREGON
Portland, OR
Nuerodivergent Solutions.
Lanie: iamloislaneprojects@gmail.com

PENNSYLVANIA
Collegeville, PA—In Person
Ursinus College
Jennifer Frymiare: jfrymiare@ursinus.edu

Erie, PA—In Person
Supportive Living Services.
Michelle Wolf: michellewolf71@gmail.com

Gettysburg, PA—In Person
Phoenix Rising (ASAN Affiliate) at Gettysburg College.
theodoreszpakowski@gmail.com

Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy.
Cori Fraser: info@autisticpgh.org

TENNESSEE
Clarkesville, TN—In Person
Inclusify Me!
inclusifyme@gmail.com

Johnson City, TN
Courtney Johnson: courtney@justkeepstimming.com

TEXAS
Houston, TX
Tuskegee University.
Nichorian MardIs Jr.: roderickj@avondalehouse.org

Arlington, TX—In Person
Self Determination Group at The Arc of DFW.
thesdg@thearcofdfw.org

WASHINGTON
Ellensburg, WA
Central Washington University Accessibility Studies Club.
CM Wright: Christina-Marie.Wright@cwu.edu

WISCONSIN
Madison, WI
Disability Cultural Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Helen Rottier: helen.rottier@wisc.edu

VIRGINIA
Arlington, VA
ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV).
Suraksha Attila Surio: surakshas@ecnv.org

Blacksburg, VA
Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech
(with Berklee College
and Disability Culture at the University of Michigan).
shew@vt.edu

BRAZIL

MARANHÃO
São Luís—In Person
Instituto Tassio Rocha.
institutotassiorocha@hotmail.com

CANADA

ONTARIO
Toronto
Autistics for Autistics.
a4aontario@gmail.com

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