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Title: Day of Mourning 2014 - Remembering People with Disabilites Murdered by Caregivers
START DATE: Saturday March 01
TIME: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location Details:
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
Event Type: Vigil/Ritual
Contact NameBrent White
Email Addressbrent [at] alacosta-acat.com
Phone Number510-527-2550 ext. 205
Saturday, 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.

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

In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost at least ten more victims.

In January of 2014, two more disabled people were lost in murder-suicides at the hands of their parents: Damien Veraghen, age nine, and Vincent Phan, age twenty four.

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 victims 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 three 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 those losses, bring awareness to these tragedies, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities. On March 1st, Please join us from noon until 2:00 pm as we will come together as a community at the:

Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

Please call or e-mail with any questions you may have or to request reasonable accommodations

Added to the calendar on Monday Feb 24th, 2014 10:34 AM

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