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Disability Day of Mourning

posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:26 PM by Cori Frazer   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 12:26 PM ]
A tri-fold poster with a collage the photos of many disabled people who have been killed by their caregivers. The top reads, "Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living."
Please join us on Wednesday, March 1 from 7PM-9PM to mourn the disabled victims of filicide. At the William Pitt Union (3959 Fifth Ave) room 548, we will host speakers who will reflect on this horrific problem, read the names of the deceased, and come together to mourn together and process our community's trauma.

In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost 100 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 both news and entertainment 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. 

The space is accessible to mobility device users and ASL interpretation will be provided. For additional accessibility needs, please email cori@autisticpgh.org.