“Mourn for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” – Mother Jones
Far too often, when a disabled person is murdered by a caregiver, journalists write as though it is the disabled victim who has perpetrated a crime simply by existing. In discussing the killing, people say that we should feel sorry for the murderer, because they had to live with a disabled relative. When a disabled person is murdered, many people act as though the murder victim’s life, not their death, was a tragedy.
On March 1st, join Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and the National Council on Independent Living in remembering people with disabilities who have lost their lives at the hands of their family members or caregivers. We will remember those we have lost, and remind the world that their lives had value.
We will gather at Capitol Park at L and 13th Streets. Please feel free to bring candles or signs.