On the first Thursday of March each year, API Chaya holds a vigil to honor the legacies of Susana Remerata Blackwell and baby Kristine, Phoebe Dizon and Veronica Laureta, whose lives were taken at the King County Courthouse in 1995. Their courage and compassion, amidst an epidemic of violence, served as catalysts for a movement that led to the founding of our organization.
On March 7, we invite you to join us at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall at 4pm as we gather, reflect on survivorship, and march to the King County Courthouse for a brief program outside. There will not be a program inside the courthouse after. As we prepare for the 25th anniversary next year, our staff and program participants will be spending time with our founding mothers, re-grounding in our own stories and deepening our commitment to this legacy. Throughout the year, API Chaya will be offering more healing spaces for us and our loved ones, recognizing that survivors must feel consistently connected to build power and lead this work.
Survivors are exposing abuse and exploitation by those in power in record numbers, and we demand to be heard and believed. We invite our community to honor the survivors in your lives by taking a moment to reflect about how you can show support, hold space for vulnerable stories, and take action to stop rape culture and end systemic violence.
With love and solidarity,
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