SURVIVORS SPEAK 2018Summary
Survivors Speak has grown bigger than ever. 2018 marks the fifth year of our annual Survivors Speak convening in California. As we grow Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice nationwide, this year we also held the first Survivors Speak outside of California.
In February we hosted Survivors Speak Florida, our first event in Tallahassee, Florida, where we brought together more than 200 survivors from across the state to share stories, honor loved ones, and advocate for change. Survivors were able to meet with their legislators and heal together.
Then, during National Crime Victims Week on April 9th and 10th, more than 700 crime survivors convened at the State Capitol in Sacramento to turn healing into action. We were joined by over 50 crime survivors from 10 different states who took learnings from Survivors Speak California home to help grow our movement. Survivors Speak California attendees heard from a wide range of panelists and speakers, including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and Parkland shooting survivor Sam Fuentes.
Three days later, we closed out National Crime Victims Week with something new. Survivors Speak attendees from across the country went home and organized 22 healing vigils across the country. On Saturday, April 14, survivors from California (Los Angeles, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego/National City), Florida (Dade City, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa), Illinois (Chicago), Michigan (Detroit), New Jersey (Newark), Ohio (Cleveland), Pennsylvania (Harrisburg), and Texas (Dallas) joined together to host a healing vigil to share stories, honored loved ones, and advocate for new safety priorities that prevent crime, reduce incarceration, and better support survivors. We ended the vigils by forming a powerful healing circle as they lit candles to remember all victims of violence.
It was a remarkable week. Together, we’re building a movement – that’s what healing to action looks like!
Check out photos and media hits from both Survivors Speak events this year, as well as the healing vigils from across the country!
Survivors Speak Florida
Survivors Speak California
National Healing Vigil Day of Action
Survivors Speak Florida clips
- ABC27 WTXL News video
- ABC27 WTXL News feature
- Sarasota Herald-Tribune
- The Tallahassee Democrat photos
- The Tallahassee Democrat story
- USA Today