Between February and April 2019, hundreds of crime survivors representing a new victims’ movement joined state and community leaders across the country for the largest gathering of crime victims in the United States.
2019 is our most ambitious year yet, with Survivors Speak events in five states. The campaign’s flagship event, Survivors Speak California, came to Sacramento for the sixth year in a row, while survivors gathered in Tallahassee, Florida for the second time ever. Last but certainly not least, Survivors Speak came to Illinois, Ohio and Michigan for the first time ever! Here are highlights from each event.
Over 200 survivors from across Texas united at the capitol for the inaugural Survivors Speak Texas. We held a press conference on the steps of the Capitol and hosted a powerful vigil inside.
Crime survivors in Texas are leading the state’s agenda on public safety, and now the rest of the country knows it.
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MARCH 20, 2019 | COLUMBUS, OHIO
Ohio will never be the same: on March 20, 2019, over 300 crime survivors came to Columbus for the first ever Survivors Speak Ohio, the second out of three Survivors Speak events in a new state.
We were joined by state legislators for a special press conference with crime survivors, hosted a lunch reception, held a healing vigil in the beautiful Ohio Statehouse, and much more.
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APRIL 1-2, 2019 | TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
OVER 300 ATTENDEES
In its second year, Survivors Speak Florida brought more than 300 crime survivors to the state capitol in Tallahassee for a two-day event. During those two days, survivors were able to reunite, participate in breakout sessions, meet with their legislators at the state capitol, and much more.
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APRIL 8-9, 2019 | SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
The sixth year of our California event brought more than 700 crime survivors to Sacramento for our biggest convening ever. The two-day event began with a powerful series of breakout sessions, followed by a dinner reception, and concluded with legislative visits and a rally at the capitol.
One of our youngest guests at Survivors Speak, Waleh the Healer, joined Aswad and Anna onstage to warm up the audience. Make sure Waleh’s message is heard by people far and near!
APRIL 11, 2019 | SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
OVER 200 ATTENDEES
Survivors Speak came to Illinois for the first time ever this year, bringing together 200 crime survivors at an emotional press conference and reception.
We were joined by champions Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Deputy House Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Cook and more! Read our report on Illinois crime victims and their views on safety and justice if you want to learn more!
APRIL 13, 2019 | USA
+30 CITIES, HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS
We ended our season of Survivors Speak events during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with the second annual National Healing Vigil Day of Action. Over 30 cities participated by hosting healing vigils where survivors could come together to honor their survivor experiences, remember lost loved ones, and heal together as a community.
Here are photos and press hits from that thoughtful and reflective day.
Survivors Speak Campaign Director Anna Cho and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice Managing Director Aswad Thomas send a special message to Survivors Speak attendees, allies, and supporters.
Take a look: this message is for you!
Traditionally held each year during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Survivors Speak has transformed from an annual event into a year-long movement, bringing together crime survivors, particularly from communities most affected by crime, to honor loved ones and advocate for smart justice policies that transform families, communities and the state.
The campaign season culminates in a National Healing Vigil Day of Action, where over two dozen cities from coast to coast hold healing vigils to honor those we’ve lost, to celebrate those of us still here, and to look towards a future where survivors are safe and have the resources we need to move forward.
Whether you’re a survivor or not, join our movement: we can’t do it without our allies, and no survivor should heal alone.