API Chaya's 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil: KAPWA
Susanna Blackwell, Phoebe Dizon, and Veronica Laureta were shot and killed at the King County Courthouse in 1995 during Susanna Blackwell's divorce proceeding by Timothy Blackwell, Susanna's estranged husband. This tragedy organized the API community as a group of women (known as our founding mothers) came together to form the Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center (currently known as API Chaya). While the tragedy and loss of Susanna Blackwell, Phoebe Dizon, and Veronica Laureta occurred 18 years ago, we continue to see the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence in our communities. This year we also would like to honor our sister in India, Damini, who was brutally gang raped and did not survive the injuries from the assault.
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