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California Memorial Project

September 20, 2010

2000 stream into Sacramento for spirited Disability Capitol Action Day

DCAD parade participantsOrganized by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), with support from Disability Rights California, the 2010 event celebrated history: with pioneer Mary Lou Breslin’s insights about the grand scale strategies and grassroots tactics needed to pass the ADA in 1990. This was the largest, youngest, and most diverse Capitol Action Day yet. Also recognized was “Yo, Disabled and Proud”, CFILC’s youth division, for getting Disability History Week and Ed Roberts Day adopted by the legislature this year. Roberts, a native Californian, was a founder of the disability rights and independent living movement. We supported both of these initiatives.

Stockton event draws local advocates, supporters for Remembrance Day 2010 on behalf of Californians who died in institutions

The perfect last day of a California summer drew a collection of advocates, supporters and community representatives to the Stockton Rural Cemetery. The gathering honored hundreds of people who had died anonymously while residing in the Stockton State Hospital, established in 1851 as the state's first "asylum" and closed in 1996.

Shown here are photos by Margaret Johnson, Advocacy Director of Disability Rights California, of some of the speakers and participants, including Assembly Member Mariko Yamada of Davis.

In 2010, the state legislature established the 3rd Monday of September as the California Memorial Project's Remembrance Day and events were held September 20 at 10 sites, on the grounds of the institutions, both past and present or at nearby cemeteries. The event is organized by Disability Rights California, People First of California and the California Network of Mental Health Clients. Read more details in our press release.

CMP speakers and participants

Vic Singh, Director of the San Joaquin County Mental Health Services

"The Advocates" choir

Placing flowers to honor hundreds who died anonymously

Master of Ceremonies Tim Cabrall, a Self Advocate with Person Centered Services

Delphine Brody, MHSA and Public Policy Director with the California Network of Mental Health Clients

California Memorial Project site marker

Event attendees

Assembly Member Mariko Yamada

Anders Pearson, Self Advocate with Person Centered Services.