Honoring Lives Lost…

Today, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, when darkness lasts longer than any other day. Since 1990, December 21st has been marked as National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a day to mourn the loss and celebrate the lives of our brothers and sisters who have died while homeless.

It has been far too dark, for far too many people, for far too long. At the DC Memorial Vigil this afternoon, 43 names were read of men and women who died in and around DC this year.

We must work together towards a day when there are no names to read. We must work together to be the light that brings an end to the darkness of homelessness.

In Memoriam

William Bailey
Kenneth Ballard
Tommy Bennett
Alvin Best
Peter Bis
Bob Bourban
Albert Boyd
Frederick Brockington
Zachary Brown (who died just short of his 30th birthday)
Clark Carvaly
Robert Chambers
Misty Clanton
James Ralph Davidson
Augustus DeGrazia
James Diggs
John Doe
Renee Farmer
Alfonza Flythe
Maelloyd Garner
Dehab Gebrichristos
Harvey Gillian
James Glover
Michael Harmon
Mark Harrison
Joann Hollis
Betty Jones
Saccora Jones
Cornell Lawrence
Joe Lewis
Mia Means
Charles Mills
Tyrone Murray
Billy Ragan
Melvin Riley
Terrence Bowie Robinson
Jesse Smith, Jr.
Janice Stafford
Richard Starnes
Joy Stribling
Leroy Studevant
Catherine T.
Lorenzo Tinsley
Marcellus Wilkerson

About Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless envisions a just and inclusive community for all residents of the District of Columbia, where housing is a human right and where every individual and family has equal access to the resources they need to thrive. Our mission is to use the law to make justice a reality for our neighbors who struggle with homelessness and poverty. Combining community lawyering and advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals, our expert staff and network of volunteer attorneys provide low barrier, comprehensive legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, helping our clients to access housing, shelter, and life-saving services. Rooted in the experiences of this client work, we effectively blend system reform efforts, policy advocacy, community education and client engagement to advocate for long term improvements in local and federal programs that serve the low- and no-income community.
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