COVID-19 MEMORIAL PROJECT

The pandemic has presented challenges that at times have felt insurmountable, none larger than the incomprehensible loss of life. These beloved members of our community deserve to be recognized and remembered.

The COVID-19 Memorial project is a memorial and series of programming at The Outrage dedicated to help our community rebuild while holding space to collectively grieve and move forward.

COVID-19 MEMORIAL PROJECT

We seek to support our community in the following ways:

Art gallery

Our community space has transformed into a gallery with photos and stories of loved ones lost to COVID-19 on display. Visitors will have access to local Mutual Aid Networks to support however they can.

Monthly Events

We’re hosting events in our community space to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and acknowledge the mental health impact.

For these events, we will invite + pay for a local restaurant, from alternating wards, to prepare a delicious meal. Additionally, we will invite + pay local artists to perform and match the moment.

Long-Term Mutual Aid + Outreach

Outside of scheduled events, the space will be open + available for Mutual Aid Networks + grassroots org throughout the city to use as they need — to pack meals, to collect good, to circulate and more.

Events will incorporate community outreach and education components, e.g. vaccine awareness.

The doors to our community space in DC have officially reopened as a physical memorial. It will support and connect each ward has suffered its own unique challenges this past year. This is how we’re doing it:

Highlighting Social & Racial Justice Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social and racial injustice and inequity to the forefront of public health.

It has highlighted that healthy equity is not a reality as COVID-19 has unequally affected many racial and ethnic minority groups, putting them more at risk of getting sicck and dying from COVID-19. Our displays aim to bring this information to the forefront of the conversation.

ADDRESSING THE MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT

The pandemic has not only affected physical health but mental health as well. Reported suicide has increased, and we grieve for them as well. We want to honor the people that have lost their lives due to the pandemic, not only to the virus. It is imperative that we acknowledge the mental toll. In addition to holding space for us to collectively grieve, we will hold space for individuals to share their thoughts, feelings, and more about how the pandemic impacts them.

Long-Term Mutual Aid + Outreach

COVID-19 demonstrates that only by looking out for each other - acting as if the health of one is the health of all - will we actually be able to lessen the amount of sickness and death, not to mention the emotional weight. Such cooperation has to be about building on the fact that we're all interconnected and impacted by COVID-19 and we're all in this together. That's why we're centering mutual aid groups and grassroots organizations throughout the city to also use the space as they need - to pack meals, to collect goods, and more.

Do you have in mind who lost a loved one due to COVID-19?

We're taking nominations to explore how we can best honor their memory as part of the COVID-19 Memorial Project.

100% of proceeds from the memorial enamel pins will benefit The COVID-19 Memorial Project.

Naomi Klein

Writer + Activist

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NOTE: Our focus areas are informed by community input. If there is an issue you'd like to see included or would like to share input, please email us at community@the-outrage.com with questions, comments, or concerns on our 2021 focus areas. We'd love to hear from you.

This is an incomplete and growing list. Last updated Mar 1, 2021.