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.


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 sick and dying from COVID-19. Our displays aim to bring this information to the forefront of the conversation.


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.



Immediate Actions To Take:+

  • Join and support local mutual aid organizations — DC folks can start here
  • Call your Reps to pass the Build Back Better Act
  • Organizations To Support + Follow:+

  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Database of Localized
  • Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak
  • DC Mutual Aid Network
  • District Alliance for Safe Housing
  • Healers for Liberation Network
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
  • Mutual Aid Hub
  • Working Families Party
  • EDUCATE yourself + keep showing up:+

    • Articles — 
      • Cooperatives Cooperate to Protect Home Health Aides with Masks — Karen Kahn via Fifty by Fifty
      • Coronavirus: How These Disabled Activists Are Taking Matters Into Their Own (Sanitized) Hands — Matthew Green via KQED
      • COVID-19 response: What about us? — Robert Barton via Medium Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 — Kelly Hayes via Transformative Spaces
      • Feeling Powerless About Coronavirus? Join a Mutual Aid Network. — Charlie Warzel via NYTimes
      • Grief Belongs in Social Movements. Can We Embrace It? — Malkia Devich-Cyril via In These Times How To Ask If Everything is OK When It's Clearly Not — Anna Goldfarb via NYTimes
      • How to Share Space Again — T. Cole Rachel via departures
      • How we relate: patterns of extractive capitalism in our personal relationships, and what skin and mitochondria can teach us about interdependence and liberations — Abigail Rose Clarke via Medium
      • In 1918 and 2020, race colors America’s response to epidemics — Soraya Nadia McDonald via Andscape
      • Let This Radicalize You: A COVID Memorial Mixtape — Kelly Hayes via Transformative Spaces
      • No New Normal: Who Will We Be After This Nightmare is Over? — Kim Kelly via Bitch Media
      • Omicron Is Thriving Off America’s Obsession With Work — Emily L. Hauser via DAME
      • Poems for People Who Aren’t Ready To Move On — Kelly Hayes via Transformative Spaces
      • ‘Self-Care’ Isn’t the Fix for Late-Pandemic Malaise — Jamil Zaki via The Atlantic
      • Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus — Ibram X. Kendi via The Atlantic
      • The Coronavirus Is Here Forever. This Is How We Live With It. — Sarah Zhang via The Atlantic
      • 'The Impossible Has Already Happened': What Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Hope — Rebecca Solnit via The Guardian
      • The Mutual Aid Mourning and Healing Project — Kelly Hayes via Transformative Spaces
      • The Octavia Butler Novel for Our Times — Lovia Gyarkye via The Atlantic
      • The Public Body: How capitalism made the world sick. — Sarah Jones via The Nation
      • There Is Nothing Normal about One Million People Dead from COVID — Steven W. Thrasher via Scientific American
      • Think This Pandemic is Bad? We Have Another Crisis Coming — Rhiana Gunn-Wright via NYTimes
      • Unmasked: Impacts of Pandemic Policing — Pascal Emmer, Woods Ervin, Derecka Purnell, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Tiffany Wang via Community Resource Hub
      • We’re Entering the Control Phase of the Pandemic — Katherine J. Wu via The Atlantic
      • What if we … Don’t return to School as Usual by National Equity Project — Hugh Vasquez via Medium
      • Where Do We Go From Here? Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor & Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor — Haymarket Books
      • You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths: COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence — Mia Mingus via Leaving Evidence
    • Books — 
      • A Paradise Built in Hell — Rebecca Solnit
      • Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 — Jennifer Haupt
      • Cannibal Capitalism: How our System is Devouring Democracy, Care, and the Planet – and What We Can Do About It — Nancy Fraser
      • Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency — Andreas Malm
      • COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One — Debora Mackenzie
      • Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People — Frances Ryan
      • Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities — Rebecca Solnit
      • How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic — Bill Hayes
      • Intimations — Zadie Smith
      • Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) — Dean Spade
      • Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy — Adam Tooze Struggle Makes Us Human — Frank Barat and Vijay Prashad
      • The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence — The Care Collective
      • The Conquest of Bread — Peter Kropoktkin
      • The Decameron — Giovanni Boccacio
      • The Monster Enters: COVID-19, Avian Flu, and the Plagues of
      • Capitalism — Mike Davis
      • The Plague — Albert Camus
      • The Politics of Care: From COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter — edited by Boston Review
      • The Premonition: A Pandemic Story — Michael Lewis
      • The Revenge of the Real Politics for a Post-Pandemic World — Benjamin Bratton
      • There Is No Outside: Covid-19 Dispatches — edited by Jessie Kindig, Mark Krotov, and Marco Roth
      • Thinking in a Pandemic: The Crisis of Science and Policy in the Age of COVID-19 — edited by Boston Review
      • Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that the Twin Pandemics Lay Bare — Kimberlé Crenshaw and Daniel HoSang
      • Unheard Voices of the Pandemic: Narratives from the First Year of COVID-19 — Dao X. Tran
      • We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, & Possibility — Marc Lamont Hill
    • Watch — 
      • COVID-19, Decarceration, and Abolition: An Evening with Ruth Wilson Gilmore — YouTube
      • COVID Is Creating a Deadly Mental Health Crisis in America — VICE News
      • Health Autonomy Beyond the Pandemic: Webinar — Grassroots Economic Organizing
      • Remaking Schools in the Time of Coronavirus — YouTube
      • The New Authoritarians and Covid-19 — YouTube
      • The Path Forward: Pandemic Policing or Protection — YouTube
      • “The Sisterhood.” Why Filipino nurses have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. — The Experiment
      • Voices from the Front Line: Health Care Workers and the Fight Against Covid — YouTube

    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 with questions, comments, or concerns on our 2022 focus areas. We'd love to hear from you.

    This is an incomplete and growing list. Last updated Mar 9, 2022