The COVID-19 Memorial Project

THE 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 helping 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.

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 orgs throughout the city to use as they need — to pack meals, to collect goods 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 in DC, with recognition that 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 still 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.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 AND 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 someone 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. FILL OUT THE FORM HERE.

HELP SUPPORT OUR MISSION - 100% of proceeds from the memorial enamel pins will benefit The COVID-19 Memorial Project. Shop now. WE WILL REBUILD FOR THEM.