A group of neighborhood organizers and faith leaders is taking turns reciting the names of countless people who apparently passed away of COVID-19
The 24- hour “#NamingTheLost” vigil looks for to resolve a “lack of collective mourning” that organizers think is obscuring what is at stake throughout the pandemic.
“Before we can make the future, we must come together in mourning, united across our differences, to recognize and grieve for the lives lost,” the group’s website states. “By taking 24 hours to read the names of those we have lost, we seek to humanize and honor each person — and those whose names we do not know — at a time when we must be physically apart.”
The memorial started streaming live on Facebook and other social media platforms on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern. Grieving routines, consisting of minutes of silence, reflections and tunes, sprinkle the reading of names.
Everybody should have to be called. Live now and for 24 hours, #NamingTheLost https://t.co/coJc1SMdJO https://t.co/7LcdaSJ8Op
— #namingthelost (@namingthelost) May 20,2020
A variety of faith-based companies, in addition to progressive groups and political leaders, have actually promoted the vigil on socialmedia A lot of the speakers are activists or clergy who mostly serve neighborhoods of color, senior citizens, and people with specials needs. Organizers stated they were driven by sorrow over the social inequalities the pandemic has actually exposed and the conviction that it “didn’t have to be this way.”
“Our country’s leaders made choices that risked our lives,” a website for the vigil states. “We know we can choose a different way forward that is about caring for all of us.”
We will not forget the 90,000+ Americans who have actually passed away from COVID-19 We understand they did not need to pass away. Sign Up With @NamingTheLost on May 20 th to read their names so we can honor them together #NamingTheLost https://t.co/MrfYYDjTRB
— Rev. Jen Bailey is #NamingtheLost (@revjenbailey) May 19,2020
A nation that does not grieve its dead is a nation that does not look after its people. Become part of an unique 24 hour memorial to keep in mind and grieve those we have actually lost #NamingtheLost https://t.co/mFTRI1PDEN pic.twitter.com/OsdjsjQ37 f
— Jews for Racial & & Economic Justice (@JFREJNYC) Might 19,2020
The people who have actually passed away from COVID-19 are our bros and siblings, our moms and dads and grandparents, our nurses and grocery clerks, our first responders and instructors. Today we’re honoring and #NamingTheLost @NamingTheLost https://t.co/fNMozRfWxo pic.twitter.com/tRyXP8IDQm
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) May 20,2020
We need to grieve the lives taken by #COVID19
We are more than a hotspot in Wayne County. Neighborhoods, specifically the African American neighborhood, have actually been ravaged. A lot of our foundations are gone.
We need to state their names.
Sign up with the #NamingTheLost vigil tomorrow. ⬇ https://t.co/z8P0I3oNhm
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 19,2020
Behind each number is a name, a story, a life, and a neighborhood mourning deeply. #NamingTheLost https://t.co/lV64x7a6t9
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) May 20,2020
Over 90,000 people have actually passed away from COVID-19 in the U.S., according to information from Johns Hopkins University. The pandemic has actually had an outsized effect on Black and Latinx neighborhoods.
The vigil individuals can’t call all the departed, however they intend to “read the names of as many people as we can name,” Anthony Torres, an organizer from Brooklyn, New york city, informed HuffPost. The group collected countless names by combing through public sources such as “papers, unions, faith organizations, [and] federal government posts,” he stated.
“We also put out an open call for submissions for names of loved ones lost to COVID from the public,” Torres stated. “We received hundreds that way.”
Zahara Zahav, a New York-based neighborhood organizer with the advocacy group Jews for Financial and racial Justice, stated she hopes the recitation of these names assists to humanize the coronavirus death toll figures.
“Our country’s leadership has not supported people to take the time and space to really acknowledge what’s happening and look it in the face. For as long as we don’t do that, our leaders will get away with not supporting people,” Zahav stated. “If we actually really understood the depths of what’s happening, the depth of the loss, we’d be forced to make some difficult decisions about changing what our world looks like.”
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