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We will pull through this pandemic by pulling together. As we approach Memorial Day, Americans are mourning both the nearly 100,000 lives that have been lost to COVID-19, and the tens of thousands more worldwide. We are grieving.

We just spent 24-hours together reading the names of those we have lost, in order to humanize and honor each person - and those whose names we do not know - at a time when we must be physically apart. Since then, many of you have reached out and asked how to organize a local vigil -- so we’re here to help you do that, because we need to stick together in making our grief public so it’s impossible for our leaders to avoid what their inaction has caused.

#NamingTheLost is not sponsored by any organization but is instead an offering from many people who have seen a gaping hole in how this country talks about this crisis: a narrative of death and sickness mostly absent the sick and the dead. We know it didn’t have to be this way. These deaths were avoidable. More deaths are preventable. This is about the people we hold dearly -- our sisters and brothers, our parents, our children, our nurses and grocery clerks, our first responders and teachers, they are the working people who do the essential work of keeping our families and communities safe.

It is our government’s responsibility to care for the people, not corporations. By deciding to come together in our grief, we can take the next step towards ending this pandemic and making a better future together.

May 24, 2020 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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