Mourning in Community: Remembering Lives Lost [ONLINE]
March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A Special Chacruna Institute Gathering
With Participation From:
Bia Labate Erica Morton Magill Liana Gillooly Jamilah George Tonya Abernathy Claudia Cuentas Reema Datta Glauber Loures de Assis Darron Smith Wells Jones
We invite you to be with us in a sacred pause. In this art-filled, musically-adorned, heartfelt space we will gather in community and connection to collectively mourn all we’ve lost in this challenging year. We will also celebrate our kinship as we begin the process of interconnected healing and emergence.
This event marks a little more than one year since public health mandates began, and since Breonna Taylor’s life was taken. In that time hundreds of thousands have lost their breath, tragically and needlessly at the hands of police, and at the mercilessness of a virus. Many of us have also lost our livelihoods, our familial and social connections, our homes: the well of pain has been deep.
We are co-creating this gathering as a space to speak to our multifaceted grief, to witness each other in that grief, and move through it together. We who have our breath in 2021, let us make meaning together. Let us unite our breath — our voices, moans, stories, songs and wails— using our collective breath to start to heal this aching social body.
The event will include participation from guest artists, speakers, musicians, and poets, and will also hold space for the creation of a community altar, public sharing, and ceremony. We invite you to contribute to our community altar by sending us a photograph, note, drawing, art piece or altar item that represents someone or something you’ve lost and are honoring. You can email your submissions to email@example.com by 12pm PST on Tuesday March 23rd. Please keep in mind that submissions will be shared publicly. If you do not submit beforehand, you will have the opportunity to share notes in the community chat during the gathering, and to light a candle alongside us (BYO candle).