remembering those killed by law enforcement
Victims of police brutality and violence are often seen as statistics, or as names on an ever-growing list. Take a moment to read about the lives lost, and to find a small connection to their humanity, and the loss. To white allies: resist the urge to victim blame, find past faults, question the merit of the individual memorialized, etc. If these reactions arise, sit with it and scan your feelings and intentions, and attempt to find your sonder in the victim.
remembering civil rights icons
"People do not choose rebellion; it is forced upon them. Revolution is always an act of self-defense." ― C.T. Vivian
The Vashon Remembrance Project is humbled to present this series of civil rights icon, with portraiture and interactive elements around the island. If you have school-aged kids, the story of Rosa Parks may be of special interest to them.
remembering that marijuana is ok now
Black people and POC have received the brunt of punishment of what they told us was the 'War on Drugs’ – in fact, the architects admitted that Black people were the targets in their 'war' against drugs in the first place. Thousands upon thousands of non-violent drug offenders are still in prison, even after recreational and medicinal marijuana has been legalized in many states across the country. VRP is grateful for the support of Euphorium Vashon in this installation.
remembering missing women of color
In partnership with the Vashon Theater, Vashon Remembrance Project would like to draw attention to persons of color who have disappeared. Negative experiences with law enforcement can make BIPOC communities less likely to report crimes or missing persons; worsened by data showing that missing white children receive far more media coverage than missing BIPOC children despite higher rates of missing children among communities of color.