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(1) memorialize through interactive, learning-focused installations historically marginalized peoples, heroes of social justice and civil rights, & individuals who have lost their lives to injustice, tyranny, and domestic terrorism;
(2) develop and share educational materials on historically untaught or under-learned events and people;
(3) support local activism toward social justice, injustice awareness, and community outreach.
  • Why are you doing this?
    So many of us are taught by the media that violence and brutality are consequences of the human condition - we want to reverse the normalization of violence by presenting the stories of individuals. All too often, reports of violence and brutality against BIPOC are bookended by details of past legal troubles or indiscretions, a victim-blaming paradigm that suggests people deserved what happened to them. This practice not only protects tyrrany, but also allows us a disassociation with the truth: the comfort of forgetting that these were complex and distinct individuals, with souls and minds, favorite foods and movies, jobs and families, loyalty to sports teams, fears, wishes, dreams. We intend not to let the sonder of humanity go overlooked. The American school system didn't teach us about the legalized slavery of the 13th Amendment. Or the Tulsa Massacre, the Trail of Tears, Japanese internment, the Stonewall riots, and literally hundreds of other historically significant American incidents, personalities, revolutions, and tragedies. What were we taught? In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue and made friends with the "Indians". The American Civil Rights Movement was a tremendous success in the 1960s, and racism was vanquished. The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. We intend to support like-minded educators, in the hopes that our children will learn and appreciate the truth of our shared past. ​The Vashon Remembrance Project seeks to illuminate the stories untold or undertold across America, engaging families across and beyond our little island, to notice, reflect, share, and REMEMBER.
  • Is this a 501(c)3 organization?
    No. For lack of a better descriptor, this is an ongoing art installation and media development project meant to raise awareness.
  • What is "sonder"?"
  • Why don't you describe the details of peoples' deaths?
    That's honestly a very good question - and we sincerely appreciate people who wonder this. We don't describe the details of death because we think that children should be as aware of these incidents and individuals as adults are. And, as parents, we are sensitive to the fact that each family should be able to decide how best to communicate about death, violence, and brutality. Besides, details can be found with a simple google search for those interested, and we fully encourage those interested to research what happened.

"One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not remember that Daniel Webster got drunk but only remember that he was a splendid constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner . . . and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth."



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