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‘Remember My Name’ project saddens, enlightens

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In preparation for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 12th Annual Candlelight Vigil, I went to the national registry called “Remember My Name.”

Started in 1994 as a joint project of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Ms. Magazine, “Remember My Name” seeks to list, by name, the individuals in each state who have been killed in a domestic violence incident. I recall the first time I saw this list. The appalling number of people killed, combined with their names, both chilled and moved me. It was bad enough that 46 people died in Louisiana one year. Knowing their names — Natalie, Kiesia, Bridgette, Tanya, Elizabeth, Chantal — somehow made it so much more personal. That is the purpose of the project: helping us to remember that it is people, not just numbers, who are dying in our country, in our states and in our communities.

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