“Loved Ones, Not Numbers” Local Group Honors COVID-19 Victims

GA Coalition 2 Saves Lives says COVID-19 deaths are not numbers but people.

Amanda Cooper
May 29, 2020 - 10:05 am
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(Photo Credit: GA Coalition 2 Save Lives)

Lawyers, Civil And Human Rights Organizations, Faith Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, Community Members, And Elected Officials are working together to save and remember the lives of Georgians who may have faced adverse consequences due to Governor Kemp’s Reopening Of Georgia. 

Together they have formed the Georgia Coalition 2 Saves Lives to advocate for life-saving measures for communities of color, the elderly, and vulnerable prison populations and those whose infection and death numbers are increasing rapidly.

According to their website, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that African Americans make up a staggering 83% of Georgians hospitalized with COVID-19. As a result, on May 5, 2020, the group requested a meeting with Governor Brian Kemp on or before Tuesday, May 12, 2020, to discuss ways to mitigate the continuing spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease in the African American community. 

During an online press conference on Thursday, the organization stated that the Governor’s Office did not respond to their request. However, they are moving forward by honoring Georgians’ lives who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

The new pictorial memorial called “Loved Ones, Not Numbers” will be displayed on the Georgia Coalition 2 Save Lives website. Jana Johnson-Davis, activist educator and member of the organization, says, “We want to humanize this tragedy,” she says. “They mean so much more to so many of the people than just a statistic.” 

The group is requesting photos of Georgians who lost their lives to the virus to add the online pictorial memorial, which will include a musical tribute by R & B artist and songwriter Avery Sunshine. 

To submit a high-quality photo of your loved one(s), visit http://gacoalition2savelives.com/.