I have posted previously about our upcoming event “Memorial on Memorial” happening worldwide. If you are reading this blog, it is most likely because Memorial season is upon us and you would like more information.
If you would like to join us, or would like more information about this event, please see below for details.
Memorial on Memorial FAQ:
What is Memorial on Memorial?
Memorial on Memorial is an vigil held annually worldwide by Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses in rememberance of those who have lost their lives to Watchtower policy or toxic Watchtower culture.
Members worldwide will hold vigils, live stream a reading of the list of names, or otherwise engage in activities to spread awareness of the harmful Watchtower ‘No Blood” policy, silencing or shunning of victims of sexual abuse or former members that resulted in suicide or substance abuse, or cases of domestic violence influenced by Watchtower culture.
The goal of Memorial on Memorial is to show honor to those that have passed, to make the world aware of the effects of toxic culture among high control and fundamentalist groups, and empower survivors in your local community.
Annually around 1,200 die from Watchtower’s no blood policy. If we use The Jonestown Massacre as a comparable example, the final death toll was 909. The Organization implemented the “No Blood” policy in 1949 along with the first death, Samuel Muscariello.
The 1,200 does not include those who have passed from suicide, domestic violence, or chronic substance abuse due to other various lesser known policies by the Watchtower that silence victims of sexual abuse, shun former members to the point of psychological harm, or ignore and refuse resources to those who are suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues.
Watchtower is currently being investigated in several countries for their policies on shunning, child abuse, blood transfusions, undue influence in their media, etc.
It has been recently featured in cinema and is highly documented and an internationally recognized practice by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Others are as a result of suicide.
Her sister Amber Sawyer states: “I want this deadly practice of disfellowhipping and shunning to stop. It’s killing people, it’s isolating the ones who need help the most, and that is cruel.”
Mental Health/Substance Abuse: MoM has also chosen to also include the names of members who have lost their lives due to mental health or substance abuse issues in connection with other toxic policies and culture of the Organization. This includes those who openly expressed suicidal thoughts, suffered from mental health or substance abuse, who may have openly expressed their thoughts of suicide, mental health issues, substance abuse issues, or otherwise and been discouraged from seeking therapy or seeking help from outside resources.
Especially affected are members who have been sexually abused or endured other trauma by members of the organization and afterwards shunned or silenced to the point of devastation.
Chessa Manion states: “The stigma of being “mentally diseased” usually attached to EXJW’s will be attached to my father by those inside the organization who hear of his passing. However the truth is none of us have these battles as a result of LEAVING the organization, we leave when we begin to search for help. When we’re drowning. For some of us, like my father, it was too late.”
Victims of Domestic Violence:
– Laree Slack: The beatings of Laree and her eight-year-old brother started because of a claimed failure to properly clear away laundry, leading to difficulty finding a credit card. The father’s interpretation of Biblical injunctions regarding the punishment of children were a factor in the severity of the beating. The parents were devout Jehovah’s Witnesses who home-schooled their six children. Investigators said the parents decided to administer Biblical discipline in the form of “40 lashes minus one, three times”.
– The Stuarts: According to police records and interviews with family, friends, and neighbors, Lauren Stuart battled many problems, including depression, ostracism from her local Kingdom Hall, and mental scars stemming from alleged sexual abuse she experienced as a child. These factors combined, police believe, lead Stuart to cave to despair on a February weekday when she fatally shot her son, her daughter, and her husband – using pillows to suppress the sound – before shooting herself between the eyes.
– The Millers: A family of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been found dead in their South Carolina home after what police say was a shocking murder-suicide. Each of the four was shot in the upper body and a handgun, the presumed murder weapon, was found near the father, Wilson said.
– Victoria Climbié: Spry, a Jehovah’s Witness and a pillar of her local community, would punish the children because she thought they were possessed by the devil. Once she kept two of them imprisoned, naked and starving, in a room for a month. The statement added that information was not shared, one of the failings which led to the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbié.
Concept of Memorial on Memorial:
Memorial on Memorial was created to be an open concept event. The Official Vigil Locations will have information posted prior to the event explaining where, when, how, etc.
However there are many who have expressed the desire to do something different, such as have a meetup in the park, watch the livestreaming of the event online, or renting stadiums and inviting the public.
However you want to honor the names at your events are up to you. We are happy to assist you in organizing in your area, connecting and meeting with other members or allies of interest, provide editable press releases for your local media, brochures, etc.
Official Memorial on Memorial Vigil Locations:
Nashville, TN lead by Pony Jean Parker
Portland, Oregon lead by Arden Peacock-Gutierrez
Boston, Massachusetts lead by Rick Fearon of Six Screens
Brooklyn, New York lead by Chessa Manion
Memorial on Memorial Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/775507039458634/
Memorial on Memorial Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/501346263605247/
Memorial on Memorial Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/UseOurVoice/
More information about Use Our Voice:
Most current MoM Press Release (still in editing): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aUhKodTrqr4GiZtNuxPoh-nnl6fZvnVG/view?usp=sharing
Most Recent Brochure (still in editing):
“How can I help:”
We are always looking for anyone looking to organize vigils in their areas. We will be releasing a How-To Guide soon. For now, please contact:
Areas with interested parties in need of support:
If you are interested in organizing a vigil in your area, joining our team, or more information please contact: