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1,000 Empty Chairs Will be Displayed at the State House, Honoring the Nearly 10,000 Lives Taken by COVID-19 in Georgia and 300,000 Taken Nationwide

Survivors of COVID-19 to Hold Lawmakers Accountable Ahead of the 2021 Runoff Election

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, December 16 at 11:30 am, Georgia members of COVID Survivors for Change, the non-partisan grassroots survivor network, will honor the nearly 10,000 lives taken by COVID-19 in Georgia and the thousands more forever changed by the pandemic. They’ll be joined on video by Congresswoman Lucy McBath and by thousands of survivors watching the event’s livestream. Together, they will hold elected leaders accountable ahead of the 2021 runoff election and demand a data-based approach to pandemic-prevention.

For the safety of all participants, the event’s audience will watch via a livestream viewable at More details on the event are below.


COVID-19 Remembrance Ceremony and Memorial


  • Representative Lucy McBath, by video
  • Carol Lewis, a COVID Survivors for Change member in Conyers, Georgia whose father, a veteran of the Korean War, died of COVID-19 at age 86
  • María Del Rosario Palacios, a COVID Survivors for Change member in Gainesville, Georgia who survived COVID-19 alongside her mother and children and lost her grandfather to the pandemic
  • Members of COVID Survivors for Change


Liberty Plaza

Georgia State Capitol

206 Washington Street SW

Atlanta, GA 30334


Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

About COVID Survivors for Change

COVID Survivors for Change is a national, non-partisan movement bringing together Americans who have lost a loved one to COVID-19, as well as those who have survived the virus and those whose lives have been dramatically altered by the pandemic. As part of COVID Survivors for Change, Americans are mobilizing to make sure that communities have the funding, resources and leadership in place to address future public health emergencies. Survivors will also find community and healing in meeting other people whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic. For more information, please visit: