Saturday: Covid Survivors Hold Remembrance Day At Forest Park Bandshell

Queens Covid Remembrance Day Will Honor the Lives of the More Than 3,600 Queens Residents Taken by Covid-19 with 400 Empty Chairs, Yellow and Floral Hearts, and Art Installations 

Following the Event, Covid Survivors for Change will Host a Virtual Support Group for Queens Residents Impacted by Covid

QUEENS, N.Y. – On Saturday, May 1 from 2pm – 8pm, Queens-based members of Covid Survivors for Change, the non-partisan grassroots survivor network, alongside Yellow Heart Memorial, Faces of Covid Victims, and The Floral Heart Project will host a Queens Covid Remembrance Day to honor the lives of the more than 3,600 Queens residents taken by Covid-19 and those whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic. Covid survivors will set up 400 empty chairs, yellow hearts display from the Yellow Heart Memorial, a floral display by Floral Heart Project, and art installations by multiple Queens and NYC art groups and schools. The event will also include prayers and benedictions, testimonials from Covid-19 survivors, a tribute to frontline workers and a sunset vigil. 

Following the event, Covid Survivors for Change will host a grief support group for Queens residents impacted by Covid at 8 pm ET. More information on that is available here.

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

WHAT:  Queens Covid Remembrance Day

WHO:

  • Brian Walter, a Queens-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and frontline worker whose father, John Walter, was killed by Covid in May 2020
  • Cathrine Solomon, a New York City-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and long-hauler, whose parents were killed by Covid-19
  • Emylou Solomon Rodriguez, a New York City-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and long-hauler, whose parents were killed by Covid-19
  • Chris Kocher, executive director of Covid Survivors for Change
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng 
  • New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. 
  • New York Assembly member Jenifer Rajkumar
  • Queens Borough President Donavan Richards
  • Rabbi Ronald Broden 
  • Chaplain Zilfa Baksh (Queens Hospital)
  • Manpreet Kaur
  • Baba Lakhwinder Singh Ji (Karamjot Sikh Center of NY) 
  • Baba Bhupinder Singh Ji (Gurdwara Shaheedan,Inc) 
  • Jennifer Romero 
  • Pablo Lopez Jr. 
  • Alissa Femia
  • Lori Gismondi Gonzalez 

WHERE: 

George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell

Forest Park Dr

Woodhaven, NY 11421

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 2 pm – 8 pm

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: covidsurvivorsforchange.org.

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Saturday In Scranton: Covid Survivors Hold Remembrance Event At Lackawanna County Courthouse

Survivors and Elected Officials, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Mayor Paige Cognetti and State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, to Remember the 1,700 Northeastern-area Pennsylvanians Taken by Covid with 200 Empty Chairs and a Display of 1,700 Yellow Hearts

Following the Event, Covid Survivors for Change will Host a Virtual Support Group for Scranton-area Residents Impacted by Covid

SCRANTON, Pa. – On Saturday, May 1 at 1pm, Scranton-based members of Covid Survivors for Change, the non-partisan grassroots Covid survivor network, will host a remembrance event to honor those taken by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as those living with the long-term effects from the virus. The event will feature 200 empty chairs to honor the 1,700 northeastern Pennsylvania residents taken by Covid, as well as a display of 1,700 yellow hearts as part of a partnership with the Yellow Heart Memorial. State Representative of the 114th Legislative District Bridget M. Kosierowski will emcee the memorial alongside several other speakers, including Senator Bob Casey, Mayor Paige Cognetti and survivor Trish Zimmerman, organizer of the event.  

Following the event, Covid Survivors for Change will host a grief support group for Scranton-area residents impacted by Covid at 8pm ET. More information on that is available here.

For the safety of all participants, the event’s audience will watch via a livestream viewable at http://www.fb.me/e/5lD5YQNce. More details on the event are below.

WHAT:  Covid Survivors for Change Scranton Remembrance Event

WHO:

  • Trish Zimmerman, a Scranton-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and the Yellow Heart Memorial whose father died of Covid in January
  • Senator Bob Casey
  • State Representative of the 114th Legislative District Bridget M. Kosierowski
  • Mayor Paige Cognetti 

WHERE: Linden Street lawn of the Lackawanna County Courthouse 

 200 N Washington Ave Scranton, PA 18503

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1 pm 

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: covidsurvivorsforchange.org.

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Covid-19 Survivors Hold Virtual Advocacy Day, Urge Senate to Pass President Biden’s Covid-19 Relief Bill

On Wednesday, More Than 50 Survivors Virtually Met with 16 Republican and Democratic Senators to Demand Relief for Those Impacted by Covid-19

Covid-19 Survivors Presented Senators with an Open Letter Signed by 400+ Survivors in all 50 States in Support of the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, more than 50 members of the grassroots survivor network, Covid Survivors for Change, in partnership with the Health Care Voter, virtually met with Senate leaders in support of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Survivors from more than a dozen states, including Arizona, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin met with their lawmakers to call for a strong and equitable vaccine plan, financial support, and paid leave resources. Survivors also delivered an open letter, signed by more than 400 Covid-19 survivors from all 50 states and D.C., calling on the Senate to pass the American Rescue Plan immediately.

Participants included people who had personally survived Covid-19, as well as those who lost a loved one to the virus. For many of the survivors participating, this advocacy day was their first experience with activism. Covid survivors spoke out for: 

  • Access to long term medical care and support for long haulers;
  • Sufficient relief payments and economic support to compensate for lost wages, depleted savings, and various other costs incurred due to the pandemic; and 
  • A comprehensive and equitable vaccination plan to stop the pandemic. 

“I shared my story with lawmakers, but I also shared the experiences of so many other women and frontline workers with stories similar to mine,” said Marjorie Roberts, an Atlanta-based member of Covid Survivors for Change who contracted Covid-19 in March and still struggles with lingering symptoms. “First Covid took my livelihood, and then it took my health. As a Covid-19 longhauler, I’ve lived with lingering and debilitating symptoms that have taken me out of the workforce for more than 10 months. Americans need help now, and I urge my lawmakers to stand up for their constituents who are fighting to survive.”

“In honor of my father, along with the more than 500,000 Americans taken by Covid in the last year, the Senate needs to pass this bill,” said Rachel Goldstein, a Florida-based member of Covid Survivors for Change whose father was killed in New York City by Covid-19 in May. “My father was not just a statistic. His life mattered, and his death was preventable. Our lawmakers have a moral responsibility to honor those who’ve been taken and the lives who’ve been forever changed by Covid with action. We deserve a path towards recovery.” 

“More than 28 million Americans have contracted Covid and on Wednesday, lawmakers got a clear message that this movement of committed activists is determined and passionate,” said Chris Kocher, executive director of Covid Survivors for Change. “So much tragedy has come out of this past year, and this week, some of the people most hurt by the pandemic channeled their heartbreak into action.We implore senate leaders to bring the American Rescue Plan to a vote and pass this legislation immediately to begin to give Covid survivors the support they need.” 

“As the parent of a disabled child with complex medical needs, I know how important it is that our lawmakers deliver large-scale Covid relief urgently—families like mine, and millions of Americans, need our leaders to center direct relief in delivering our recovery from this pandemic and recession,” said Elena Hung, Executive Director of Little Lobbyists and Health Care Voter Co-Chair. “We owe it to the memories of our lost loved ones to pass the American Rescue Package and set our country on the course to recovery.”

“Covid survivors are looking to lawmakers to act now and end this pandemic—we cannot afford to wait or lose more loved ones to this virus,” said Laura Packard, founder of Health Care Voices and Health Care Voter Co-Chair. “We’ve already lost more than 500,000 friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones, including my stepfather. We’re here to tell our lawmakers: No more. It’s time to honor the memories of the people we’ve lost and the people they’ve left behind. It’s time for lawmakers to pass the American Rescue Plan.”

To date, more than 500,000 American lives have been taken by the deadly virus and nearly 30 million have contracted Covid-19. Many more have lost jobs or have been otherwise economically impacted by the pandemic. President Biden’s proposed plan is an important step towards investing in the financial relief, treatment, and ongoing support that Americans need to fully recover from the devastating impact of Covid-19. 

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: covidsurvivorsforchange.org.

About Health Care Voter

Health Care Voter is a grassroots campaign that mobilizes millions across the country to hold lawmakers accountable for attacks on our access to quality affordable health care and fights for a more modern, moral and dignified health care system. Join the movement on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or visit us at HealthCareVoter.org.

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COVID Survivors Hold COVID-19 Remembrance Event At Georgia State Capitol

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 www.facebook.com/covidsurvivorsforchange. More details on the event are below.

WHAT:  

COVID-19 Remembrance Ceremony and Memorial

WHO:

  • 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

WHERE: 

Liberty Plaza

Georgia State Capitol

206 Washington Street SW

Atlanta, GA 30334

WHEN:

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: covidsurvivorsforchange.org.

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