FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2020
Rev. Jackson, clergy, health officials to honor and promote COVID-19 protocols
Chicago, IL -- In an effort to warn and help limit the spread of COVID-19, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., the faith community and health officials are holding a 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020, press conference at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters (RPC), 930 E. 50TH St., to aid in the Coronavirus informational movement.
Rev. Jackson will be closing the historic RPC building this Saturday, March 14th, and will tape his Saturday broadcast on Friday, March 13th, in cooperation with and in honoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and city anti-COVID-19 protocols of postponing/canceling gatherings of 250-1000 or more. The building will reopen Monday, March 16th. The hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday’s closed Saturday’s until further notice.
“We are praying for the 32 Illinoisans who have contracted the coronavirus, and we are committed to helping with the containment policies recently mandated by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle,” said Rev. Jackson.
“Each week, we provide people with invaluable information, but we are more concerned with helping to keep the public healthy while making them aware of how to prevent contracting this virus,” said Rev. Jackson.
“Because COVID-19 is dangerous, “We are shutting down our building this Saturday and are asking people to stay away from crowds and to follow the tips our elected and health officials are providing.”
However, not all activities are closed. “Tuesday’s election will go on, but we are concerned that COVID-19 has caused the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to shut down some polling places,” said Rev. Jackson.
According to Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Board of Elections, the agency is currently seeking to replace voting sites for 95 precincts including one hit by fire on Thursday. All voting sites will receive deep cleanings and have hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and alcohol screen wipes available.
“We are urging everyone to exercise their right to vote this Tuesday,” said Rev. Jackson. “The Board of Election officials are proving a safe place for voters to cast their votes.”
For updated information on COVID-19, you can call the Illinois Department of Health’s hotline at: 1.800.889.3931.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.