Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. announced today that he and Rainbow PUSH Coalition have been closely monitoring and evaluating the expanding impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) or organizational and travel operations. To ensure the safety of attendees at the upcoming Summit, the social justice organization is taking necessary measures to protect the health and well-being of all stakeholders who planned to participate in the upcoming Rainbow PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund’s 23rd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit (“Wall Street Project”). “We regret that due to the global health concerns, and ongoing travel restrictions being instituted over the ongoing spreadof COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the Wall Street Project, originally scheduled for March 10 through March 12, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel Times Square in New York City,” says Rev. Dr. S. Todd Yeary, senior vice president of Rainbow Push Coalition.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the entire team at Rainbow PUSH want to prioritize everyone’s health and safety during this period of high public health concern. The Wall Street Project Economic Summit draws hundreds of delegates and attendees from various countries on the continent of Africa and in Europe. “Amid this global public health emergency, we are committed to protecting our delegates and attendees from heightened health risks associated with public gatherings and international travel,” says Rev. Jackson, the organization’s founder and convener of the Wall Street Project Economic Summit. Over the past days, New York State officials confirmed six cases of COVID-19, and New York is one of 13 U.S. states with confirmed cases of the virus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is now a total of at least 80 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus nationally, with dozens new diagnoses expected.
Rev. Jackson noted, “We can’t keep COVID-19 from becoming a global pandemic, but the more we can do to protect ourselves, slow the spread of the disease, the less severe the impact will be.” He added, “We want to make sure we do our part to protect our friends and partners, and not add to the complexity of managing and monitoring essential containment measures. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the delay and appreciate everyone’s understanding and support. In the meantime, we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.”
Alternative dates will be confirmed once the current public health crisis has subsided. The organization hopes to reschedule the Summit for early June 2020.