Caravan to demand COVID-19 relief heads to Legislative Hall

November 20, 2020

The Delaware Poor People’s Campaign will join 23 other states and the District of Columbia Monday, Nov. 23, in a nationwide caravan to mourn the nearly quarter-million Americans who have died from COVID-19.

A press release from the Poor People's Campaign states this Thanksgiving, a day already marked by many Indigenous people as a day of mourning, families across the country will remember and mourn the loss of loved ones who have died from COVID-19 and poverty. Millions of poor and low-income households face mounting bills, evictions and hunger after months of unemployment, wage cuts, and the government’s failure to pass a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package. The group will also demand a smooth and open transition of presidential power.

The release states Delawareans from all three counties will participate, including Mexican immigrant and resident Reyna Bahena Alvarez. She will speak about her late husband, a poultry industry worker in Sussex County who died this year from COVID-19. Fifty-two of Delaware’s 739 deaths were Latinos, according to the press release.

Caravan participants will gather at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Dover Public Library before heading to Loockerman Street and toward Legislative Avenue where the caravan will begin at 2:30 p.m. Cars will circle Legislative Hall until 3 p.m.

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