Poor People’s Campaign plans car caravan to honor those who’ve died from COVID-19

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    Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of the Poor People's Campaign, addresses the media during a press conference in 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

    The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign is organizing a car caravan for Nov. 23, to pay tribute to those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. 

    The event, called the Moral Monday Caravans, is organized in collaboration with 25 other states across the country. Colorado caravan participants will gather at 11:30 a.m. Monday at 400 S. Williams St. in Denver to put signs and memorials on their vehicles before heading to 13th Avenue and Broadway, where vehicles will begin circling the Capitol. 

    The goal of the action is to highlight existing systemic inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and to show support for the thousands of families across Colorado that are mourning loved ones. 

    As many as 2,730 people who have contracted the virus have died in Colorado, 2,350 of them directly from the disease, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. At least 182,801 people have tested positive for the virus.

    “Millions of poor and low-income households also face mounting bills, evictions, and hunger after months of unemployment, cuts in wages, and the government’s failure to pass a comprehensive COVID-relief package,” Michelle Diane, who is helping organize the event, said in a written statement.  

    “America must direct its resources and creativity towards the poor and most marginalized, rather than lobbyists, insurance companies, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and wealthy corporations,” she added.

    Other similar events are scheduled in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.  

    People can participate remotely at vote.poorpeoplescampaign.org to hear reports from each participating state capitol.