A Protest For Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

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A car with a sign taped to the outside stating drives into the parking lot to prepare for Cancel The Rent Housing 4 All car protest during COVID-19 on April 25 2020 in Denver.

Juana Rocha, Reporter

The global pandemic known as COVID-19 has amplified the inequalities of individuals across the United States. On April 25, 2020, residents of Colorado participated in a car protest to voice injustices felt by vulnerable communities in the state. The protest was endorsed by organizations like Abolish ICE Denver, Colorado Poor People’s Campaign, Denver Homeless Out Loud and Party for Socialism and Liberation – Denver among others.

Protesters called on local, state and federal government elected officials to:

  1. Cancel all rents, mortgages for homeowners, small landlords, and small businesses during the duration of the pandemic.
  2.  Use vacant housing to provide shelter for people who lack acceptable housing including homeless populations and healthcare workers fearing to endanger their own families as they work through this crisis.
  3. Releasing ICE detainees and all vulnerable inmates convicted of non-violent offenses or who have not yet been convicted as well as increasing medical staffing, supplies, and sanitary conditions for inmates.

The protest took place in the Mercury Cafe parking lot. Cars were decorated in protest signs and the caravan was  instructed to honk as they passed “political targets.” Among the eight targets included the Radiant Apartments, Denver’s Capital building, Denver County Courthouse and Jail and Downtown Denver Partnership office.