Caravan Protests for COVID-19 Relief – April 13 & 14

Caravan Protests for COVID-19 Relief – April 13 & 14

The Milwaukee chapter of Democratic Socialists of America is organizing two caravan protests to demand that the city, state, and federal governments take immediate action to implement further emergency measures to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cars will assemble at 4pm on each day and then drive to our targets. See this news clip for coverage of a recent protest organized by Voces de la Frontera using this tactic. On Monday we will visit city, state, and federal offices and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. On Tuesday we will pay a call to the house of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Details can be found in the two infographics below.

We invite our members, supporters, and allies to join us. We encourage any interested organizations to issue their own demands and press releases and to invite their members to join us.

We demand:

  1. A moratorium on all housing foreclosures, rent, and mortgage payments.
  2. A moratorium on all debts accrued. 
  3. Immediate cash transfers to poor and working people, supplementing federal payments 
  4. Immediate and free testing and treatment for all, starting with the black communities which  are the most impacted due to significant disparities and rampant racism.
  5. Opening of vacant properties, underutilized dwellings, and hotels to shelter homeless individuals in place when existing shelters and temporary housing reach capacity.
  6. Immediate and free testing and treatment for all, starting with the black communities which  are the most impacted due to significant disparities and rampant racism.
  7. Hiring additional staff at the Department of Workforce Development to process unemployment claims. 
  8. Mandatory waiver of all public transit fares statewide.
  9. An extension of public assistance benefits to all individuals affected by the coronavirus. This includes the expansion of SNAP and TANF benefits to all affected individuals, as well as a suspension of drug testing and work requirements in both of these programs. 
  10. Expansion of Medicaid eligibility to all individuals without insurance.  
  11. Enacting a moratorium on cash bail and furloughing of all prisoners awaiting trial with the exception of those accused of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  12. Declaration that Wisconsin’s April 7 elections were illegitimate, formation of a special task force to address public-health and voting-rights impacts of elections, and either extension of mail-in voting or annulment of election results and new elections.

Press release for Monday, April 13 caravan

Press release for Tuesday, April 14 caravan