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Van Hollen Among Those to Participate in COVID Relief NOW Emergency Virtual Rally

January 9th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Maryland elected and community leaders from the Maryland United for COVID Relief NOW Coalition will hold a virtual rally on Sunday, January 10, at noon, calling on Gov.  Larry Hogan to release additional funds for financial relief for Maryland’s struggling families and small businesses. 

The virtual rally will feature remarks from elected officials, faith leaders, community organizations and other speakers whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers include:

  • Comptroller Peter Franchot
  • U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen
  • U.S. Representative Anthony Brown
  • Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker 
  • Prince George’s County Council Chair Calvin Hawkins 
  • Anne Arundel County Council President Sarah Lacey
  • Howard County Council Chair Liz Walsh
  • City of Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart
  • Rev. Alvin Hathaway, Union Baptist Church
  • Willie Flowers, President, NAACP – Maryland Conference of Branches
  • Bel Leong-Hong, CEO, KAI
  • Clint Sobratti, Vice President, UFCW 1994
  • Ken O’Connell, President, MC Small Business Association
  • Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA
  • Sandy Bell, President, Maryland NOW

With state and local aid blocked by Congress, many services that Maryland families and businesses rely on are threatened. More small businesses are in danger of closing, renters are facing eviction and homelessness, and families are going hungry.

The Maryland United for COVID Relief NOW Coalition is calling on Governor Hogan to provide a direct $2,000 stimulus for Maryland’s most vulnerable residents and additional aid to small businesses.

Presenters will underscore the severity of the economic crisis impacting Marylanders and small businesses and the need for Maryland to use its Rainy Day Fund to supplement the most recent stimulus package passed by Congress.