Dozens gathered in Gov. Ned Lamont’s Hartford driveway Friday to demand the state provide relief to its immigrant population.

The event — hosted by the Immigrants Are Essential Coalition, made up of faith, immigrant rights, civil rights and social justice organizations — was attended by about 50 people, according to a news release from the coalition Friday night.

The coalition has been asking the Lamont administration to create a disaster relief fund for the state’s immigrant community since April. Just this week though, the coalition said Friday, Lamont’s office reached out to discuss a potential meeting.

Throughout the gathering Friday featured speeches, poetry reading and dancing.

“Without the option of working from home, he had to choose between earning an income or risking his and his family’s health for a paycheck,” attendee Sonia Gutierrez told the crowd, according to a transcript of her speech, shared by Make the Road CT later Friday night.

Gutierrez, a Fight Back Committee organizer at Make the Road CT, said her husband ended up catching the coronavirus. She said he was in critical condition for a month at a half.

“Our story makes it clear,” Gutierrez said, “our immigrant families have been suffering both financially and physically from the pandemic for far too long, and we have been excluded from most federal and state relief. It is time for Connecticut to step up.”

Gutierrez said the rally attendees were with the governor in June, when he announced $3.5 million in private and state funds for the community.

“While we are glad to be a part of that process, the roll out has been slow and too little to late,” she said. “We’re here today asking the state to create a real immigrant relief fund that actually helps our immigrant families recover.”