Demonstrators gathered around the country calling on public officials to respond to the economic crisis by putting people back to work in good jobs.
A surprising number of seniors were in the group, especially considering that the temperature was 106 degrees.
"Connecticut workers want Congress to act on the jobs crisis with the same urgency that was brought to the manufactured political crisis over the debt ceiling."
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., plans to introduce the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, which will put over 2 million people to work.
At rallies, meetings, marches, demonstrations and press conferences from one end of the nation to the other demands for massive job creation are challenging the tea party inspired focus on the federal deficit.
Jobs with Justice has broadened the base of support for working people, and they have inventively multiplied the arsenal of labor's strategies.
With African American unemployment at over 16 percent, the Congressional Black Caucus has launched a series of public hearings and jobs fairs across the country during the month of August.
Dozens of unemployed activists and supporters rallied here at Federal Plaza August 5 urging Congress to enact a massive federal jobs program and not to cut badly needed social entitlement programs.
Eighty-year old Jan Sanders, a well known Democratic Party activist, went up to the senator's office, but found it locked.
Some of the gleaming new structures sit opposite desolate, abandoned lots while others are sandwiched in between crumbling houses to which no one has returned.