Until recently, Chicago's Loop, known for its skyscrapers, corporate headquarters and high-powered law firms, was typically silent on weekends.
When Janet Edburg was laid off from her job at a Chicago photo lab equipment manufacturer three years ago, she experienced first hand the despair felt by millions of unemployed workers.
Several aldermen announced they plan to introduce an ordinance to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana caught on people by the police.
With the crowd chanting and drums and brass playing, the police slowly started surrounding the crowd.
Protesting the mass arrests and the destruction of their first aid station this weekend, ordered by Mayor Emmanuel, nurses and their allies picketed City Hall this morning.
During this week of action for jobs there are activities big and small all over Chicago.
Protesters declared, "Enough is enough," and called for a new people's coalition to engage in mass demonstrations to protect workers' rights and create jobs.
High school students are protesting Sears's purchase of clothing from a factory where a supervisor is an unpunished serial rapist of young females.
Cook County passed a major immigrant rights ordinance aiming to free undocumented immigrants being held in jails throughout the county.
Steelworkers and 1,000 others protested against a new free trade agreement being negotiated for the Pacific Rim countries.