After reading the names and short biographies of the slain, the mournful airs gave way to determination as the emcees brought forth speakers from the crowd.
Will thousands of kids be denied medical care, youth programs and adequate schools, or will corporate tax-dodgers be forced to pay their taxes?
The rent stabilization program was allowed to expire and over 1 million households are now at risk of being priced out when their leases go up for renewal.
Twenty thousand people came together on a bridge in Charleston, marching in the name of love and unity against racist violence that took the lives of nine people in a historic black church. .
"The Robin Hood tax, which can raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year paid by Wall Street speculators, is the perfect way to fund this program."
Local organizations and unions gather in the Twin Cities on April 15 for the national actions in the fight to raise wages.
They came from across America to launch a wide ranging, broad-based plan to make things right.
But even as the San Diego Labor Council hailed the new measure, it warned about an underhanded petition to undermine it.
According to Love, students need to build "relationships with unions - on and off campuses, to build bridges in the community, students are workers."
Chris Christie brought checks to the fundraiser totaling $4 million, demonstrators shouted, "Illinois is not for sale."