Tavis Smiley and Cornel West brought the last stop of their "Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience" to Memphis, Tennessee. The location was chosen in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s support for sanitation workers and as the site of the National Civil Rights Museum.
Last week the Obama administration announced it would suspend deportation proceeding against thousands of undocumented immigrants that pose no serious threat to national security or public safety.
"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.
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.
It was billed as a vigil, but it was clearly a thumpin' rally of 300 people saying "Hands off Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."
National Council of Womens' Organizations launched the Respect, Protect, Reject Campaign, and is calling on lawmakers to uphold Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and emphasize women's concerns in the talks.
The CBC will be hosting a "For the People Jobs Initiative" in several urban areas stricken by high unemployment.
What drove the huge outpouring, and what was missing in the lives of many in attendance was the right to a job.