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.
Foreign direct investment is an important part of the U.S. economy. Close to six million workers are employed by foreign-owned businesses worth some $3.1 trillion, the White House Council of Economic Advisers reported.
The group, comprised of Muslim, Christian and Jewish organizations, called on Congress "to protect poor people from bearing the brunt of budget cuts."
President Obama signed an Executive Order initiating the Campaign to Cut Waste, ordering each department and agency to report regularly to Vice President Biden who will head a new task force on government accountability.
Earlier this month, House Republicans rejected three amendments stating that global warming is real, poses a threat and is caused by humans.
The federal program that has helped hundreds of thousands of workers get back on their feet after their jobs went overseas could soon disappear due to an error by Congress.