Pulling together, volunteering and pitching in when city leaders seemed unable or unwilling to - just added to the unity building during a time of profound crisis.
The new segregation, by class and income, harms students just as the old state-legalized segregation in the Solid South did.
Imagine coming home from work or school and not having access to water for cooking dinner, or not being able to take a shower after a hard day's work.
The pro-Darren Wilson folks were screaming rage-soaked insults, but the protestors stoically chanted back in unison.
"The people in this crowd should have this amazing view: It's a sea of people of every culture and heritage coming together for change."
"What we are seeing in Artesia is nothing less than a sham process that values expediency over justice".
Each had attended multiple demonstrations and strategizing meetings, protected protesters and property from police violence or acts of looting and led marches up and down the street.
The key part of the ruling is the board's statement that orders companies to pay Social Security and compensate the workers for the extra income tax liability they facefor back pay.
But even as the San Diego Labor Council hailed the new measure, it warned about an underhanded petition to undermine it.
"This is a major victory upholding the fundamental constitutional rights of people to engage in First Amendment-protected activity in New York City."