The head of the AFL-CIO's Civil, Human, and Women's Rights Division tackles some of labor's thorniest issues on a daily basis.
With the country facing serious questions of racial justice, the labor movement hopes to foster dialogue and solidarity.
"The labor rights and voting rights movements are interconnected - we must be smart enough to hook up; if we do, we can change this nation."
"We care about workers' rights, which are in a shambles and are a disgrace, but we can't win these fights if 30 million people can't vote."
Union leaders hailed the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage, but added there is still opposition to equal rights for gay people.
Marchs were held all over LA in support of worker rights, immigration reform, lives matter, police transparency, economic rights, and civil rights.
All married couples, whether opposite-sex or same-sex, should have federal family leave rights regardless of where they live.
Chávez was also an early environmentalist, warning the public of the devastating effects of pesticides on both farmworkers and consumers.
The first suffragist demonstration took place in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913.
The writer and activist Alice Walker was born on this day in 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia.