"This is the largest prisoner strike of any kind in recent US history," says Ron Ahnen of California Prison Focus.
Angry about Wall Street greed and rejecting lawmakers they say have been purchased by big corporations, the Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading rapidly across the nation.
"The party that aggressively defends Social Security and Medicare will win the next election!"
For 12 days dozens of protesters from diverse backgrounds have been camped out around the clock in front of the Federal Reserve here.
A few hundred union members and community residents gathered at Youngstown State University in a kickoff rally to gather support for the statewide campaign to defeat Issue Number 2 on the Ohio ballot.
Cutting out a key component, if upheld, will have devastating consequences for working families and port communities plagued by dirty air and dead-end jobs.
"I figured if I'm going to be homeless, I might as well be homeless for a good reason," said one of the hundreds of restless youth Occupying Wall Street, determined that their voices be heard.
Thousands of activists representing hundreds of national and local groups across the country are meeting here Oct. 3-5 at the Washington Hilton during the Take Back the American Dream conference.
The labor-backed group, Fair Elections Ohio, has submitted almost 320,000 signatures to place the reversal of the state's new voter suppression law on the ballot. This puts the law's provisions on hold for the 2011 and 2012 election cycles.
Some 400 neighborhood activists dumped bags of trash from houses abandoned in their neighborhoods in the lobbies of banks in cities across Ohio Sept. 30.