People want to move from welfare to work, but the requirements to make that transition are missing.
Protesters declared, "Enough is enough," and called for a new people's coalition to engage in mass demonstrations to protect workers' rights and create jobs.
Republicans, as expected, are already throwing wrenches into the works, with all of the GOP presidential candidates essentially trashing the proposal.
The program will specifically target Michigan's youth - who suffer nearly 50 percent unemployment rates in Detroit.
"Let's make our country what it should be," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka yesterday.
As millions nationwide remain unemployed and struggle to stay afloat in the most punishing recession since the Great Depression, civil rights and labor leaders note Latinos and communities of color continue to suffer the most in the country's current economic crisis.
Video highlights from the Congressional Black Caucus jobs fair/town hall meeting held on Aug. 31 here at the Crenshaw Christian Center with more than 500 people in attendance. An estimated 20,000 showed up for the CBC's jobs fair earlier that day.
When it comes to income and net wealth, the years since 1983 have been a "lost generation" for all but the richest 5 percent of the U.S., say Larry Mishel and Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner agreed Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress, ending yet another GOP attempt to embarrass the president.