Parents in Chicago say they are staging an around-the-clock sit-in at an elementary school field house until school officials and elected representatives meet with them.
"I'm not asking for any handouts; I just want to stay alive," Susan said.
As part of the 4th annual Chicago Zombie March, members from UNITE HERE Local 1 applied some face paint and walked the picket line in front of the Congress Hotel.
Hundreds commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Classes at the school were on the "political time of day," capitalism, the labor movement, racism and immigration and LGBT rights.
The film was an on-the-scene report of what historians call "The Memorial Day Massacre," filmed by Paramount Pictures as it happened in Chicago in May 1937.
African Americans represent 32.4 percent of Chicago but they make up only 17 percent respectively of the city's fire department.
Consumers are urging state lawmakers to vote against a bill that would eliminate the long-standing utility rate review process.
The Illinois Senate passed the Illinois DREAM Act, which would establish a state "Dream" commission to administer privately funded scholarships to as many as 95,000 students of immigrant parents.
Big business blames public sector workers for the state's $8 billion budget deficit.