Fifty years ago, on this day in 1965, District 1199 Health Care Workers became the first labor union in the United States to formally oppose the Vietnam War.
Birmingham honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (video)
In over a thousand U.S. cities, unionists, civil rights and community activists gathered April 4, honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated 43 years earlier.
Activists note even in Republican dominated Texas, protests for public workers and labor rights have been occuring throughout the state almost every day.
According to Glenn Beck the nations 1.4 million Americans who have been out of work more than 99 weeks are "a bunch of un-American losers."
Nationwide students are on the move this week leading rallies, marches and educational forums highlighting student-worker solidarity, the fight for jobs, worker rights and increased access to higher education during the 11th annual National Student Labor Week of Action.
King's message in 2010 was the theme as a standing-room-only crowd braved a squalling rainstorm Jan. 18 to pack the International Longshore and Warehouse Union's great hall.
It's been more than 25 years since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday.