It's a story heard in neighborhood after neighborhood here, as around the nation.
Protesters from Ohio sat down in the corridor outside House Speaker John Boehner's office, "bearding the corporate Grinch in his den."
The Central Labor Council was the main force behind a march for jobs here yesterday that filled the streets from 32nd Street and Broadway to Union Square.
They came to celebrate election victories in Ohio and across the country, the surging recall campaign in Wisconsin and the spreading Occupy movement.
Actions include supporting the emergency need for massive public works jobs to restart the economy and aid communities, to be paid for by taxing the rich and ending the wars.
A closed youth center in New Haven and a highway entrance in Hartford were the sites of lively rallies Nov. 17.
Principal organizers were SEIU, MoveOn and Occupy Baltimore. Speakers included health care workers, unemployed workers, teachers and community activists.
If there was ever any illusion that the mayor's move would kill the movement, it evaporated at Foley Square.
"Shame, shame, shame," shouted several encircling Liberty Park as police arrested those attempting to enter the now seized Occupy Wall Street occupation site.
In the pre-dawn hours today helmeted and shield-carrying police tore down the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park here where protesters have hunkered down since September.