This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act,, which has provided funding for services to youth experiencing homelessness across the nation.
Pulling together, volunteering and pitching in when city leaders seemed unable or unwilling to - just added to the unity building during a time of profound crisis.
Each had attended multiple demonstrations and strategizing meetings, protected protesters and property from police violence or acts of looting and led marches up and down the street.
"I wanted to raise awareness about this issue and to support the people of Ferguson to let them know there are people here on the west coast who care about them."
The nation's oldest, largest, and most widely known civil rights organization convened to address the need to push back against voter suppression and other significant topics.
When Mayor Toni N. Harp declared Feb. 23, 2014 as "Craig Gauthier day in the City of New Haven," the overflow crowd at the Peoples Center burst into cheers.
"Mother Demands Justice" was the theme of a press conference and protest at the unveiling of a large public mural in downtown Tucson commemorating the murder of a Mexican teen.
The Dream Defenders, a multi-racial human rights organization of youth, began their takeover of the Florida Statehouse last week.
Oakland youth took leadership of the event, spotlighting the effects of the shooting and verdict. They took turns to speak movingly of their reactions to hearing of the death of Martin.
More than 100 people celebrated the 4th of July here by demanding an end to U.S. government spying on its citizens.