As a Washington state senator, Jayapal championed protections for immigrants and minorities and voting rights for all, and for a raise in the state minimum wage.
The event, one of hundreds held across the world, was held in Whiting, within sight of a BP oil refinery where workers struck over safety concerns last year.
Convicted coal criminal Don Blankenship appeared in federal court for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Irene Berger last Wednesday.
"What the campaign hopes to accomplish is voter outreach with Latinos because of the influx due to the Puerto Rican financial crisis: Folks are literally fleeing to the mainland."
New Yorkers joined hundreds of thousands around the world who are showing solidarity with the climate demonstrators in Paris.
In Los Angeles, hundreds of activists, environmentalists, union members and community groups staged an unprecedented march and rally as part of worldwide global climate actions.
"The climate crisis affects more than California, and the actions we take today will determine the world our children and grandchildren will live in tomorrow."
Don Blankenship, the accused coal criminal and former CEO of Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine, may finally face justice.
In all, about 50,000 low-wage workers in St. Louis will see an immediate pay increase come October 15.
The marchers carried placards with the names and faces of the most recent victims of police brutality as family members marched at the front.