During the last 20 years of the Giuliani and then Bloomberg administrations, the living standards of the 99 percent have steadily declined, while the wealth of the 1 percent has risen.
Chicago has become the national spotlight for gun violence, especially affecting African American teenagers and children.
I sat for two hours copying word for word the reports of the gunshot wounds that ultimately killed 26 people in Newark. Most of them died from gunshot wounds in the back.
Thousands poured out in for the Historic Thousands of Jones Street rally with the theme "Forward Together, Not One Step Back."
Head Start is threatened by huge budget cuts.
"Anyone who wants to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits to finance tax giveaways for the rich must have a heart two sizes too small."
Nearly 1.4 million American households live on that much per person.
Federal budget cuts will devastate social programs, "plunge communities into ruin and destruction, and cost lives."
AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka was not surprised by the findings, which back up the federation's emphasis on the drastic impact the recession - known as the Bush Crash - has had on workers and families.