After reading the names and short biographies of the slain, the mournful airs gave way to determination as the emcees brought forth speakers from the crowd.
Twenty thousand people came together on a bridge in Charleston, marching in the name of love and unity against racist violence that took the lives of nine people in a historic black church. .
La Peña was founded on this date in 1975. It promotes peace, social justice, and cultural understanding through the arts, education, and social action.
"The rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders spans the world and the depths of America's history."
"It's a question of simple math: You cannot support a family in New York for $18,000 a year."
Local organizations and unions gather in the Twin Cities on April 15 for the national actions in the fight to raise wages.
They came from across America to launch a wide ranging, broad-based plan to make things right.
Before the march, participants gathered to make a "peace pledge," writing the name of a loved one lost to violence, or a message of peace, on a red felt heart.
The nation is about to see the roll-out of a dramatic effort more diverse than any wage campaign in American history.
Obama's announcement was "a major step forward toward ending the 55-year cold war with Cuba."