The "new populism" spoken of at the conference was described, defined and delivered with hope and realism.
"We cannot and we will not stand silent while workers are impoverished through the supply chains of big business and attacked by their own governments."
"Their whole legislative agenda revolves around this one central idea: Weaken unions and increase profits for big corporations."
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, a Phoenix secondary school teacher, said it subjects minority group students to "separate and unequal political processes that put undue burdens" on them.
The House's ruling Republicans jammed through a GOP-written budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, by a 219-205 vote on Apr. 10.
The labor-backed campaign to raise the minimum wage resumed as the "Raise The Wage" bus headed for more states, while Maryland became the second state to enact a multi-year hike of the wage to $10.10 an hour.
Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an immigrant rights group, and the Texas Organizing Project, which gets into any and all community issues, sponsored the activity, but the Dallas AFL-CIO banner was front and center.
That announcement by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, brought cheers from a jammed Capitol rally after the labor-backed "Raise The Wage" bus ended its 11-state tour by halting at the foot of Capitol Hill.
"Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has voted against every minimum wage increase since he's been in the U.S. Senate, but he's voted for his own raise and now he's worth $25 million."
It would be a landmark victory for college athletes, whose scholarships are now awarded at the whim of their institutions and who have little or no protection against on-the-job injuries.