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The American people have said they want job creation and tax fairness to be a top priority of Congress. They also want us to be fiscally responsible and reduce the deficit, while we preserve important programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Seven young protesters arrested in Nashville last month recognized how much is at stake, and they did not hesitate to stand up for the rights of working people. Their civil disobedience brings to mind another fight for civil rights: the strike by the 1,300 sanitation workers of AFSCME Local 1733, whose courageous actions gained national attention and brought the intervention of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.