David SchaperDavid Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.
At a "We Are One" union rally in New York City marking the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., protesters called for workers' rights in light of recent "anti-union" legislation in Wisconsin and Ohio.
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A Tea Party supporter, left, argues with a critic before a rally where former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on April 16.
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A sign that reads "recall" hangs on a statue in front of the Wisconsin state Capitol last month in Madison. In the state Senate, as many as 16 senators — Republicans and Democrats alike — could face recall elections this year.
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Albert Stinson, 38, mentors 10 boys at Marshall High School, on Chicago's West Side. Most of them are affiliated with gangs and have criminal records — and are at serious risk for becoming victims of violence.
Marcus Spies was shot while taking out the garbage. He lives in Roseland, a tough south side neighborhood where gang fights claim lives and wound many. Spies says that one of the gangs wanted him to join up, but he declined. He believes they shot him in retaliation.