Triangle Shirtwaist: Remembering the Fire

Triangle Shirtwaist: Remembering the Fire

by
Abby Zimet

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a seminal moment in labor history in which 146 garment workers, mostly Jewish and Italian women, were killed in New York City. Many jumped to their deaths after finding the exit doors locked to prevent them from taking breaks. The factory owners escaped; they were acquitted in a criminal trial but lost a civil suit and had to pay $75 a victim. A new film and scores of events in New York and elsewhere by Workers United, descendant of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Wisconsin, Michigan, BP, Dream Act: If you think the Triangle issues are in the past, think again.

 

 

 

 

THE LAST FIREWALL AGAINST THE LIES

Independent media has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies.   Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook.  Never before has independent media been more endangered.  If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support our critical Winter campaign now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing.

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Share This Article

More in: