"Then and Now: Immigrants, Workers and the Search for Justice" is a commemorative series of events marking the 100th anniversary of one of America's worst industrial tragedies. Films, discussion and tours will take place over a series of dates March-May, 2011. More...
On March 25, 1911, fire broke out in New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and 146 workers, mostly young Jewish and Italian immigrant women, died. Exit doors had been locked, elevators failed, fire escapes crumbled, and the fire department's ladders did not reach high enough. In the aftermath of this disaster, the owners were acquitted of responsibility by a jury. But, immigrant women garment workers across the city built up the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) and negotiated economic and physical security, while the city government enacted new regulations about workplace safety and inspections.
This Series is being organized by Jewish Community Action together with a range of historical, educational, labor, immigrant rights, and social justice organizations, including the Immigration History Research Center.
To RSVP for events: Lauren Bastien, phone: 651-632-2184