Friday, March 25, 2011
Fighting the Good Fight
One hundred years ago today a fire broke out in a factory in New York City, creating an inferno from which those above the sixth floor had little possibility for escape. This event and others, led to labor unions and establishing the rights of workers. There is much to be done to preserve those rights, for those who still have jobs. We arrived at this point with a sorrowful history and much loss of life. The Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire on March 25, 1911, took 146 lives, most of whom were young girls and women, some locked in a ninth floor room whose only chance for escape were the windows. Many jumped to their deaths.
Here is the story regarding this event. I think it's important to remember:
So often the media does not show the images which truly illustrate the events and their ramifications. In many cases, especially those involving our own political stage (and it is a stage), they still tend to show a very limited perspective that's meant to keep people in the dark, or present a view they wish to promulgate. It seems that every time there is something of significance happening, something that could turn the tide for the lives of individuals here in this country, yet another war breaks out or a new situation is presented that leaves the old story in the dust and, lo and behold, our attention is turned to the new story that's unfolding.
Today I want to honor the 146 lost to unthinkably poor practices in the workplace and those who are still fighting to preserve the rights of all workers.
New York City, March 1911
Wisconsin, March, 2011