March 25, 2011, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire where 146 people mostly immigrant Jews and Italians who worked in a locked sweat shop lost their lives. Additional coverage, here. The building still stands today in Washington Square, NYC. The building is currently owned by NYU.
What is significant about this fire is that it gave birth the modern labor movement. There is an excellent HBO documentary that will be showing March 21st and cermonies all week.
Let us all remember the significance of the labor movement. Let us not forget Triangle Shirtwaist. Let us not forget what labor unions mean to a vibrant, functioning democracy. Indeed, without unions we are truly nothing but a corporate-run oligarchy.