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Five Hundred Supporters Expected at 106th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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PAYING TRIBUTE: With workers’ rights and safety very much top-of-mind with many voters around the globe, 500 people are expected at Friday’s commemorative event for the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
In 1911, 146 factory workers — primarily young immigrant women — lost their lives during the blaze. This week’s gathering will bring together members of the New York City Central Labor Council AFL-CIO and Workers United, New York City public advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, representatives from the New York Fire Department and students. “It’s really a way of showing that workers have common struggles, and that there is a need for us to continue to stand together as a movement,” said the New York City Central Labor Council AFL-CIO’s director of communications Cara Noel.
Musical tributes, reflections from victims’ family members and remarks from workers who are still fighting for their rights will be shared with the crowd outside of what was once the Asch Building at Washington Square and Greene Street. The site is now known as New York University’s Brown Building. Many of the workers could not escape because the factory’s doors and stairwells were locked — a practice used to discourage work breaks and

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