March 25, 2011 is the Centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, and galvanized a movement for social justice. In concert with organizations and individuals across the country, a coalition of local organizers are spearheading commemorative events for the Centennial and the establishment of a permanent public art memorial (please see http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/).
While this commemoration is not an NYU event, the University is involved as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was located at 29 Washington Place (now the Brown Building next to Silver). A coalition is organizing a procession on Friday March 25 at 11 am from Union Square to Washington Place off of the Park. Volunteers are needed to help carry a shirtwaist that will have a sash with the name of one of the 146 victims of the fire. The procession will be joined by puppet theatres, dancers, musicians, labor groups, student groups, etc.
If you would like to assist with carrying one of these shirtwaists or have an idea about how you would like to join this procession to remember these workers, please contact Ted Hannan at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be an open meeting for anyone interested in joining this event or creating your own event on Thursday March 17 at the Judson Memorial Church 239 Thompson Street in the village (see events calendar: http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/category/events/month).