Women’s & Black History with SLA

Student Labor Alliance had a great roundtable discussion with Professor Annelise Orleck, women’s labor historian from Dartmouth College, last night, about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that killed 146 mostly-female garment workers in New York City one hundred years ago. Prof. Orleck spoke on the lessons of the past century of labor organizing, women’s activism, and social change for students working for economic justice today, and linkages between current student-worker struggles on different university campuses. Thanks to everyone who helped make the lecture & discussion happen, including co-sponsors the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, & Brown History department.

We encourage anyone interested to check out the upcoming events and actions commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, and for everyone to remember the fire’s legacy in the struggle against garment factory sweatshops that continues to this day.

We are happy to invite all members of the Providence community to two more events in the coming month linking women’s history, black history, & labor justice. They are:

Made in LA film screening, March 9th, 8pm

Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Lounge (26 Benevolent Street)

This film is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21.

At the River I Stand film screening, April 12th, 7:30pm, Third World Center

Documentary about the landmark black sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 that Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  stood in support of before his death. From California Newsreel: “In the 1960s, Memphis’ 1,300 sanitation workers formed the lowest caste of a deeply racist society, earning so little they qualified for welfare. In the film, retired workers recall their fear about taking on the entire white power structure when they struck for higher wages and union recognition…At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a local labor dispute into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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