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Northern California Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
100th Anniversary Commemoration Events
March 2011


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The Triangle Fire Centennial Commemoration & The Bay Area Connection (Audio)
Interviews conducted by Steve Zeltzer featuring Eileen Nevitt & Steve Rosen
- grandchildren of the Triangle Fire of 1911.
Edited and narrated by Sabrina Jacobs KPFA News Reporter
and guest/producer of Morning Mix.

March 5 (Saturday) 6:00 PM (Free)
Play reading Triangle by actress and writer Elaine Ocasio and other performances
sponsored by NOW San Francisco
Previous production of Elaine Ocasio
At: Herchurch-Ebenezer Lutheran Church - 678 Portola Drive, San Francisco
Check for additional details at NOW

March 9 (Wednesday) 6:30 - 9:30 PM (Free)
Remembering Triangle - Connecting the Struggles of Immigrant Women Workers Past and Present
Presenters include:
Judith Offer with excerpts from "A Shirtwaist Tale"; Mark Levy and the Rockin' Solidarity Labor Heritage Chorus, singing songs of the Jewish Labor Movement; Italian labor music by the Chorus; Alice Rogoff reading Triangle poetry; La Familia Pena-Govea, Francisco Herrera and El Coro Jornalero with music from the Latino workers' rights movement and members of the Chinese Progressive Association, reporting on current organizing efforts.
Special guest: Eileen Nevitt, descendant of a Triangle Survivor.

At: SF City College Mission Campus, 1st Floor Auditorium
1125 Valencia, between 22nd and 23rd Streets.

February 14th through March 9th (Free)
Ongoing art exhibit on Triangle and Worker Health and Safety Organizing Today
At: SF City College Mission Campus, Valencia entry hallway,

March 9 (Wednesday) 6:30-9:30PM (Free)
Remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Immigrant Women Workers
At: Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street Berkeley

Free, Open to the Public
More information: Email, Laura E. Ruberto,
Sponsored by the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at Berkeley City College

March 12 (Saturday) 6:00 - 8:00 PM  
A performance by actor Gail Ryall on  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Celebration of Women's History Month.  
 Dramatic presentations: 
• Anniversary of Triangle Factory Fire, 1911
• Reading: Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a Woman?” 
• Spoken word: Honoring Local Women Activists   
Potluck: Please bring your favorite dish!  
At: Niebyl-Proctor Community Center, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 
Sponsored by: Women’s Committee, N. Calif. Communist Party.  
Info: (510) 251-1120

March 15 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM
A performance by actor Gail Ryall on  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
At: Sacramento Central Labor Council monthly meeting,  2840 El Centro Road, Sacramento  Phone: 916-927-9772  (probably will be first item on agenda)

March 19 (Saturday) 2:00 - 4:00 PM
A performance by actor Gail Ryall on  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Her Story; fact and fiction about women and girls, free performance by the Sacramento Storytellers' Guild.
At: Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento. 

March 23 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM
A performance by actor Gail Ryall on  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Program also includes speakers on worker health and safety, human trafficking and the current attack on labor unions.
Coalition of Labor Union Women, California Capitol Chapter. 
At: Bakers Union Local 85 - 7125 Governors Circle, Ste A, Sacramento.  

March 25 (Friday) 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Worksafe in Oakland Commemorating the Triangle Fire
At: Hilton Garden Inn, Emeryville
For more detail, please go to: 

March 26 (Saturday) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Corporate Medicine, Injured Workers, ACOEM And Labor
A national education conference on the role of the American College for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) on workers compensation healthcare in California and nationally.
ACOEM rules for healthcare for injured workers have been imbedded into the law in California. ACOEM has prevented injured workers from getting acupuncture and the issue of the corporate control of science and its affect on injured workers will be examined.

Speakers include:
Dr. Larry Rose, the last doctor at Cal-Osha
Dr. Jack Thrasher, toxicologist, expert on ACOEM
Sharon Kramer, researcher on mold & ACOEM
Tim Hack, Injured Worker Poway Toyota
Dina Padilla, injured worker advocate & former SEIU 250 Kaiser Hospital Sacramento leader

At: ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd St./Embarcadero next to AT&T Stadium San Francisco 
(Parking available at the union hall)
Sponsored by California Coalition For Workers Memorial Day

March 26 (Sat.) & March 27 (Sun.) 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Legacy of the Triangle / Protecting the Worker Today
A two-day exhibition of contemporary artworks (The reception is on Sunday 3/26 11:00 AM)
At: ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd St./Embarcadero next to AT&T Stadium San Francisco 
(Parking available at the union hall) 

March 26 (Saturday) 6:30 PM (Donation requested - Potluck - Please bring your favorite food)
Remembering The Triangle - Art, Music & Words
Readings with Julia Stein, Alice Rogoff, Hilton Obenzinger & Kay Kostopoulus, Leslie Simon.
Yiddish & Italian Labor Music with Carol Denney, Elizar Friedman
Joel Schaffer, Grandson of garment workers union organizer and Communist Clara Lemlich
Steve Rosen, Grandson of Triangle Fire garment worker and union supporter
Multi-Media Presentation Opening Northern California Art Exhibition Commemorating the Triangle Fire (Saturday and Sunday)
Curated by David Duckwort
At: ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd St./Embarcadero next to AT&T Stadium San Francisco 
(Parking available at the union hall)

Sponsored By LaborFest

March 27 (Sunday) 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Free)
Labor Art Exhibition Reception & Labor Films on Triangle Fire, Workers Health And Safety And Other Labor Issues
Slide show

More detail of the list of artists and their work

Following the reception with the artists, there will be the screening of Labor films including "Clara Lemlich - A Strike Leaders's Diary", "Breathtaking", Maquilapolis", Sweatshop Cinderalla", "Mother Jones" and others.
Clara Lemlich, A Strike Leader's Dairy
At: ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd St./Embarcadero next to AT&T Stadium San Francisco 
(Parking available at the union hall)

March 27 (Sunday) 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – A Centennial Commemoration in Words & Music
On March 25, 1911 a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in NYC. One hundred and forty-six garment workers, mostly young female Jewish immigrants were killed.  This tragedy led to improved legislation and strengthened the ILGWU.  
Judy Baston will explore the Jewish responses to the tragedy, Professor Elaine Leeder (Sonoma State University) will discuss the dramatic life of Rose Pesotta and other Jewish women in the labor movement, and Jillian Tallmer will perform a number of Yiddish labor songs of the era.
Organized by the BJE Jewish Community Library and made possible, in part, by the Workmen's Circle of Northern California
Location: BJE Jewish Community Library1835 Ellis StreetSan Francisco, CA 94115
The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street; between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School.
There is free garage parking at the entrance on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy. The building is wheelchair accessible. 
For more information contact Allison at (415) 567-3327, ext 703 or visit the website:

March 28 (Monday) 6:00 PM (Free)
Film on Triangle Fire and Discussion
At: San Francisco Labor Council Educational Meeting
1621 Market St./Franklin San Francisco 
With Eileen Nevitt, granddaughter of Triangle Fire garment worker.

For more information go to:
(415) 642-8066

March 29 (Tuesday) 6:30 PM
Triangle Shirts Waist Fire Centennial Immigrants, Women and Children At Risk
The Triangle Fire chronicles the fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killing one hundred and forty-eight young women and forever changed the relationship between labor and industry in the United States. A relationship that is still in question today as Americans re-examine the balance between the welfare of citizens and the motivations of global capitalism and the responsibility to provide safe working conditions. Today we witness workers being killed on the job on BP oil rigs, Massey Energy mine explosions, construction workers at oower plant in Connecticut, as well as many more injured workers that go under reported in the media. Discuss why in a powerful presentation by a panel of women who are dedicated to supporting women and Worker rights.
Katie Quan -UC Berkeley Labor Center
Fran Schreiberg J.D. -Worksafe in Emeryville
Eileen Nevitt-Grandaughter of fire heroine
At: San Jose Community College - Student Center - Rm SC204
Sponsored by SJCC Labor Studies Dep.

March 30 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM (Donation Requested)
Triangle Fire Family Descendants Speak Out 100 Years After The Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City was the largest industrial catastrophe in US history to that point. The deaths of 146 mostly immigrant Jewish and Italian women garment workers shook not only New York but the US. It took place at the same time of a massive union organizing drive that included the issue of health and safety protection for garment workers.
In Northern California, there are descendant's of the fire and at this forum they will speak about how the Triangle Fire impacted on their lives and their families and what it means today for the American people.
Eileen Nevitt, Granddaughter of Triangle Fire garment worker
Steve Rosen, Grandson of Triangle Fire garment worker
And others
With Yiddish Labor Songs by Hali Hammer
The Redstone Building Rm 302 - 2926 16th St/ Between Mission and South Van Ness
San Francisco
Sponsored by
& The Living Wage Coalition


Events sponsored by:
LaborFest, Northern California Coalition For Commemoration Of The Triangle Fire, San Francisco Labor Council, San Francisco City College Labor And Community Studies, San Francisco NOW, California NOW, California Coalition For Workers Memorial Day CCWMD, San Francisco Mime Troupe, BJE Jewish Library, Progressive Jewish Alliance, Labor Video Project, San Francisco Coalition Of Labor Union Women CLUW, Workmen's Circle of Northern California (Branch 1054), San Jose Community College Labor Studies Program?ACWA 39521 Pacific Media Workers Guild, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, KPFA