The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911 -- 100+ Women Burned to Death Awakening the US Conscience to Labor Rights
Re-post from 3-18-2011.
On April 5, 2011, 400,000 New Yorkers, 1 out of 10, showed up in the rain to mourn the deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly young immigrant women, who had died in the deadliest workplace accident in New York history. Read more about The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911 -- 100+ Women Burned to Death Awakening the US Conscience to Labor Rights
Monday’s predicted blizzard for NYC caused me more than a little cognitive dissonance over the state/city executive decision to shut down the subway system from between 11pm and 8am. It interfered with my own transportation needs for getting to and from work so I opted to lose a night’s pay in a work situation that was thankfully reasonable enough to grant me that. (Not generous enough to compensate me for such a formidable transportation challenge, mind you.) Read more about Why Subway Shutdown on NYC Supposed Blizzard Nite?
Philip Guelpa in “New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis intensifies under de Blasio” offers some very troubling statistics and analyses. Bill de Blasio, NYC Democratic mayor, has been in office a year now and the enormous problems of homelessness and unaffordable housing are worsening even from the “12-year-mayoral-tenure” of billionaire Mike Bloomberg.
Here are 15 serious considerations from Guelpa’s report and analysis: Read more about Major 'Mayor-de-Blasio-FAIL’ re NYC Homelessness & Housing
According to Erik Sherman in “Restaurant's Decadent Thanksgiving Feast: $35,000 for 4” The Old Homestead Restaurant on Manhattan’s lower west side offered for Thanksgiving a $35,000 celebration for four people ($8,750 a person). The offer extended was to accommodate 3 groups of four.
By Tuesday two of the three celebration packages had been snapped up. One of the buyers was reported to be from a financial institution in NYC and another an out-of-towner. Read more about If You Cook It ($35,000 T-day Dinner) the 1%ers Will Come!
I entered the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City last Thursday night for yet another consciousness-raising forum sponsored and organized by World Can’t Wait under the leadership of its national coordinator, Debra Sweet. This one was focused on Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
I was relieved to see that a huge crowd had turned out. Read more about 8-14 NYC Gaza Forum Part 1: Intro, Marlowe, & Kuttab
Let’s say you are a passionate, peace-and-justice advocating 25-year old female graduate student at NYC’s School of Social Research, participating in a legal OWS demonstration of several hundred in March 2012 at Zuccotti Park in NYC -- its sixth month memorial celebration. Suddenly from behind a man gropes your chest and you instinctively elbow him in the eye. Immediately you are set upon and beaten to the ground by multiple police officers. You are arrested and taken to a hospital where you are handcuffed to a bed. Read more about The Judicial Frame-Up of OWS Protester Cecily McMillan
So last Tuesday a FEW of us (relatively speaking -- 24%) in NYC went to the polls to vote. (I went to vote for the Green candidates.)
It was an off-year election including for mayor and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio of the Democratic Party with a 50 point lead was a sure thing.
He actually won by only 16% of the entire NY voting population according to Bill Van Auken in “The Democratic victory in New York and the crisis of liberalism”. Read more about Dem Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Landslide’ [16% NYers] ... Meh
Did you know that approximately $200 billion is grossed annually by the fast food industry?
Did you know that the average yearly salary of fast food employees in NYC is $11,000? Pretty small considering the City’s notorious sky-high rents and cost of living!
Did you know that $25,000 is the average DAILY salary of most fast food industry CEOs? (Over two times what the average NYC fast food worker makes in a year!)
Something is colossally and amorally wrong with this economic picture. Read more about 400 Brave NYC Fast Food Workers Unite & Strike!
Starting September 17th and lasting until ....? (The ending date above is just a guess.) Initiated by Adbusters, with Anonymous and other groups joining in.
On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met.
Liz has the whole story, but I'll assume most of you have heard that places like the Museum of Obsolete Computers in OH is getting some of the money that could've been used to protect unimportant places like say, Wall Street. There are more reasons than that for a New Yorker to be pissed off, as she details, but to me this sums it all up best:
Read more about I Won't Do It