March 25, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire, which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women and girls. It galvanized a national movement to protect workers’ health and safety. Now, as attacks on the basic rights of workers increase, as witnessed in Wisconsin, Ohio, several states throughout the country, and internationally in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen and Bahrain, we must support those who are fighting back! LA Laborfest, a coalition of unions, religious communities, social justice organizations, and individual activists and artists, invites you to the events listed here, and urges you to join the struggle for workers’ rights and dignity.


Sundays, March 13, March 20, March 27 8:30 AM

THE LABOR REVIEW, with Henry Walton, host. Interviews and short excerpts of upcoming Triangle Fire Commemoration events. KPFK, 90.7 FM Los Angeles; 98.7 FM Santa Barbara; 99.5 FM China Lake; 93.7 FM North San Diego

Sunday, March 13              10:30 AM

A Flame That Keeps Burning: Marking the Centennial of the Triangle Factory Fire

An original program of drama, poetry and music that explores the legacy of the infamous fire and the struggles for workers’ safety which continue today. Free admission For childcare email: For info: Presented by the Sholem CommunityArbeter Ring/Workmen’s CircleProgressive Jewish Alliance, Yiddishkayt, and LA Laborfest.

Westside Neighborhood School Campus, 5401 Beethoven Street, LA 90066

Sunday, March 13              7:30 PM

Walking through a River of Fire:  100 Years of Triangle Fire Poetry

Publication party for the new poetry anthology edited by Julia Stein, with an introduction by Jack Hirschman. Hosted by Julia Stein, anti-sweatshop activist, with SF writers Hilton Obenzinger and Alice Rogoff.

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd CA 90291-4805

Thursday, March 17           7 PM

LA Times Bomb  (Fourth Edition) by Public Works Improvisational Theatre A theatrical salon in which we look at Los Angeles in 1911 from a hundred years in the future, and a look at anything we want to in between, in an effort to illuminate contemporary events and their immediate personal, political and social relevance. Free Admission or email:

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014

Friday, March 18                 7:30 PM

Walking through a River of Fire:  100 Years of Triangle Fire Poetry

A reading from the new anthology by editor Julia Stein, with Lee Boek, actor/writer, and Lynne Bronstein, poet/journalist.

Skylight Bookstore, 1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles 90027  (310) 822-3006

Monday, March 21              9 PM

Triangle: Remembering the Fire, a new documentary by Daphne Pinkerson about the fire and its aftermath.   HBO

Friday, March 25                 7:30 PM

The Triangle Fire – Remember Our Past. Inform Our Future. A benefit for the LA Garment Worker Center, an evening of music, theatre, spoken word, and film, with special guests, labor leaders, municipal officials, and rank and file workers, presented by LA Laborfest. Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Spanish or American Sign Language translation with advance notice. (310)704-3217

Echo Park United Methodist Church 1226 N. Alvarado, LA 90026

Friday, March 25 – Saturday, March 26

Triangle Fire Shabbat Commemoration Jewish congregations throughout the Southland will remember, consider and reflect on the importance of this event and its meaning today.. Complimentary study materials available through Progressive Jewish Alliance, (323) 761-8350 x102 or

Saturday, March 26           10 AM

March and Rally for Our Communities and Our Jobs

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor rallies in support of grocery workers and all working families. LA Laborfest will be there in period costume to remember the victims of the Triangle Fire, and make the connection to contemporary issues and events.

Gather at LA Convention Center and march to Pershing Square for the rally at 12 noon

Sunday, March 27              2 PM

The Triangle Factory Fire: By the Sweat of Their Labor. An afternoon of music by Voices of Conscience, selections from Julia Stein’s collection of Triangle Factory Fire poems and photographic art by the “Common Threads” Art Collective. Co-sponsors: Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle), the Sholem Community, Jewish Labor Committee – LA and LA LaborFest.

Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson, LA 90035. (310) 552-2007 or

Thursday, April 21              11 AM – 9:30 PM

Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair

Booths, Workshops, Live Entertainment, Refreshments, Art Exhibits, and More!

CSU Dominguez Hills Labor Studies Dept and Club (310) 243-3640

All venues are wheelchair accessible and disability affirmative. Contact each event sponsor or venue for other special accommodations

3 Responses to Calendar

  1. susan harris says:

    Good Job to my fellow Angelenos! Thanks @ Andy Griggs

    • Sabina Zuniga Varela says:

      I was honored to have been in a production of the Triangle Factory Fire Project by Christopher Phieler at USC in 2009. My classmate portrayed your grandfather. I just want you to know all of those men and women, your family members, those who perished and those who survived, are in my thoughts this weekend for the commemoration of this tragedy. I wish I could be in New York to participate in the events, but I will be attending these Los Angeles Events. Will your artwork of the shirtwaists and handkerchiefs ever make it back to LA for a display? Take Care…

  2. Julia says:

    Terrific calendar! Thanks for all the good work!

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