25 March 2011

Monday, Live at the White House: Domestic Workers United

We are pleased to share that on Monday, March 28, Allison Julien, a member of Domestic Workers United and a domestic worker herself, will present one of four public testimonies at a White House event honoring the legacy of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Women's History Month. In 1911, the infamous fire killed 146 garment workers in New York City, most of them young immigrant women and girls, and spurred critical labor rights and work place reform.

But today, as Allison's testimony will demonstrate, immigrant women workers continue to face widespread labor and human rights violations.

The event -- "a forum with women workers and organizers sharing their stories of courageous action" -- is co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Watch it live on Monday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, by visiting http://s.dol.gov/DP or http://whitehouse.gov/live

Read this Washington Post op-ed by Secretary Solis about how to apply lessons learned from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to workers' struggles today.

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