Today in 1909: International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union Local 25 begin a strike against the Triangle Shirtwaist Company.
Their strike would become part of the “Uprising of the 20,000.” It was largely spontaneous, sparked by a short walkout of workers, involving only about 20% of the workforce.
That, however, only prompted the rest of the workers to seek help from the union. The firm locked out its employees when it learned what was happening.The strike ended after fourteen weeks that saw over 700 striking workers arrested.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Today, The Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture First Fall 2013 Colloquium presents Daniel Raff from The Wharton School, with “What Became of Borders.” This talk concerns the Borders bookstore chain, and the larger subject is the modern history, present, and future of the retail trade in books in the U.S. This is today from 4 to 5pm at 4207 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street. More info at 608-263-2900.
Tonight, Hancock Center for Dance Movement Therapy hosts a free intro session to “Creativity and Self-Empowerment: a music therapy and dance therapy group for women” from 6:30 to 8pm. No prior movement or music experience necessary. Open to any woman. Please RSVP 608-251-0908 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit hancockcenter.net for more info.
Sixteen of the world’s top professional squash players will be showing off their skills in this fast-paced game at the free 2013 Madison Open Squash Tournament. This begins today at 5:30pm on two courts. Semi-finals are Saturday at 5:30pm and the Final is Sunday at 2pm. This is at 3118 Kingsley Way, #3 in Madison. More info at squashworkshop.com