This edition: Italics Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 101Tweet
Original tape date: April 24, 2012.
First aired: April 25, 2012.
First on ITALICS we go to The National Italian American Foundation's annual East Coast Gala Dinner 2012, held in New York City at Cipriani's on 42nd Street. Based in Washington DC, The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is the nation's primary voice lobbying for issues of importance to the Italian American Community. NIAF's East Coast Gala brought out a large turnout from the Public, with over 700 people joining in celebration of their heritage and culture with luminaries from all walks of life including; Business, Politics, Entertainment, and Academia. Those chosen by NIAF to be honored for their individual contributions and achievements this year included; Financial Journalist Maria Bartiromo, Academy Award Nominated Actor/Writer Chazz Palminteri, Arthur Certosimo, Sr. Executive V.P. at Mellon BNY, Dr. Donna Rapaccioli, Dean of The Gabelli School of Business at Fordh
am University, and Frank D'Amelio, Chief Financial Officer of Pfizer, Inc.
Next on ITALICS we join The Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition and others at the 101st Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. On Saturday, March 25, 1911, The Triangle Fire occurred, killing 146 people, mostly young immigrant women, working as Seamstresses at the Asch, now Brown Building, in Greenwich Village, New York. The Triangle Fire is still one of the worst industrial accidents in the history of both the City and the Nation. From its ashes, a Watershed Moment in American History arose in both legislation and regulation of worker's rights and workplace safety. In 2008, in anticipation of the Centennial observance of the Triangle Fire, a grass roots group, the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition, was formed. The Coalition's original mission was to foster public awareness of the Triangle Fire, its historical importance, and the creation of a Permanent Memorial dedicated to its
victims. The 2012 Centennial was such an overwhelming success, that this year, the Coalition announced both the creation of a new Open Museum, culled from its ever-growing Archive of artifacts and items donated by family members and the general public, and the continuing efforts towards the design and creation of the Permanent Memorial dedicated to the victims of the Triangle Fire.
Vincent Alvarez President, NY City Central Labor Council
Maria Bartiromo Anchorwoman-Master of Ceremonies, CNBC
Noel Beasley Wokers United, Workers United
Ph.D. Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani Buscada, Professor of Urban Studies/NYU
Art Certosimo Sr. Exec. VP, BNY Mellon
Mario Cilento President, NY State AFL-CIO
Hon. Mario Cuomo Former Governor , State of New York
Frank D'Amelio Exec VP, Bus. Op. & CFO, Pfizer, Inc.
Joseph Del Raso President, NIAF
Diana Fortuna President, Citizens Budget Commission
Lucia Grillo Italics Correspondent
Rose Imperato Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition
Lulu Lolo Performance Artist/Playwright, Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition
Ernesto Martinez Memorial Director, Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition
Michael Mulgrew President, UFT
Chazz Palminteri Actor
Kaushik Panchal Designer, Buscada
Hon. Christine C. Quinn Speaker, New York City Council
Ph.D. Donna M. Rapaccioli Dean/Dean Business Faculty, Gabelli School of Business/Fordham Univ.
Edgar Romney Secretary & Treasurer, Workers United
Ruth Sergel Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition/The Chalk Project
Pia Toscano Fmr. "American Idol" Contestant, Singer
Prof. Mary Anne Trasciatti Chair, Triangle Fire Memorial Comm.
Tania Valasco JVK Corp.
Wilfredo Valenzuela Vice President, Workers United
John Viola Chief Operating Officer, NIAF