The Triangle Fire 1911


Source: The Call (New York), March 30, 1930;
Transcribed: by Mitch Abidor.

It is to be hoped that organized labor throughout the Greater City will join in the funeral celebrations of the victims of the Triangle factory massacre.

The day should be declared a day of rest throughout the Greater City, so that the hosts of labor may turn out in full force to pay last honors to the murdered dead, to express sympathy with the grief-stricken families of the victims, and to serve notice upon the criminal capitalists and their equally criminal political tools that effective steps must be taken and will be taken to make impossible a repetition of such a massacre.

Insidious attempts are being made to prevent the holding of a vast and impressive demonstration in connection with the funeral celebration. Pretexts of all sorts are being discovered to prevent the contemplated demonstration. But these pretexts only serve to revels the guilty consciences of the capitalist and their official tools. The very thought of the mighty hosts of labor gathered to express their deep abhorrence of the stupendous crime and their firm determination to make impossible the recurrence of such a crime fills the hearts of the capitalists and their official tools with foreboding and dread.

By all means, let the demonstration be held in the most impressive manner. And let it be made the occasion to proclaim to the gathered masses the world-redeeming gospel of Socialism, which teaches the workers everywhere that their salvation lies only in themselves, that they must expect no aid and no pity and no sympathy from their exploiters, and that only through their on unaided efforts in constant struggle against their exploiters will such stupendous crimes as the Triangle massacre be rendered impossible forevermore, and peace on earth, good-will to men will be an actual fact, and not merely a pious aspiration.