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The safety net is -- Our way of protecting the most vulnerable among us -- A social insurance program, not an entitlement program -- A tradition as old as humanity. It is currently under attack. At stake is the kind of society we want to live in -- and bequeath to our children.
Gloria Steinem's words capture the spirit of this event: "At my age, in this still hierarchical time, people often ask me if I'm 'passing the torch.' I explain that I'm keeping my torch, thank you very much...and I'm using it to light the torches of others. Because only if each of us has a torch will there be enough light."
Tuesday March 25 was the 103rd anniversary of the 1911 fire in which 146 garment workers -- most of them young, immigrant women -- were killed, "We are All Workers" is this year's theme; garment workers from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Delhi, India participated in the ceremony, together with local labor and community groups, the NYC fire department and other city representatives.