WE ARE ONE was the rallying cry during the brief but successful strike in summer 1982 when 20,000 members of Local 23-25 of the ILGWU – most of them Chinese immigrant women – walked off the job in protest.

Visit our new online exhibit here.

Watch a five minute video introduction to the story here.

Join us for one of the fall events or view recordings from something you missed.

40th Anniversary Events

May 2: Chinatown Heroes – Virtual book Launch and 1982 Strike Retrospective. Writer and scholar Winifred Chin in discussion with veterans of the strike, including Katie Quan, Muzaffar Chisti and Edgar Romney; and retired ILGWU leader and translator of the book May Chen in discussion with with Silvia Chan and Mei Lum. Event recording available here.

May 12: Virtual Clara Lemlich Awards for Social Activism featuring strike veteran Edgar Romney, and saluting previous honorees who helped organize the strike. Event recording available here.

May 21 – inaugural tour: Garment Workers Uprising in Chinatown Walking Tour with ILGWU historian Dan Katz and strike veteran May Chen. Find future tours here.

June 7: “We Are One: The 40th Anniversary of the 1982 Chinatown Garment Workers Strike,” a workshop at the Tenement Museum. Event recording available here.

June 18: Garment Workers Uprising in Chinatown Walking Tour with ILGWU historian Dan Katz and strike veteran May Chen.

June 24: Projection Night with Chinatown Art Brigade. A night of projections celebrating Chinatown’s labor history through slogans, animation, and moving image. Photos available soon.

June 25: WE ARE ONE – 40th Anniversary Celebration of the 1982 Chinatown Garment Workers Rallies (ILGWU, Local 23-25)

我們一条心1982 年華埠車衣業工人大示威40週年紀念
(國際女服車衣工會23-25分會)

This commemoration event in Columbus Park, 67 Mulberry Street, New York Chinatown (the location of the 1982 rallies) included music, dance, children’s activities and veterans speaking about the strike. Organized by Local 23-25 Workers United, the WOW Project, LaborArts, City Lore, the NYC Central Labor Council, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, with support from the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund, the New York Labor History Association, the NYS AFL-CIO, and the Chinatown Partnership LDC. Photos available here. Video will be available soon.

July 14: Garment Workers’ reunion and WE ARE ONE film showing – program in Chinese (Cantonese) at Project Open Door Senior Center, 168 Grand Street, New York. Photos available soon.

August 20, 10am – noon: Garment Workers Uprising in Chinatown Walking Tour with ILGWU historian Dan Katz. Details here.

August 31, 5pm: Reflections on the 1982 Chinatown Garment Workers Strike, Virtual Panel Discussion at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).

September 22, 5pm: Opening reception for “We Are One” photo exhibit in the gallery at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

October 19: Panel discussion on “We Are One” exhibit at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.