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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.
Win Armstrong, Julie Azuma, Sylvia Gutierrez Grant, Lillian Lifflander, L. Ann Rocker, Gloria Sukenick and Mimi Stern Wolfe are the 2015 honorees. Women who—in the words of Marge Piercy-- jump into work head first without dallying in the shadows… who do what has to be done, again and again.
The first Labor Day parade may have been in 1882, but the issues are shockingly current: equal pay for women, better treatment of immigrants, no child labor, an eight hour day. The vision endures—to unite working people, to push for a more equitable society in a more peaceful world. Remarkably, Union Square remains a central, resonant place for protest--have you been lately?