Memory in Cloth

Safety and Solidarity for New York City Garment Workers

1982. Photograph by Corky Lee, courtesy of the Corky Lee Estate.

Making a statement with clothing, placards, fans and other items with union logos heightened the visibility of the workers who came out to protest. Here Chinatown garment workers stream into Columbus Park for a massive rally to defend the union contract, greeted by union organizer Masagale Monnapulla giving out paper hats.