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by Lindsay Beyerstein

Remembering the Triangle Fire: 104 Years On

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire broke out 114 years ago today, on March 25, 1911. One hundred and forty-six garment workers, mostly immigrant women, died in the blaze. The fire became a catalyst for the nascent labor movement. 

Today, Workers United/SEIU, the New York City Fire Department, and city school children, mark the anniversary at the official commemoration ceremony at the cite of the fire.

11:30am-1:00pm, at Washington Place & Greene Street.

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Sidney’s Picks: NYC Knife Law Jails Union Workers for Their Tools

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Closing Arguments in Trial of Teachers Accused of Cheating on Standardized Tests

The Atlanta Journal Constitution won a 2012 Hillman Prize for exposing a massive teacher cheating ring in Atlanta's schools. The scam has been called the largest academic fraud in U.S. history. Continue reading...

2015 Canadian Hillman Prize Photos: Fifth Anniversary Edition

The fifth annual Canadian Hillman Prize ceremony was a night to remember. See all our photos from Thursday night's event at the Drake Hotel in Toronto.

These awards honor excellence in socially conscious Canadian journalism, with a special emphasis on reporting that brings about change for the common good.



NPR's Zwerdling Wins March Sidney for Exposing Back Injury Crisis in Nursing

Daniel Zwerdling of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” wins the March Sidney Award for “Injured Nurses,” a four-part series that reveals the shockingly high rate of crippling back injuries among nurses in the face of widespread indifference by hospitals.Continue reading...

Sidney’s Picks: You Are Going To Respect Me!

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2015 Canadian Hillman Prize Winners Announced

The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Canadian Hillman Prize, Wednesday. The 2015 Canadian Hillman goes to Kevin Donovan, Jesse Brown, Jayme Poisson, Emily Mathieu, and Randy Risling for "Sexual Assault and Harassment in Canada — from Jian Ghomeshi to College Campuses," which appeared in the Toronto Star. This coverage exposed Canadian media superstar Ghomeshi as a serial abuser of women and delved into the pervasive problem of sexual violence on university campuses. Continue reading...

Sidney’s Picks: Scott Walker Likens Union Workers to ISIS

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Homan Square: Chicago’s Black Site

The Chicago Police Department operates a "black site" on the West Side of Chicago, Spencer Ackerman reports:

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.Continue reading...

Sidney’s Picks: What Rudy Giuliani Knows About Love

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