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December 14, 2012, in response to school massacre in Newtown, CT.
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Excerpt from Rose Schneiderman's speech as quoted in Leon Stein's "The Triangle Fire" (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1962), 144–45.
I would be a traitor to those poor burned bodies, if I were to come here to talk good fellowship. We have tried you good people of the public—and we have found you wanting.
The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth. We know what these things are today: the iron teeth are our necessities, the thumbscrews are the high-powered and swift machinery close to which we must work, and the rack is here in the firetrap structures that will destroy us the minute they catch fire.