Wearing a Yiddish-language sign that read, Stop the Attacks on Workers Rights, I stood vigil outside former factories and sites of historical significance in local labor struggles and strikes. These spontaneous performance vigils in March 2011 were motivated by the suspension of collective bargaining rights for public sector employees in the state of Wisconsin. The placard uses a Yiddish-language version of the slogan used by protesters in Wisconsin, in homage to the many Jewish workers who demanded and won their rights during the first half of the 20th century.
This building once housed garment manufacturing. Montreal's textile industry was decimated by the the signing of free trade agreements. Most factories have closed, and many textile workers most of them immigrants now work in precarious conditions.