San Diego Free Speech Fight 100-Year Anniversary Exhibit Opening Event

01/06/2012 7:00 pm
author: 
solidarity

San Diego Free Speech Fight 100-Year Anniversary Exhibit Opening Event
January 6th, 2012
Centro Cultural De La Raza, 2125 Park Blvd. Balboa Park.
7:00PM

Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fight which kicks off with this FREE, open to the general public exhibit opening event. Taking place at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego's Balboa Park, we will mark this important moment in San Diego's and America's history where free speech was banned in public.

Opening night activities are scheduled to include:
photos of the San Diego Free Speech Fight
a reading by author Jim Miller from FLASH - a book based on the San Diego Free Speech Fight
Live Music and more.
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

For those unfamiliar with the San Diego Free Speech Fight:
At the beginning of 1912, San Diego passed an ordinance which forbade public speaking on the fifty blocks in the center of the city, in the area around E street and 5th.
The enemies of free speech at the time were many in local government, business, the press, and free speech fighters were the victims of violence at the hands of the local police as well as torture by vigilantes.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) worked with its local allies and created the Free Speech League, the umbrella that included many union members and members of the community to become involved in the fight.
One memorable incident involved the famous Emma Goldman, who came to support the effort and was met with an angry mob at Santa Fe Station intending to attack her. This is just one example of the violence that became commonplace.
The right to free speech was eventually won back for San Diegans in 1915 when the ban was overturned and legal picketing was restored as a basic right.

Event Location: 
Centro Cultural De La Raza, 2125 Park Blvd. Balboa Park




Photograph courtesy of the Labadie Collection, University of Michigan