1950 September 22

Anti-Korean War Protester Waves “Peace” Flag; Gets Two Months in the Workhouse


Ramon Scheer, a 22-year old college graduate facing the draft for the Korean War, was sentenced to two months in the New York City workhouse for climbing a lamp post and waving a “Peace” sign at an anti-war peace rally.

At the same court date, Samuel Perlman was sentenced to thirty days in the workhouse for refusing a police officer’s order to “move on” and also for calling a mounted police officer a Cossack” and having struck the horse with his brief case.

The Korean War had broken out in early June 1950, and was the first shooting war of the Cold War.

Learn more: Geoffrey Stone, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004)

Learn more about freedom of speech and assembly: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/category/assembly

Learn more about the Cold War: Ellen Schrecker, Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America (1998)

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