1974 September 12

Newark Mayor Bans All Demonstrations; New Jersey ACLU Sues


The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, on this day banned all demonstrations in the city, under a state law granting mayors that power. The ACLU of New Jersey announced that it would challenge the law as a violation of the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

The most famous freedom-of-assembly case in New Jersey involved Jersey City and resulted in the landmark Supreme Court case of Hague v. C.I.O, on June 5, 1939, which affirmed a constitutional right of freedom of assembly.

Learn more about the right to protest: https://www.aclu.org/free-speech/right-protest

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