1950 August 13

NYC Police Ban Peace Rally; NYCLU Protests


The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) on this day protested a police ban on a peace rally that had been scheduled for August 2nd at Union Square. The NYCLU criticized Mayor Paul O’Dwyer for not overruling the police ban and failing to protect freedom of speech. The Korean War had broken out two months earlier and the peace rally was sponsored by left-wing and Communist-affiliated groups. The national ACLU warned that the Korean War had led to a “frightening contempt for constitutional rights by municipal officials and others” across the country.

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