Free Speech in San Diego, 100 year anniversary, January 1912 through January 2012




The purpose of the San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council’s celebration of the 2012 100th anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fight is to recognize and make more broadly known a significant event in the history of the labor movement in San Diego.  The Free Speech Fight by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and supporters across the country was part of a larger struggle in our history to affirm the rights of all citizens under our Constitution.  In this case, the central rights were, and are, those of assembly and speech.  This struggle left an important legacy for labor and civil rights for all—people of color, women, immigrants, and any American who believes in free speech.