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Workers against the CityThe Fight for Free Speech in Hague v. CIO$
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Donald W. Rogers

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043468

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043468.001.0001

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Into Federal District Court

Into Federal District Court

Municipal Power and Civil Liberties in a New Forum

Chapter:
(p.110) 4 Into Federal District Court
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Workers against the City
Author(s):

Donald W. Rogers

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043468.003.0005

This chapter recounts the federal district court injunction proceeding instituted by the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to stop Jersey City from denying leafletting rights and public-speaking permits. Revealing the hearing’s nastiness, the chapter shows that the trial had legal significance beyond exposing Mayor Hague’s misdeeds, as it tested whether Jersey City’s claim of traditional municipal police powers against alleged CIO communists or the ACLU’s new vision of nationally protected speech and assembly rights for workers would prevail, and indeed, whether federal courts would accept jurisdiction. With law in flux, the chapter concludes, the district court broke new ground by assuming jurisdiction, rejecting Jersey City’s old legal vision, embracing new ACLU views, and enjoining Jersey City as requested.

Keywords:   injunction, jurisdiction, Committee for Industrial Organization, American Civil Liberties Union, district court, municipal police powers, speech, assembly, speaking permit, workers

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