May 2, 2001

May Day — 90-year embrace of free speech rumbles onward

This plaque celebrates the 1910-11 free speech struggle in Fresno when over 100 members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were arrested and jailed in Fresno for reading the U.S. Constitution on the corner of Mariposa and Fulton where this plaque now rests under a tree near the mall clock. They finally won this struggle and were given 2 Fresno corners for free speech. We celebrated their dedication here this May Day and rededicated ourselves to the current struggles on the very same issue: free speech. Ironically, at one point, the City of Fresno was going to refuse a permit to rally on this historic spot. They finally relented. Click here to see where we are headed.

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