Labor: 1912

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In response to IWW organizing, the San Diego city council passes an ordinance banning public speaking within 46 blocks of the city center. IWW issues a call for members go to San Diego. City leaders respond with vigilante violence and eviction of IWW members from San Diego county. Vigilantes violently assault anarchist leader Ben Reitman, prompting Governor Hiram Johnson to call for an investigation, which quells vigilante activity and restores free speech to the city.