Pedestrian Civil Rights

October 16, 1959


This will advise you that the laws of the United States of America are as follows, pertaining to the rights of citizens to preach on the streets, to wit:

The Federal Civil Rights Act makes it a felony, punishable by fine and imprison­ment to conspire to deprive a person of .his rights, or to molest or interfere with the exercise of his civil rights, See 18 U. S. C. Sections 241, 242. See also 8 U. S. C. Sections 21, 42, 43, 47 & 49.

Also the case of Srews vs. U.S., 325 U. S. 91, where the Court said (SUPREME COURT), ".... He who defies a decision interpreting the Constitution  knows  precisely what he is doing."

Catlette vs. U.S., 132 F 2nd 902, also settles that any officer who arrests any citizen who is guaranteed by the Civil Rights Act to do what he is arrested for doing, shall be punished by one year in prison, or a $1,000.00 fine, or both.

The United States Supreme Court in recent years has settled beyond any shadow of a doubt that citizens have the right to use the streets in an orderly manner to preach their religious convictions, to wit:

Hogue vs. C.I.O., 307 U.S. 496
       Saia vs. New York, 334 U. S. 558
        Cantwell vs. Connecticut, 310 U. S. 2.96
       Lovell vs. Griffin, 303 U.S. 444

In Sellers vs. Johnson, 163 F 2nd 877, it was said: "The action of the Sheriff, sponsored by the Mayor, in blockading public highways leading into the town of Lacona for the purpose of preventing the Jehovah's Witnesses from holding a meeting in the public park on September 15, 1946, constituted an unlawful deprivation of the constitutional rights of the Jehovah's Witnesses."

In Schneider vs. New Jersey, 308 U. S. 147, the Court said: "But, as we have said, the streets are natural and proper places for the dissemination of information and opinion, and one is not to have the exercise of his liberty of expression in appropriate places abridged on the plea that it may be exercised some other place."

See Jamison vs. Texas, 318 U. S. 413, which is the same holding, and uses similar terminology.

THERE IS NO DOUBT but that citizens have a right to state their views in an orderly fashion on the streets of any City in the United States, and any arrest in an effort to stop same is a violation of the law.

Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (Attorney at Law)