June 25, 1978 rally is scheduled

Skokie readies itself for a neo-Nazi rally on June 25

On June 22, 1978 Frank Collin and the NSPA hold a rally in the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building Plaza in downtown Chicago.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “A band of 29 uniformed Nazis held a 10-minute demonstration.”

An estimated 5,000 protestors and 1,000 police are present at the rally. The New York Times estimates that there were “nearly a thousand counterdemonstrators.”

Because of the overwhelming number of counterdemonstrators at the NSPA rally in Chicago, there is growing concern over the likelihood of violence at the scheduled June 25, 1978 NSPA rally in Skokie.

Many groups plan counterdemonstrations.

In the meantime, the Illinois State Legislature takes action by introducing bills limiting hate speech.