On June 15, 2016, the ACLU of Pennsylvania sent a letter to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney asking him to clarify the city’s position on protest activity during the Democratic National Convention. The letter was in response to recent statements by the city’s law department that contradict previous promises not to interfere with protesters.

The issues dealt with in the ACLU-PA's letter include the city’s new proposal to prohibit all marches on Broad Street and those taking place during rush hour; the city’s plan for handling protesters demonstrating without permits, and fencing around FDR park, where many protests will be held. 

Late on Friday, June 17, 2016, the city responded by letter and announced that it had decided to reverse the ban on all Broad Street marches. 

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June 15, 2016