Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign v. City of Philadelphia

Protesters not allowed to march during the DNC

Court/Assoc.: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Attorneys/Firms: Mary Catherine Roper & Molly Tack-Hooper (ACLU-PA)

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) (From left to right) Elizabeth Ortiz, German Parodi, Cheri Honkala, and Galen Tyler, along with Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. (June 23, 2016 - credit: Ben Bowens)

On June 23, 2016, the ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), a social justice coalition that was denied a permit to hold a march on Broad Street during the Democratic National Convention.

On July 1, the ACLU-PA announced that the city of Philadelphia has reversed its earlier stance and will grant a permit to the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) for its march on Broad Street during the Democratic National Convention. In addition to issuing PPEHRC’s permit, the city has also agreed to permanently eliminate its blanket ban on marches during afternoon “rush hour,” which it defined as 3 – 6 p.m.

The permit was granted for the time and locations originally requested. A spokesperson for the city stated incorrectly that PPEHRC had agreed to change the start time of its march.  

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