For Immediate Release

Free Speech Victory for Rights Groups in Advance of G-20 Summit

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Today, United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster ruled today on a suit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA)
on behalf of groups seeking to hold peaceful demonstrations in downtown
Pittsburgh where the Group of 20 Summit (G-20) will take place next
week. In his decision, the judge said CodePink, one
of the activist groups represented, will be allowed to use Point State
Park, centrally located in downtown Pittsburgh, for several days
preceding the G-20.

The judge ruled, however, that the city was within its rights to deny
camping permits and a permit for a rally on a bridge, which were the
two other requests in the complaint filed by the plaintiffs' attorneys
last week.

"We regret the judge did not see eye-to-eye with us in allowing the groups to camp and rally," said CCR Vice President Jules Lobel.
"It is a still a great victory, however, that CodePink and Three Rivers
Climate Convergence will be able to erect a symbolic tent city in the
main park in downtown Pittsburgh and be heard during the G-20."

The complaint, filed after repeated efforts to negotiate with the city
regarding the permits, charged the U.S. Secret Service, the Department
of Homeland Security, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with violating the
plaintiffs' constitutional rights to free speech. The plaintiffs
included: CodePink;
Pittsburgh Women for Peace; 3 Rivers Climate Convergence; Thomas Merton
Center; Pittsburgh Outdoor Artists; Bail Out The People
and G-6 Billion.

To read the full complaint, click here.


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