Groups say Central Park's lawn may be opened to big rallies

Central Park's Great Lawn might again be used for large public demonstrations rather than solely for events staged with help from the wealthy or corporations, lawyers for two civil rights groups said after a settlement with the city was announced Tuesday.

Editorial on PCJ litigation

A Black Mark D.C. police and the FBI need to explain their actions in a 2002 protest incident. Washington Post Editorial Wednesday, April 11, 2007 IF YOU DON'T like something your government is doing, you should be able to come to Washington, D.

PCJ Reveals FBI Intel Gathering in Protestor Arrests

A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political and religious beliefs, newly uncovered documents and interviews show.

A Perfect Lawn, Mowed and Muted

A court battle over the right to demonstrate on Central Park's Great Lawn has underscored an astounding fact. In the heart of the nation's largest and arguably most opinionated city, there is no place to hold a large rally.

City Faces Trial for Blocking Protests on Central Park Lawn

A battle over whether the Great Lawn in Central Park is open to political protesters as well as opera is headed to a jury trial.

D.C. Settles Suit Over Vt & K Protest Arrests

$50,000 Payment to Each of Four Vt & K Arrestees Plus Attorneys Fees and Costs and Police Training and Notice of First Amendment Rights Required

Police Agree to Protester Reforms

The D.C. police department agreed to pay $685,000 and take steps to protect protesters from police abuse and ensure their rights to settle a lawsuit over the treatment of demonstrators at President Bush's inauguration in 2001.

Civil Rights Group Settles With Police Over Inauguration Protests

Civil rights lawyers representing protesters at President Bush's 2001 inauguration announced a settlement Tuesday with District of Columbia police that includes changes in department policies for handling demonstrations.

In Court Papers, A Political Note On '04 Protests

When city officials denied demonstrators access to the Great Lawn in Central Park during the 2004 Republican National Convention, political advocates and ordinary New Yorkers accused Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of squelching demonstrations that could embarrass fellow Republicans during their gathering.

G-8 Protest Organizer Finds Hurdles on Path to a Permit

Robert Randall never knew free speech could cost so much -- in dollars and in compromises -- until he tried to organize a demonstration for this summer's meeting of the major industrial nations.