Attorneys Hold ‘Know Your Rights’ Training for Democratic Convention

    Throughout the week attorneys will be conducting training to teach prospective demonstrators protesting at the Democratic National Convention in Denver how to react to common scenarios involving police.The effort is being spearheaded by the DNC-People’s Law Project and the Oakland-based Midnight Special Law Collective, two groups of citizens and attorneys who specialize in First Amendment rights.

    Training is meant to teach individuals to serve as legal observers during police encounters at the convention, along with educating protesters about their constitutional rights. They are being conducted at University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law until Thursday and are open to the public.

    The DNC-People’s Law Project is being headed by Brian Vicente, an attorney who is also executive director of Sensible Colorado, a nonprofit that advocates for a decriminalized drug policy in the state. The project was formed by the National Lawyers Guild in 2007 over civil rights concerns for the convention, to be held Aug. 25-28.

    Such training sessions come after Colorado Confidential reported that Denver police are stocking up on equipment for convention security, but have refused to say what the materials are.

    The Midnight Special Law Collective has provided similar training to various groups across the nation.

    Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at

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