Lawsuit divulges details for DNC, seeks more information

The city of Denver and U.S. Secret Service have agreed to disclose details about a parade route that will be made available to activists during the Democratic National Convention in August following a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. But there’s still little information on where activists will be allowed to gather during the event.

According to federal district court papers, the ACLU and government entities have agreed on the following issues:

– That by June 12, Denver will announce the parade route for use during the convention and that permits for the route will be completely processed by June 19.

– That Denver create a so-called "public demonstration zone" on the grounds of the Pepsi Center, where the convention will be held.

– That the demonstration zone will not be an isolated place for the city to confine activists and will be within sight and sound of convention delegates.

Perhaps more important than what has been disclosed is what has not been.

Law enforcement officials haven’t said where the demonstration zone will be, any barricades around the zone, how many people it will hold and what conduct may be restricted in the zone.

For more information about the ongoing lawsuit, click here.

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 erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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