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NYCLU Unveils Protecting Protest Storefront

The New York Civil Liberties Union today formally opened its Protecting Protest Storefront just two blocks from Madison Square Garden. The Storefront, at 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets) will serve as the NYCLU base of operations for monitoring protest activity during the Republican National Convention.

“This location will be important for those who will witness democracy in action outside the Garden,” said Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU. “As thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in peaceful protest, the NYCLU will be in constant negotiation with police to assure that all problems are immediately resolved.”

In addition to housing the NYCLU Protecting Protest office, the Storefront will serve as a meeting place for our volunteers. The NYCLU will also host “Know Your Rights” trainings and press briefings at the Storefront. Leaflets detailing the rights of protesters also will be distributed. The Storefront will also serve as the location for participants to submit information about policing tactics at the demonstrations.

“We will be watching the NYPD night and day doing our very best to protect the right to protest,” said Christopher Dunn, Associate Legal Director. “The NYCLU Storefront is the First Amendment’s beachhead to the Convention.”

During the week of the convention, the NYCLU will provide resources at the location for the media to file reports. The organization asks that those who are considering using the Storefront for this purpose contact the NYCLU at your earliest convenience. Overseeing all Storefront activities directly will be Steve Theberge, the NYCLU’s Protecting Protest Coordinator.

Protecting Protest Storefront Facts

The NYCLU Protecting Protest Storefront is operated by the New York Civil Liberties Union, which is the New York State Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The Storefront will serve many purposes between now and the end of the Republican National Convention (RNC):

  • Source of printed information about the legal rights of groups and individuals planning to protest during the Convention;
  • Location of “know your rights” trainings for groups and individuals planning to protest during the Convention;
  • Base of operations for NYCLU lawyers, staff, and volunteers who will be monitoring police activity leading up to and during the Convention;
  • Place for people to file complaints or provide reports about police activity before and during the Convention;
  • Location for approved members of the media to file stories during the Convention.

In the weeks leading up to the Convention, the NYCLU Protecting Protest Storefront generally will be open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Starting on Thursday, August 26, the Storefront will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For further information, please visit the NYCLU special Convention Web site at

New York Civil Liberties Union Protecting Protest Storefront
520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)

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