Anti-poverty group sues Philadelphia for right to protest during rush hour

Members of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign take part in what they describe as a "foreclosure takeover" in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 25, 2012, in advance of the Republican National Convention that year. The same group is suing for the right to protest in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention during rush hour. Photo by Joe Skipper/Reuters

PHILADELPHIA — Anti-poverty activists have sued Philadelphia, seeking the right to demonstrate during rush hour as the Democratic National Convention opens next month.

The lawsuit says the city has an unwritten ban on demonstrations during morning and evening rush hours.

The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign hopes to march from City Hall to a park near the convention site on opening day, July 25. Organizers say the city has granted exceptions for rush-hour parades and other public gatherings.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit Thursday on the group's behalf.

The city says it has no comment until its law department reviews the suit.

The ACLU of Ohio sued Cleveland earlier this month, alleging the city's rules for protests at the Republican National Convention violate free speech rights.

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