July 1, 2004 – New York Police Department (NYPD) officials announced yesterday that ten groups have been granted permission to hold protests during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in New York City. Eleven permits in all were granted, seven issued by the Parks Department and four by the police. Among the groups with permission to demonstrate at the RNC taking place in Madison Square Garden from August 3 to September 2 are Planned Parenthood, the abortion rights group NARAL, and the Christian Defense Coalition, who had filed a lawsuit claiming Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly were stalling. The NYPD issued a permit to a large labor coalition, stretching south on Eighth Avenue, and they are still negotiating space for other groups, including the National Organization for Women and the National Council for Arab Americans.
The groups make up two-thirds of those who have applied for permits. United for Peace and Justice -- the largest group to apply for a permit -- is still waiting for a decision.