ACLU drops lawsuit against city over 'Clean Zone' during All-Star Game

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June 4, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has dropped its lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis challenging the 'Clean Zone' during the Major League All-Star Game.

The resolution allows the city to deny temporary permits and licenses to pop-up vendors in an area around the ballbark during All-Star festivities July 10–16.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of two people planning a street festival in the area commemorating the 80th anniversary of a labor strike in the Warehouse District.  

Here's a statement released today by Charles Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU-MN:

We are pleased that the City reacted quickly to address the constitutional concerns that we had about the Clean Zone.  The City has agreed to grant the necessary permits for the One Day in July Street Festival and has provided assurances that they will not expand or otherwise modify the Clean Zone resolution in the future.  We have agreed to dismiss our lawsuit “without prejudice”, which will allow us to reinstitute the lawsuit if future problems arise.

Our First Amendment rights should not held hostage by private corporations, and we are glad that the City of Minneapolis recognized that and made the appropriate changes to the resolution. We hope that moving forward the City Of Minneapolis will be more aware of our constitutional concerns and ensure that future resolutions better protect our Constitutional Rights.