Protesters at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Boston may be confined to a cozy triangle of land off Haymarket Square, blocked off from the Fleet Center and convention delegates by a maze of Central Artery service roads, MBTA train tracks, and a temporary parking lot holding scores of buses and media trucks.Under a preliminary plan floated by convention organizers, the "free-speech zone" would be a small plot bounded by Green Line tracks and North Washington Street, in an area that until recently was given over to the elevated artery.

Organizers were forced to move the area to a parking lot directly across the street from an arena entrance, in keeping with earlier federal court rulings that any legal demonstration be allowed within "sight and sound" of its intended audience.

In New York City, where the Republicans will hold their convention this year, police are anticipating tens of thousands of protesters.

No plans have been made for where protests will be allowed, but civil liberties groups have already raised concerns about potential police tactics.

Whenever ultra-Orthodox women gather, someone takes over the task of preaching to them.

Be it a charity dinner, a Torah lesson, a holiday meal, or a few hours with the children in the playground—preaching is always part of what transpires, and women's dress will always be touched on.

Every spare moment, especially those times when women are most vulnerable, like after a death or a tragic event in the community, the public discourse of, to, and about women is saturated with the meanings of modesty.

This work, based on two years of research among ultra-Orthodox women in Tel Aviv, Israel, describes the nature and content of this discourse and places it within the context of fundamentalism in the Middle East, and of political and economic conditions, It shows how the discourse reconstructs the women's subordination through a new patriarchy of men scholars.

No one will be heard, and the area is just too small."Officials with the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU of Massachusetts plan to meet with Boston Police Department representatives in the weeks to come to ask that the plan be changed.

Boston police say no final decisions will be made for months, and stressed that they're open to input.

The disappointment in the preliminary plans is likely to be the start of a protracted battle that has the potential to end up in court, as did a similar dispute at the 2000 Democratic convention in Los Angeles.

Relegated to a parking lot blocks from the convention arena, protesters sued, and less than a month before that convention began, a federal judge ruled that the designated area was unconstitutional.