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Demonstrators sit on the ground along Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House in Washington, April 29, 2017. The National Park Service is exploring the question of whether it should recoup from protest organizers the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation's capital. The proposed rule also could place new limits on spontaneous demonstrations and shrink a significant portion of the White House sidewalk accessible to the public. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
Published: 14 October 2018

The First Amendment safeguards our rights to free speech. Now, the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke are proposing to take those free speech rights away. Until October 15 the National Park Service is taking comments — comments they must consider before they can make any change to the regulations. More than 10,000 people have commented on the plan and there is still time.

Sign your name and comment

The regulations would affect all public lands and crucial free speech gathering areas in Washington DC: the National Mall, White House sidewalks, the Lincoln Memorial, Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue.

It would:

  • Impose steep fees and costs on demonstrations in Washington, D.C
  • Effectively ban protests on the White House sidewalks
  • Force protesters to pay the costs of barricades erected at police discretion, park ranger wages and overtime, and harm to grass from standing on it
  • Need a permit? You’ll have to wait and the government is not obliged to to promptly process or approve permits.
  • Restrict and suppress spontaneous demonstrations that respond to breaking events
  • Create hair-triggers allowing police to end protests for the most minor of issues
  • Restrict sound and staging
  • Ban long term vigils or protest presencesMake protesters pay for expensive "turf covers"

and more….



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