New proposed rules from the National Park Service would make it substantially harder to hold rallies, demonstrations or protests in Washington and specifically on the streets and sidewalks surrounding the White House.
Among the changes suggested are a prohibition on 80% of the public area outside the White House, including Lafayette Park, a traditional site for protests for more than a hundred and fifty years. The NPS also proposes charging event organizers for the costs of monitoring and interfering with their protests, including charging enhanced fees for barricades and surveillance and changing the permitting process to not require an answer until as little as 40 days beforehand, making it very difficult to organize large nationwide protests.
The comment period closes on Monday October 15th at 11:59PM EST, so there is still time to make your voice heard here.
The First Amendment requires the government to permit us to petition to redress our grievances and for no undue burdens be placed on us to prevent that. These proposed regulations fail the test.
Here are our comments (jointly signed with Oakland Privacy).
Media Alliance and Oakland Privacy Comments on Proposed National Park Service Rules
By Dell Cameron and Bryan Menegus – originally published in Gizmodo
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