The Trump Administration’s National Park Service has proposed to dramatically curtail free speech demonstrations and special events near the White House, on The National Mall and certain national parks in the D.C. metro area.
The proposal would close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, as well as open the conversation to charging fees for protesting.
The proposed rule, RIN 1024-AE45 states: “The National Park Service proposes to revise special regulations related to demonstrations and special events at certain national park units in the National Capital Region.”
“The proposed changes would modify regulations explaining how the NPS processes permit applications for demonstrations and special events. The rule would also identify locations where activities are allowed, not allowed, or allowed but subject to restrictions.”
Critics of this proposal believe this rule would have a major impact on the cost and effort to hold public vigils, while also restricting and suppressing the first amendment of free speech.
The ACLU sent a letter to the National Park Service asserting this proposal as unconstitutional.