Trump's National Park Service Eyes 'Special Regulations' on Free Speech and Assembly Near Key DC Locations

Trump's National Park Service Eyes 'Special Regulations' on Free Speech and Assembly Near Key DC Locations
The Right Wing

The National Park Service, under the control of the Trump administration, has proposed a set of "special regulations" concerning areas around the United States capital. These new rules would make it difficult, if not impossible, to protest near the White House and several other key area

The change would halt protest on much of the sidewalk area north of the White House, as well as limiting the ability of groups to have spontaneous protests without permits near the White House and on the National Mall.

It could also open the door to charging fees and other costs to groups who wish to demonstrate in the area.

The NPS claims that this is necessary, as part of their job, and would help, "provide greater clarity to the public about how and where demonstrations and special events may be conducted in a manner that protects and preserves the cultural and historic integrity of these areas."

Such policies would have effectively halted many past protests, including the Million Man March, the Occupy protests, and even the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Held in the National Mall, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I have a dream" speech at the event.

The public comment period in advance of this regulation being approved by the NPS closes on Monday. Please consider commenting as soon as you can.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by