The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) joins more than 80 organizations in opposing proposed protest fees on the National Mall.
In August, the National Park Service issued a proposed rule to introduce fees for holding protests on the National Mall. The letter warns that the proposed rule poses a serious threat to Americans’ right to free speech and assembly:
“Forcing Americans to pay to lawfully assemble at our most iconic and politically significant sites places a financial barrier that precludes equal opportunity and access, dissuading and prohibiting Americans from demonstrating. The ability to afford fees for permits must not be a factor in who gets the opportunity to protest on these public lands. Introducing fees for First Amendment demonstrations would represent an overwhelming departure from American values.”
Individuals can submit comments on the proposal until midnight on October 15th.
The letter can be read in full below. Click here for a full screen view: