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60,000 Comments Flood the National Park Service

A truly amazing effort by everyone who joined together and flooded the National Park Service with over 60,000 comments! This is a powerful push back against the Trump administration's new rules designed to crush protest in the nation's capital. People across the United States have made it clear that they are not going to sit back and allow their First Amendment rights to be eviscerated.

PCJF Op-Ed in the Washington Post: The Trump administration wants to tax protests. What happened to free speech?

For the first time, the U.S. government wants demonstrators to pay to use our parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech in the nation’s capital. This should be called for what it is: a protest tax. This is a bold effort by the Trump administration to burden and restrict access to public spaces for First Amendment activities in Washington. If enacted, it would fundamentally alter participatory democracy in America.

Bloomberg: "Get Off My Lawn: Trump Proposal Could Squelch Protests in D.C."

“When you think about petitioning your government for redress of grievances, this is the nation’s capital -- this is where you come to do it. And now you have the Trump administration that is not only engaging in extreme rhetoric against demonstrators and suggesting that protests should be illegal,” but “taking concrete actions to suppress dissent and suppress free speech.” — Mara Verheyden-Hilliard in Bloomberg News. Click here to read the full article.

Washington Post publishes editorial opposing proposed Pay-to-Protest rules

In a follow-up to the OpEd by the PCJF, the editorial board of the Washington Post issues "a resounding no" to the Pay-to-Protest proposal by the Trump administration and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

PCJF Statement on Proposal to Give Nazis Private Metro Service for Unite the Right Rally

The proposal to turn Metro into a private livery service for Nazis is outrageous and unconstitutional. Neither Metro nor the police should act as private security or escorts for white supremacists who choose to come to Washington, D.C.. ATU Local 689 members and Metro workers should not be required to act as their chauffeurs. Click the link to read the full statement.

FAIR talks with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about criminalizing protest

With a new focus on "civility" amidst continuing attempts to criminalize protest, FAIR talks with PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.

Standing Rock: First Amended Complaint Filed to Vindicate Constitutional Rights of Water Protectors

On the night of November 20, 2016 law enforcement unleashed specialty impact munitions, explosive grenades, chemical agents, and water cannons in freezing temperatures injuring and maiming water protectors engaged in peaceful First Amendment-protected protest activities and prayer circles. We are proud to be part of the civil team litigating this case.