New York Times covers the struggle over permits for free speech activity during Trump's Inauguration
Tom Sherwood reflects on the difficulties protest groups are having in securing permits to exercise their free speech rights.
NPR report covers efforts by the PCJF and others to assert their right to free speech and dissent during the Inauguration
The National Park Service "has done a massive land grab inhibiting all those who want to exercise their right to free speech," Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a co-founder of the fund, said at a news conference.
"The NPS filed a 'massive omnibus blocking permit' for many of Washington DC’s most famous political locations for days and weeks before and after the inauguration on 20 January, said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a constitutional rights litigator and the executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund."
“'This blocking permit that the National Park Service filed is an affront to the First Amendment. It is a violation of free speech rights, and it is a violation of the democratic process, in which voices must be heard,' said Carl Messineo, the organization’s legal director."
Local ABC 7 Video: Nat'l Park Service accused of blocking inauguration protests near White House, Nat'l Mall
WJLA 7 video covers the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund at the Dec. 7 press conference exposing the National Park Service and Trump Inauguration's Committee's unconstitutional blocking permit
WUSA 9 video covers press conference held Dec. 7 by attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and activists from the ANSWER Coalition about the NPS and Trump PIC omnibus blocking permit that violates free speech rights.
The National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate before, during and after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Washington civil rights attorneys said Wednesday.
"Everybody is being put on hold and they are being put off which completely obstructs the ability to organize, to make plans to come, disruptive and violating people's free speech rights.”