“We believe that this is a significant victory for free speech. They are doing this under threat of litigation,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the fund’s executive director, said in a telephone interview.
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund on NPR'S The Kojo Nnamdi Show discusses the right to protest and free speech issues arising at Trump's Inauguration.
Guest host Linda Olson-Osterlund is joined by Carl Messineo, Legal Director of The Partnership For Civil Justice Fund.
FOX 5 covers press conference by activists and attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund revealing the unconstitutional blocking permit taken out by the National Park Service on behalf of the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee.
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."