National Mall Redesign Could Seriously Restrict Free Speech

National Mall Redesign Could Seriously Restrict Free Speech By Scott Thill, AlterNet Posted on February 27, 2008, Printed on February 27, 2008 The National Park Service (NPS) is planning to redesign the heavily trafficked National Mall -- the sprawling open area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol that has become America's iconographic site of popular protest.

Groups say Central Park's lawn may be opened to big rallies

Central Park's Great Lawn might again be used for large public demonstrations rather than solely for events staged with help from the wealthy or corporations, lawyers for two civil rights groups said after a settlement with the city was announced Tuesday.

Editorial on PCJ litigation

A Black Mark D.C. police and the FBI need to explain their actions in a 2002 protest incident. Washington Post Editorial Wednesday, April 11, 2007 IF YOU DON'T like something your government is doing, you should be able to come to Washington, D.

PCJ Reveals FBI Intel Gathering in Protestor Arrests

A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political and religious beliefs, newly uncovered documents and interviews show.

A Perfect Lawn, Mowed and Muted

A court battle over the right to demonstrate on Central Park's Great Lawn has underscored an astounding fact. In the heart of the nation's largest and arguably most opinionated city, there is no place to hold a large rally.

City Faces Trial for Blocking Protests on Central Park Lawn

A battle over whether the Great Lawn in Central Park is open to political protesters as well as opera is headed to a jury trial.