“'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.”
"The attorney who filed the class-action lawsuit, Carl Messineo, works for the Civil Justice Partnership."
“The fact the U.S. Attorney’s Office is giving you the same material when you ask for it, that comports with standard public records obligations, and it shows that the MPD and the D.C. Attorney General’s Office is deviating from the way that public records have to be handled,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard for the Partnership for Civil Justice.
Will protests be allowed along the Inaugural Route? Coverage from WUSA9
“People are coming to Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day to exercise their free speech rights in opposition to racism, misogyny and bigotry. But the government wants to stage-manage democracy.”
ABC7 Local News covers the legal battle over the right to protest at Trump's Inauguration.