Thursday, October 11, 2018

Stop Trump's Plan to Crush Protests in the Nation's Capital! Oct. 15 deadline

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Stop Trump's Plan to Crush Protests
in the Nation's Capital

You Must Submit Your Formal Comment
in Opposition by October 15th

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New rules have been issued that will eliminate the right to protest as we know it in Washington, D.C. but the government is required to consider public comments before it can make the rules final. You only have until October 15th to submit your statement of opposition.
If you oppose these rules take action right now - we have set up an easy-to-use comment submission system that will directly deliver your statement of opposition and make it part of the record that must be considered.
The new rules proposed by the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke will impose steep fees and costs on demonstrations in Washington, D.C; effectively ban protests on the White House sidewalks; force protesters to pay the costs of barricades erected at police discretion, park ranger wages and overtime, and harm to grass from standing on it; create waiting periods removing any obligation of the government to promptly process or approve permits; restrict and suppress spontaneous demonstrations that respond to breaking events; create hair-triggers allowing police to end protests for the most minor of issues; restrict sound and staging; ban long term vigils or protest presences; make protesters pay for expensive "turf covers", among many other radical restrictions of free speech rights.
These changes will affect all parkland under the National Park Service (NPS) in the nation's capital including the National Mall, Lafayette Park, the White House Sidewalk, Lincoln Memorial, the Ellipse, Freedom Plaza and the sidewalks and parkland along Pennsylvania Avenue - including the sidewalk in front of the Trump Hotel.
This is a dangerous anti-democratic proposal. If enacted, this will mark the end of free speech as we know it and will be a dystopian model that spreads across the county. The NPS is required by law to respond to the public's comment on these new changes. Comment now and make them stop this proposed roll back of precious civil rights and democratic freedoms. Don't delay - you must submit your comment by October 15. 
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