Trump Administration Publishes Plans to Tax Protests and Close White House Sidewalk to Protests

Global Research – by Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

In a major reversal of long-standing federal policy, the Trump Administration has issued a new plan to charge demonstrators for the right to use our public parks, sidewalks and streets that are on federal land in the nation’s capital for First Amendment activity.  Among other areas, this includes the National Mall, Lafayette Park, the Lincoln Memorial and the sidewalk in front of Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.   

The federal Pay-to-Protest in DC plan includes charging demonstrators for the cost of barricades and fencing erected at discretion of police; salaries of personnel deployed to monitor the protest; trash removal and sanitation charges; permit application fees and costs that the government will assess on “harm to turf.”

In addition, the Department of Interior under Ryan Zinke has quietly moved to close the iconic White House sidewalk to protest. The National Park Service’s recent regulatory filing shows plans to close the sidewalk to demonstrations leaving only a narrow pedestrian passageway. The Nixon administration notoriously ordered buses to surround the White House during Vietnam War protests, blocking access to the sidewalk.  Now the Trump administration wants to issue a regulatory change to essentially block all protests from the sidewalk permanently.

These plans were contained in a 94-page regulatory proposal that was published in the federal register by the National Park Service, under the Department of the Interior. The public has until October 15, 2018 to register their opposition.

“Never before in history have protestors been required to pay to demonstrate on federal land in the nation’s capital. This is a protest tax on the exercise of First Amendment rights intended to burden and suppress dissent,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, constitutional rights lawyer and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.

“Free speech is not free if you have to pay for it. The exercise of free speech is a fundamental right and this measure is anti-democratic at its core,” stated Carl Messineo, constitutional rights lawyer and legal director of the PCJF.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has launched a legal challenge and grassroots organizing campaign to stop this plan, including a petition in opposition to the plan here.

Click here to read an OpEd by the PCJF’s Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and Carl Messineo in the Washington Post.

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9 thoughts on “Trump Administration Publishes Plans to Tax Protests and Close White House Sidewalk to Protests

  1. I’m sure the “March for Life,” held each January 22, with 200,000- 500,000 participants each year will love this one!

  2. And I’m sure trump is f-king commie as this is right out the ten planks. Wether you agree with march any group or not, freedom of speech and assembly is not for sale or taxation. I can just see it now, all these God damn trumpettes praising this. The same stuff they rightfully criticized Obama for doing with free speech zones, and leftist taxes on the 2nd amendment right. God f-king damn you stupid shits. I’m ready for this whole damn thing to burn right into the ground.

  3. Only a true, dyed in the wool jew would even think about such a thing. In fact, he is the first jew to become president although he lied about his religion. First Obama gains presidency even though not even a born citizen, and now this. Is he going to get away with this, just as Obama and his “First Fag” are?

  4. I know how to close the Whitehouse sidewalk.

    FedEx all the homeless sht from SFO…

    When it absolutely has to be there overnight.

    Don’t Use UPS.

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