• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Civil rights proponents press USNPS to drop proposal to charge fees for protests

With just days left to submit public comments on a National Park Service proposal to alter how protests are handled in the District, civil rights advocates have issued urgent calls to oppose the measures, saying they would violate First Amendment rights.

The proposal, which was introduced in August, floats more than a dozen changes to how the Park Service facilitates protests, including how many demonstrators may gather on national parks’ land without a permit, what areas protesters can demonstrate in, and whether protesters should be required to reimburse the agency for the support and security it provides.

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