September 11, 2018: Advocates Are Calling It A “Protest Tax”

Writing for the Washington Post, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and the group’s legal director Carl Messineo shed light on a recent National Park Service proposal to revise demonstration regulations in the National Capital Region.

The two argue that the proposal is an attempt by the U.S. government to restrict access to public spaces for demonstrations in Washington by requiring an event management fee, calling it a “protest tax.”

The new regulatory proposal would also essentially eliminate the ability to protest on White House sidewalk.

A National Parks Service spokesperson says that demonstrations and protests are costly. In response, the authors write: “Free speech is not a cost. It is a value. It is a fundamental pillar of democracy.”

Washington Post NPS Draft Proposal Public Comment