The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined the Wilderness Society and more than 80 organizations in a letter today to the National Park Service opposing the proposed “protest fee” for demonstrations on the national mall.
In August, under the direction of the Trump Administration, the National Park Service issued a proposed rule to introduce fees for holding protests on the National Mall. The co-signers of this letter are deeply concerned that this proposal would infringe on Americans’ rights to free speech and assembly.
The financial barrier would preclude equal opportunity and access, dissuading and prohibiting some Americans from demonstrating. The ability to afford fees for permits must not be a factor in who gets the opportunity to protest at our most iconic and politically significant sites.
We are building a broad coalition of opposition spanning lots of issue areas because free speech and assembly matter for all issues.
ACT NOW: CAIR joins the Wilderness Society in encouraging individuals to submit comments on the proposal here through Monday, October 15th.