Coalition Letter on NPS Regulations Restricting Protesting and Demonstration Activities on the National Mall and near the White House

In this coalition letter, the ACLU led a diverse coalition of organizations in urging members of the House Natural Resources Committee to secure a commitment from the Acting Director of the National Park Service (NPS), Dan Smith, to withdraw proposed rules restricting protesting and demonstration activities on the National Mall and on other NPS areas in Washington, DC. 

While our organizations do not agree on all issues, we unreservedly support our First Amendment right to gather together to express ourselves. The NPS proposed rule is an unprecedented and unique challenge to core First Amendment protected activities and, if enacted, would chill free speech and put unconstitutional limitations on First Amendment activities. 

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