Given the timeless importance of protecting civil liberties, the Charles Koch Institute today joins the ACLU in voicing concern about a proposed National Park Service (NPS) rule that could hinder free speech and peaceful assembly around DC landmarks.
“Social progress occurs when diverse people can come together and speak out for the beliefs they’re passionate about,” said Charles Koch Institute’s Sarah Ruger. “Those rights of speech and assembly are made possible by First Amendment liberties. And we’re standing alongside the ACLU, Public Citizen, NAACP, and others to ensure the National Mall remains a place for open expression and part of the public square.”
The landmarks of Washington, DC have a special resonance in America’s civic life. Some of the most iconic protests, vigils, and celebrations in our history have taken place at the city’s monuments. Civil rights and the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Watergate in the 70s. Establishing LGBTQ rights in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. The list goes on.
Enabling people from all walks of life and all viewpoints to demonstrate, literally in front of their government, has at times helped make historic progress. And we’ll continue to champion the ability of future generations to do so.
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