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Protect Democracy Tells California That Ban On Protests Is Unconstitutional

Today, we delivered a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Highway Patrol urging them to reconsider CHP’s ban on protests. The letter is co-signed by a coalition of leading First Amendment organizations, litigators, and scholars, including Floyd Abrams, Lyrissa Lidsky, Laurence Tribe, the Niskanen Center, and the Center for Media and Democracy.

The letter includes a series of recommendations aimed at bringing CHP’s policy into constitutional compliance, including issuing a written policy on any limitations on protests, defining the ban’s duration, tailoring the ban to enable protests that meet social distancing guidelines, and exempting in-car protests.

For a PDF of the letter, click here.