Our original permit application letter was submitted on
February 14, 2001 for Saturday, August 4, 2001 at Bryant Park. Today, for the
first time, you have advised me that aside from the limitations on time and
date and level of noise, that you now require a fee of $5,000 for use of a
public park and an additional $7,500 as a deposit for possible damages.
Please note that we have held events at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza in New York City,
at Lafayette Park, Dupont Circle, the Ellipse and the West Capitol Steps
in Washington, DC and Justin Hermann Plaza and the Civic Center in San
Francisco, and that at most we were required to pay nominal permit application
fees. We have never been required to tender a deposit for possible
damages, nor have our supporters ever damaged any public property.
We do not intend on withdrawing our permit application at
this time. However, the prohibitive costs associated with this proposed
event at Bryant Park will cause us to consider other options.