Under the circumstances, it seems as if we may need a Sunshine or Freedom of Information or Right to Know Month. And yet we need to start by catching up on Minnesota’s FOI Day event. Fortunately, The UpTake (recipient of the 2017 Career Freedom of Information Award, http://theuptake.org/2016/03/16/live-at-noon-the-uptake-honored-with-career-freedom-of-information-award/) has captured the day on video.
Locally Freedom of Information Day 2017 was sponsored on Thursday, March 16, by the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information. Each year the Coalition honors an individual, agency or nonprofit with the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award. This year the Award went to Tony Webster, avid user of FOIA and government information.
Keynote speaker was Patrice McDermott, long-time Executive Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, a DC based coalition of advocacy organizations that support the principles of transparency and accountability, primarily though not solely, at the federal level.
McDermott’s thoughts on the current challenges to the principles articulate in the First Amendment deserve view, discussion and ways that citizens and advocacy group must tackle the challenges we face today
Thanks to The Uptake, the event is captured here on video: http://theuptake.org/2017/03/16/tony-webster-honored-for-freedom-of-information-work/
More on FOI day and Sunshine Week here: https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/freedom-of-information-day-2017-an-unprecedented-challenge/