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Harvest Gathering Matches Needs with Volunteers

Television personality turned local theater star Don Shelby will highlight the 6th annual Gathering the Harvest community gathering and exhibit sponsored by Interfaith Minnesota.  Gathering the Harvest showcases the wide range of organizations that serve individuals and families in need in the Northeast community. Northeast neighbors are invited to participate in the event which is set for Monday, November 21, 7-9 p.m. at Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes Street, NE.

An invitation has gone out to community service organization to participate and promote their work and their volunteer opportunities.  The goal is to match volunteers with opportunities to serve the community.  There is no cost for exhibitors or attendees, though donations to the Harvest Gathering are appreciated.  Those organizations interested in exhibiting should reserve a table space now by contacting Jennifer@necommunity.net or 512 788 2444.

Interfaith Minnesota is a virtual community, sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Churches, grows out of the Council’s mission to manifest unity and build the common good.  The Minnesota Council of Churches is a member of numerous interfaith partnerships working for justice, including the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition.

Sunshine Week 2011 Set for March 13-19


Sunshine deprived as we have been these past months, it’s good to know that Sunshine Week is finally here!  Though the snow may keep coming, the important thing about this Sunshine Week is to assure that the information does, too.  Sunshine Week 2011 is March 13-19.

Perhaps there is no time in history that open government has been both possible and threatened – in many way by the same forces.  Money, politics, and now the overwhelming and unpredictable omnipresence of telecommunications and information technology.  And, to some extent, our own inexperience dealing with the implications, particularly of the technology.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.  Prime mover behind the Sunshine Week initiative is the American Society of News Editors in collaboration with the National Coalition on Government Information. Supporters include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others committed to the public’s right to know at the national, state and local levels.

Unlike many such campaigns Sunshine Week enjoys a bit of national support, primarily from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the ASNE Foundation and the Gridiron Club and Foundation.  As a result, there actually is a national staff that produces and makes readily available a wide range of promotional materials.  There is, for example, a Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation that can be adapted for local use, press releases, and a full toolkit of other promotional resources.

This year they have added the Ray of Sunshine Game which is worth a click.  The game offers a dozen thought-provoking questions and a few minutes of self-revelatory fun for open government promoters.

Freedom of Information Day, one aspect of Sunshine Week, is held each year on March 16, the birthday of James Madison.  In Minnesota there will be a noontime Freedom of Information Day event at the Minneapolis Central Library.  At that event retired television anchor Don Shelby and former State Senator Don Betzold will receive the annual John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award.  That event is sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.

A number of national events are also in the works.  There is an FOI Day event in Washington, DC and a national webcast emanating from Washington will amplify the message of open government and the rights of the people to access.

Note: If you’re reading this on the blog, you fine the Sunshine Week website at http://www.sunshineweek.org.  To my great concern I’ve learned recently that links on the blog post don’t work anymore, though they once did.  Unfortunately I haven’t figured out the problem of the Lost Links, but I will not give up until I do….