Liberty Depends on Public Access to Information

Your DGB for today is to honor the Freedom of Information Act through signing an ACLU petition, or plan a longer term action provided below.

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law over 50 years ago to ensure the transparency of government to the people. With the right to request access to government documents, Americans are able ensure that their federal representatives and agencies are honoring the trust they’ve been given in their roles.

Under the new administration a number of concerns have come under scrutiny, which makes transparency essential, now more than ever. What can we do as citizens to ensure public access to information? The ACLU has filed paperwork demanding access to documents regarding 45’s conflicts of interest. Please take a minute to fill this out. And, if you’re looking for a longer term action, check out this list offered through the Sunshine Week initiative:

 

If you are in the world of journalism, you can highlight the importance of openness through stories, editorials, columns, cartoons or graphics.

If you are part of a civic group, you can organize local forums, sponsor essay contests or press elected officials to pass proclamations on the importance of open access.

If you are an educator, you can use Sunshine Week to teach your students about how government transparency improves our lives and makes our communities stronger.

If you are an elected official, you can pass a resolution supporting openness, introduce legislation improving public access or encourage training of government employees to ensure compliance with existing laws mandating open records and meetings.

If you are a private citizen, you can write a letter to the editor or spread the word to friends through social media.

 

So, get engaged with your right to information and don’t let up. Continued pressure has been making a positive difference in the resistance and we are influencing change!