[govinfo] 2nd Annual Sunshine Week event: Closed Doors; Open Democracies?

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "GOVDOC-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <GOVDOC-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 15:25:01 -0500

This is in the shameless promotion category - but it is about access to 
government information - and it is going to be a great program. We are seeking 
organizations to host the webcast and hold discussions in your communities.

The webcast will be archived, so if this is during your Spring break, think 
about doing a local viewing and discussion when everyone is back. We will 
determine if the panelists would be willing to receive e-mailed questions from 
sites that are not participating in the live event.

Please share widely - with your academic colleagues, your librarians (both 
academic and public), your local journalists, and anyone else you can think of 
-- to see if they would be willing to host an event.

I am happy to send the advisory to anyone as a .doc file, if requested.


Patrice McDermott, Executive Director
202-332-OPEN (6736)

                     Americans for Less Secrecy, More Democracy

Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736, 


Second Annual National Event Will Explore Government Secrecy and Openness

Closed Doors; Open Democracies? A national dialogue with government openness 

Join Ira Flatow, host and executive producer of NPR's Science Friday, and two 
panels of government and other experts in a national dialogue addressing issues 
of access to government information, including the impact of government 
suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health and 
safety - and accountability at the federal and the state and local levels. The 
event will begin with a lively discussion of the issues and end with ideas for 

This dialogue with government openness experts - which will feature video 
segments and a question-and-answer period, followed by local programs at sites 
across the country - kicks off Sunshine Week 2007. The event is being hosted by 
the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, 
Association of Research Libraries, League of Women Voters, National Coalition 
Against Censorship, National Freedom of Information Coalition, 
OpenTheGovernment.org, Special Libraries Association, Sunshine Week, and Union 
of Concerned Scientists

Ira Flatow (moderator), host and executive producer of NPR's Science Friday
Dottie Biggs, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) librarian from 
Region 8
Jay Dyckman, director of The Knowledge Project at the National Coalition 
Against Censorship,
Francesca Grifo, Senior Scientist and Director of Scientific Integrity Program 
at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Mark Tapscott, Editorial Page Editor, the Washington Examiner
Rick Piltz, Founder and Director of Climate Science Watch and former 
whistleblower at the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP)
Bill Wolfe, Director, New Jersey Chapter of Public Employees for Environmental 
Responsibility (PEER)
Susan Wood, Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and 
Occupational Health and former FDA official who quit over the delay of Plan B

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, March 12, 2007 1:00pm- 2:30pm EST., webcast from the 
National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to sites around the country.

Visit www.OpenTheGovernment.org for a list of venues, registration information, 
and more.

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