Please excuse any duplicates. Patrice From: efeldman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:efeldman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 4:39 PM Subject: RSVP for Sunshine Week event Dear Openness Friends, You are invited to attend our Sunshine Week panel discussion, "Closed Doors; Open Democracies?", at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday, March 12 from 1pm to 2:30 pm EDT. If you are in DC and would like to attend the event, please RSVP to me (efeldman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) by Tuesday, March 6 COB. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required. The program will be webcast to sites around the country. If you are not in DC, please consider attending the event near you! Find a site near you here: http://www.openthegovernment.org/article/articleview/234/1/94?TopicID. The media advisory is pasted below. You can find out more about the program at www.openthegovernment.org. Thanks, Emily Feldman Program Associate 1742 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20009 (202) 332-OPEN (6736) www.openthegovernment.org OpenTheGovernment.org Americans for Less Secrecy, More Democracy Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736, info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx MEDIA ADVISORY Second Annual National Event Will Explore Government Secrecy and Openness Closed Doors; Open Democracies? A national dialogue with government openness experts 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 action. 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, National Press Club, OpenTheGovernment.org, Special Libraries Association, Sunshine Week, and Union of Concerned Scientists Speakers: Ira Flatow (moderator), host and executive producer of NPR's Science Friday Gary Bass, Executive Director of OMB Watch Dorothy Biggs, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) librarian, National Enforcement Investigations Center 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) Pete Weitzel, Coordinator of the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government 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: March 12, 2007 1:00pm- 2:30pm Eastern Daylight Time, 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.