[govinfo] FW: RSVP for Sunshine Week event

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 16:44:02 -0500

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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: 

The media advisory is pasted below. You can find out more about the program at 


Emily Feldman
Program Associate
1742 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
(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, National Press 
Club, OpenTheGovernment.org, Special Libraries Association, Sunshine Week, and 
Union of Concerned Scientists

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.


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