[govinfo] Plan a Sunshine Week program! We want more sites.

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "GOVDOC-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <GOVDOC-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 16:29:36 -0500

My apologies for coming back to you, but we really do want to have more sites 
participating. It is going to be a great conversation on secrecy, openness, 
science...  I promise I won't come back with this again.

Sunshine Week 2007 (March 11-17, 2007) is coming quickly, but it's not too late 
to participate in the national webcast, "Closed Doors; Open Democracies?"! The 
event will be held on Monday, March 12, 2007 1:00pm- 2:30pm Eastern Daylight 
Time (please note that Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. on March 
11, 2007) and webcast to sites around the country. The press release is below. 
We are accepting site registrations until Friday, 9 March.

For those of you thinking about hosting or co-sponsoring a program or already 
planning one, we have added material to our Resources page. Visit 
www.openthegovernment.org for more information! You can get to the resources 
page directly here: 

Thanks, and please let me or Emily Feldman efeldman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  know 
if you have any questions.

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
Gary Bass, executive director, 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)
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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