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z The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Sunshine Week

"The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government." ~foia.gov

Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week is celebrated March 10-16, culminating in Freedom of Information Day.  FOI Day celebrates the Freedom of Information Act and your right to know executive branch information. Freedom of Information Day honors James Madison's birthday, March 16th.

"Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases.  Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman." Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis.

How to Get Involved

Here are a few ideas for an individual or a group to get involved in Freedom of Information Day and Sunshine Week.

  • Send a department in the executive branch a FOIA request.
  • Write a letter to the editor about freedom of information.
  • Organize a Freedom of Information rally.
  • Apply for The Diane Flores Korwin Scholarship
  • Recognize individuals in the community who have made a stand for open government and the freedom of information.
  • Check out this year's events by the Student Press Law Center
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