Happy Sunshine Week (and I’m Not Referring to the Weather)

Sunshine Week, held annually during the week of James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day (March 16), is a nationwide effort to open up dialogue on the importance of transparency in government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.

Originally created by journalists and celebrated since 2005, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why. It seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Individuals and public officials who embody the spirit of government transparency and fight for it in their communities are recognized each year with Local Hero Awards.

Tomorrow, The New York City Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library is holding a Freedom of Information Day celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Healy Hall. The featured speaker is Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization which champions citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

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