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Sunshine Week is Mar. 10-16
The American Society of Newspaper Editors will be joining other newsgathering advocacy groups in celebrating the importance of open government during this year's Sunshine Week, March 10-16, 2013.

Now a national initiative, Sunshine Week promotes dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bloomberg LP, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and ASNE are the primary sponsors of Sunshine Week.

There’s literally dozens of ways you can participate. Here’s a few ideas among many to be found at sunshineweek.org.


Follow Sunshine Week on Twitter for updates on open government news and toolkit resources for participants. Find us @SunshineWeek.

Let the Sun Shine

Write about other initiatives taking place in other locales with the FOI in Action page. Your roadmap to action can be found the Idea Bank page. Of course, if you’re still looking for some motivation, there’s always the Sunshine Week Toolkit.


There’s a full list of participants to follow during the week, engage with and collaborate with. Don’t forget to check on the full listing of in-person and online events coordinating with Sunshine Week.

Sunshine Week events taking place in Washington D.C. or Arlington, Va.

Mon., March 11: Discussion and Viewing of the Freedom of Information Act
Office of Government Information Services, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Mon., March 11: Fourth Annual Department of Justice Sunshine Week Celebration
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Wed., March 13: We the People: Fulfilling the Promise of Open Government Five Years After The OPEN Government Act
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C.

Wed., March 13: OLC Memoranda: Does U.S. Secret Law Threaten Our Democracy?
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and
The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Wed., March 13: DC Open Government Summit
DC Open Gov. Coalition and the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Thurs., March 14: Secrecy and Security: The Future of Classification Reform
The Brennan Center for Justice, Washington, D.C.

Thurs., March 14 and Fri., March 15: Cato XML
The Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.

Fri., March 15: Freedom of Information Day
First Amendment Center, Newseum, Washington, D.C.

Fri., March 15: The Right to Photograph and Record in Public
Shoot Off Visual Media Workshop, Arlington, VA

Mon., March 18: Freedom of Information Day Celebration
Collaboration on Government Secrecy, American Univ. Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

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