January Town Hall Planned for Early Sunshine Week Talks

In mid-January OpenTheGovernment.org will be hosting a community "town hall" to help groups share their early plans for Sunshine Week 2014 (March 16 – 22). As you likely know, Sunshine Week, which is centered around James Madison's birthday, is a national initiative to promote public understanding of open government issues. The initiative is co-coordinated by our friends at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors.

During the week several organizations across the country, including us, host events, launch reports and campaigns, and host other awareness-building activities. Unfortunately in years past, some of these activities have ended up competing against rather than complementing each other. The town hall will give members of the community an opportunity to talk about their plans and discuss how we can get the most out of the week.

We plan to host similar town halls once every three months to give members of the community the opportunity to promote up-coming reports, recruit new project partners, find new allies, etc. The meetings will be held in the POGO Conference Room and we will use conferencing technology to help people located outside the DC area participate. Call in options will also be available.

Have any questions about the Sunshine Week town hall, or the town halls in general? Email Amy Bennett at abennett@openthegovernment.org.

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