Update: Thanks for everyone who joined us for this call! For those of us who were unable to make it (or enjoyed the call so much they’d like to hear it again) a recording can be found here.
Want to find out what weapons your local police have amassed? Curious to know what books are banned by your state’s prison? Want to bring light to what our intelligence agencies do in the dark?
These may seem like daunting tasks, but activists, journalists, researchers, and just curious individuals use the Freedom of Information Action and its state equivalents to uncover such information every day.
Right to Know, Freedom to Act: A FOIA Briefing for Activists, Citizen Journalists, and Other Troublemakers
January 16, 2017
8 pm – 9:30 pm eastern (5 – 7:30 pm Pacific)
Via Conference Call
This introductory briefing will cover the basic mechanics of filing a FOIA request, how journalists, activists, or just everyday citizens can use FOIA, and the current landscape for FOIA policy under the Trump administration.
This briefing will feature an all-star panel:
Ken Klippenstein, a national security reporter, who has frequently used FOIA in his work, including to obtain a list of items given to Donald Trump by Saudi Arabia during a state visit.
Beryl Lipton, Projects Manager and Senior Reporter at MuckRock, who uses FOIA to investigate our country’s inefficiencies and injustices, including issues of criminal justice, privatization, and foreign policy.
Jesse Franzblau of Open The Government, who uses FOIA to document U.S. national security policies and uncover human rights abuses.