Sunshine Week and Freedom Of Information Day

Sunshine Week and Freedom Of Information Day

Posted February 7th, 2013 by Anonymous

Mar 16 2017 - 12:00am
Sunshine Week on Access Humboldt


March 16th 5:30-7:00pm at Arcata Community Center - Civic Participation Fair with League of Women Voters

March 20th, 4:30-7:00pm Humboldt State University Library - Fishbowl - Forum on "Surveillance, Privacy and Free Speech" with Shahid Buttar of Electronic Frontier Foundation

March 21st 10:30am-12:30pm Access Humboldt's Community Media Center at Eureka High School - Workshop on Surveillance Self-Defense

For more information see the release and posters here:

Access Humboldt supports a healthy, sustainable information ecosystem for the North Coast, endorsing and implementing the conclusions and recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy (

Every March, Access Humboldt joins in Sunshine Week and Freedom of Information celebrations - sharing with Humboldt County California and our Redwood Coast community - encouraging individuals to participate in a just and open democracy.

Check our press release for 2017 events that include:
- Civic Participation Fair sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Thursday March 16th at Arcata Community Center
- Transparency and Privacy Roundtable at the Community Media Center on Monday March 20th from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Community Media Center in Eureka!
- Forum on Surveillance, Privacy and Free Speech at HSU Library on Monday March 20th from 4:40-7:00pm
- Privacy Workshop Tuesday March 21st from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Community Media Center in Eureka!

What is Sunshine Week?

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know. (from

What is The Freedom of Information Act?

Commonly known as the FOIA, was enacted by Congress in 1966 to give the American public greater access to the Federal Government's records. (from
Freedom of Information Day is celebrated on March 16, which is the birthday of 4th US President James Madison. Madison represented Virginia at the Constitutional Convention assembled at Philadelphia.

How does Access Humboldt participates?

Access Humboldt's Sunshine Week activities also include public forums and televised interview segments with local media leaders, government figures, educators, and other open government advocates. We also look for opportunities to offer special workshops pertaining to civic engagement.

Open Local Government Meetings
Regular local Government Meeting can be viewed on Access Humboldt channel 10 (on Suddenlink cable system). View government meeting schedule HERE
Watch the latest government meeting HERE

Previous years Activities

Sunshine Week Forum 2013: Future State of Local News

Sunshine Week Forum 2012: The Future of Broadcast News

Sunshine Week Message 2013: Caroline Titus

Sunshine Week Message 2013: Joe Orozco

Sunshine Week Message 2011: Carolyn Crinch

Watch Sunshine Week segments here

Read More About:

Sunshine Week:
Freedom of Information Act:
California Public Records Act:
US house of Representatives:
Find your representative:
Library of congress:
US Declaration of Independence:
Constitution of the United States:
US Bill of Rights:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
James Madison:
Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy at: