NEFAC to Celebrate Sunshine Week with Local Presentations, Open Government Discussions

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will be participating in several presentations and discussions to honor Sunshine Week, a national celebration of the citizen’s right to know about government.

The goal of Sunshine Week — March 10-16 this year with related events occurring throughout the month — is to promote a 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.

All events are free and open to the public. Registration may be required.


Panel Discussion: New Hampshire Right to Know Law

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Nackey S. Loeb School
749 E. Industrial Park Drive
Manchester, N.H.

Speakers include:

HON. N. WILLIAM DELKER Associate Justice for the New Hampshire Superior Court | LISA ENGLISH Assistant N.H. Attorney General, Chief of the Civil Division | GILLES BISSONNETTE Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union, New Hampshire | STEVEN A. BOLTON Corporation Counsel, City of Nashua | MARK HAYWARD Investigative Reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader | GREGORY V. SULLIVAN (moderator) Board Member of NEFAC and the Nackey Loeb School, Corporate Counsel to the Union Leader Corp. | DAVID TAYLOR Vice President, Right to Know New Hampshire


MuckRock Presents: Transparency Science Fair

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
30 Newbury Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, Mass.

The transparency-themed science fair (think booths, interactive exhibits, prizes and swag) is free and open to the public.

Registration is required and can be completed here.

Also presenting are the ACLU of Massachusetts, Emerson Engagement Lab and the Boston Institute of Nonprofit Journalism, among others.


Learn from the Experts: How to Use Rhode Island’s Public Records and Open Meeting Laws

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chace Center, RISD Museum
20 North Main Street
Providence, R.I.

Registration is required and can be completed here.

Speakers include:

EDWARD FITZPATRICK (moderator) Former Reporter and Columnist for The Providence Journal | DAN MCGOWAN Digital Reporter for WPRI-Providence | AMANDA MILKOVITS Reporter for The Providence Journal | ETHAN SHOREY Editor at the Valley Breeze

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include the Hearst Connecticut Media Group, the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.