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Sunshine Week 2009: Your Right to Know

March 15th - 21, 2009

Sunshine Week is about your right to know what the government is doing on your behalf. As an official sponsor, Public Citizen is joining this national effort to create more openness and empower citizens to play an active role in all levels of government.

We recently sponsored a panel discussion on the exciting opportunity to shine more light on the government than ever, and the challenges that still must be overcome. Our discussion was broadcast from Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 20th, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EDT.  We've posted a recorded version of the webcast below.

We need Sunshine laws to protect our right to access government information. When government operates behind closed doors, policies are made to suit the interests with special access, not the American public. It’s our tax dollars, and it’s time we had a say in how they’re spent. Learn how we can turn the lights on in Washington!

Participants include: print, broadcast and online news media, technology experts, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know.