Get Your Sunglasses – It's Sunshine Week

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Today marks the beginning of Sunshine Week 2008!

It’s long been painfully clear that the Bush Administration does not believe in an open democratic government.  It has used one ruse after another to keep information from the public — from “national security” to “executive privilege” to plain old stonewalling.  That’s why this Sunshine Week we are joining print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and individuals interested in the public’s right to know, to call on the federal government to end its campaign of secrecy.

Some events you should check out include:

  • Tomorrow, March 18, Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley will address Freedom of Information and

    other open government issues during a Sunshine Week dinner event at The

    National Press Club.  Learn more.

  • This Wednesday, March 19, OpenTheGovernment.org, Public Citizen and others sponsor a free webcast from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT on excessive government secrecy. You can register to watch it here, or if you have a Facebook account, click here.
  • On Thursday, March 20, the Sunlight Foundation and Omidyar Network are hosting a webcast of Prof.

    Lawrence Lessig, who will introduce a plan called "Change

    Congress," designed to increase congressional transparency.

Check out other events happening in D.C. and states across the country.

Also, be sure to urge you members of Congress to support our agenda for a more open, transparent government.