RTKNH receives First Amendment Award

We couldn’t be more proud.  On Thursday night, October 5, 2017, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications awarded Right to Know NH its First Amendment Award. The award is given annually by the school to those who have “gone above and beyond to uphold” First Amendment Freedoms.

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RTKNH, including founding members and officers Harriet Cady, David Saad and David Taylor were honored at a gala at the Palace Theatre in Manchester for its work in advancing the public’s right to know in New Hampshire.

A 5 minute video about RTKNH was shown at the award ceremony followed by a speech by David Saad,  RTKNH president.

The keynote speaker was Garrison Keillor, creator and star of “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, who spoke of everyday threats to our First Amendment rights, not least of which is our own indifference and reluctance to act.

Since it began in 2013, Right to Know NH has been devoted to strengthening the Right to Know law in New Hampshire.  Through legislative action, education outreach and mentoring citizens in obtaining public information, the grass roots organization has grown to become a notable advocate for open government in the state.

We are honored to be recognized by the Nackey S. Loeb School and are delighted that attorney and First Amendment specialist, Greg Sullivan, was also recognized with the school’s Pen and Quill award.

The Nackey  S. Loeb School of Communications’ mission is to “promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and communication.”

Articles by the Union Leader and Concord Monitor provide more information.

 

RTKNH meeting Saturday 11/16 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in Concord, NH at 8 North Main Street in the office of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.   We will discuss Right-to-Know bills submitted for this legislative session.

The public is welcome to join us.

NEFAC Seeks Nominations for Annual Citizenship Award

The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for its 2020 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award.

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The award is given to an individual from one of the six New England states who has fought for information crucial to the public’s understanding of its community or what its government is doing — or not doing — on its behalf. The candidate should have shown tenacity or bravery in the face of difficulty while obtaining information that the public has a right to know.

Nomination materials can be found here. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2020.

The award will be presented at NEFAC’s 10th annual New England First Amendment Awards luncheon from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on February 7 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street in Boston. The awards luncheon is part of the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s winter convention.

The following RTKNH members are past recipients of the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award:

  • 2019 David Saad | Saad co-founded Right to Know NH as a nonpartisan citizen coalition working to improve transparency of New Hampshire state, county, and local governments.
  • 2017 Donna Green | Green won a public records battle in the New Hampshire Supreme Court which required the distribution of public, non-confidential information in commonly used electronic formats when available.
  • 2015 Harriet Cady | Cady is a long-time open government activist, frequently speaking on freedom of information concerns, and a co-founder of Right to Know NH.

 

 

 

RTKNH meeting Saturday 10/19 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in Concord, NH at 8 North Main Street in the office of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.   We will discuss Right-to-Know bills submitted for this legislative session.

The public is welcome to join us.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 9/21 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in Concord, NH at 8 North Main Street in the office of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.   We will discuss proposed Right-to-Know bills for the upcoming legislative session.

The public is welcome to join us.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 8/24 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in Concord, NH at 8 North Main Street in the office of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.   We will discuss proposed Right-to-Know bills for the upcoming legislative session.

The public is welcome to join us.