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.