In recognition of Sunshine Week (March 11-17), a national initiative to promote open government, the New England First Amendment Coalition and Right to Know NH will present two New Hampshire panel discussions on the state’s freedom of information laws.
The discussions will focus on the New Hampshire Right to Know Law and feature several of the state’s leading experts on the First Amendment and government transparency. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.
The events will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday March 12 at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester; and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday March 15 at Littleton Regional Healthcare, Conference Rooms 1-3, 600 St. Johnsbury Road, Littleton. InDepthNH.org is co-sponsoring the Littleton program.
More details including event speakers can be found here.
Right to Know NH (RTKNH) is dedicated to raising awareness of your right to a government which is open, accessible, and accountable.
“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” – James Madison
“The right of freely examining public characters & measures, & of free communication thereon, is the only effectual guardian of every other right” – James Madison
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government” – Thomas Jefferson
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.
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.
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.”
The Union Leader reports that Right to Know NH is this year’s recipient of the Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award. The award will be presented on October 5, 2017 at the Palace Theater in Manchester, NH. The event will also feature attorney Gregory V. Sullivan who will receive the Quill & Ink Award and story-teller Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show. The event is a fundraiser for the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.
Established in 2013, Right to Know NH is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen coalition that works to make state, county and local government in New Hampshire more open and transparent. Group president David Saad and other members testify on public-access and right-to-know proposals in the Legislature and work to educate citizens and public officials about their rights and responsibilities under the Right to Know Law.
Sullivan, of Malloy & Sullivan LPC, is being honored for his “tenacious defense” of First Amendment rights, the school said, as well as his efforts to educate the public and aspiring journalists about their rights and responsibilities under the law.
Representatives from RTKNH will be attending and have a display table at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers Annual Picnic Saturday July 8th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This event will be held at the Sweeney Post #2 – American Legion at 251 Maple Street in Manchester, NH.
Featured Speaker: Hal Shurtleff of Camp Constitution
Emcee: Rich Girard from “Girard at Large” Radio Show – WLMW 90.7 FM
For more information on this event and to purchase tickets click here.
RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW EDUCATIONAL SESSION SCHEDULED FOR BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY – TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
The members of the Town of Durham’s boards, committees, commissions, Town Council, and Library Board of Trustees serve as members of public boards and are therefore responsible to act in accordance with the Right-to-Know law in the State of New Hampshire. The Preamble of the Right-to-Know law reads:
Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people.
In order to ensure that the members of Durham’s public boards are given the resources they need to act in accord with RSA 91-A, a Right-to-Know law educational session has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Durham Town Hall Town Council chambers.
Attorney Laura Spector Morgan from The Mitchell Group will be present to provide an overview of the Right-to-Know law and to answer any questions that board members may have.
The general public are invited and encouraged to attend the session, or to view it on Durham Community Access Television (Channel 22).
For more information contact:
Todd I. Selig, Administrator
Town of Durham, NH
8 Newmarket Rd., Durham, NH 03824
Last week citizens across the country and New Hampshire took part in Sunshine Week by celebrating their rights to an open government.
Sunshine Week has ended but enthusiasm for a more open and transparent government continues.
During Sunshine Week, Right to Know NH (RTKNH) participated in the following events and radio broadcasts:
Training and panel discussion on the Right-to-Know Law organized by the New England First Amendment Coalition and hosted by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and held in Manchester.
NH public radio: N.H. Needs Independent Arbiter To Hear Complaints
Girard at-Large: David Saad on Right to Know NH
RTKNH looks forward to taking part in Sunshine Week again next year and encourages all members of the public who are interested in open government to attend future sunshine week events. In the meantime, join RTKNH and help us advocate for a more open and transparent government.
Our right to know what our government is doing lasts only as long as our vigilance to insist on it. For RTKNH every week is Sunshine week. Let the sun shine!
Join us Tonight, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a public event at the Hunt Memorial Building at 6 Main St. in Nashua where experts on the state’s public records law will detail how to get them using the state’s right-to-know law, RSA 91-A.
If you are experiencing difficulty getting public records, RTKNH members will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss your case one-on-one with you. Just show up with your questions.
At 7 p.m., David Saad, president of Right to Know NH will present an easy-to-understand guide to help you know how to obtain public records and exercise your right to know.
Then, First Amendment Attorney Rick Gagliuso will share his experiences fighting for public records for a variety of news outlets since the 1980s. A panel of news reporters, editors and citizens, including Chris Garofolo from the Telegraph of Nashua, and Nancy West from InDepthNH.org, will also be on hand.
Find more details here.
The event is free and sponsored by The Telegraph of Nashua, InDepthNH.org and the New England First Amendment Coalition.