On May 2, representatives of RTKNH met with a group of international visitors from a number of North and South American countries interested in learning about Transparency and Accountability in NH Government. The meeting was organized by the World Affairs Council of NH International Visitor Professional Development Leadership Exchange Program through the US Department of State. The International Visitor Professional Development Leadership Exchange Program helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States.
The meeting focus was on advocacy and coalition-building to garner support for strengthening open government laws, what successes RTKNH has had, and the obstacles RTKNH has faced – including efforts to implement an Ombudsman and the Citizens’ Right to Know Appeals Commission.
On Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7 PM, Right to Know NH President David Saad will present a Right to Know training event at the Gilsum Public Library in Gilsum NH. A Powerpoint presentation covering an overview of the Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A) will be followed by a question and answer session. Officials from area towns as well as all interested citizens are encouraged to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be provided. The Gilsum Public Library is located at 650 Rte 10 in Gilsum. RSVP is encouraged for seating but not required by emailing Vicki Ayer at email@example.com
Recently, RTKNH conducted a Right-to-Know training session for public officials and residents from Goshen, Acworth, and Newport.
The training covered the Right-to-Know Law (RSA 91-A) including several recent updates to the law.
RTKNH is available to provide our presentation on the Right-to-Know Law. To schedule our training presentation for your organization or citizen’s group, please contact us by clicking ‘Send us a message’ on the right side of this page.
Robert Azzi to be honored at First Amendment Event
MANCHESTER – An Arab-American who crisscrosses New Hampshire to promote civility and public awareness about Muslims will be honored at the 2018 Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications’ First Amendment Awards event.
Robert Azzi of Exeter will be recognized at the 16th annual event on Nov. 15 at the Palace Theatre.
The featured speaker – a week after the important mid-term elections — will be Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former, and potentially future, presidential hopeful.
Azzi is a photo journalist, columnist, public speaker, education consultant and world traveler whose columns appear in many New Hampshire publications. He also has presented his program, “Ask a Muslim Anything,” at more than 50 public events and forums around the state, where he works to encourage tolerance, understanding and interfaith discussion.
“I want to open up new perspectives for my audiences, especially for those who don’t often agree with me, and expose them to points of view I believe are important and which they might not have previously considered,” he says.
The First Amendment Award judges said they admired Azzi’s courage and his “vocal, forthright and honest” presentations about what it’s like being Muslim in post-911 America.
Azzi was chosen from nominees submitted by the public.
The First Amendment Awards Event is the only fundraiser for the nonprofit school, which was founded in 1999 by Nackey S. Loeb, the late president and publisher of the Union Leader and Sunday News. Its free classes and low-cost workshops attract students from middle-schoolers to retirees. Instructors from media outlets and businesses around the state teach topics such as the First Amendment, journalism, photography, broadcasting, audio and video production, social media and public speaking.
Tickets for the First Amendment Event are available at www.palacetheatre.org or the Box Office at 603-668-5588.
Past recipients of the First Amendment Award are: former state Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, former Keene Sentinel Executive Editor Thomas Kearney, The Laconia Citizen, former legislator Daniel Hughes, former Dover City Councilor David Scott, Londonderry High School Journalism Adviser Mary Lukas, First Amendment attorney William Chapman, ConVal School Board member Gail Pierson Cromwell, The Portsmouth Herald, David Lang and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, The Telegraph of Nashua, slain journalist James Foley, former Portsmouth Police Officer John Connors, citizen activists Donna Green and the late David Pearl and Right to Know NH.
Previous recipients John Howe and Mary Lukas are First Amendment Award judges, along with retired New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Richard Galway, retired Foster’s Daily Democrat Editor Rod Doherty and First Amendment attorney Gregory Sullivan.
Led by Presenting Sponsor People’s United Bank, the growing list of
2018 First Amendment Event sponsors and supporters includes: EverSource Energy, The Brodsky Prize, AutoFair, AT&T, Brady Sullivan Properties, McLane Middleton, The Common Man Family of Restaurants and U.S. Trust.
Other sponsors are: Consolidated Communications; Elliot Health System; Joseph and Signe McQuaid, Silvertech; BAE; Citizens Bank, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Fidelity Investments, Daniel and Carol Hughes, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services University; Merchants Automotive Group; Amoskeag Beverages; Anagnost Investments; Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Bellwether Community Credit Union; Joyce and Daniel Levesque; Sean and Kirsten Mahoney; NH Beverage Association; NH Healthy Families; Northeast Delta Dental; St. Mary’s Bank; Union Leader Corp.; AARP; Bernstein Shur Group; Business and Industry Association; Douglas, Leonard & Garvey; New Hampshire College and University Council; Howe, Riley and Howe; Keystone Press.
Media partners are the New Hampshire Union Leader, WMUR-TV and WGIR.
For other information about the event, visit http://www.loebschool.org or call 603 627-0005.
On Wednesday, September 26, at 7PM, Right to Know NH President David Saad will present a Right to Know training event at the Goshen Town Hall in Goshen NH. A Powerpoint presentation covering an overview of the Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A) will be followed by a question and answer session. Officials from area towns as well as all interested citizens are encouraged to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be provided. The Goshen Town Hall is located at 54 Mill Village Rd. North (Rt. 10) in Goshen. The Goshen Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is sponsoring the event. Please RSVP by emailing Ray Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”