Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Public Records, and Activists

Opportunity Overview

July 2, 2020; 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm PDT

This is a virtual event.

Per the Civil Liberties Defense Center:

Since FOIA was enacted in 1966, it has served as a valuable tool for journalists, activists, academics, and curious members of the public to learn about the inner workings of the U.S. government. However, in many activist milieus it is still an underutilized means of discovering information that could be helpful to a particular cause or movement.

In the past, revelations from FOIA disclosures have allowed activists and organizations to better understand threats and tactics of government repression, expose government corruption and constitutional violations, and map increasingly cozy relationships between the federal government and corporate industry.

Making a FOIA request is relatively simple. In fact, most people and organizations make these initial requests online, and without the assistance of an attorney. Our training will inform you about how to navigate the FOIA process and offer important tips to increase your likelihood of getting the information you’re looking for.


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