Protester’s Guide for Thursday’s FOIA Rally
Protesters at Thursday’s rally:
Thank you so much for joining us in the fight for greater transparency in Massachusetts. The goal of the rally is gain momentum to get a good bill passed and let our elected officials know we’re serious.
To insure we get our message across and further the cause, please follow this guide during the rally:
STAY ON MESSAGE
– FIRM TIME FRAMES FOR PROVIDING RECORDS –- Delay is a form of denial.
– A STRAIGHTFORWARD, EFFECTIVE APPEALS PROCESS –- Real remedies without a legal maze.
– MANDATORY ATTORNEY FEES –- Most states require fee awards when officials violate the law.
– REDUCED FEES FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION -– Affordability = Access. No information tax. Access to our records is a baseline right in a democracy that ensures freedom of inquiry and the right to dissent.
TWEET, TWEET, TWEET
Take pictures and provide updates of the rally on social media. Please use the Hashtag: #MassTransparency.
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL
Your passion is encouraged but please be respectful during the rally. Remember, we are working with senators to create a better public records reform bill. Talk to your senator, engage in a discussion, but do not be confrontational.
SHARE YOUR HORROR STORIES
Don’t be afraid to take the microphone and tell your Massachusetts FOIA horror stories and grievances. Let’s let people know how personal this fight is.