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Founded in 1962, the Civic League For New Castle County is an organization comprised of community civic associations, umbrella civic groups, good government groups, businesses, and interested individuals. The League provides a forum for education about, discussion of, and action on issues relating to the impact of government on the quality of life in New Castle County

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Politics of Free Speech: FOIA & Open Government in Delaware Panel Discussion In Lieu Of The CLNCC March Meeting


March Newsletter HERE

The Civic League for New Castle County March monthly meeting is joined tonight with the

 Delaware Press Association and Delaware Coalition for Open Government 

The Politics of Free Speech: FOIA and Open Government in Delaware? 

During Sunshine Week each year we focus on the fight for open government. This fight is not easy; it has gone on for more than a thousand years. But unless citizens remain vigilant and are willing to take a stand for their "right to know," it all too easily can come to an end.

Join members of the Delaware Press Association and the Delaware Coalition for Open Government at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, to hear our distinguished panelists discuss the politics of open government, free speech, and government accountability in Delaware.

Welcome: DPA President, Mark Fowser

Opening Remarks: DelCOG President, John Flaherty


Chris Carl, Director of News and Programming, WDEL 1150-AM

The Hon. Greg Lavelle, Delaware State Senator and Minority Whip (R-Sharpley)
The Hon. John Kowalko, Delaware State Representative (D-Newark South)
Jason Staib, Deputy Attorney General, State of Delaware
Jon Starkey, Government and Politics Reporter, The News Journal
Patrick Sweet, Data Journalist, The News Journal (on Tumblr at patmsweet.com)

In this public conversation about exercising our "right to know" – a cornerstone of democracy – the panelists will explore topics such as:  
  • What is the state of open government in Delaware?
  • How well does the Freedom of Information Act work in the First State?
  • What tools do we need to effectively fight for government accountability and for better protection for working journalists? 
We like to say that we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. What are the consequences of having a government that is not open to the people?

RSVP closed March 16
Widener University School of Law
Ruby Vale Moot Court Room
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE