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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Celebrating Freedom

Today is...

National Freedom of Information Day

Happy Birthday, James Madison--born March 16, 1751! If that name doesn't ring a bell, what about the phrase We the People? Madison is widely regarded as the father of the Constitution of the United States. The author of the Bill of Rights. Now, that bell surely is ringing loud and clear!

James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. Freedom of information and individual rights were important to Madison so it is fitting for his birthday to be celebrated as Freedom of Information Day. He was noted as being a strong advocate for openness in government.  In 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed into law and signed by President Lyndon Johnson. FOIA is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government

Freedom of Information Day is an annual event dedicated to raise the profile of the principles of openness and transparency in civil administration. It is a day marked by conferences and conventions that explore and debate the subject of Freedom of Information (known as FOI). This is regarded as an important discussion area by the legal community, the press, policy makers, and public interest groups.

The issues around FOI have changed considerably since the era of James Madison, and in contemporary politics new questions are being asked about what data national agencies holds on its citizens, how this data is obtained and how it is being used. As a subject of political debate, FOI has never been more topical.
On Freedom of Information Day, March 16, the American Library Association urges libraries and librarians across America to join in celebrating the public's "right to know" by sponsoring activities to educate their communities about the importance of promoting and protecting freedom of information

Americans come to libraries to find census and other statistics to help them plan new businesses and marketing strategies, to research environmental issues and hazards, to study major social and governmental policy issues, and to research the laws and regulations applicable to an issue or problem.  So today celebrate Freedom of Information by educating yourself on your rights to government information. It's your government.

This is America! This is Freedom!