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Holding government and other powerful institutions accountable for their actions
The approach to overcoming these trends will mainly consist of:
These rights are complementary. Open meetings and public records laws keep information about civic issues freely available. Protections for journalists, activists, whistleblowers and others striving to keep the community armed with the facts and their implications complete the circle of law that it takes to keep Californians aware.
After all, ready access to government meetings and files means little if no one dares report or comment on what they learn. And people willing to take a stand and speak out are easily disabled and discredited if the facts and discussions that advance government and other powerful institutions are sealed away from their discovery.
Still others are privately owned sectors opened by tradition or law to some civic discourse: newspaper editorial pages, radio talk shows and certain large shopping malls where patrons are encouraged to congregate without having to buy. The most dynamic public forum is the newest — in some spaces private but in many others welcoming news, views and discussion — the Internet.
We offer resources to fight them, without partisanship or ideology. Our only agenda is to allow others’ agendas, however tentative or unpopular at the moment, to be offered and debated for whatever support they may attract. The task has three levels:
Specifically, we can help if you are, for example: