While a week of sunshine is mostly just wishful thinking this time of year, we are happy to make your wish a reality by participating in the national Sunshine Week celebration from March 15-21 (even if these rays of sunshine are metaphorically casting glorious light onto government information). This year, Sunlight is partnering with EFF and MuckRock to bring the glitz and glamour of an award ceremony to the most extraordinary and egregious responses to FOIA requests, which we’ve dubbed the Foilies!
The Sunshine Week Happy Hour “red-carpet” event will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 5-7pm at the aptly named Lost and Found. You can rsvp for the event here. We will be announcing winners of the Foilies in the following categories: “Absurdly Over-Redacted Documents” and “Extraordinarily Long Wait for Records,” just to name a few.
If you want to be considered for the Foilies, you can send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FOILIES 2015 NOMINATION” in the subject line by Feb. 20. You can nominate multiple entries in a single email, just make sure to enumerate the nominations so we can easily separate them. For more information on the submission process, check out this post. And if you are a MuckRock FOIA filer, you can expedite your nomination process by submitting through this form (see below).
We look forward to seeing you at the Sunshine Week Happy Hour but in the meantime dig through your FOIAs and get nominating. Also, check out the Sunshine Week calendar to see other events happening in your area.