National Freedom of Information Day is celebrated on the birth date of President James Madison, known as the father of the U.S. Constitution. Madison was a champion of openness in the U.S. government as well as individual rights. To that end, he was one of the main authors of the Bill of Rights, as the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution are known.
What can you do to celebrate?
- Learn how to separate fact from fiction in the news and stay informed by subscribing to a reputable news source either online or in print (hint: they have educated writers and fact checkers and everything!);
- Support your local library;
- Visit the Government Printing Office for resources and information; and
- Know who your representatives are and feel free to contact them with questions, concerns and support/opposition to specific legislation.
A democracy only works as it should when we all stay informed and take part.
May we all be free,