Friday, March 16 — Sunshine in Your Pocket
As part of National Sunshine Week, CPW is joining the Colorado Freedom of Informational Coalition as they present a morning of workshops on open meetings and open records laws for citizens and journalists. Honored at lunch that day will be Ruth Anna, past president of CPW and NFPW, who is being recognized with CFOIC’s first award for citizen activism in pursuit of government transparency. Following the luncheon is a “reverse press conference” at which the public can ask questions of journalists.
CFOIC created a new award to recognize Ruth — the Ruth Anna Citizen Champion Award. The award is not intended to be bestowed on an annual basis, but will be reserved for individuals who, like Ruth, demonstrate extraordinary and outstanding acts to improve government transparency at the local or state level. Like CFOIC’s Jean Otto and Sue O’Brien awards, this award will carry Ruth’s name in perpetuity. Ruth was appointed to represent CPW on the coalition board and served as CFOIC’s treasurer for 21 years. She also supported the First Amendment by serving on the Jefferson County Libraries Board of Directors. She was recognized as CPW’s 2017 Communicator of Achievement.
The name “Sunshine in Your Pocket” comes from the idea that “journalists and other citizens will leave with tools to use CORA [the Colorado Open Records Act] and ensure government is open and accountable,” says Donna Bryson, CPW’s current representative on the coalition’s board. Workshops will also cover the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, Colorado Open Meetings Law and court access. Speakers include Jeff Roberts, CFOIC Executive Director and a former Denver Post editor, attorney Steve Zansberg, CFOIC President, and records custodians.
Eli Stokols, MSNBC political analyst based in Washington, D.C. will be the featured speaker over lunch. Also recognized at lunch will be State Sen. John Kefalas, who will receive the Sue O’Brien Award for his work on open records legislation. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., a “reverse press conference” is planned, during which members of the public – and perhaps some lawmakers – can ask questions of journalists.
The event will be held at Denver Consistory, 1370 Grant St., downtown Denver. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Prices range from $30 (luncheon only) to $60 (full day), with a discount for those traveling from outside the metro Denver area. Click here to register.
[Correction made to change name of Ruth’s award and her length of service as CFOIC Treasurer.]
August in Grand Junction
Pencil in a social trip to visit Ruth Anna in Grand Junction the last weekend of August. We expect the outing to feature ripe peaches…and probably grapes, the fermented kind.
Ongoing CPW Events
The CPW Writers Group welcomes new members interested in stretching into creative writing, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry or scripts. We meet at 10 a.m . on the second Saturday of the month. For details, contact Mart Kelle, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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