Freedom of Information Day 2012 at the New York Public Library, March 15

Speaker:  Robert Weissman

Date:  Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Time:  10:30am-12:00pm

Location:  Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of The New York Public Library (188 Madison Ave., at 34th Street).

Event Description:

This year’s guest speaker is Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization which advocates for citizens’ interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. He will discuss the value of public access to information to enable citizens to make truly informed decisions about how government should work for them, with a focus on the activities of Public Citizen and similar organizations involved this area.

Recognized by a Congressional Joint Resolution in 1989, Freedom of Information Day at SIBL is held annually on or close to March 16, the birthday of James Madison, fourth President of the United States and primary architect of the Bill of Rights. Our observance underscores the importance of freedom of the press, speech, information, and the public’s right to know.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Robert Weissman is an expert on economic, health care, trade and globalization, intellectual property and regulatory policy, and issues related to financial accountability and corporate responsibility. He has written extensively on corporate accountability, access to medicines, corporate influence over the political process, the World Trade Organization and regulation of the financial markets. He has worked to lower pharmacy prices for AIDS victims and others in the developing world. His top priorities include climate change, health care reform, financial regulation and campaign finance reform.

Mr. Weissman has appeared on CBS, CNN, PBS, CNBC, NPR and Marketplace Radio, and has been published and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, The Financial Times, the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time Magazine.

Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since its founding in 1971, it has delved into an array of areas, but its work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization that does not participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office.

For four decades, Public Citizen has proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. It has successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries, and many others.  Currently it has five policy groups: the Congress Watch division, the Energy Program, Global Trade Watch, the Health Research Group and a Litigation Group.

More information about Public Citizen can be found on its website: www.citizen.org.

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