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NEFAC Provides Opening Remarks at Annual R.I. Open Government Summit

Coalition Emphasizes Need for Transparency and Reminds Officials ‘These Are the People’s Records’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently helped commence the 22nd annual Open Government Summit in Rhode Island, stressing the need for transparency within all levels of government. The July 31 summit […]

NEFAC Urges Stronger Transparency Requirements in Conn. Police Legislation

Coalition Testimony Outlines Measures Needed to Improve Accountability and Public Oversight FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition sent a letter to Connecticut lawmakers today recommending specific transparency requirements that should be included in recently proposed police accountability legislation. “With those in Connecticut now discussing how […]

Applications for 10th Annual New England First Amendment Institute Now Available

Exclusive Investigative Reporting Program to Be Offered Online to 25 Journalists; Deadline August 15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will be hosting its 10th annual New England First Amendment Institute as a multi-day online program this fall. The institute is typically offered over three […]

NEFAC Strengthens Advocacy with New England Law | Boston Summer Fellow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce Tierney Gilmore, a student at New England Law | Boston, as a summer fellow. Gilmore, a rising second-year law student, will be assisting in a variety of projects and initiatives, including efforts to increase transparency […]

NEFAC Demands More Transparency Among Police in Vermont, Outlines Ways to Increase Public Oversight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition sent a letter today to Vermont representatives demanding more transparency within law enforcement agencies and describing changes that could be made to improve public oversight. “During the last several weeks, the issue of police brutality has risen in our […]

NEFAC, FOI Groups Call for More Transparency Within Law Enforcement Following Death of George Floyd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition joined a coalition of transparency advocates across the country today to publicize the need for more access to law enforcement records. “More public oversight leads to better policing, which leads to better public safety and stronger communities,” according to […]

NEFAC Releases Guide on Political Protests, Primer on First Amendment Right to Assembly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org With protests against racism and police brutality occurring throughout the country, the New England First Amendment Coalition released today a guide on political protests. The guide is intended to educate the public about the First Amendment right to assembly and the protections given to journalists […]

NEFAC Calls for Vermont Victim Compensation Board Hearings to Remain Open to Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition testified today in support of continued public access to Victim Compensation Board hearings in Vermont. The board decides who receives financial assistance from the state to help with losses resulting from certain crimes. House Bill 558 would exempt the […]