Monday, January 12, 2015

New England First Amendment Coalition seeking nominations for citizenship award

The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for the 2015 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award.

"The award is given to an individual from one of the six New England states who has fought for information crucial to the public’s understanding of its community or what its government is doing – or not doing – on its behalf. The candidate should have shown tenacity or bravery in the face of difficulty while obtaining information that the public has a right to know," according to a web release.

“We are looking for private citizens who have experienced difficulty accessing information important to their communities,” Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director said, also in the release. “We want to recognize those individuals who act as public watchdogs not because they are obligated to, but because they have a personal desire to educate themselves and others, and to hold their elected leaders accountable.”

The award will be presented at NEFAC’s annual First Amendment Luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane in Boston, Mass., the release said.

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