EventsThe Freedom of Information Act & Liberating Data from the Government

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The Freedom of Information Act & Liberating Data from the Government

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Harold Washington Library Center


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is meant to be a way to provide public access to government documents and records, but there are many caveats. Learn about why you should file FOIA requests, how to conduct preliminary research, how to file your first FOIA, how to craft better FOIA requests, some common reasons for denial, pitfalls, how to appeal, and ways to push back to reassert our right to government records and documents.  Let's begin to answer these questions together, led by Lucy Parsons Lab.

How to Attend

This event takes place in person. Masks are strongly encouraged in all CPL locations. Questions about visiting the library? Check out our Using the Library FAQs.

Need sign language interpretation or other accessibility assistance for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184 or email to request accommodations. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

This event is part of the 2022 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the theme Freedom To Read and the book Maus by Art Spiegelman. 

One Book, One Chicago
Suitable for:
Adults: 18 and up
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