Using FOIA: A Workshop for Activism, Scholarship, and Publication

September 30, 2021

Freedom of Information Act laws legally grant “we the people” the right to review government’s records, but exercising it successfully isn’t always easy. What records can you get? How should you interrogate responses? Is there any hope if your request is rejected? Get a crash course in your right to know and leave ready to use public records to support your research and strengthen your advocacy work.

Cosponsored by the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Archives at NYU Special Collections.

Beryl Lipton is an investigative journalist with years of experience filing public records requests in all 50 states and under the federal Freedom of Information Law. Beryl’s work has focused on prison and policing transparency and technology, supporting or driving investigations by MuckRock, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Gannett New York network, among others. She regularly provides public records training to activists, journalists, and individuals interested in government accountability.

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives at NYU Special Collections documents the histories and on-going experiences of social movements, the Left, labor organizing, immigration and migration.