What makes your participation important

It’s Your Government

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world … indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” – Margaret Meade.

No rights are more important than the rights of individuals. Among those rights are the basic rights of access to our government.  Government belongs to the governed. As citizens of the state of Tennessee we are guaranteed by state law that the public’s business will be conducted in public. However, city councils, county commissions, boards of education, utility districts and other governmental bodies in our communities often do not understand the importance of complete government transparency or simply disregard the public’s right to know.

In fact, members of the Tennessee General Assembly have even gone so far as to suggest that the state’s open meetings and open records legislation should be weakened, allowing for more secrecy in local government.

All citizens have a vested interest in open government. We believe the only way to protect rights of access in the longterm is to activate citizens, educate the public at-large, empower the electorate and serve notice on public officials that the citizens of each of our communities and the state of Tennessee demand absolute government transparency.

Government belongs to the governed.

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