Today in 1974: Both Houses of Congress voted to override President Gerald Ford’s veto of updates to the Freedom of Information Act. Originally passed in 1966, it required federal agencies to release information upon request to citizens and journalists.
The amendments put an end to governmental resistance to compliance, including excessive fees, bureaucratic delays, and the need to sometimes resort to expensive litigation to force the government to share copies of documents. Ford advisors Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Dick Cheney, and government lawyer Antonin Scalia advised him to veto it.
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Registration is now open for two classes at the School for Workers: “Dealing with Concession Demands” on December 1st, and “Labor History Through Film and Media” on December 8th. These one-day classes will be held at the Anderson United Way Center on Atwood Avenue. There is a cost for both classes. Unions, individuals and companies donate to the School for Workers to further labor education and scholarships are available. If you need a scholarship, please contact the School for Workers at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Scholarships” in the subject line. To register, or for more info, go to schoolforworkers.uwex.edu.
Tomorrow, Faith Community Church will present a free Thanksgiving Community Meal at noon. All are invited. This will be at 605 Spruce Street.
The YWCA Madison is dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing and shelter; education and training for finding, changing or maintaining a job; Racial and Restorative Justice programs to create a more inclusive community, and Girls Inc. to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. For more info on how you can help, please call YWCA Madison at 608-257-1436 or visit ywcamadison.org.