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Campaign for The Bahamas to Push FOIA at Blackout March
By Organization for Responsible Governance
Nov 23, 2016 - 4:49:18 PM

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(Statement) The Campaign for the Bahamas is a rallying cry to fight for a positive and sustainable future for our country. Our mission is to unite Bahamians through positive change and the only way for that change to happen is if we stand together and ensure our collective voices are heard.

The Campaign for the Bahamas commends our partner OurCarmicheal in the nation-building work they are doing through their BlackOut March scheduled on Friday November 25th, 2016. Peaceful demonstrations are democracy at work, and the engagement of diverse voices from all sectors – the citizenship, civil society, private and public sector – is crucial to creating a free democracy that upholds the rights and happiness of all.

Foremost on their list of concerns, the organizers of the Blackout have requested the immediate tabling of the revised Freedom of Information Bill. The passage of a robust Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is essential to empower Bahamians and keep the government honest, and it is one of the Campaign for the Bahamas’ most pressing objectives. OurCarmicheal has been a steadfast partner in the movement to pass a strong FOIA by the end of year, joining with The Campaign and 17 other groups to recommend ways to make the bill free and fair.

At the Blackout March we will stand with our partner to again call on our representatives and leaders to make FOIA a priority. We will be hosting a booth at Rawson Square where participants can sign a petition to advance The Freedom of Information Act and/or send letters to their MPs to demand change. We will also be lending assistance in manning the voter’s registration booth.

There are so many ways to get your voice and the issues that matter heard. As a non-partisan, apolitical organization we support all peaceful avenues to bring power to the people. Whether you vote, pressure your MP, or demonstrate, we invite all our supporters, all Bahamians, and all persons passionate about the future of this country to be a part of the movement to stand up for positive, sustainable change. Let’s show them why #WeMarch.

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