Promote the importance of open government and people's right to know.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative that encourages people to better understand the importance of people's right to know what their government is doing, and why.

Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

By targeting this annual effort to a week in mid-March, we're able to bring together in a critical mass members of the print, broadcast and online news media, as well as civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know.

Sunshine Week is led by the American Society of News Editors, but its scope goes well beyond journalism. The focus truly is on the importance of this issue to democracy and its people.

Sunshine Week is a non-partisan initiative whose supporters are conservative, liberal and everything in between.

1. The public's right to know what its government is doing is essential to democracy.

2. Access to information can empower individuals and improve communities.

3. The right to know is for everyone, not just journalists.