Founded in 1990, FOI Oklahoma is a statewide organization actively supporting those organizations and individuals working to open records or provide access to meetings illegally closed.
When individuals or organizations in Oklahoma believe that their First Amendment or access rights are threatened, they turn to FOI Oklahoma for help. The organization contacts those who are limiting freedom of access to encourage them to comply with the laws.
The organization led the way in the state and nation in seeking sealed records in the federal court case resulting from the April 19 bombing of the Oklahoma City Alfred P. Murrah Building that killed 168 people and injured more than 500.
Working with Oklahoma City attorneys and nine state news organizations, FOI Oklahoma filed court action to obtain sealed records and demanded filings be properly recorded on the docket.
FOI Oklahoma doesn’t just believe in the right of access: it acts to help guarantee that right.
FOI Oklahoma achieves its goal of education through workshops for educators, students, government officials, attorneys and the general public.
The organization leads the nation in training educators to teach the First Amendment in Oklahoma classrooms.
It has trained more than 2,000 teachers on Education for Freedom curriculum materials developed by the First Amendment Congress. The workshops are approved by the state Department of Education for continuing education credit.
Educational programs include workshops on open meetings and open records in communities across the state. FOI members are available to attend public meetings to help citizens with openness questions.
Working together, concerned individuals representing all segments of the public accomplish much through their involvement in FOI Oklahoma Inc.
The organization’s Board of Directors consists of 33 members and 13 advisory board members who are attorneys, educators, journalists, state and elected officials, librarians and private citizens.