First Amendment Foundation

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The First Amendment Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to protect and advance the public's constitutional right to open government by providing education and training, legal aid and information services.

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Join us live on June 15th from 2 pm to 4 pm as we celebrate champions of free speech, transparency, and open government. If you can't attend in person, you can still be part of this inspiring event by tuning into our live stream on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Enjoy an afternoon of connection and celebration over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as we honor those who stand on the frontlines of ensuring our rights are defended and revered.

Honoring Champions of Transparency and Free Speech:
The Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting: Named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, this award is bestowed upon a Florida journalist whose exemplary use of public records strengthens the public interest by exposing corruption and government conflicts.

The Pete Weitzel/Friend of the First Amendment Award: In honor of our Foundation's founder, we celebrate an individual—journalist, official, or citizen—who has made significant contributions to fostering the principles outlined in our Bill of Rights and Florida’s constitution.

The James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award: Paying tribute to Justice Adkins' legacy, this accolade is reserved for those remarkable efforts that have profoundly advanced open government and free speech through legal avenues.

In a time when the defense of our freedoms has never been under greater threat, the First Amendment Foundation serves as a bastion of nonpartisanship to unite all Floridians in common cause.

Please, join us! Not only to applaud the achievements of our honorees but to engage with fellow attendees who are passionate about making a difference in our society. Come, be a part of this essential dialogue, and help us continue to illuminate the path toward open government and free expression.

You can also show your support by making a donation in honor of our award winners. Your contribution will help us continue our vital work defending the First Amendment and promoting transparency and accountability in government.

Tune in virtually and be part of this significant celebration!


Didn't get your tickets to the First Amendment Foundation Awards in time? You're in luck! The First Amendment Foundation Awards will be livestreamed this Saturday from 2-4 PM. Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate free speech and transparency in Florida:


Read FAF Executive Director Bobby Block's entire piece about the hidden heroes of the First Amendment in Florida.

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Are you passionate about the freedom to read and access information? Discover how you can become a champion for transparency with our latest release: Banned Books: A Florida Citizen’s Guide to Legal Rights and Pushback. 📚✨

Dive into this essential guide and learn how you can advocate for freedom and transparency in your community.

Join us on June 15th at the First Amendment Foundation Awards! Let’s come together to celebrate academic freedom, free speech, and our right to access information. Be part of the conversation and make a difference!

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The 2024 Pete Weitzel Friend of the First Amendment Foundation Award winners are William "Bill" Bunkley, known for The Bill Bunkley Show, and Stephana Ferrell with the Florida Freedom to Read Project.

On June 15th, help us celebrate and honor these outstanding champions for their unwavering commitment to the protection of free expression, civic engagement, and government transparency in Florida.


Can't make it to the First Amendment Foundation Awards on June 15th, but still want access to important 1A Defender materials? Visit our online bookstore for access to resources like the Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual today!


Whether you're a passionate advocate, a business eager to make a difference, or a curious newcomer, there's a place for you at the First Amendment Foundation Awards!

Thank you to our sponsors for their dedication to this cause which fuels our passion and inspires us to push boundaries in pursuing a more transparent and just society. We could not do it without you!


We're here to help ensure your rights are protected!

Since the start of 2024, we've received over 100 hotline inquiries. Approximately 80% of these are from regular citizens and advocates seeking public records and sunshine advice.

If you need assistance with First Amendment or open government issues—whether it's public records, the right to speak at a public meeting, or any other matter related to your civic freedoms—please contact us by phone or email.


The 2023-2024 James C. Adkins Sunshine Litigation Award winner is James "Jim" Lake of Thomas & LoCicero PL! Lake’s efforts were paramount in the fight against bills that would lower the bar for politicians to be able to sue their critics for defamation. Join us on June 15 to celebrate Lake’s contributions to protecting First Amendment rights in FL.


When we're informed, we're empowered!

Sign up to receive outreach emails with FAF to stay current on our issues, advocacy efforts, and upcoming events, such as our award ceremony on June 15 where we'll celebrate the enduring strength of open government in FL.



Come be a part of the tradition that celebrates and honors those individuals who have fought to defend Florida's commitment to free speech, free press, and open government.

First Amendment Foundation Awards
June 15
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
FSU Law School Rotunda, 308 MLK Boulevard South, Tallahassee, FL 32301


For nearly four decades, the First Amendment Foundation has worked with the Florida Legislature to promote proposed laws that would benefit open government and free expression, while pushing back against those that infringed on our rights. This year is no different.

View our 2024 Legislative Action Folder - - to find out which bills we're supporting, which we're opposing, and instructions on how to contact your legislators.

And be sure to check out the Digital Democracy Project, an online platform FAF has partnered with, where citizens can voice their opinions to state lawmakers by voting on pending legislation!


Friends of the First Amendment...

Empowering individuals to stand up for their rights is at the core of our mission, and your support is crucial to it. Every dollar you contribute to the First Amendment Foundation is an investment in your rights as an American and a Floridian.

Warm regards and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, and a prosperous, healthy New Year!

Photos from Foundation 451's post 12/18/2023
Banned Books Guide 12/18/2023

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"When a government or other institution reduces access to information and replaces it with only what it wants you to know, that is indoctrination." -Adam Tritt, co-founder of Foundation 451

Read the First Amendment Foundation's Banned Book Guide to learn how to fight back when books are challenged and removed from libraries in your district here:


Darkness and censorship stalk our communities. Too many people in power want to take away what others want to say or hear...

Support FAF today:


Floridians’ once vibrant discourse is now dominated by censorship, strangling open inquiry and stifling debate both online and within our communities. Support FAF today and be a catalyst for change.


Tomorrow the Board of Governors will meet to vote on the drafted prohibited expenditures by public institutions of higher education (

This draft proposes a prohibition of the use of funds to support any organizations (including academic groups, student organizations, and employee programs) that are based on race, color, s*x, national origin, gender identity, or s*xual orientation. Additionally, no organizations may promote or engage in political or social activism of any kind.

These proposed rules have the potential to affect ALL identity-based student unions, inclusive student housing (special interest and identity-based), and religious organizations, as well as any groups that promote political or social activism on campus. IF ENACTED, THESE RULES WOULD IMPACT ALL GROUPS, NO MATTER THEIR POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION!

Join us tomorrow at the University of Central Florida in the Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom to speak out against these rules during public comment. If you are unable to attend in person, please forward your concerns to the Corporate Secretary at [email protected].

We would like to give you more information about these rules, as well as our efforts to amend them. We have several resources available for students, college/university staff, and citizens to oppose these rules, including sample contact letters, guidelines for effective public comment, and more. If you would be interested in learning more about these rules and how they affect you and your campus community, please contact Lauren Buete at [email protected] or call (850-792-7249).

Photos from The Florida Bar's post 11/08/2023
Photos from First Amendment Foundation's post 09/28/2023

On Tuesday, September 26th, First Amendment Foundation Board Chair Ed Birk participated in the UCF Civil Discourse and Engagement Office's September Forum. The topic was "The Balance between Free Speech and Hate Speech." FAF had a table set up with resources for students, staff, and members of the public who wanted to learn more about our organization and their rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

We are excited to begin our college campus outreach initiatives, engaging and inspiring all to become First Amendment defenders.

Help us defend the right to speak, fight for the right to hear, and protect the right to know in the Sunshine State!

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