I received an eMail regarding the Georgia State Archives being Closed to Public Access. Today’s number of supporters is 16,626 and 50,000 supporters are needed. I signed the petition and I hope you will too.
The secretary of State has announced that the Georgia Archives will be closed to public access November 1st and that staff serving public access will be eliminated because Governor Nathan Deal required a 3% budget cut from this year’s budget. Public access to the records of government is an essential element of a democratic society.
It is critical that we muster thousands of Georgians to sign a petition requesting that the Governor reverse this decision. Could you please ask the preservation and public history students to sign the online petition and to get at least five of their closest friends to sign the petition as well. As of 4:30 this afternoon 3,333 had signed. We need 50,00 from all parts of Georgia.
A news account of the closing can be found at: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2012/09/13/georgia-archives-closing-due-to-budget.html