CAFI Press Release


 For Immediate Release

The Citizens Awareness Foundation, Inc. is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the proposition that members of the public have a right to know what their government is doing in their name and at their expense. To that end, the Foundation seeks to empower citizens to exercise their right to know by providing free educational materials and programs, and when appropriate, taking legal action to enforce the public’s right of access to public records and public meetings.

The Foundation will be lead by Joel Chandler, a well-known open government activist and former editor of  Chandler first gained notoriety in 2008 when he filed suit to enforce Florida’s Public Records Act after being denied access to records by several Florida school boards.  Since then he has filed and won more than 100 public records lawsuits that have been widely reported by mainstream media.

As the Executive Director of the Foundation, Chandler will lead audits of state and local agencies (including vendors acting on their behalf) for compliance with public records and open meetings laws.  Additionally, he will host educational programs and distribute educational materials to citizens.  Programs and materials will be available to the public, the media and government agencies free-of-charge.

While the Foundation is not licensed to offer legal advice to the public, staff members are available to provide non-attorney educational assistance to members of the public and government agencies as well as the media, student groups, community organizations, government-watchdogs and civil rights groups.

For help with open government issues or to request an educational program or materials please contact the Foundation by email at

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