Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Alaska Professional Communicators (APC) participates in the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) First Amendment Network (FAN). The APC board of directors maintains a liaison to keep tabs on first amendment issues.  Contact the current FAN Liaison at dorisse.thomas@gci.net.

Past projects have involved letter-writing campaigns to the Alaska Congressional delegation and participation in Sunshine Week. Items regarding First Amendment issues are posted here periodically and members are kept informed via EMail Express, our electronic newsletter.

APC members and visitors to this site are encouraged to visit the following links for updates on issues related to Freedom of the Press:

First Amendment Center
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/
Also visit their “Related Links” for an extensive list of First Amendment supporters

National Federation of Press Women
http://www.nfpw.org/firstAmendment.cfm

Newspaper Assn. of America 
www.naa.org

Sunshine Week
www.sunshineweek.org

This non-partisan, non-profit initiative is celebrated in mid-March each year to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Society of Professional Journalists 
http://www.spj.org/

Thomas
http://thomas.loc.gov


Use Thomas to check up on current legislation either by the bill number or subject matter.

Here are the addresses for the Alaska Congressional delegation:
Sen.  Mark Begich
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
Toll-free line: (877) 501 - 6275*
*Only toll-free for callers with an Alaska (907) area code
(202) 224-3004
Fax: (202) 224-2354
E-mail:  Use the form at http://www.begich.senate.gov
or contact his Anchorage office:

Peterson Tower, Suite 750
510 L  St.
Anchorage, AK, 99501
(907) 271 - 5915
Toll free in AK  (877) 501 - 6275
Fax  (907) 258 - 9305

Sen. Lisa Murkowski
709 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington , DC 20510
Main: 202-224-6665
Fax: 202-224-5301
E-mail:  Use the form at http://www.murkowski.senate.gov
or, contact her Anchorage office:

510 L Street, Suite 600
Anchorage, AK 99501
Main:  907-271-3735

Toll Free: 1-877-829-6030
Toll Free Fax: 1-877-857-0322
Rep. Don Young
Office of Congressman Don Young
2314 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5765
Fax:   (202) 225-0425
E-mail:  Use the link at http://donyoung.house.gov/contact
or, contact his Anchorage office
4241 B Street, Suite 203
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 271-5978
Toll-free 1-866-990-5979
Fax:  (907) 271-5950 

(The representatives have offices in other Alaska cities; see their websites for those listings.)