Justin Silverman

Justin Silverman

Justin Silverman is the executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. The nonprofit non-partisan organization is the region’s leading advocate for First Amendment freedoms and the public’s right to know about government. Learn more at

State House dome blocks out the sun

Honor Sunshine Week by requiring hybrid access to government meetings

By: - March 15, 2023

During the early months of COVID-19, governors in New England states issued executive orders allowing municipalities to meet online so long as the public could attend remotely. The democratic benefits of this arrangement quickly became evident. According to a public official quoted in a 2020 study, the changes “made it a lot easier for residents […]