Pride Month 2017, 2018, 2019 (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

Emma Best filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.
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COW2019500727

Multi Request Pride Month 2017, 2018, 2019
Due Sept. 12, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of records mentioning or describing Pride Month activities, events or observances in 2017, 2018 or 2019. This includes, but is not limited to:

* directives
* policies
* pride flag
* commemoration
* publications
* emails, memos, letters, and other communications with OGAs or the White House

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Submitted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 02:11
Submitted by user: Anonymous
Submitted values are:

Select the DHS component you wish to submit your request to: : United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Title:
First Name: Emma
Middle Initial:
Last Name: Best
Suffix:
Email Address: requests@muckrock.com
Country: United States
Address 1: MuckRock News, DEPT MR 76390
Address 2: 411A Highland Ave
City: Somerville
State: Massachusetts
Zip Code: 02144
Telephone Number: 6172991832
Fax Number:
Are you requesting records on yourself? No
If yes, you must check the perjury statement:
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Please describe the records you are seeking as clearly and precisely as
possible:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following
records:

Copies of records mentioning or describing Pride Month activities, events or
observances in 2017, 2018 or 2019. This includes, but is not limited to:

* directives
* policies
* pride flag
* commemoration
* publications
* emails, memos, letters, and other communications with OGAs or the White
House

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me
of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the
request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if
not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look
forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days,
as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

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Select from the list below: An individual seeking information for personal
use and not for commercial use.
I request a waiver of all fees for this request.: I request a waiver of all
fees for this request.
Please provide an explanation for your request for a fee waiver:
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have
previously
written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over
100,000
readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the
People,
Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable
expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well
established. In
addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available
through
non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist
non-profit MuckRock,
disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to
this, a great
deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the
government itself.
As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this
particular
subject in advance.
Further, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the
released information
to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch,
Inc. v. Dep’t of
Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of
Justice, 19 F.
3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified
because it also
had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’”
concerning United States
foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I
qualify as a member of
the news media.
Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the
nature of the
requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be
“made by” a
representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper
reporter, for
example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much
interest there is
in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the
details of the
request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee
category.
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting
on it and
making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.
Please select and describe in detail if you believe your request warrants
expeditious handling:
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