Beryl’s Projects

America Bids on Amazon

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  • 34% funded
  • $197.00 raised
  • 5 backers
  • 8 months, 4 weeks remaining
We want to find out what every city is offering the tech giant in exchange for its second headquarters.

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Counting the Uncounted: The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Project

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  • 126% funded
  • $1455.00 raised
  • 21 backers
Despite an estimated 175,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits that sit untested in evidence rooms and crime labs across the country, there is no federal law in place mandating policies or testing of kits, and we don't know how many more go uncounted. This project aims to end that, one city and one kit at a time.

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Deeper Than Water

The #DeeperThanWater FOIA project is an effort of the Deeper Than Water Coalition, which aims to expose the injustice of mass incarceration through the lens of water justice. This specific project aims to make available all public documents pertaining to the ongoing refusal of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide safe and clean drinking water to prisoners detained at MCI-Norfolk and surrounding facilities.

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Deregulation Task Force

President Trump has ordered agencies to set up task forces for the elimination of federal regulations. Who will be making these decisions?

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Experiments in Execution: The Death Penalty Project

Tracking the policies and procedures that dictate how people are put to death in the United States.

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FOIA 101: Tips and Tricks to Make You a Transparency Master

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Whether it's your first request or your first request *today,* it never hurts to go over the basics. MuckRock's compiled a lot of FOIA advice over the years, and with this project, it's all in one place.

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FOIA March Madness 2016

64 federal agencies. 4 rounds. 1 winner. The CIA still hasn’t acknowledged our request. Who will be named Most Responsive FOIA Office?

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FOIA March Madness 2017

Back for a second year, FOIA March Madness pits 64 federal government agencies against each other to process an identical request for standard materials, a battle for the title of Most Responsive Agency.

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FOIA March Madness 2018

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Now entering its third year, FOIA March Madness pits 64 federal government agencies against each other to process an identical request for standard materials, a battle for the title of Most Responsive Agency.

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Fueled By Ignorance: Massachusetts Gas Leaks

Massachusetts, your officials aren't protecting you from the dangers of gas leaks. It's up to us to demand answers.

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Haters: Documenting Extremist and Hate Groups

Documenting extremist and hate groups through government documents, ranging from the small time racist groups to the domestic terrorist branches of the KKK. This project takes an inclusive approach of identifying hate groups, regardless of whether they focus on race, sexual identity, religion, etc. Many of the groups were identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Inspector General Reports

The rare people in government who actually want you to read their documents.

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Know Your Rights: The power of public records when dealing with law enforcement

In our culture of expanding surveillance, we are constantly encouraged to report suspicious activity to authorities. What can be done when the people you want to hold accountable are the police themselves? This project means to subvert that attention from our fellow citizens towards law enforcement.

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Municipal Investments

Bringing transparency to municipal finance.

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Phone Calls from Prison

The phone line can also be a lifeline when trapped behind bars. But telephone access isn’t a right in U.S. prisons, and for many, the cost of a call would be prohibitive - if it weren’t just so essential to maintaining relationships with loved ones on the outside.

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Prisoner Transportation Policies/Contracts

Every day, American inmates find themselves on the open road, hurtling toward their next holding cell. With little in the way of medical training, food, bathrooms, and patience, the circumstances can be far worse than where they're going - if they make it.

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Retention Policies Close to Home

Help us learn how your local agencies are retaining their records, including emails, text message, and other developing communication methods.

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Solitary Census

Call it what you will, experts agree that solitary confinement sucks. The technicalities of terminology may seem like a small issue–on the inside, there can be dozens of names for the "hole" you're in – but for policy makers and and rule breakers, the official glossary category can have important implications for restrictions, record keeping, and reform. Here is our collection of solitary confinement policies from across the fifty states and the federal agencies.

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Subjects Matter: FBI Files

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  • 43% funded
  • $2150.00 raised
  • 19 backers
This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI archival material we've released, so we can better understand why the Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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The Mercury in Our Mouths

For over a century, dental professionals have been using amalgams containing mercury to fill cavities. But in an age of assumption testing, is tradition enough to keep it up? Help MuckRock find out what the federal government has to say about the most controversial element in our mouths today.

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The Private Prison Project

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  • 44% funded
  • $4430.00 raised
  • 108 backers
For-profit detention continues to reap the rewards of an incarceration system filled to the brim and facing an uncertain future. Our FOIA requests have released thousands of documents that show how for-profit prisons have leveraged the legal system to their advantage, letting companies pick-and-choose inmates to off-load costs, ignore complaints and concerns, and create dangerous conditions for prisoners and staff alike. This is all done while billions of taxpayer dollars are funneled into these private companies, which then pour millions into politicians' campaigns to keep their growth going. With your help, we can provide needed scrutiny of an industry few are even aware exists.

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The Road To Massachusetts Public Records Reform

In 2015, the Massachusetts legislature seriously took on the issue of reforming its woefully inadequate public records laws for the first time since the early '70s. But change does not come easily to the Commonwealth, and open gov advocates found themselves faced with an up(Beacon)battle over even the mildest of fixes.

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This is a Public Health Issue: The Gun Violence Project

If the federal government can’t treat gun violence as a public health problem, then we will.

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Transgender Protections in Schools

Transgender students face even higher rates of discrimination and violence than lesbian, gay and bisexual youth. As a result, their access to a safe and successful education is threatened daily. While politicians, parents, and the public debate legitimacy, we want to see what schools are doing to support transgender students.

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Unearthing CREST: CIA's Declassified Archives

After our three-year lawsuit led to the public release of 13 million pages of declassified CIA records, we've begun a daily-deep dive into the depths of the Agency's seven-decade history.

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You Are Being Followed: Police Social Media Surveillance

We're partnering with LittleSis to launch a crowdfunded, crowdsourced campaign to reveal how police across the country are using social media to monitor people and events.

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