OccupyEPA

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Evaluation of the EPA Office of Civil Rights
Final Report

1. Executive Summary
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contracted with Deloitte Consulting (Deloitte) to conduct an assessment of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The contract objectives were to:
 Conduct a comprehensive review and program evaluation to determine how effectively OCR is meeting its mission and regulatory mandates.
 Complete a comprehensive review of the OCR structure, staff and functions to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses.
 Assess Headquarters, field office, and laboratory interactions, present findings and deliver high-level recommendations.
 Deliver an objective evaluation which EPA officers can use to guide improvements for OCR functions and day-to-day operations.

Findings and Conclusions
EPA’s senior leadership has increased the Agency’s emphasis on resolving civil rights issues that are critical to fulfilling its mission. Recently, EPA leaders have been providing significant support to OCR, investing both time and resources needed to address significant performance challenges, including the following:
 The Office has not adequately adjudicated Title VI complaints – those addressing allegations of discrimination against communities of citizens affected to environmental rules promulgated by the EPA.
 OCR has struggled to track, investigate, and resolve Title VII cases – those addressing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) violations inside the Agency – in a timely or effective manner.
 OCR has not completed compliance checks of EPA grantees, in a timely or effective manner, to ensure that grantees are not engaging in discrimination in their work.
 OCR has not consistently filed its statutory affirmative employment reports over the past five years, although the 2010 MD-715 was submitted on time.

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NWC calls on EPA to oust Civil Rights Director

Today I am writing to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and asking her to remove Mr. Rafael DeLeon, the Director of the EPA's Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Last month, Deloitte Consulting issued a report on OCR finding that it is essentially dysfunctional. It fails in its core responsibility of protecting civil rights. Moreover, since Deloitte issued its report I have learned that OCR's director, Mr. DeLeon, recently made disparaging remarks about two courageous women whistleblowers "pink elephants."

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National Occupation of Washington Begins with Demonstration at the EPA

Marsha Coleman
Protestors March on EPA Headquarters demanding environmental sustainability and the protection of federal agency whistle-blowers

MARSHA COLEMAN-ADEBAYO, PRESIDENT, NO FEAR COALITION


OccupyEPA to release EPA tapes. The Launching of the spring occupation

In Wiki-Leak style, the NOW DC and OccupyEPA will be releasing a tape of EPA Civil Rights Director, Rafael DeLeon, bragging about the firing of two senior professional women Whistleblowers at EPA and calling them "Pink Elephants," a sexually degrading slur. 

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Occupy protesters, alpacas in tow, call for EPA administrator’s resignation

More than 100 demonstrators and two alpacas marched to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Friday, the first day of a planned monthlong National Occupation of D.C. movement dubbed NOWDC.

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Noam Chomsky with Occupy EPA Rally Footage

Noam Chomsky


discrimination went on in iowa during secretary tom vilsack's, term as governor

The state of Iowa's failure for decades to follow its own rules on hiring has allowed racial bias to creep into decisions on hiring and pay, according to the lead plaintiffs' attorney in a multimillion-dollar, class-action lawsuit trial that began this morning.

Report: White House played a role in the firing of Shirley Sherrod


Nationwide Occupy Wall Street Coalition Descends On The EPA

A coalition of people from 27 Occupy groups from around the country, calling itself NOW DC, descended on the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in the nation’s capital Friday.

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Lawrence Lucas, President, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, were two of more than 300 demonstrators that descended on EPA, in Washington DC, on Friday, demanding justice at EPA and the US Department of Agriculture. They were holding a banner saying, "Filibuster for Justice", and USDA  "Last Plantation".  

A coalition of people from 27 Occupy groups from around the country, calling itself NOW DC, descended on the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in the nation’s capital Friday.

The NOW DC/Occupy EPA rally  came about as a result of discussions online between the various Occupy factions around the country going back to last fall, co-organizer and rally emcee Dr. Margaret Flowers said.

“The EPA is guilty of crimes against humanity for its treatment of communities of color,” an Occupier told the crowd. “A Deloitte study found that it takes 15 years for the EPA to respond to complaints.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, an Obama appointee

EPA, Interior Department, Commerce Department, Energy Department and Defense Department to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce cabon emissions by 6 percent annually.

National Occupation of Washington Begins with Demonstration at the EPA


Occupy protesters, alpacas in tow, call for EPA administrator’s resignation

More than 100 demonstrators and two alpacas marched to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Friday, the first day of a planned monthlong National Occupation of D.C. movement dubbed NOWDC.

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FROM LUCAS

OccupyEPA speakers will include: former US presidential candidate, Ralph Nader; Susan M. Morris, civil rights leader and EPA whistleblower; pediatricians, Drs. Helen Caldicott and Margaret Flowers; Lawrence Lucas, U.S. Department of Agriculture Coalition of Minority Employees; Alexis Baden-Mayer of Organic Consumers Association; activist Lisa Longo; Joe Carson, Department of Energy Whistleblower; a Gray Panthers representative; King Downing, anti-racial profiling attorney; Patrick McCann, a member of Veteran’s for Peace; Michael Stovall, an Alabama Black farmer, Richard Cizik; Evelynn Brown, CEO Whistlewatch, and representatives from civil rights and occupy groups.

Lawrence Lucas, 18 Year President USDA Coalition of Minority Employees www.agcoalition.org

EMAIL From LUCAS

Washington Post

White House making whistleblower advocates nervous

By Joe Davidson, Published: March 14

Obama administration officials reject charges that they are “trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court,” as ABC News reporter Jake Tapper put it last month.

Yet, Tapper’s question during a White House briefing drew national attention to a growing sense of unease among whistleblower and good-government types who feel President Obama isn’t fully living up to his billing, despite welcomed appointments to whistleblower-protection agencies.

Whistleblower advocates were cheered by this statement on Obama’s transition Web site about a month after he was elected:

“We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.”

The cheering has long subsided.

The government considers federal employees charged under the Espionage Act to be leakers of classified information, but that doesn’t convince advocates, who see the prosecutions as overzealous attacks on whistleblowers.

“The Justice Department does not target whistleblowers in classified leak cases or any other cases,” said Dean Boyd, an agency spokesman. The department does encourage employees to report government wrongdoing through “well-established mechanisms.”

Boyd continued: “However, we cannot sanction or condone federal employees who knowingly and willfully disclose classified information to the media or others not entitled to receive such information.”

It’s valid to distinguish between leakers and whistleblowers, said Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project, “but the administration is prosecuting both.”

To the consternation over the Espionage Act prosecutions, add the Food and Drug Administration’s surveillance of employees’ private e-mail accounts and you have two high-profile reasons for whistleblower discontent.

“Obama’s Justice Department has sent a clear message of fear and intimidation by vigorously pursuing prosecutions of whistleblowers and so-called leakers, rather than the people whose misconduct was being disclosed,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight.

Brian said the administration’s approach to whistleblowers “is almost a Jekyll and Hyde situation.” The Espionage Act and the FDA cases are one part of that split personality, and the Office of Special Counsel is the other.

Brian and other advocates praise appointments that have revitalized the Office of Special Counsel and made the Merit Systems Protection Board a somewhat friendlier place for workers. Both agencies play a key role in the protection of federal whistleblowers.

But each agency is limited by shortcomings in the Whistleblower Protection Act, which groups have been trying to strengthen for more than a decade.

“A lot of credit is owed since this was the first administration to testify in favor of critical reforms such as access to a jury trial and protections for intelligence and national security whistleblowers,” Brian said. “The White House was extremely engaged in helping to shape and pushing to pass the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act in the last Congress.”

But since the legislation was defeated, “there has been a lot less visible effort to pass the reform in this Congress,” she said, perhaps because the White House’s “help hasn’t been needed yet in the Senate and has not necessarily been welcome in the Republican-controlled House.”

If the legislative stall continues, whistleblowers will increasingly look for White House action. “The litmus test will not be administration efforts within Congress,” Devine said. “It will be whether the administration fills the vacuum of congressional inaction to protect national security whistleblowers.”

In a National Action Plan on open government issued in September, the White House promised to “explore options for utilizing executive branch authority to strengthen and expand whistleblower protections” if Congress remains deadlocked.

Taking a strong initiative on this front, by issuing a presidential directive boosting whistleblower protection, especially in national security cases, would be a major step in the administration regaining the confidence of those who work with whistleblowers crushed by Uncle Sam’s big foot.

Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, wants Obama to demonstrate his bona fides “by appointing a whistleblower to run a program that he or she risked their career to reform or by restoring whistleblowers . . . and punishing retaliatory managers.

“Setting just one prominent example would send a powerful message that would reverberate throughout the entire executive branch.”

Previous columns by Joe Davidson are available at wapo.st/JoeDavidson. Follow the Federal Diary on Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP.

© The Washington Post Company

 

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Government Internal Accountability for Employee Rights Violations Parallel U.S. Citizen Civil Rights Path

 

Psychological & Emotional Persecution on the job for Federal Government Employees has been rising since President Obama was elected.

Psychological & Emotional Persecution of American Minorities has been rising since President Obama was elected.

What's causing the Parallel rise of abuse of U.S. Citizens and U.S. Government Employees is very clear..., it's the direct affect of racism associated with the election of an African American President supported by a system of the good old boy network......
that provides protectionism for acts of racial profiling by police officers,
creation of racist laws against immigrants by state law makers,
racial attacks by citizens against minorities with legal system protection, mistreatment of employees by fellow federal employees, egregious behavior by federal employees that go unpunished, retaliation against whistle blowers employees by management while the manager that is reported on, isn't thoroughly investigated and are, subsequently, held accountable for their acts.

The Significance of identifying the parallel system of abuses for civilian abuses and on job abuses, is the connecting of mal behavior within a home environment or community, to the same mal behavior of the work environment, perpetrated by a specific group of people.

The Consistent Element that both environments and communities suffer from is the lack of "Accountability".

For Citizens living in any community, City, or state, law enforcement is the entity that ensures civility is maintained and those who break any law are arrested and are held accountable for their acts and actions.

For the Work Environment, specific people are put in place to enforce rules and regulations associated with professional behavior, and harassment, and when specific unprofessional behavior or harassment of any kind takes place, people in the leadership positions are required to intercede with swiftness and with the required authority to take the required actions.

For the past 3 years, the parallel lack of accountability by leaders who are elected by citizens of each state, as well as employees who are hired or appointed employees in leadership positions, have seemingly, failed equally in their areas of responsibility to enforce laws and rules.

Federal Government Employee Impacted by Failed Leadership

Friday, March 30th, a march called "OccupyEPA" took place in Washington DC, which brought together, for the first time in American history, an aggregation of groups, who are taking a stance against the Federal Government's Employee Abuses gone un addressed, Whistle Blower Retaliation, and  EPA Lack of Accountability.

The Aggregation of these many different groups, by many different types of people, who all, are taking a stance against a common cause that impact every aspect of American Society...
ACCOUNTABILITY

Leadership on all levels of any civil society must hold themselves accountable for their area of responsibilities, to ensure that each link in the "Chain of Society" is "accountable" for its loop of responsibility.

A Chain is only as strong as "its weakest link", and if the weak link is in a decision making position, then there is no chain, and each link becomes it's own individual entity, only as strong as its individual players. 

The Chain Parable is neat, but, when people lives and consciousness are the ones that are the actual entities being negatively affected by lack of quality leadership, lack of accountability, racism, degradation of ones person, harassment, profiling, unequal justice, unequal treatment under any and all circumstances..., then the Parable becomes "Life Stories of Human Beings" who are un represented by the laws of a society or the rules of a working environment.

The Lines have been drawn and The Stand has begun.  People of all race and ethnicity, all religious backgrounds and genders, are collectively, tired of leaders who are put in place to maintain the status quo.

Cronyism ensures that the good old boy network persists.

President Obama appointed former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack to Secretary of Agriculture, who jumped the gun, by firing Shirley Sherrod, based on a doctored video which attempted to paint Shirley as a racist, which he later apologized for, and actually offered Sherley Sherrod her job back.

Imagine if all the Agency Leaders were equally as reactive to the numbers of racist complaints, whistle blowers complaints of retaliation, employee harassment and employee abuses, within all the  government systems.

HUGE SUMS OF MONEY SPENT ON DEFENSE OF EMPLOYEES COMMITTING CIVIL RIGHTS VOILATIONS
is paid to local D.C. Lawyers annually.

State & Local Government Impact of Failed Leadership

The Parallel Egregious Behavior of the existing state and local leadership in America today, are being accused of the same systematic abuses of failed leaderships, unaccountability of abuses, mistreatment of citizens, unequal rules and laws enforcement based on skin color..., all of which, is going on within the government employee ranks.

Civilian System of abuse and lack of accoutability:

Laws of immigration racial profiling and human degradation being set in place by Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia, specifically designed to intimidate Hispanics living here in the U.S....

Law Enforcement Officers abusing citizens on a daily bases with impunity, no accountability by in house leadership, who are more apt to defend their mal behaved street officers than provide any semblance of decent questioning of the facts stated by a officer.

Citizen Complaints go un addressed or remain in the "investigation continues status" for years, while the officer serves more abuses to the very individuals who complained of previous police harassment.

Law creation that allows one civilian to shot another in self defense, with the minimum degree of investigation if the dead is a minority.

Citizens abused if they use their cell phone to record police stops and arrests, then the subsequent actions of the police officer, after the citizen logs a formal complaint, is to take retaliation against the citizen, supported by comments by the police chief as legitimate police actions.

Parallel Abuses by Civilian and Government Systems

The Parallel Abuses by Civilian and Government Systems, are not outside the realm of possibilities, because the same type of people, who run our federal government, also run our local governments. 

Example of Incitement by Leaders, which directly Citizen Mentality

The Republican Party has committed "Treason" for the past 3 years, by verbally stating that their primary objective will be to ensure that President Obama, is a 1 term President.  To make such a statement is outlandish, but, to act on the statement..., is the act of undermining the President of the United States of America.... Otherwise known as
TREASON.

The Evidence is the refusal to act on the behalf of the American Citizens by considering the option of removing the "Tax Breaks for the Rich" during last year's budget debate, causing the reduction of the United States Credit for the first time in American History, an accomplishment that would have warranted huge celebrations for a successful task, by any Russian Spy ring, with the assigned task of degrading America on a global level.

The March in Stanford Fla. is a march against lack of accountability by law enforcement, the 99% march in NY was a march against lack of accountability of our financial district, and the future marches in the U.S. will fuse an aggregate of organizations, and an aggregate of peoples who, collectively, will demand leadership that impliment accountabilty and transparancy at all levels of society.

ACCOUNTABILITY

To the right are a list of emails and articles associated with the "OccupyEPA" march, and I'd like to thank Lawrence Lucas for bringing this march to my attention, and Marsha Coleman for organizing the event, all the diffent Occupy Groups who participated, Victor Holt for Photographs, and all others who are standing.

 

In My Opinion

ASMFMB
4/4/2012

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