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May 18, 2012 703- 271- 8882
Pacifica Radio Network Supports
Whistleblower Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The ACORN 8 and the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees will co-host this year’s Whistleblower Summit a Civil & Human Rights Conference. This year’s theme is WoW… Obama—fighting the War on Whistleblowers and Women
Marcel Reid, Pacifica Board Member and ACORN Whistleblower adds, “We are proud to announce that MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan has agreed to participate and that the PACIFICA Radio Network have committed to broadcast the historic event nationally.”
The Opening Plenary takes place in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Room at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building includes a symbolic “Empty Chair” welcome honoring courageous whistleblowers who cannot be present due to retaliatory imprisonment, untimely death or increased prosecution under the Obama Administration.
Michael McCray, ACORN 8 and co-chair of the International Association of Whistleblowers declares, “We are very excited about this year’s conference, because our coalitions have grown, and our partners are stronger. We are honored to present Senators Charles “Chuck” Grassley a perennial supporter of whistleblowers and Susan Collins the sponsor of the original Whistleblower Protection Act the prestigious “Pillar Human Rights Award” for their support of whistleblower rights first amendment protections.”
Lawrance Lucas, President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees states, “We will ask President Obama to promptly intervene and bring the long history of widespread discrimination to an end. We want USDA top officials held accountable, and the USDA Office of Civil Rights —administration and process— put into receivership.”
Courtney Dillard, candidate for Georgia’s fourth Congressional District states, “We need more people to support the brave whistleblowers who to step up and speak out abut inequality and unfairness. We must stop mortgage and foreclosure fraud, and judicial corruption.”
“We are in the middle of a 13 year battle to enhance whistleblower protections. We were blocked by a cowardly secret Senate hold last year—but we not let that happen again,” adds Tom Devine, Legal Director for the Government Accountability Project. “We are here to support increased legislative protections and to strengthen the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, and we will bring it over the top with the Whistleblower Summit this year.”
The conference will also celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the No FEAR Act, which was the first civil rights legislation of the 21st century. “We will stand on the National Mall in the shadows of Martin Luther King Jr. to continue the fight for civil and human rights,” adds Marsha Coleman Adebayo, Co-chair of the No FEAR Coalition.
The Opening Plenary and Panel Discussion will take place in the Senate Judiciary Hearing Room on May 21, 2012 (12:00—4:00 PM).
Followed by Welcome Reception and Art Auction at the Mott House on May 21, 2012 (5:00—7:00 PM)
A Press Conference on the Mall at the Martin Luther King Memorial will be held on May 22, 2012 (11:00—2:00 PM).
Followed by Historic Whistleblower Book Signing and Film Screening at Busboys & Poets (14th and V. Street) on May 22, 2012 (4:00—8:00 PM).
§ Eyal Press, Beautiful Souls—Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times.
§ Michael McCray, ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics—Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower.
§ Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, No FEAR—A Whistleblower’s Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA
§ Tom Devine, The Whistleblowers Survival Guide—A Handbook for Committing the Truth.
§ Jesselyn Raddick, Traitor—The Whistleblower and the American Taliban.
Civil and Human Rights Roundtable on the War on Women, and the War on Whistleblowers will be held at the Mott House on May 23, 2012 (10:00—2:00 PM).
This event is free and open to all.
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