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Whistleblower Summit

Civil and Human Rights Conference

July 28-31, 2014

 “There is no freedom of the press without news sources. There can be no congressional oversight without government informants. Whistleblowers are the Fifth Estate protecting freedom and liberty from government overreach and corporate abuses.”

—Michael McCray

 

The ACORN 8 (www.acorn8.com) and Drum Majors For Truth (DM4T) will co-host this year’s Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights in Washington, DC. Over the last eight years members from the Make it Safe Coalition (MISC) have arranged an assembly of whistleblowers in Washington, DC each year for an annual conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower’s Week. All whistleblowers and their advocates, as well as the entire civil rights community are invited to participate. Drum Majors for Truth, is a nonprofit association of post-secondary students for effective private and public sector whistleblower protection.

Pacifica Radio Network

Founded over 60 years ago to support Free Speech and First Amendment Rights, the Pacifica Foundation has fought for and vigorously defended these rights all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. A staunch supporter of unfettered free speech, the Pacifica National Board voted unanimously to support the Whistleblower Protection and Enhancement Act, legislation that would protect Whistleblowers and Free Speech in 2010. Consequently, the Pacifica Radio Network was the first national media organization to formalize its support for Whistleblowers. Once again, as in previous years, the Pacifica Foundation will participate and support this year's Whistleblower Summit in Washington, DC.

Teaching for Change

The Whistleblower Summit includes a historic panel discussion with distinguished authors of whistleblower books and whistleblower film screening at a local bookstore. Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets has sponsored venues for whistleblowers and authors during the Whistleblower Summit over the last few years. The authors and/or producers will be present to autograph and discuss their books, followed by a film screening of “The Invisible War” the winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for best Documentary and the true story about the Tail-hook Whistleblower. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Make It Safe Coalition

Over the past dozen years members of the MISC have passed two laws: No FEAR and the WPEA, conducted congressional lobby days, provided CLE training, written Op-Eds, published magazines and books, hosted radio shows, provided mentoring and lawyer referrals, penned sign-on letters, submitted amicus briefs, written columns and law review articles, made television appearances, held protest rallies at the White House and on the National Mall; we’ve even “occupied” government agencies and hosted both national and regional conferences in:

Washington, DC

New York, NY

Baltimore, MD

Atlanta, GA

Chicago, IL

Houston, TX

Los Angeles, CA

 

It is an impressive list of accomplishments when you consider all of the stigmatism and stress that individual whistleblowers face at the hands of the government and evil corporations. Together, the MISC community has achieved impressive results. The purpose of the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights is to celebrate the collective achievements of whistleblowers and our advocates.

                                            

i    The MISC is as assortment of various public interest/advocacy groups including the Government Accountability Project, ACORN 8, the International Association of Whistleblowers, the American Federation of Government Employees, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Project On Government Oversight, Public Citizen, Coalition for Change, the No FEAR Coalition, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Voices for Corporate Responsibility, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters; which focus on significant areas of public concern and individual rights, such as First Amendment, federal workforce, medical safety, national security, judicial reform, etc.