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Clinton School of Public Service Co-hosts Free Whistleblower Summit Lecture Series at Clinton Presidential Library, April 21-23

 

Historic event coincides with State Reps. Vivian Flowers and Ken Ferguson’s proclamation supporting National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

 

Little Rock, Ark— On April 21-23 The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will co-host free lectures and events open to the public that celebrate the important role of whistleblowers and their advocates. The events, which will take place at the Clinton Presidential Library and other nearby locations, are cosponsored by The Whistleblower Summit® for Civil & Human Rights; a Washington, D.C.-based organization that will host its fifth annual event on Capitol Hill in July. The Arkansas mini-conference is the first in a series of smaller conferences the organization intends to host outside of the District of Columbia.

 

Over the past twelve years members of the MISC (whistleblowers and advocates) have passed thirteen laws, including: 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

 

Los Angeles, CA

Chicago, IL

 

Baltimore, MD

 

Atlanta, GA

 

Houston, TX

 

 

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® is to celebrate the collective achievements of whistleblowers and our advocates.

The Whistleblower Summit® for Civil and Human Rights, is the largest and most prestigious whistleblower conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. We are organizing a whistleblower lecture event (mini-summit) at the Clinton School in April.  We are researching historically significant Arkansas Whistleblowers as well as notable investigative journalists in the state and nationally. Consequently, we are partnering with the Clinton School of Public Service to bring the Whistleblower Summit® to Little Rock later this spring.

The Whistleblower Summit® is unique because it combines legislative advocacy, public policy discussions with community and social events. During the conference we have panel discussions, press conferences, award presentations, receptions, luncheon/dinner, movie night, book signings, etc. Senator John Boozman was previously honored with a “Pillar Award” at the Whistleblower Summit® on Capitol Hill in 2014 for supporting criminal prosecutions following the revelations about wrongdoing and “cooking the books” within the Veteran’s Administration.

We are in the midst of a campaign to designate July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. While the usage of the term “whistleblower” in popular culture began in the 1970s around the Vietnam War—the first law the provided protections to citizens (whistleblowers) who report abuses of the public trust was passed by the Continental Congress on July 30th, 1778. Arkansas State Representatives Vivian Flowers and Ken Ferguson are introducing a proclamation or resolution to support that holiday—Arkansas could be the first State Legislature to support National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

Conference organizer Michael McCray, a native Arkansan who moved to Washington, D.C. with the Clinton administration, says his hometown was selected to host the lecture series for a number of reasons including that its state legislature is expected to be the first to support a National Whistleblower Appreciation Day on July 30. State Reps. Vivian Flowers and Ken Ferguson will introduce their proclamation during a 9 a.m. April 22 press conference at the Clinton Presidential Center. The press conference will also address the Flint, Michigan water contamination crisis. Other participants in the conference include McCray, Stephen Kohn of the National Whistleblower Center and Carlton Winfrey, who covers politics for the Detroit Free Press.

"There is no Free Press without confidential sources. There can be no Congressional Oversight without government informants. Whistleblowers are the ‘Fifth Estate’ protecting freedom, liberty and Democracy.”

--Michael McCray, Esq., CPA (inactive)

Among the other events is a April 22 movie night in which the documentary “The Seven Five” will be shown with a discussion led by (Ret) U.S. Chief Deputy Marshall Matthew Fogg. Movie night will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Little Rock, River Market Pavilion. April 23, there will be a book signing and discussion group from 10 a.m. to noon at Pyramid Book Store, 1001 Wright Av., Suite C. Authors participating in the signing include McCray (“ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics”), Stephen W. Kohn (“The Whistleblower’s Handbook”), Tom Devine (“Corporate Whistleblowers Survival Guide”) and Michael Volpe (The Definitive Dossier on PTSD in Whistleblowers).

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

 

Morning:

6:30—9:00 AM

Radio (Drive Time) In-Studio with Whistleblower Call-Ins

Power 92.3 FM

News Talk Radio

KABF Community Radio

 

Afternoon:

1:00—3:00 PM

Little Rock Central High School—VIP Tour

 

Ntl Park Service / Visitor Center
2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72202

 

3:30—5:00 PM

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center—VIP Tour

 

Mosaic Templars Center

501 W. Ninth Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Evening:

5:30—8:30 PM

Whistleblower SummitWelcome Reception

Special Thanks to the Gene McKissic & Associates, Law Firm

 

Hearn Fine Art Gallery

1001 Wright Avenue. Suite C

Little Rock, AR 72206

 

Friday, April 22, 2016

 

Morning:

9:00—10:00 AM

Press Conference

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Flint Water Contamination Crisis

 

State Representative Vivian Flowers

State Representative Ken Ferguson

Michael McCray, Whistleblower Summit

Stephen Kohn, National Whistleblower Center

Marcel Reid, Pacifica Radio Network

Carlton Winfrey, Detroit Free Press

 

Clinton Presidential Library

1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

 

10:00—11:00 AM

Clinton Presidential Library—VIP Tour (Request)

 

Clinton Presidential Center

1200 President Clinton Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201

 

LUNCH

11:30—1:00 PM

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Awards Luncheon

Special Thanks to the National Whistleblower Center

 

Prayer— Reverend Henry “Hank” Wilkins, IV

Occasion—Michael McCray, Whistleblower Summit

Welcome Remarks—Kathy Watson for Sen. John Boozman

Proclamation—Vivian Flowers & Kenneth Ferguson

Pillar Awards Presentation—Michael McCray & Marcel Reid

 

Lunch Is Served

 

Keynote Speech—Steven Kohn, Executive Director, NWC

Book Signing—Steven Kohn, Author, “The Whistleblower’s Handbook”

Clinton School for Public Service

1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Afternoon:

1:00—2:30 PM

WBS Panel A—Grassroots Coalitions

Whistleblower Summit / Make It Safe Campaign (MISC)

Veterans Administration Crisis

 

Moderator: Michael McCray, USDA Whistleblower

Marcel Reid, ACORN Whistleblower / Pacifica Radio

Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project

Sean Higgins, VA Whistleblower (Memphis, TN)

 

Clinton School for Public Service

1200 President Clinton Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201

3:00—4:30 PM

WBS Panel B—Legislative Campaigns

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Fearless (No FEAR) Advocacy

Flint Water Contamination Crisis

 

Moderator: Diane Andrews, TV Host, In Black & White

Stephen Kohn, National Whistleblower Center

Matthew Fogg, U.S. Chief Deputy Marshal (retired)

Carlton Winfrey, Detroit Free Press

 

Clinton School for Public Service

1200 President Clinton Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201

Evening:

6:30—8:30 PM

Whistleblower SummitMovie Night:

Film Screening

 

Matthew Fogg, U.S. Chief Deputy Marshal (retired)

The Seven Five (Documentary)

 

Hearn Fine Art Gallery

1001 Wright Avenue. Suite C

Little Rock, AR 72206

Saturday, April 23, 2016

 

Morning:

10:00—12:00 PM

Whistleblower Book Signing & Discussion Group

 

Michael McCray, Race, Power & Politics (Inside ACORN Story)

Marcel Reid, Race, Power & Politics (Inside ACORN Story)

Stephen Kohn, The Whistleblowers Handbook

Tom Devine, The Corporate Whistleblowers Survival Guide

 

Pyramid Book Store

1001 Wright Avenue. Suite C

Little Rock, AR 72206