Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights

Event Schedule

Over the last nine 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. Host committee members—ACORN 8 (www.ACORN8.com), Coalition for Change (C4C), Project Censored, Justice Integrity Project and Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), will co-host this year’s Whistle Blower Summit for Civil & Human Rights on Capitol Hill. The theme for the annual conference this year is 1778—Whistleblowers and The First Amendment.


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Schedule of Events



Wednesday  July 27, 2016


Set Up, Registration & Check-In

United States Capitol

House Visitor Center

Room HVC-201A

Washington, DC 20515





Opening Plenary

Welcome and introduction of the occasion. Followed by a symbolic “Empty Chair”honoring courageous whistleblowers who cannot be present due to retaliatory imprisonment, untimely death or increased prosecution under the Obama Administration.

Potential panelists include –

  • Michael McCray, ACORN 8
  • Marcel Reid, Pacifica Whistleblower Liaison
  • Tanya Ward Jordan, Coalition For Change Inc. (C4C)
  • Matthew Fogg, FEW-LEF
  • Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project
  • Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project




Your Health—Mind And Body At Risk


Moderated by Arthuretta Holmes-Martin, Coalition For Change—       We trust medical professionals to make decisions in the best interest of patients.  We trust management officials to make decisions in the best interest of the people they serve.  The unfortunate reality is that both are pressured by economic forces that place institutional profits and professional loyalty before public health interests.  The panelists will discuss how our health is at risk both in employment and in your medical professional’s office and how you can protect your health and well-being in a world that values financial profits over human life.

Potential panelists include –

  • Arthuretta Holmes-Martin, Coalition For Change Inc. (C4C)
  • Diedre Gilbert, National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association
  • Lana Keton, Medical Device Expert, LLC
  • Dr. Denise Wright, PhD, Mind Matters Consulting Group



Lunch Break



Nation of Laws?— Judicial Reform Advocates Discuss Current State of Court Administration


Moderated by Caroline Douglas, J.D. — The panel will discuss the impact of abusive judging on the American way of life. Each panelist will summarize their experience first as a judicial critic and then as a whistleblower of the court system, and the path that led each to national prominence. The paths are perilous for professionals and lay people alike, and these experienced advocates for justice reform will share both the perils

Potential panelists include –

  • Caroline Douglas J.D., Author of The Dark Side
  • Andy Ostrowski J.D., Pennsylvania Civil Rights Law Network
  • Jonathan Mosely, Esq., National Coalition for Judicial Responsibility
  • Dr. Richard Fine (video presentation)
  • Athena Roe J.D., National Association for Probate Reform and Advocacy (video presentation)
  • Dr. Karen Huffer M.D., Author of Legal Abuse Syndrome (video presentation)



Whistleblowers And The First Amendment: Tapping The Power of Media


Moderated by Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project —  Polls show that Americans are deeply disappointed with the media, as for many institutions.  Whistleblowers have special reason for concern because they rely on media coverage that is increasingly hard to obtain in an era of reduced staff at major media.  Experts here provide practical guidance cutting edge analysis on the important trends. Tapping the Power of Media; strategies for individual whistleblowers to effectively approach and utilize social media, public radio and non-traditional publishing and broadcast outlets.

Potential panelists include –

  • Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project
  • Tony Norman, Pacifica Foundation
  • Arlene Englehardt, Project Censored
  • Marcel Reid, Pacifica Whistleblower Liaison
  • Ray Locker, USA Today— enterprise editor
  • Dianne Andrews, TV Host In Black And White



Whistleblower Book Signing

Busboys & Poets (5th & K. Street)

1025 5th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001


The conference includes a historic panel discussion with distinguished authors of whistleblower books who will be present to autograph and discuss their books.

Potential participants include –

  • Tom Devine—The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide
  • Stephen Kohn—The Whistleblower’s Handbook
  • Michael McCray—ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics
  • Marcel Reid—ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics
  • Andrew Kreig—Presidential Puppetry
  • Mike Volpe—The Definitive Dossier on PTSD in Whistleblowers
  • Caroline Douglas—The Dark Side
  • Dianne Andrews—Gumbo For The Heart
  • Ray Locker—Nixon’s Gamble



Documentary Film Screening

In-house film screening of: Concussion— The link between football and traumatic brain injury. Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations.

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.


Pillar Award:

Will Smith and Peter Landesman (Director)—

Best Portrayal and Most Important—

(Whistleblower Film)




Schedule of Events



Thursday July 28, 2016






The Stewart E. Mott House

122 Maryland Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20002


28 Pages: Secret Terrorist Financiers of 9/11


Moderated by Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project — Leaders of a congressional effort to declassify a secret 2002 House-Senate report on the financiers of 9/11 attacks announced this month (July 2016) a new strategy to win release of the “28 pages” when congress returns from recess in September.Experts will discuss the initiative’s importance, chances of success, and the grassroots movement of victim families, whistleblowers and bold elected visionaries whose battle has won over many congressional leaders and led to two hard-hitting CBS “60 Minutes” broadcasts this spring titled: Top secret "28 pages" may hold clues about Saudi support for 9/11 hijackers, with the caption: “Senator Bob Graham and others urge the Obama administration to declassify redacted pages of a report that holds 9/11 secrets.” 

Potential panelists include –

  • Former U.S. Senator and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Larry Pressler (R-SD)
  • Andrew Krieg, Justice Integrity Project
  • Jeff Steinberg, Executive Intelligence Review,
  • Mick Harrison, Indiana attorney and author.
  • J. Michael Springmann, attorney and former Foreign Services Officer based in Saudi Arabia




Black & Blue: Black Lives Matter and Police Whistleblowers


Moderated by Gloria Minott, Public Affairs Director WPFW— Recent police incidents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul Minneapolis prompting Black Lives Matter protests will be discussed along with theretaliation against Dallas Police Department. The panel will also discuss the recent reports by the Department of Justice and the Military that gangs and violent racists hate groups have infiltrated the military and law enforcement. A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military. The U.S. Defense Department has stepped up efforts to purge violent racists hate groups from its ranks. However, according to Carter Smith, a former military investigator who is now a professor of criminal justice at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, said “they didn't let police departments know.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist and right-wing militia groups, estimated that the numbers could run into the thousands, citing interviews with Defense Department investigators and reports and postings on racist Web sites and magazines.

Potential panelists include –

  • Matthew Fogg, Blacks In Government
  • Ken Williams, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • David Grogan, U.S. Marshal Service Whistleblower
  • Michael McCray, FEW-LEF
  • Marcel Reid, ACORN 8




Lunch Break



Whistleblower Legislative Campaigns: Closing Loopholes in the 115th Congress


Moderated by Tom Devin, Government Accountability Project— This panel will preview legislative campaigns in the 115th Congress to fill the remaining gaps in whistleblower protections. Panelists will address the greatest threats to courageous truth-tellers, from retaliation within Offices of Inspectors General and the Intelligence Community, to the rise in retaliatory investigations and the urgent need for jury trial access under Whistleblower Protection Act to challenge government abuses.

Potential panelists include –

  • Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project
  • Brandon Coleman, Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs
  • John Crane, Office of Inspector General, Department of Defense
  • Matthew Fogg, Ntl 1st Vice President, Blacks In Government
  • Emily Gardner, Worker and Safety Advocate, Public Citizen
  • Benjamin Strickland, Alliance For Whistleblowers, U.S. Coast Guard Whistleblower




The U.S. Office of Special Counsel: Past, Present and Future Analysis


Moderated by Shanna Devin, Government Accountability Project— This panel will examine the significant progress that the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has made under the leadership of the current Special Counsel, the newly established Disclosure Complaints Examining Unit, as well as pending legislation to reauthorize the OSC and additional areas for reform.

Potential panelists include –

  • Shanna Devine, Government Accountability Project  
  • Brandon Coleman, Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project
  • Robert MacLean, Whistleblower, Dept. of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
  • Adam Miles, Deputy Special Counsel for Policy and Congressional Affairs, Office of Special Counsel



Awards Reception: Pillar Award Presentation

Sponsored by the Project On Government Oversight, Government Accountability Project & Public Citizen


Presentation by Marcel Reid, Pacifica Whistleblower Liaison-- The Pillar Award given at the Capitol Building. An annual awards presentations for notable Civil Rights and Human Rights champions.  


Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Senator Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-IA)

Senator Ron Wyden (D-MN)


House Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Honorable Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Honorable Kathleen Rice (D-NY)

Honorable Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Honorable Rod Blum (R-IA)


Arkansas Legislative Assembly Representatives

Honorable Vivian Flowers (D-17)

Honorable Kenneth “Ken” Ferguson (D-16)

Honorable Charles Blake (D-36)


Mayor Karen Weaver, City of Flint Michigan


Ron Fonger, First Reported Flint Water Crisis



Sheila White—Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad vs White

 (Martha Mitchell & Frank Wills Award)


William “Bill” Harrod—Pay Day Loan Whistleblower

(Martha Mitchell & Frank Wills Award)


Berta Caceres, Indigenous Honduras Activist

(Grace Lee Boggs Award)


Delores Huerta, Co-founder United Farm Workers

 (Grace Lee Boggs Award)



Schedule of Events



Friday y July 29, 2016







United States Capitol

Capitol Visitor Center—CVC

Congressional Meeting Room North

Washington, DC 20515


EEOC Stakeholders—C4C: Addressing Race Discrimination & Reprisal In the Federal Sector


Moderated by Gloria Minott, Public Affairs Director WPFW— The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C) convened panel will address race discrimination and reprisal In the Federal sector.  Panelists will discuss race-based complaint trends in the Federal government since the passage of the Notification and Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002; the C4C formulated accountability and transparency measures as presented to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to reform the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Program; the origin and status of HR 1557-- the Federal Employee Anti-discrimination bill introduced by Rep. Elijah Cummings; and stress reduction and coping strategies to help victims of Federal workplace discrimination improve their health and wellness.

Potential panelists include –

  • Tanya Ward Jordan, Coalition For Change Inc. (C4C)
  • Paulette Taylor, Coalition For Change Inc. (C4C)
  • Arthuretta Holmes-Martin, Coalition For Change Inc. (C4C)



EEOC—Whistleblower Disclosures And Management Retaliation


Moderated by Gloria Minott, Public Affairs Director WPFW—Over the past decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported that retaliation is the most common issue alleged by federal employees and the most common discrimination finding in federal sector cases. Nearly half of all complaints filed during fiscal year (FY) 2013 were retaliation complaints, with 42 percent of findings of discrimination based on retaliation. In fact, retaliation has been the most frequently alleged basis of discrimination in the federal sector since fiscal year 2008. In addition, the number of discrimination findings based on a retaliation claim has outpaced other bases of discrimination. This panel will discuss a EEOC Whitepaper on Retaliation, a research study on Whistleblower Disclosures and Management Retaliation and the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad vs White

Potential panelists include –

  • Carlton Hadden, Director Office of Federal Operations 
  • Patricia St. Clair, EEOC Office of Federal Operations 
  • Joyce Rothschild, Virginia Technical University
  • Michael McCray, FEW-LEF
  • Shelia White, Labor Whistleblower



LEAP—Law enforcement Dissent is an Asset, Not a Weakness


Moderated by Gloria Minott, Public Affairs Director WPFW— The top priority of law enforcement is, and has always been, to serve and protect the public by upholding the law. Inevitably over the course of their careers, law enforcement officials often have to make tough calls. The toughest among these is to shed light on internal practices that sometimes do not reflect well on the integrity of law enforcement agencies. Many times exposing systemic errors engenders ill will towards whistleblowers because they are perceived as “sellouts” by their peers instead of professionals dedicated to upholding the integrity of their organizations.

If whistleblowers are to be empowered within the law­ enforcement community, the case must be made that whistleblowers are a necessary component of a well functioning organization. The attention they bring to errors in the system by voicing dissent ultimately strengthens, not weakens law enforcement.  The panel will address how to change the perception of whistleblowing from being detrimental to law enforcement to an asset of good policing in line with the intent of the 1778 Whistleblower Protection Act.

Potential panelists include –

  • Leigh Maddox, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Keith Adkins, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Matthew Fogg, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Ken Williams, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Michael Wood Jr, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition



Whistleblower Solidarity Dinner


The National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20045


This semi-formal dinner is the capstone event of the conference to promote solidarity within the public interest community.