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ACORN 8 and Federally Employed Women-Legal Education Fund (FEW/LEF) will co-host this year's Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights on July 29-31, 2013. The Government Accountability Project and the Pacifica Foundation will continue their support of whistleblowers and this event. Over the last seven 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.

We are proud to announce that Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will be honored with a Pillar Human Rights Award for International Persons of Conscience. We will also recognize journalists with Pillar Awards this year; Rob Kall will be recognized for OpEd News (New Media) and a posthumous award goes to Ambrose Lane (Journalist) and Host of "We Ourselves" on WPFW.



Arlene Englehardt, Senator Charles Grassley and Michael McCray by Tanya Ward Jordan

The Pillar is awarded to notable civil and human rights champions; p revious recipients include Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

The public and all whistleblowers and their advocates, as well as the entire civil rights community are invited to participate. This conference theme is Whistleblowing Affects Everyone. From Black Farmers and USDA employees who report "pink slim" in our food supply, to NSA whistleblowers reporting domestic surveillance on the American people.--Whistleblowers Protect People. Gloria Minott, Public Affairs Director for WPFW will moderate this year's event.

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 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 actively participate and support this years Whistleblower Summit in Washington, DC.

The event will open with a Whistleblower Assembly at the Stewart R. Mott House on Capitol Hill including 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.

The conference will also feature a Whistleblower Book Signing and Film Screening at Busboys & Poets (5th and K. Street) on July 30, 2013 (6:00--10:00 PM).

Invited Authors: 

James Holzrichter, A Just Cause--A Story of Courage, Hope & The Integrity of the American Dream

Marcel Reid and Michael McCray, ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics--Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower.

Tom Devine, The Whistleblowers Survival Guide--A Handbook for Committing the Truth.

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, No FEAR -- A Whistleblower's Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA

Eyal Press, Beautiful Souls -- Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times.

Jesselyn Raddick, Traitor -- The Whistleblower and the American Taliban.

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We strongly encourage the public to come out and s... by Michael McCray on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 1:09:20 PM
You deserve to be recognized. I wonder if they kno... by Timothy Gatto on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 8:50:43 PM
I could not agree with you more. Kudos to Rob Kall... by Michael McCray on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 9:21:31 AM
Well deserved.... by Allan Wayne on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:27:54 PM
OpEd News has really become the "go to" website fo... by Michael McCray on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 9:23:07 AM
I hope this will mean wider readership. You are a ... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:30:49 PM
Rob Kall's Bottom-Up approach to citizen activism ... by Michael McCray on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 9:25:19 AM
but it seems that Rand Paul is not a good company ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 6:37:25 AM
Even a broken clock is right twice a day :)  ... by Michael McCray on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 9:28:23 AM
 We rely on broken clocks:)THERE IS NO WAY TO... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 12:20:45 PM
humans evolved with much contradictory wiring in t... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 3:02:46 PM
Thanks Daniel, I agree with you. Sometimes its bet... by Michael McCray on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 11:05:06 AM
I think Senator Rand Paul is a sincere Libertarian... by Michael McCray on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 11:12:54 AM
Isn't there somebody else who deserves even more c... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 12:43:14 AM
I hope your well deserved recognition brings many ... by intotheabyss on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 6:51:49 AM
Rob Kall and OpEd News are providing an amazing se... by Michael McCray on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 9:31:26 AM
Gods knows you've earned it.... by Adam Smith on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:54:50 PM
Way to go Rob Kall!!!!... by Michael McCray on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 11:06:51 AM
... by eesabi on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 5:33:02 PM
This is a fantastic site, and the recognition is l... by Peter Duveen on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:30:10 AM
I think so to... Rob Kall and OpEd News provide an... by Michael McCray on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 11:03:22 AM
According to a psychological study of online dis... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 3:43:15 PM
In my opinion you well deserve the "Pillar Human R... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 4:18:57 PM
Allow me to add my felicitations to Rob and OpEdNe... by K V Ramani on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 9:56:51 PM
I couldn't have said it better. Kudos to the entir... by Michael McCray on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 5:35:15 PM
The far right and the far left are approaching agr... by Mari Eliza on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 12:36:46 AM
that two extremes may unite against the middle.... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 12:45:38 AM
Can anyone explain to me why Rand Paul has been aw... by Tim Bastable on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 4:54:53 AM
Rob Kall congrats on your award, you deserve it as... by David Brittain on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 8:10:38 AM
Congrats, Rob! And I must say that - given hi... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 10:55:42 AM
It might be wise to check to see 1. why Rand Paul ... by Peter Duveen on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 5:55:33 PM
Thank you for commenting. It appears that I should... by Michael McCray on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 5:55:33 PM