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ACORN 8 will host and Drum Major's for Truth (DM4T) will co-host this year's Whistleblower Summit for Civil & 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. The Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights is unique because it seeks to bridge the gap between the traditional "whistleblower" organizations, and the modern civil rights and global human rights movements. This conference theme is--Is It Right?

"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but we must take it because our conscience tells us that it is right."

--Martin Luther King, Jr.


Whistleblowers and their advocates from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill to convene this four-day event, which features Plenary Session, Workshops and Panel Discussions, Press Conference at the National Press Club, Whistleblower Book Signing and Film Screening, National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Awards Luncheon and Welcome Reception, Pillar Awards Presentations, and Solidarity Dinner.

"Secrecy is a form of government regulation that has negative consequences for national interests. It obstructs government accountability and undermines an engaged electorate. Whistleblowers counteract secrecy, informing the public and holding officials responsible when their actions run contrary to fundamental democratic principles. In an era when corporate news media habitually 'shoot the messenger,' Project Censored affirms and amplifies the courageous efforts of whistleblowers to enlighten the public and protect our democracy." --Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff for Project Censored

Project Censored The Movie: Junk Food News by Project Censored

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The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, Coalition for Change (C4C) and Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW/LEF) and Cause of Action Foundation express solidarity for the upcoming event. We are excited by meetings to discuss Stakeholder Concerns with representatives from Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) and also with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

Tanya Ward Jordan, Founder The Coalition For Change, Inc.(C4C) says, "The Whistleblower Summit provides a productive venue for concerned "truth tellers" to unite in solidarity; to exchange vital information for the purpose of keeping Americans safe; and to explore ways to end the ravaging effects of unrestrained reprisal against employees."

Patricia L. St. Clair, Assistant Director, Federal Sector Programs, (Training and Outreach Division) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adds, "The renewing of the MOU between EEOC and OSC allows the agencies to continue its partnership of seeking to eradicate prohibited discrimination in personnel decisions in the federal workforce through joint enforcement and information sharing."

Matthew Fogg, President of Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund and former Amnesty International Board of Directors adds, "The Whistleblower Summit is unique because it seeks to bridge the gap between the traditional whistleblower organizations, and the modern civil rights and global human rights movements. Freedom of Speech and Equal Rights, that is what the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights is all about."

Lawrence Lucas, President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees alleges, "We had hoped that USDA would act in good faith to bring justice and fairness to the civil rights process at USDA. However, after year-long conversations we have failed miserably in trying to bring positive change and progress in USDA's civil rights process for USDA employees and minority farmers.

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"The Veteran Administration and the Internal Revenue Service scandals should alert USDA that they cannot forever hide its sexism, racism and other abuses much longer from the America public. These widespread civil and human rights abuses cannot be hidden inside the walls at USDA forever. The Whistleblower Summit will focus on USDA and the way it treats it's employees and customers, especially, Black farmers, and it's failed civil rights process because of their unwillingness to change."

The Whistleblower Summit is a four-day conference that runs from July 28-31, 2014 and celebrates National Whistleblower Appreciation Day (July 30, 2014), with particular emphasis on Civil Rights issues on July 31, 2014.

Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huffwill participate in the Whistleblower Book Signing and Documentary Film Screening of Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News at Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets on July 29, 2014. Determined to break the grip of Junk Food News on the American public, two California fathers uncover the true agenda of the corporate media while they investigate the importance of a free and independent press.

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