- The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees (http://www.agcoaliation.org) and watchdog group ACORN 8 (http://www.acorn8.com)
united with 40 national and international coalitions of good government,
open government, civil rights and human rights groups as well as hundreds of
individual Occupy Wall Street protesters from across the country,
announce an assembly at the Washington DC Capitol to be held May 20-22, 2012. We are proud
to announce that MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan has agreed to moderate and
the PACIFICA Radio Network has committed to broadcast the historic event
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Over the last six 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 USDA Coalition of Minority Employees will co-host this year's Whistleblower Summit--Civil & Human Rights Conference , in Washington, DC. The Coalition has been very active at the US Department of Agriculture since 1994, regarding their continued widespread racism, sexism, reprisal, intimidation, sexual assault, hostile work environment, and other abuses against USDA employees and minority farmers.
The week's events will include an Opening Plenary, New Media Panel Discussion, No FEAR Anniversary Reception, Civil and Human Rights Roundtable, Book Signing, Movie Night, Citizen's Tribunal, Press Conference, Peace & Justice Demonstration, Congressional Lobby Day, Solidarity Dinner and much, much, more. Featured speakers will include some of the following:
Charles "Chuck" Grassley, U.S. Senate (R-IA)
Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project
Stephen Kohn, President, National Whistleblower Center
Arlene Englehart, Executive Director, Pacificia Foundation
Marcel Reid, Board of Directors, Pacifica Foundation
Lawrence Lucas, President, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees
Michael McCray, Co-chair, International Association of Whistleblowers
Reverend Walter Fauntroy, Founder, No FEAR Institute
Marsha Coleman Adebayo, Co-chair, No FEAR Coalition
Margret Flowers, Chair, National Occupation of Washington (NOW)
The week's events are designed to highlight the contributions of whistleblowers and to promote Civil and Human Rights activism. The public interest watchdog coalitions view the week as an opportunity to build on the momentum created by OccupyEPA, Filibuster for Justice, Washington Whistleblower Week and to protect the truth-tellers who risk their careers to challenge abuses of the public trust. During the week, speakers will include some of the best-known whistleblowers and advocates in US history.
"Presidential candidates have taken notice of the movement. When in private practice as a young lawyer, Barack Obama represented coalition member Janet Chandler, contributing to a pivotal Supreme Court whistleblower victory," states Michael McCray, Co-chair of the International Association of Whistleblowers and Author of ACORN 8--Race, Power & Politics. "Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has been so harsh on these first amendment champions that many activists have decried the Obama War on Whistleblowers."
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