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Whistleblowers Unite with Occupy Washington for Civil and Human Rights Conference May 20-22, 2012

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(Washington, D.C.) - The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees ( and watchdog group ACORN 8 ( 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 this year.

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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

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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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President Obama claims to support truth, transpare... by Michael McCray on Sunday, Apr 22, 2012 at 9:03:33 AM
I will post an announcement of the assembly on the... by Gary Brumback on Sunday, Apr 22, 2012 at 12:10:11 PM
The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C) will definite... by Ward Jordan on Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 12:10:35 AM
I hope the conference attendees call upon Presiden... by Joe Carson on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:23:42 PM