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
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."