The dawning of a new administration is upon us, and with it comes an opportunity for whistleblower rights supporters to make their voices heard, and to achieve real changes to our ineffective whistleblower laws.
Over the past couple of years, Congress has inched towards reforming whistleblower laws for government and corporate employees, but the constant threat of veto from the Bush Administration tempered their political willpower. Now, with Obama (who has consistently supported whistleblower protection legislation) moving into the White House, as well as major concerns with transparency in doling out government bailout money AND the $50 billion Madoff scandal, we have a big chance to get the attention of Congress and new administration officials. But, nothing will happen unless we can show that the American people support protecting government and corporate whistleblowers who come forward to report illegal activity at work. We need you to get involved!!!
Here are 3 ways you can help fight for whistleblowers this inaugural season:
1. Sign the National Whistleblowers Center petition! The NWC is sponsoring a petition urging members of Congress to enact a national whistleblower protection law. Please join the thousands of whistleblower supporters have signed on!
2. Volunteer at Inaugural Events This Weekend! The NWC is looking for volunteers to collect signatures for our petition in support of strong whistleblower legislation (see #1 above). We are planning to petition at Inaugural events on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. For more information, call the NWC at 202-342-1903 or email Advocacy Director Lindsey Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Vote for Whistleblower Protection! The Obama Transition Team website is requesting that Americans vote on the issues that are most important to them. Whistleblower Protection has been steadily moving up the ranks - let's get it to the top of the list!