Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 20 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

#MeToo Aids US Forest Service Whistleblowers and Rep Jackie Speier's Battle for Investigations into Sexual Harassment

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   1 comment
Author 16912
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Michael McCray
Become a Fan
  (4 fans)

Whistleblower Summit Hosts with Senator Charles .Chuck. Grassley
Whistleblower Summit Hosts with Senator Charles .Chuck. Grassley
(Image by Michael McCray)
  Details   DMCA

WASHINGTON -- The Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights congratulates the brave and courageous Women in the U.S. Forest Service and the members of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees. The resignation of U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke highlights the need for transparency and accountability in the Forest Service and across USDA.

This victory--while sudden--did not occur overnight. These Women have been battling racism, sexism and harassment at USDA for over a decade. This grievous on-going, sexual abuse, threatens not only their reputations and livelihoods but ultimately our national security. "A seldom appreciated fact these women are an integral and vital part of our domestic national security grid." Marcel Reid, co-organizer of the Whistleblower Summit adds, "How many of these women are struggling with PTSD while fighting fires when uncontrolled--could have looming domestic and national security implications?"

In 2012, the ACORN8 and the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees co-hosted the 1st Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights on Capitol Hill--and the women of the U.S. Forest Service were prominent participants. Ironically, USDA Forest Service Officials started retaliating against the woman for participating in the conference--while they were still on Capitol Hill!

Michael McCray, ACORN 8

Marcel Reid, ACORN 8

Lawrence Lucas, USDA Coalition

Ron Cotton, USDA Coalition

Lesa Donnelly, USDA Coalition

Alicia Dabney, US Forest Service

Denice Rice, US Forest Service

Darlen Hall, US Forest Service

US Forest Service Women at Whistleblower Summit
US Forest Service Women at Whistleblower Summit
(Image by Michael McCray)
  Details   DMCA

Public Television (PBS News Hour) is running a multi-part investigative report on the brave Women in the Forest Service, and while this is the latest media exposure of this travesty--it was not the first. A quick chronology of USDA press coverage since the 2012 Whistleblower Summit. Coverage started with WPFW (Pacifica Radio) and Gloria Minott, host of "Metro Beat" and moderator of the Whistleblower Summit. The radio coverage continued with Mickey Huff of Project Censored on (KPFA). Cable television coverage began with "Breaking the Set" with Abby Martin on RT-Television. Print coverage included Mike Volpe for the Daily Caller, followed by Ron Nixon with the New York Times (special thanks to Stephanie Strom). Finally, Sharyl Attkisson host of "Full Measure" did a story reporting the plight of the Forest Service women and boarder cover up of discrimination cases and corruption at USDA (Michael McCray vs Secretary Vilsack) on broadcast television. 12/11/16 BURNED--History of Harassment (at USDA / Forest Service)

Additional, thanks to Marti Oakley's for her monthly coverage of the USDA issues on internet radio.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Michael McCray Social Media Pages: Facebook Page       Twitter Page       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Michael McCray is a public interest advocate who combats racism and corruption in the government and other institutions which deprive individuals of their basic civil rights, human rights and constitutional liberties. McCray is co-chair of the (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

CBC Chair Marcia Fudge, Senators Ron Wyden, Rand Paul and OpEdNews / Rob Kall honored with the Pillar Human Rights Award

ACORN Whistleblower / Anita Mailroom MonCrief

Shirley Sherrod / Sister Soldier

Blowing the Whistle on Mortgage Fraud

Senator Charles Grassley Opens Whistleblower Summit and Recieves Prestigious "Pillar Human Rights" Award

Georgia House Representative supports Mortgage Fraud whistleblowers all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court.

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: