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Whistleblowing Affects Everyone: Annual Conference July 29-31, 2013

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Whistleblowing Affects Everyone is the theme of this year's annual conference known as Washington Whistleblower's Week.  The "free" seminar, co-hosted by the Federally Employed Women-Legal Education Fund and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coalition of Minority Employees, will take place on July 29-31, 2013.  As in previous years, the Pacifica Foundation will actively participate and support this year's Whistleblower Summit in Washington, DC.  The event will "open" with a whistleblower assembly at the Stewart R. Mott House on Capitol Hill located at 122 Maryland Ave, NE, Wash. DC 20002. 

From Independent Black Farmers and USDA employees who report "pink slime" in our food supply, to Air Marshals reporting lax airport security--Whistleblowers Protect People. Gloria Minott, Public Affairs Director for WPFW will moderate this year's event. Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) will be honored with a Pillar Human Rights Award. The Pillar is awarded to notable civil and human rights champions; previous recipients include Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

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The Whistleblower Summit will include workshops and panel discussions on the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002; War on Whistleblowers and Journalists; Publishing and Book Deals; Culture of Government Corruption; Warrantless Surveillance of Whistleblowers; USDA: Black Farmers and Minority Employees; and Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions Cited Obstacles to Fair Employment; and Military Whistleblowers.  The conference will also feature a whistleblower book signing and film screening at Busboys and Poets on July 30, 2013 (5:00-9:00 PM).

  Invited Authors:

 *  James Holzrichter, A Just Cause--A Story of Courage, Hope & The Integrity of the American Dream
 *  Marcel Reid and Michael McCray, ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics--Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower
 * Tom Devine, The Whistleblowers Survival Guide--A Handbook for Committing the Truth
 * Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, No FEAR--A Whistleblower's Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA
 *   Eyal Press, Beautiful Souls--Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times
 *  Jesselyn Radack, Traitor--The Whistleblower and the American Taliban
 * Stephen Kohn, The Whistleblower's Handbook--A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself

"We are very excited about this year's conference, because our coalitions have grown, and our partners are stronger," declares Michael McCray, ACORN 8 and co-chair of the International Association of Whistleblowers."

"We are honored to present Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge the prestigious Pillar Human Rights Award for her ardent support of civil rights and whistleblower protections," adds Marcel Reid, Pacifica Foundation Whistleblower Liaison and Whistleblower. 

"We will ask President Obama to promptly intervene and bring the long history of widespread discrimination to an end," states Lawrence Lucas, President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees.

 "We will continue the fight for civil and human rights at the Whistleblower Summit this year," adds Matthew Fogg, National President of Federally Employed Women-Legal Education Fund and Vice President of Blacks In Government.

"We are here to take to task the EEOC's report that failed to fully address the obstacles, including conscious bias, facing African Americans in the federal workplace," states Tanya Ward Jordan, Founder of the Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C)

The public and all whistleblowers and their advocates, as well as the entire civil rights community are invited to participate in this year's conference. 

**Article narrative extracted from event "Press Release."  For more information contact (202) 370-6635  / (703) 743-0564.

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