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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 International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW), and a National Board Member for Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW/LEF). McCray is the Author of ACORN 8: RACE, POWER & POLITICS--Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower; and he also hosts "The Fifth Estate" on Pacifica Radio, the only show made by whistleblowers--about whistleblowers.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 8, 2019 When Courage Blows A Whistle
Just as those who have shaped history have often not been revered and rewarded in their own lifetime so it is for the whistleblower. The contributions of whistleblowers occur in many dimensions and surely they are contributors to the evolution of our social society. Think of Lincoln, Mozart, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Jesus, and many others. The true value of persons of conscience and integrity is inestimable.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019 2019 Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival - International Film Lineup Announced
GROUNDBREAKING 179 SUBMISSIONS FROM 43 COUNTRIES
The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival announced today the showcase of new independent feature films. The Whistleblower Summit recognizes that cinema is a powerful medium for highlighting civil & human rights violations across the globe. It seeks to shine a light on stories of courage and perseverance in the face of injustice and to encourage individuals to stand together.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 6, 2018 5 Things I Learned From Blowing My TEDx Talk
Many people think giving a TEDx Talk is the chance of a lifetime. You can share your message and reach a billion people over a global platform. But what happens when you fcuk up on the biggest, grandest international stage--a performance that will be relived forever because the internet does not forget? Here are five things that I wish I knew before I gave my TEDx talk...
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 24, 2018 ACORN and the Firestorm (Film Review)
ACORN and the Firestorm, a new documentary about the rise and fall of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, recently aired on PBS. Michael McCray attended the debut of the film at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival -- in Arkansas, the birth place of ACORN. The following is a Film Review and Critique of the documentary from a former ACORN National Board Member and ACORN Whistleblower.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 16, 2016 Clinton School of Public Service Co-hosts Whistleblower Summit Lecture Series at Clinton Presidential Library
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will co-host free lectures and events open to the public that celebrate the important role of whistleblowers and their advocates. The events, which will take place at the Clinton Presidential Library and other nearby locations, are cosponsored by The Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights; a Washington, D.C.-based organization of whistleblowers and advocates.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, November 23, 2015 What do Mrs. Obama, Mrs. Vilsack, Valerie Jarrett and Whistleblowers know that you don't?
Full Measure, a Sunday Morning Talk Show, reveals courageous whistleblowers who reported ongoing sexual assault, harassment and misconduct at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service. Additionally, USDA racial discrimination and retaliation claims resulting in a 3,000 class action currently languishes before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Hollywood Filmmakers To Be Honored at Annual Whistle Blower Summit on Capitol Hill
The Whistle Blower Summit will honor "Best Whistle Blower Film" at annual conference. The 2015 finalists are: Ian Thomas Ash for A2-B-C. (Censored Fukushima Film, 2013); Kristina Borjesson-for TWA Flight 800. (Lionsgate, 2013); Michael Cuesta for Kill the Messenger. (Focus Features, 2014); James Spione for Silenced. (Morninglight Films, 2014); and Randall Stith-for The Hidden Enemy. (Citizens Commission on Human Rights, 2013)
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 6, 2015 Whistleblowers "LEAP" onto Capitol Hill to Salute Black Lives Matter at Annual Whistle Blower Summit
ACORN 8--Coalition for Change (C4C), Project Censored, Justice Integrity Project and Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), will co-host this year's Whistle Blower Summit for Civil & Human Rights in Washington, DC on July 29-31, 2015. This year's conference theme is "Black Lives Matter--This Is The Movement!" The National Whistleblower Center will host a National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Luncheon.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2015 COON-GATE: Arkansas Politician Fails At Social Media... And Risks His Seat due to Racist Facebook Slurs
Arkansas politician faces a historic recall campaign due to racial slurs "coon" on Facebook. In this day and age, every public official must be careful and responsible when using social media. For example, former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-R) recently Facebooked himself out of Congress and Instagramed himself into an indictment. Likewise Pine Bluff, Alderman Bill Brumett has Facebooked himself into a recall election
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 7, 2014 "Swift Boat" Attacks Fail to Sink Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights on Capitol Hill
Despite baseless allegations of financial fraud, the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights on Capitol Hill was a tremendous success last week including an Opening Plenary, Workshops and Panel Discussions, Whistleblower Book Signing and Documentary Film Screening; National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Awards Luncheon and Welcome Reception, Pillar Awards Presentation and Whistleblower Solidarity Dinner.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Civil Rights and "Censored" Groups support Whistleblowers on Capitol Hill
USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, Coalition for Change (C4C), Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW/LEF) and Cause of Action Foundation join forces to support whistleblowers. Project Censored, Sharyl Attkisson former CBS Investigative Reporter, and Senator John Boozman to be honored at the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights co-hosted by ACORN 8 and Drum Major's For Truth (DM4T).
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 12, 2014 Whistleblowers Refuse to be Silenced or Intimidated
Whistleblower, Civil Rights and Human Rights advocates convene a historic summit on Capitol Hill. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressional Representatives Elijah Cummings, Blake Farenthold, Jackie Speier and U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner to receive the coveted Pillar Award for Human Rights. Pacifica, Code Pink, ACORN 8 and Drum Majors for Truth join forces to support the Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Fifth Estate-Postmortem: The End of Social Movement Movies?
A whistleblower's critique and postmortem on the Participant Media recent release of the "Fifth Estate" and the future of social movement films. The Fifth Estate is a film about Julian Assange and his Wiki-Leaks website.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Derail Ray Kelly--Mr. Stop, Frisk and Strip Search--from Becoming Homeland Security Chief
Participants in the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights have spoken out against President Barack Obama's tacit support of Ray Kelly for a top-ranking National Security Post. ACORN 8, the Federally Employed Women/Legal Education Fund (FEW/LEF), the Coalition for Change (C4C), and the NO FEAR Coalition call upon Congress to block Kelly's nomination and/or confirmation as Chief of the Department of Homeland Security.