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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.


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Michael McCray (Festival Director) and Marcia Mitchell (Author of the book the film is based upon) at the screening of IFC Films 'Offical Secrets' during the 8th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
District of Columbia Proclamation for National Whistleblower Day, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 3, 2019
Hollywood Comes To Capitol Hill At The 8th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival - Pillar Award Winners Announced: 2019 Pillar Awardees: Gladys Louise Smith "Mary Pickford" Award - John Singleton Best Whistleblower Portrayal - Official Secrets Best Documentary - The Kids We Lose Best Feature - The Guardians Tank Man - Best Short Audience Choice - The Great Hack Other winners include Ralph Nader and Richard "Dick" Gregory. Historic event coincides with D.C. City Government's proclamation supporting National Whistleblowers Day
IFC Films' OFFICIAL SECRETS advanced screening with National Whistleblowers Summit + Film Festival at the National Press Club. Right to left: Gavin Hood, Katharine Gun, Martin Bright., From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 19, 2019
Official Secrets Sneak Screening Debuted to Full House of Whistleblowers at the 8th Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival A pre-Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival publicity rollout began last night with an advanced screening of Gavin Hood's (Eye In The Sky) new film "Official Secrets" which opens on September 6th in D.C., at the National Press Club. Special guests included writer and director Gavin Hood and real-life inspirations, whistleblower Katharine Gun (portrayed by Keira Knightley) and journalist Martin Bright (portrayed by Matt Smith).
Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival Venue, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Michael McCray on stage at the Historic Delaware Public Library, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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...
Left to Right: Derek Horne , Moderator, HSDFF Zach Polett, Former ACORN, Political Director John Atlas, Author / Producer Neil Sealy, Head Organizer for Arkansas Community Organizations, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Whistleblower Summit Hosts with Senator Charles .Chuck. Grassley, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 12, 2018
#MeToo Aids US Forest Service Whistleblowers and Rep Jackie Speier's Battle for Investigations into Sexual Harassment Whistleblowers Applaud Forest Service Women and call for s USDA investigation. 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--and support for Rep Jackie Speier's call for a USDA investigation.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Final Whistleblower TEDx Talk from Historic TEDx Willmington Salon Released on International Human Right's Day Michael McCray, who spearheaded a recent TEDx Salon on Whistleblowers and the First Amendment, discusses why whistleblowers are more important than ever in the age of Edward Snowden, the Panama Papers and Black Lives Matter. "Whistleblowers are the 'Fifth Estate' protecting freedom, liberty and Democracy," says McCray, an attorney and author of Race, Power & Politics.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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)
Whistle Blower Summit Civil Human Rights, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Pine Bluff Alderman Bill Brumett sits alone in City Council Chambers, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
Anthony Walker, Paula Isadore Aguilar, Michael McCray, Benjaman Crump, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 17, 2014
SWAT Team Slays 107 Year Old Blind Black Man--Execution of Monroe Isadore Casts Shadows of Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights organizer Michael McCray hosts Attorney Ben Crump, who represented the family of slain Florida teen Travyon Martin and is representing the family of Mike Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in a lecture at UAPB on criminal justice reform and police brutality for Monroe Isadore, a 107 year-old blind Black man slain by the police in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 31, 2014
Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights--Whistleblowers Convene on Capitol Hill for 8th Annual Conference. Whistleblowers from across the country will convene on Capitol Hill for their 8th Annual Conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower's Week. Code Pink joins Pacifica Radio in support of the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights, which will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act and commemorate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day-sponsored by Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley
The Fifth Estate Movie Poster, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Ray Kelly  photo by Shankbone, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.

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