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Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights

Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights
Whistleblower Summit Over the last ten years members from the Make it Safe Coalition (MISC) have arranged an assembly of whistleblowers in Washington, DC each year for an annual conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower’s Week. All whistleblowers and their advocates, as well as the entire civil rights community are invited to participate. Host committee members—ACORN 8 (www.ACORN8.com), Coalition for Change (C4C), Project Censored, Justice Integrity Project and Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), will co-host this year’s Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights on Capitol Hill. The theme for the annual conference this year is—Whistleblowers Protect Freedom and Democracy. The Whistleblower Summit is unique because it combines legislative advocacy, public policy discussions with community and social events. During the conference we have panel discussions, press conferences, award presentations, receptions, luncheon/dinner, movie night, book signings, etc. We are in the midst of a campaign to designate July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. While the usage of the term “whistleblower” in popular culture began in the 1970s around the Vietnam War—the first law the provided protections to citizens (whistleblowers) who report abuses of the public trust was passed by the Continental Congress on July 30th, 1778.                “There is no freedom of the press without confidential sources. There can be no congressional oversight without government informants. Whistleblowers are the Fifth Estate protecting freedom and liberty from government overreach and corporate abuses.”                                                                                                                                        —Michael McCray, Esq., CPA (inactive)                                                                                                                   Washington Whistleblower Week Beginning in May 2007, members from the Make it Safe Coalition (MISC) have arranged an assembly of whistle-blowers in Washington, DC each year for an annual conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower’s Week. The original purpose of which was multifaceted and manifold.                                                                Purpose and Goals Highlight the special projects and accomplishments of the whistleblowers and NGOs in the Make It Safe Coalition. Come together to defeat the “isolation” experienced by whistleblowers and create a sense community among individual whistleblowers and the NGOs that support us. Provide a meaningful “mutual support network” for whistleblowers and our advocates across the country the globe. Provide lobby training for the whistleblower community to support the passage of important legislation related to transparency, whistleblowing and the First Amendment. Publicize the successful efforts of NGOs, whistleblowers and our advocates, and provide media training to individual whistleblowers to broaden our access to the media. Place whistle-blowing in its proper historical context, and redefine whistleblowers as beneficial and integral  to democratic society and Champions of the Constitution and First Amendment. Change the public perception of the term “whistleblower” from being a pejorative to being patriotic “persons of conscience.” Finally, to connect Whistleblowers and First Amendment advocates to the broader Civil Rights and global Human Rights movements.                                    Today, this annual conference is now known as the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights. We recently celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Act and we have embarked upon a national campaign to recognize National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The theme for this year’s conference is—Whistleblowers Protect Freedom and Democracy.

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