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54 Whistleblowers, 29 NGOs Sign Letter Urging Trump and Congress to Revise Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

July 26, 2017

Washington, DC – In prelude to the annual Whistleblower Summit and introduction of National Whistleblower Day legislation, over 50 whistleblowers and 29 NGOs sent messages today to President Trump and Congress on how to “drain the swamp” of government bureaucracies, a major campaign pledge articulated by the president. Their message: complete the unfinished business in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) of 2012.

ADVISORY: Whistleblower Summit Hosts Advanced Screening of Documentary “Frank Serpico”

July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Make It Safe Coalition’s (MISC) annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights is hosting a special advanced screening of the whistleblower film “Frank Serpico” at Busboys and Poets Brookland location on July 27th from 6-10 PM. The 2017 documentary is set to debut in November and captures the heroic story of Francesco “Frank” Serpico, a New York City Police Department Officer who exposed corruption in the department.

ADVISORY: Government Accountability Project Co-Sponsors Annual Whistleblower Summit

July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – In collaboration with the Make It Safe Coalition (MISC), the Government Accountability Project will be sponsoring its annual Whistleblower Summit to celebrate truth-tellers who risk their livelihoods to disclose fraud, wrongdoing, and abuse of authority on behalf of the public interest. Prominent whistleblowers, government officials, and members of the nonprofit community will gather for a series of panels to discuss progress made toward adequate whistleblower protection legislation and outline how future campaigns can address the issues.

Make It Safe Coalition Hosts Annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights

July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - Over the last ten years members from the Make it Safe Coalition (MISC) have arranged an assembly of whistleblowers in Washington, D.C. each year for an annual conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower’s Week. ACORN 8 (www.ACORN8.com) will host this year’s Whistleblower Summit™ for Civil & Human Rights on July 27-28, 2017.

View the full list of events here

 

Centre for Law and Democracy: Little Progress in Asian Development Bank Information Policy Proposals

June 26, 2017

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is currently conducting a consultation on its proposals to reform its right to information policy, the Public Communications Policy 2011. An submission to the consultation by CLD concludes that, after important advances at the ADB in 2005 and 2011, the current Draft Consultation Paper can only be described as disappointing. There are few innovations over 2011 and, in the most problematical area, namely the regime of exceptions, there are even some rollbacks.

Coalition Praises Senate Action Adding Disciplinary Teeth to the Whistleblower Protection Act

June 01, 2017

 Senate Unanimously Approves S. 585, Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

WASHINGTON – The Make It Safe Coalition (MISC) Steering Committee praised May 25 Senate action by unanimous consent approving S. 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. Dr. Kirkpatrick was a whistleblower who challenged excessive prescriptions at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin and took his own life after being fired.

Government Accountability Project to Host Teach-In at March for Science

April 18, 2017

Whistleblowers’ Role in Promoting Science-Based Public Policy

WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Project (GAP) invites you to join us for a teach-in at the March for Science on April 22, 2017. The teach-in, entitled ‘Whistleblowers: Speaking Up For Science,’ will help educate attendees about both the role whistleblowers play in protecting the public interest and promoting science-based public policy, and inform science professionals about their legal rights and strategies for disclosing evidence of serious wrongdoing.

Government Accountability Project Partners with March for Science

April 10, 2017

Nations Leading Whistleblower Organization Upholds Support for Scientific Integrity

Senators Call on Energy Secretary to Protect Whistleblowers

March 24, 2017

Courtesy of United States Senate: Wyden, McCaskill, Markey Ask What the Energy Department Will do to Prevent Future Retaliation Against Whistleblowers like Sandra Black

Contact:Sam Offerdahl (Wyden), 202-224-5039
Giselle Barry (Markey), 202-224-2742
Drew Pusateri (McCaskill), 202-228-4595

Daniela Vargas, Anna Deavere Smith, Heather Ann Thompson, and Sonia Kennebeck To Receive 2017 Ridenhour Prizes

March 23, 2017

Courtesy of The Nation Institute: Annual prizes recognize truth-telling in the public interest

WASHINGTON -- The Nation Institute, Fertel Foundation, and Stewart R. Mott Foundation are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Ridenhour Prizes, annual awards given to extraordinary individuals “who persevere in the act of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice, or illuminate a more just vision of society.” 

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