Partners

Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival’s partners help to spread awareness about our mission of building community and mutual support among whistleblowers and their advocates. Thank you to the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival partners:

Media Partners: Pacifica Foundation, WPFW (89.3 FM), Project Censored

The Pacifica Foundation, Inc. was born in the late 1940's out of the (now nearly forgotten) peace movement surrounding World War Two. Lewis Hill, a conscientious objector and Washington, D.C. newsman, was fired from his mainstream reporting job when he refused to misrepresent the facts. This was a time when the idea of a listener-sponsored radio station was a new one which had never been implemented. Many people doubted the viability of a broadcast model which didn't rely on some kind of corporate or government funding. But the idea was too compelling for Hill and others who agreed with him. Pacifica was born and in 1949 KPFA went on the air from Berkeley, California making it the first of what would eventually become five Pacifica Stations to go on the air. The Pacifica Network also boasts almost 200 affiliates.

WPFW is the fifth station of the Pacifica Radio Network, founded in 1949 by maverick broadcaster and pacifist Lewis Hill. WPFW began in 1977, in a very modest facility-a single room, divided into four segments. From a prime location, WPFW reaches Capitol Hill with community news broadcasts. WPFW has been the voice for alternative programming in the Washington metropolitan area. In essence, the station started out and continues to challenge the norm and passionately serve the under-served of our community.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners:

The ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 85,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

Pacifica Whistleblower Support Timeline

2020 
- Due to COVID 19, the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival partners with Film Festival Flix and hosts the first virtual presentation of the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival.

2019 
- The Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights re-brands and re-organizes itself as the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival.
- Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser issues a proclamation recognizing National Whistleblower Appreciation Day and the Whistleblower Summit as the largest gathering of whistleblowers and advocates. - The Whistleblower Summit awards a posthumous Pillar Award to WPFW friend and legendary civil rights activist, Richard “Dick” Gregory. 
 - The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival receives a Best Festival Award — “Best of the Fests” for Innovative Arts, Film & Culture Festivals from Fest Forums.

2018
- Tony Norman, Pacifica Foundation National Board Member, attends the Whistleblower Summits on behalf of the Pacifica Foundation.
 - Campbell Johnson, local board member, attends the Whistleblower Summit on behalf of the local station board for WPFW. 

2017
- Tony Norman, Pacifica Foundation National Board Member, attends the Whistleblower Summit on behalf of the Pacifica Foundation.
- Campbell Johnson, local board member, attends the Whistleblower Summit on behalf of the local station board for WPFW.

2016
- The Whistleblower Summit presents the first Whistleblower Summit at the Clinton Presidential Library and School of Public Service.
- The Whistleblower Summit partners with Wilmington TEDx to present the first whistleblower themed TEDx Salon: Whistleblowers and the First Amendment.

2015
- Tony Bates, WPFW Program Director attends the Whistleblower Summit on behalf of the local station board and provides formal support for the Whistleblower Summit from WPFW.

2014
- Marcel Reid, the Pacifica Whistleblower Liaison, joins the Make It Safe Campaign (MISC) Steering Committee, which is the leadership body for the whistleblower community coalition.
- KPFK hosts Peter Phillips and Micky Huff, founders of Project Censored, to receive the Pillar Award for decades of truth telling. KPFK, in Los Angeles, is the most powerful of the Pacifica stations and indeed is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States.

2013
- The Pacifica Foundation establishes a formal Whistleblower Liaison position and names Marcel Reid as the first Whistleblower Liaison. Pacifica is the first (only) media organization with this position.

2012
- Arlene Engelhardt led the national foundation boards to vote unanimously to support the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) and the Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights, thereby becoming the first and only media organization to formally support whistleblowers and whistleblower legislation.
- Pacifica names its new national board chair, Summer Reese, and says farewell to Arlene Engelhardt.
- Summer Reese, Pacifica Foundation National Board Chair reaffirms support for the Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights.
- Arlene Engelhardt, former Pacifica Foundation National Board Chair attends the Whistleblower Summit.
- Following the support by Pacifica Radio Network, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) was signed into law in November 2012.

2011
 - Marcel Reid raises the issue of whistleblowing and supporting whistleblowers to the Pacifica Foundation National Board.
- WPFW News Director, Gloria Minot, becomes the official moderator for the Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights (served 2011 through 2018).
 - Tony Norman, Pacifica Foundation National Board Member, attends the Whistleblower Summit on behalf of the Pacifica Foundation.
- Campbell Johnson, local board member, attends the Whistleblower Summit on behalf of the local station board for WPFW.
 - The Whistleblower Summit awards a posthumous Pillar Award to legendary WPFW broadcaster and community activist Ambrose Lane.

2010
- After leading the community advisory board and local station board of WPFW, Marcel Reid joins the Pacifica Foundation National Board of Directors.

2009
- Former ACORN national board member and whistleblower, Marcel Reid, joins the local station board and later, the community advisory board of WPFW.
- Pacifica names its new national board chair, Arlene Engelhardt, and says farewell to Madeline Sattler.

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