In my painting I am expressing my feelings of disturbance, rage, and upset toward our obscenely corrupt government in New York State. I never expected the corrupt politicians and leaders of New York would have such a personal, negative impact on my life. My mom was deemed a “whistleblower” after uncovering and reporting wrong doing in the New York State school system that put student’s lives in danger. I chose to paint the Statue of Liberty because it is not only an icon of New York State, but also the epitome of freedom.
In my painting, Lady Liberty holds up a speaker that plays just a few audio recordings out of the thousands that exemplify what a whistleblower has to endure. I want to make the viewer aware of what is going on not only politically, but also the years of constant stress and affliction it has caused my family. My mom is certainly not the only whistleblower in the state of New York whose career and family life were basically destroyed. I want to make it apparent what people will do for money, and how far they are willing to go if someone gets in their way. This painting is dedicated to my mom.
Today, this annual conference is now known as the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival. Whistleblowing is important as it is one of the most effective ways to detect and prevent corruption and other malpractice. To celebrate these incredible achievements, here is a timeline of the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival’s most notable milestones throughout the years.
Coveted Shaw-Marvin and Martha Mitchell Pillar Award Winners Presented and Extended Film Festival Run Announced at National Press Club Event
Pentagon Papers Whistleblower to be Remembered During 11th Annual Event Featuring Film Screenings, Screenplay Contest, and a Tribute to Famed Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg at the National Press Club.