Whistleblowers and their advocates from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill to convene this week-long event, which features the following: welcome retreat, plenary session, workshops, panel discussions, press conferences, events at the National Press Club, whistleblower book signing, film screening, National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Luncheon and welcome retreat, Pillar Awards reception, film festival, red carpet events on opening and closing night, and solidarity dinner.
Over the past decade, members of the MISC have passed fourteen laws, including Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR), Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) and Federal Employees Anti-discrimination Act (FEAA), conducted congressional lobby days, provided CLE training, written Op-Eds, published magazines and books, hosted radio shows, provided mentoring and lawyer referrals, penned sign-on letters, submitted amicus briefs, written columns and law review articles, made television appearances, and held protest rallies at the White House and on the National Mall; we’ve even “occupied” government agencies and hosted both national and regional conferences in:
Washington, DC (Capitol Hill)
New York, NY
Baltimore, MD (Johns Hopkins University)
Atlanta, GA (Woodruff Park)
Houston, TX (Rice University)
Los Angeles, CA
Little Rock, AR (Clinton Presidential Library)
It is an impressive list of accomplishments when you consider all of the stigmatism and stress that individual whistleblowers face at the hands of the government and evil corporations. Together, the MISC community has achieved impressive results. The purpose of the Whistleblower Summit is to celebrate the collective achievements of whistleblowers and our advocates.
The Whistleblower Summit includes a historic panel discussion with distinguished authors of whistleblower books who are present to autograph and discuss their books and advocacy. The summit includes whistleblower book signings, discussion groups, and film screenings of “Pillar Award” nominated documentary films. Thus “Movie Night” with the whistle-blowers is one of the highlights of our annual summit, because it gives whistleblowers, advocates, and conference attendees an opportunity to interact with the general public in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes camaraderie and builds broad community support.
Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore and their Zinn Education Project have sponsored venues for whistleblowers and authors during the Whistleblower Summit over the last few years. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens. We previously launched our own Whistleblower / Social Justice children’s education initiative that encourages young people to learn about, appreciate, and respect the contributions that ordinary citizens make to society—everyday. We have sponsored a “whistleblower” essay contest, given out college scholarships to the essay contest winners, and have developed a K-12 / college curriculum that teaches social integrity and corporate responsibility.
Overview of Summit Program
We always try to add something new each year to keep our audience coming back to our Whistleblower Summit. Previously we incorporated the TEDx Salon into the program, and this year in 2021, we are requesting submissions to our new screenplay contest.
Press Conference (National Press Club)
Pillar Awards Reception
National Whistleblower Day Luncheon
Continuing Legal Education Training
Capitol Hill Lobby Days
Direct Action Demonstrations
Party / Receptions