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Opening Plenary with Frank Serpico

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ACORN 8 will open the 10th Annual Whistleblowers Summit & Film Festival and welcome their special guest. They will be joined by summit co-hosts, the Northeast Filmmakers Lab, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Recent events led to the theme for the annual conference—Does The Truth Still Matter? 50 Years After The Watergate Break-in. The host committee will be joined by Former New York City Detective Frank Serpico, who received his Medal of Honor from NYPD over 50 years after his act of valor and courage.
Date of event:
Jul 25
9:00 am
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Continued Systemic Discrimination at USDA: Winners and Losers

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The USDA has long used the term "socially disadvantaged" farmer and "historically underserved" farmer. This workshop provides a current update on the dysfunctional behavior within the Office of Civil Rights and how farmers and employees continue to be harmed. There will be an additional focus on activities on the Hill that impact the system at USDA.
Date of event:
Jul 25
10:00 am
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Congressional Year Of Truth For Whistleblower Rights

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This workshop aims to maximize support from the whistleblower community for a legislative showdown that may determine the strength of whistleblower rights for the foreseeable future.
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Date of event:
Jul 25
11:00 am
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The Perils of Public Information Officers

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Over three to four decades, there has been significant growth in government offices, businesses, and elsewhere banning staff from speaking to journalists. This is a massive corrosion of democracy, a former CDC media relations head has become a whistleblower about the tightening of the controls from one presidential administration to the next.
Date of event:
Jul 25
12:00 pm
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Global Guardianship Abuse

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We continue our battle against human trafficking. Our Guardianship panel will explore how to protect the vulnerable and elderly from massive systemic abuse.
Date of event:
Jul 25
1:00 pm
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Bail Bond Reform

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Come to the program on Cash Bail Reform and understand the moral implications of a system that is the racially biased and unjust aspect of our criminal justice system and costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year. You have the power to fix these ills by making your local pretrial dentention system just, fair and equitable.
Date of event:
Jul 26
9:00 am
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The EEOC Needs Rehabilitation

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This workshop will give participants an overview of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Some key discussions will include the origin of the EEOC and a testimonial about how the EEOC mishandles federal employees' complaints.
Date of event:
Jul 26
10:00 am
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Working With The U.S. Office Of Special Counsel

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This workshop will help whistleblowers learn the realistic expectations when seeking help from the OSC and gain a better understanding of the OSC’s procedures and limitations.
Date of event:
Jul 26
11:00 am
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Guilty of Journalism: The Political Case Against Julian Assange

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The Political Case against Julian Assange, Project Censored's Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth engage journalist Kevin Gosztola in conversation about Gosztola's forthcoming book on the Assange extradition case, Guilty of Journalism. This panel will address the impact Assange's case has on whistleblowers and journalism more broadly.
Date of event:
Jul 26
12:00 pm
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Righting the Wrongs of a ‘Shadow Government’

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This session provides a positive update and call to action on federal prosecutions begun nearly two decades ago in Alabama that attracted international concern as horrific human rights violations. Featured are Don Siegelman, Alabama’s leading Democrat and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, a Republican businessman.
Date of event:
Jul 26
1:00 pm
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Hollywood Pitch Lab (Day 1)

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The 10th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is proud to announce our Screenplay contest with Final Draft, and our collaboration with Northeast Filmmakers Lab and Bonsai Creative to help you prepare to put your best foot forward. This three-day immersive training will conclude with a “Pitch Contest.” So whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter or a whistleblower—everything starts with a pitch!
Date of event:
Jul 27
9:00 am
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Bonsai Creative (Hero Story)

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The 10th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is proud to announce our Screenplay contest with Final Draft, and our collaboration with Northeast Filmmakers Lab and Bonsai Creative to help you prepare to put your best foot forward. This three-day immersive training will conclude with a “Pitch Contest.” So whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter or a whistleblower—everything starts with a pitch!
Date of event:
Jul 27
11:00 am
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Hollywood Pitch Lab (Day 2)

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The 10th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is proud to announce our Screenplay contest with Final Draft, and our collaboration with Northeast Filmmakers Lab and Bonsai Creative to help you prepare to put your best foot forward. This three-day immersive training will conclude with a “Pitch Contest.” So whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter or a whistleblower—everything starts with a pitch!
Date of event:
Jul 28
9:00 am
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Breakout Sessions (Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Whistleblowers)

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Date of event:
Jul 28
10:00 am
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Closing Plenary (Capitol Hill)

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ACORN 8 will close the 10th Annual Whistleblowers Summit & Film Festival on Capitol Hill with Celebrity Comedian Marsha Warfield and answer the question—Does The Truth Still Matter? 50 Years After The Watergate Break-in. In addition, representatives will join them for the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission for a special tribute to Martha Mitchell from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Date of event:
Jul 29
9:00 am
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Hollywood Creative Lab Pitch Contest (Online)

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The 10th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is proud to announce our Screenplay contest with Final Draft, and our collaboration with Northeast Filmmakers Lab and Bonsai Creative to help you prepare to put your best foot forward. This three-day immersive training will conclude with a “Pitch Contest.” So whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter or a whistleblower—everything starts with a pitch!
Date of event:
Jul 29
10:00 am
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Martha Mitchell In Memoriam (Capitol Hill)

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ACORN 8 will close the 10th Annual Whistleblowers Summit & Film Festival on Capitol Hill with Celebrity Comedian Marsha Warfield and answer the question—Does The Truth Still Matter? 50 Years After The Watergate Break-in. In addition, representatives will join them for the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission for a special tribute to Martha Mitchell from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Date of event:
Jul 29
10:00 am
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MELTDOWN: Three Mile Island (Capitol Hill)

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Meltdown tackles the near catastrophe at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania through the lens of chief engineer and whistleblower, Richard Parks, as well as the community it impacted. Dramatic reenactments, archival footage, never-before-seen home video, and in-depth interviews bring viewers into the worst nuclear incident in U.S. history. This third of a four-episode docuseries focuses on the experience of Rick Parks and his attorneys at the Government Accountability Project. These advocates helped him come forward about the willful disregard of safety risks in the cleanup effort of the U.S.'s most infamous nuclear power plant, highlighting the power and importance of whistleblowers in exposing corruption and protecting the public.
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Jul 29
11:00 am
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Working More Effectively With Congress (Capitol Hill)

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Chaired by Tom Devine. The goal for this workshop is analogous to that for the OSC panel – grounding in realistic expectations, tactics for best obtaining support, and success stories that illustrate the potential. It also will include an introduction to the impressive body of work to help whistleblowers most effectively navigate Congress from the House Office of Whistleblower Ombuds during its first year. Finally, it will review the most significant of 36 campaigns by the Make It Safe Coalition this Congress for stronger free speech laws.
Date of event:
Jul 29
12:00 pm
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Detailing the Whistleblower Story on Film (Capitol Hill)

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Explore some of the most compelling whistleblowing stories though film. The audience will gain insight from the filmmakers who took a unique journey in unveiling the truth through the lens of a camera in visual form. These accounts evoke a range of emotions while bringing rare insights to their stories.
Date of event:
Jul 29
1:00 pm
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Whistleblowers & Correspondents Dinner

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Date of event:
Jul 29
6:30 pm
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Filmmakers Discussion of Truth Tellers

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TRUTH TELLERS is a film about political artist Robert Shetterly's “Americans Who Tell the Truth”, a project that explores our country’s ongoing struggle to live up to our democratic ideals with those who are not afraid to speak the truth nor challenge the status quo.
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Date of event:
Jul 30
12:00 pm
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Tribute to Dick Gregory and Pillar Awards Presentation

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Join Marsha Warfield, the celebrity host for the Tribute to Dick Gregory, as we celebrate our free speech heroes and the awardees at the 10th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival. At its core, the Whistleblower Summit is a celebration of free speech in all of its forms. Speaking truth to power is difficult. Sometimes the hardest truths are best told through jest. Finally, Marcel Reid & Marsha Warfield present the Pillar Awards and the Investigative and Original News (ION) awards on behalf of Sharyl Attkisson.
Date of event:
Jul 30
6:30 pm
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Filmmaker Q&A: MELTDOWN: Three Mile Island

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This discussion about the riveting Netflix docuseries Meltdown will feature Executive Producers Carla and Michael Shamberg along with whistleblower and nuclear engineer Rick Parks and his attorney, Government Accountability Project Legal Director Tom Devine, and both featured in the acclaimed story about the near catastrophe at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. Joining them will be Senator Tammy Duckworth's (D-IL) Legislative Director Benjamin Rhodeside to round out a discussion of how the issues of nuclear safety remain current concerns and the efforts currently being advanced to strengthen legal protections for nuclear whistleblowers.
Date of event:
Jul 31
12:00 pm
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