Upcoming Events, Week of April 28

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s Sub-committee on Employment and Workplace Safety will hold a hearing  on the topic, “Workers’ Memorial Day: Are Existing Private Sector Whistleblower Protections Adequate To Ensure Safe Workplaces?” Panelists who will testify include Tom Devine, of the Government Accountability Project, who will address the adequacy of occupational safety whistleblower laws administered by the Dept. of Labor. Additional details can be on the Senate webpage.   Where: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, First and C streets NE, Washington, DC 20510

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, noon to 2 p.m.

The Eleventh Annual Ridenhour Prizes Ceremony and Luncheon will honor Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras with the prize for truth-telling. The prize for courage will go to  Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., the book prize to author Sheri Fink for her book, “Five Days at Memorial,” and the documentary film prize to “Gideon’s Army,” produced by Dawn Porter. For more information, visit the organization’s website.   Where:  The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045


Whistleblower Russ Tice comments on Obama’s NSA speech

Following President Obama’s speech on Friday, a Reuters reporter interviewed Russell Tice for comments on the president’s proposed reforms of National Security Agency surveillance programs. Tice, a former NSA employee and whistleblower, criticized the lack of a mechanism to determine if the NSA is lying about its activities.

Whistleblower described as “tobacco industry’s worst nightmare” dies

Merrell Williams Jr., 72, died on November 18 of a heart attack at a hospital in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Described as “the mole who became the tobacco industry’s worst nightmare, he played a crucial role in exposing the industry’s intentional coverup of smoking’s dangers, disclosing internal documents previously withheld under attorney-client privilege.  (Cross-posted from Whistleblowing Today)

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