Hundreds of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) and their allies rallied today in Washington for the right of these federal employees to have union recognition. Union leaders remembered that many union members gave their lives in the rescue efforts on 9/11, took down the shooter at Ft. Hood, and defend our security every day as pilots, flight attendants and law enforcement officers. Indeed, we would be more secure if TSOs knew they had protection on the job when they raise safety concerns against management. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), AFL-CIO, has just filed a petition to represent 40,000 TSOs, and is rallying support for HR 1881 to assure these dedicated public servants the freedom of association, speech, and petition for redress of grievances that are guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Pictured here is Amanda Schroeder of AFGE Local 2157 in Portland, Oregon. Some attenders even signed up for the National Whistleblowers Center's Action Alert network to call for passage of HR 1507 and assure all federal employees a right to trials by jury in their whistleblower cases.
On February 19, 2010, David Colapinto participated in an on-air panel during the “Your Call”radio show. Mr. Colapinto is General Counsel of the National Whistleblowers Center. Other panel members included Daniel Ellsberg who released the historic Pentagon Papers which helped to shorten the Vietnam War and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo a former analyst for the EPA who was fired was while blowing the whistle on contamination in South Africa. Daniel Ellsberg is releasing a movie about his story “The Most Dangerous Man in America” which is premiering in the California area in early March.Continue Reading...
With sadness we report the death of Howard Zinn, historian, author, activist, and founding Board member of the National Whistleblowers Center. Other sources have already reported Zinn's remarkable biography. I recall how the time flew by thirty years ago when I read A People's History of the United States during subway rides to law school. Zinn's clear and informative writing made me wish I had taking history classes in college.
Here is a photo of Howard Zinn speaking last year at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC:
Zinn played an important role in assisting Daniel Ellsberg in the disclosure of the Pentagon Papers. Zinn, perhaps better than anyone, recognized the historical importance of putting the truth about the Vietnam War on the public record.
After ferrying the Pentagon Papers, Zinn continued his guiding role in the whistleblower movement. Zinn was a teacher and mentor to two partners of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP, specifically Stephen M. Kohn and David Colapinto. Both had the privilege of studying history from Zinn at Boston University. Later, Zinn wrote a preface for Stephen Kohn's American Political Prisoners: Prosecutions Under the Espionage and Sedition Acts.
When Stephen Kohn, his brother Michael Kohn, and David Colapinto decided to form the National Whistleblowers Center, Howard Zinn joined them (as did Dennis Brutus, who death we mourned just last month). Zinn remained a Board member of NWC for the remainder of his life, just as he supported whistleblowers throughout his professional life. His writing, speaking and activism have inspired generations to desire peace, work for justice and shine of the light of truth wherever it is needed.