Protestors from a wide range of organizations led by Occupy DC, the No FEAR Coalition, the National Whistleblowers Center, net-We.org, Federal Alliance for Workplace Accountability, and others will demonstrate against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, November 10 at noon.
The demonstration will gather at noon at Freedom Plaza before proceeding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lay wreaths at EPA's door symbolizing: how EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and her Administration continues to pursue and destroy the careers of whistleblowers and victims of discrimination; the illness and deaths from upper respiratory diseases that will occur as a result of President Obama’s decision to delay smog regulations; and solidarity with South African vanadium mine workers.
Led by E.P.A. whistleblower Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, the protest is directed against the EPA for the agency’s harassment of whistleblowers and victims of discrimination. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo stated, “The Jackson Administration has actively retaliated against whistleblowers and allowed her lawyers and managers to destroy their careers preventing these ‘citizens of conscience’ from protecting the public." In addition, the protestors criticize President Obama for bowing to pressure to postpone changes to the Clean Air Act to protect Americans from smog and other dangerous pollution.
Dr. Coleman-Adabayo discussed the protest event with Dave Colapinto on yesterday's episode of Honesty Without Fear. You can listen to the recorded podcast by clicking here.
Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, who will be speaking at the demonstration, stated that, "The incestuous relationship between regulators and special interests have fundamentally undermined public safety. In today’s environment fraud is profitable. This must end. We must protect the employees who have the courage to speak up."
Please join us on Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC at 12:00 pm EST on Thursday, November 10th to help us protest the EPA’s treatment of whistleblowers.