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International Week to Support Whistleblowing. Democracy needs truth-telling.

June 1-7, 2015   StandUpForTruth.org

People in many countries will create Stand Up For Truth activities during the week of June 1-7, 2015 — to move toward a culture of openness and truth as well as security for those who take the risk of disclosing information that authorities want to keep hidden.

Democracy is based on informed consent of the governed. This is not possible when crucial (and sometimes illegal) government policies remain hidden from the public. Whistleblowing is essential for bringing such policies into the light: exposing key information related to human rights violations, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war.

We must stand up for a free press, individual privacy, governmental and corporate transparency, due process and rule of law as we seek to reveal official information that the public has a right to know. Persecution of whistleblowers and journalists is illegitimate and should be opposed as such.

While undemocratic authority thrives on secrecy, we should bring whistleblowing to the forefront of public consciousness — in a process that widely encourages the release of documentation of governmental and corporate actions that cannot withstand the light of day.

Please initiate Stand Up For Truth activities where you live.

Initiating Organizations:
ExposeFacts
Freedom of the Press Foundation
International Modern Media Institute
Networkers SouthNorth
RootsAction.org

Initiating Supporter:
Daniel Ellsberg

Click here for the link to the video from The Guardian with Daniel Ellsberg

Two prominent whistleblowers about to embark on a speaking tour of Europe called Stand up for Truth react to the news of the curtailment of National Security Agency powers by the US Senate on Sunday. Daniel Ellsberg is a former US military analyst who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers to newspapers in 1971. Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the NSA where he exposed fraud and secret mass surveillance programmes after 9/11.

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 Webcasts

Participate individually or as a group in a public webcast / phone call with whistleblowers and their supporters. These speakers are waiting to speak with you. (Click names for bios)

  1. Former State Dept. official Matthew Hoh and author and RootsAction campaigner David Swanson9 pm ET (Eastern Time, GMT -5) June 2
  2. Journalist, activist, and lawyer Trevor Timm and investigative journalist Tim Shorrock9 pm ET June 3
  3. Director of media for the Institute for Public Accuracy Sam Husseini and author and law professor Marjorie Cohn9 pm ET June 4
  4. NSA whistleblower William Binney and NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe8 pm ET June 5
  5. Media critic and RootsAction cofounder Jeff Cohen and author and communications professor Robert McChesney9 pm ET June 5
  6. Writer Kevin Gosztola and EPA whistleblower Marsha Coleman-Adebayo5 pm ET June 6
  • Hosting the calls will be David Swanson, Maura Stephens, and Sue Udry.
  • The webcasts will each last 60 minutes. To listen and type in questions, just point your web browser tohttp://cast.teletownhall.us/web_client/?id=roots_action_org and turn up your volume.
  • Everyone is encouraged to use the webcast and to type in questions there. If you can’t use a web browser, you can phone in. Just call 1-844-472-8237 (toll-free in U.S.)
  • You can also ask these whistleblowers and truth tellers questions beforehand or during the webcasts by tweeting them to @Roots_Action .
  • The webcasts are sponsored by RootsAction Education Fund and ExposeFacts.

Also check out the events planned for Europe with Thomas Drake, Dan Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley, and Norman Solomon.

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