FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 29, 2023
WASHINGTON—Every President since Ronald Reagan has been contacted by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA.) to host an official Rose Garden Ceremony to honor and celebrate whistleblowers, yet none have done so. On Thursday, September 7, Whistleblowers of America, Government Accountability Project and Food Integrity Campaign are hosting a Rose Garden Advocacy Walk to the White House. The walk will begin after the Workplace Promise Institute Conference at 600 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005 at 5pm EDT and end at the front gates of the White House where we will host our own brief recognition ceremony with roses made by the children of whistleblowers.
According to the Justice Department, whistleblower disclosures have not only led to the recovery of 2.2 billion of taxpayer dollars in 2020 alone from fraud, waste, and abuse, but also led to the closure of inhumane ICE detention centers, the removal of deadly prescription medications from pharmacy shelves, cleanup of contaminated drinking water, improved child welfare laws, improved animal welfare policies for farmed animals and prevented possible nuclear powerplant meltdowns. Whistleblowers put their careers and lives on the line to tell the truth about wrongdoings occurring around the country. It is time for our government to treat them like the heroes they are.
Whistleblowers of America’s Founder and CEO, Jackie Garrick, said:
“Whistleblowers make personal sacrifices when they protect the public good. Retaliation can lead to serious injury and have life-altering implications for honest employees and their family. The negative stigma whistleblowers suffer is compounded by the lack of official government recognition of their service. The White House needs to host them on July 30th, National Whistleblower Day.”
Government Accountability Project’s Legal Director, Tom Devine, said:
“Throughout history, whistleblowers have been the pioneers of change by exposing abuses of power that betray the public trust. The U.S. is no exception, whether they saved lives threatened by dangerous drugs or contaminated food; prevented nuclear power meltdowns or other environmental catastrophes; outlawed Big Brother’s blanket domestic surveillance of our families, or served as America’s most effective resource against corruption that defrauds the taxpayers. It is long overdue for a President visibly to thank those who risk their professional lives to defend the public.”
If you choose to join us in person, please RSVP here.
Contact: Jackie Garrick
Contact: Andrew Harman, Government Accountability Project Communications Director
The Food Integrity Campaign is a program of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, the organization’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, GAP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.
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