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NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY 2020

Celebrate the Crucial Contributions Whistleblowers Have Made to Democracy

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July 30th is National Whistleblower Day. It marks the date in 1778, when the U.S. Continental Congress unanimously passed America’s first whistleblower law. Enacted during the height of the Revolution, it demonstrates beyond doubt that the Founding Fathers recognized the importance of whistleblowers and demanded that they be protected.

Their resolution was clear: “It is the duty of all persons . . . to give their earlies information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors . . .”

The remarkable history behind this historic law was first researched and made public by whistleblower attorney Stephen Kohn, in his book The Whistleblower’s Handbook. That history should be read by everyone who wants to learn how whistleblowing is an invaluable part of the American Tradition.

To honor this history, the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day took place in the U.S. Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on July 30th, 2015. Sponsored by the National Whistleblower Center, It was a huge success.

Since then, thousands of whistleblowers and their supporters have celebrated July 30th as National Whistleblower Day. Whistleblowers such as Sherron Watkins, Toni Savage, Bradley Birkenfeld, Frederic Whitehurst, Jane Turner, Linda Tripp and Aaron Westrick have been joined by leaders from both political parties, in setting aside their differences and celebrating the historic contributions whistleblowers have made over the years.

The political leaders joining in these celebrations have been as diverse as the American political landscape. Watch the speeches from Senators such as Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden, Members of Congress such as Elijah Cummings and Mark Meadows, and political appointees such as former FBI Director James Comey and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, all given at National Whistleblower Day celebrations.

For many years, the whistleblower lawyers at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto and the leadership of the National Whistleblower Center have urged Congress to officially acknowledge July 30th as National Whistleblower Day. The Senate has unanimously passed such resolutions annually since 2013. Please sign the petition requiring every department in the federal government to publicly acknowledge the contributions made by whistleblowers on July 30th of each year.

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Senate Resolutions

Senator Grassley

“With their words and actions, leaders have to make clear that whistleblowers are important and retaliation is not tolerated.”

Chuck Grassley, United States Senator (R)

TAKE ACTION! SIGN THE PETITION

Sign the petition asking congress to recognize July 30th as National Whistleblower Day. Help us build a future where every one of us can safely report wrongdoing without the fear of retaliation.

  • Read the proposed bill making July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

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THE HISTORY OF AMERICA’S FIRST WHISTLEBLOWER LAW

“Resolved, that it is the duty of all persons of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any persons in the service of these States, which may come to their knowledge.”

First U.S. whistleblower law, unanimously passed on July 30, 1778 by the Continental Congress

“Resolved, that it is the duty of all persons of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any persons in the service of these States, which may come to their knowledge.”

First U.S. whistleblower law, unanimously passed on July 30, 1778 by the Continental Congress
Read America’s First Whistleblower Law: 1778 Resolution

PAST NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY TALKS

2018 National Whistleblower Day – Senator Charles Grassley

2019 National Whistleblower Day – Senator Ron Wyden

National Whistleblower Day 2018 – Whistleblower Tony Savage

National Whistleblower Day 2018 – Inspector General Michael Horowitz

National Whistleblower Day 2018 – Representative Elijah Cummings

National Whistleblower Day 2019 – Whistleblower Sherron Watkins

2019 National Whistleblower Day – Representative Mark Meadows

2019 National Whistleblower Day – Representative Kathleen Rice

2018 National Whistleblower Day – Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)

View All Speakers (2015 – 2019)

RELATED ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

Special Presentations

About National Whistleblower Day 2020

National Whistleblower Day

Each year, we honor whistleblowers and their contributions to our democracy and the rule of law. As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice and climate change, this year’s event will focus on the role of whistleblowers in addressing each of these crises.

Keynote addresses will be given by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA). Other speakers will include whistleblowers, whistleblower advocates and public officials. We have set aside time following each presentation for audience interaction with speakers.

View the 2020 Whistleblower Day Program
View The 2020 Program For The Entire Film Festival

9TH ANNUAL WHISTLEBLOWER SUMMIT & FILM FESTIVAL

Summit Film Festival Features 40+ Films and Panels Over 4 Days: July 28th – August 1st

In response to COVID concerns, the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival announces that its 9th anniversary year will be presented virtually from July 28th – August 1st. The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is expanding public access to the summit and festival experience nationwide through online film screenings and panel presentations. The Festival will also feature, online workshops, Q&A’s, and a presentation to the 2020 award-winning films. The virtual presentation will be hosted by Film Festival Flix, a streaming platform that partners with film festivals powering a curated virtual experience. Patrons will be able to stream the 2020 official selections on the FilmFestivalFlix.com website or through their TV and mobile apps.

Learn More and Buy Tickets

Your Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival All Access Pass gives you unlimited streaming access to all films, panels, and interactive Zoom sessions during the 2020 Summit and Film Festival. With your pass, you simply have to log into the Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival Channel on Film Festival Flix, select your program, and click “Watch Film”.

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