Synopsis: Opening Plenary – Live Panel
Scheduled for July 26, 2021
10:00 Am EST
Zoom Link (click on the title of the panel below to go to the live panel):
The Opening Plenary is the formal welcome and introduction of the occasion honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers followed by brief remarks by summit hosts, co-hosts and/or sponsors, such as ACORN 8, Pacifica Foundation, Justice Integrity Project, Society of Professional Journalists, Government Accountability Project, National Whistleblower Center.
Marcel Reid, Pacifica Foundation
Michael McCray, ACORN 8
Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project,
Randy Showstack, Society of Professional Journalists
Liz Hemperwitz, POGO
Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project
Siri Nelson, National Whistleblower Center
Michael McCray co-founded the International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW) and is the General Counsel for the Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), which champions equal employment opportunity. He is a member of the No FEAR Coalition, which promotes and supported the passage of the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR) of 2002—the first civil rights law of the 21st Century. McCray is also the chief organizer for the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival, an annual conference that takes place on Capitol Hill.
Michael McCray is a 2007 recipient of the “No FEAR Award” in Washington, DC. In 2008, Michael McCray received statewide recognition for outstanding work in peace and social justice when he was recognized by the OMNI Center For Peace, Justice & Ecology as an ARKANSAS PEACE & JUSTICE HERO in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Invite Michael to make a memorable contribution to conferences, events and conventions that welcome his “tell-it-like-it-is” style of storytelling and audience engagement. Learn more about his training programs, invite him to speak or contribute to your conference, or place orders for his breakthrough book RACE, POWER & POLITICS—Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower—today.
Michael McCray is a 2021 recipient of the Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award Recipient for his leadership and advocacy with the ACORN 8 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Marcel Reid has had a major impact over the last decade in grassroots community organizing, the whistleblowing community, and a national media foundation. Her efforts have resulted in major policy changes. As a National Director, Chair of DC ACORN and one of a three-member Interim Management Committee (IMC) to reorganize ACORN after the discovery of a major embezzlement, Marcel came face to face with the difficulties in reporting corruption. This was her first exposure to fighting entrenched corruption and her introduction to the whistleblower community.
Later, Marcel was elected to serve as a director on the National Board of Pacifica Radio. In that position, she introduced a motion to have Pacifica support whistleblowers; making it the first national media organization to incorporate it into their platform. After the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) passed in 2012, Pacifica’s steadfast support of whistleblowers was credited by many in the whistleblowing community as helping to reinvigorate the WPEA campaign after over a decade of unsuccessful attempts.
After serving on the board for three terms, Marcel became the first national media whistleblower liaison for the Pacifica Foundation, the only position of its’ kind, in media to date. She continues her efforts to shed light on corruption worldwide by actively supporting the efforts of whistleblowers globally. As an outgrowth, Marcel is the co-host of the annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights that takes place on Capitol Hill, where the prestigious Pillar Award is awarded to First Amendment rights advocates.
Marcel Reid is a 2021 recipient of the Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award Recipient for her leadership and advocacy with the ACORN 8 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).