February 13, 2012
Kathryn Hobgood Ray
American Whistleblower Tour stops at Tulane 2/28 to focus on NOLA-specific issues
The American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability will stop at Tulane University Feb. 28, from 4- 5:30 p.m. in the Kendall Cram Room on the second floor of Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.
The tour will feature a panel of New Orleanians discussing how whistleblowers promote transparency and accountability on local issues including Hurricane Katrina, police corruption and the BP oil spill disaster. The tour, which is free and open to the public, will include a Q and A session.
“The message that whistleblowers are important and need protection should resonate throughout the New Orleans area, and is why Tulane has partnered to bring this event to the campus,” said Adam Babich, Director of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and panel moderator.
The tour, organized by the Government Accountability Project, a non-profit that promotes and protects whistleblowers, occupational free speech, and citizen activists, hopes to educate the public, especially college students, about whistleblowing.
"From Katrina to the Gulf oil spill, there are many courageous whistleblowers around New Orleans who need to be heard, and protected," GAP legal director Tom Devine said. "Truth-tellers are the best resource for Louisianans to regain control of their future."
Local tour panelists include:
• Steve Beatty, managing editor of The Lens, a nonprofit media outlet focusing on the New Orleans area;
• Susan Hutson, head of the local Independent Police Monitor Office, a civilian police oversight agency;
• Scott Porter, a biologist with the nonprofit EcoRigs who gathered Deepwater Horizon disaster oil samples to determine water toxicity;
• Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org, a nonprofit advocacy organization devoted to educating America on the failures of federally built levees during Katrina.
The event is sponsored by Tulane University and the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance. For more information visit www.WhistleblowerTour.org.
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