Whistleblower Tour comes to New Orleans on Tuesday, Febraury 28

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) presents the American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability at Tulane University on Tuesday, February 28 4-5:30pm at Kendall Cram Room, Lavin-Bernick Center. This Tour stop will feature a panel presentation by prominent national and New Orleans-based speakers discussing how whistleblowers promote transparency and accountability in key issues facing local residents, such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, police accountability, and the BP oil spill disaster. This event is sponsored by GAP, Tulane University, and the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG).

Panelists include:

·Adam Babich: Babich teaches environmental law and directs the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, which is regularly ranked among the Top Ten environmental law clinics of U.S. law schools.

·Steve Beatty: Beatty is Managing Editor of The Lens, a nonprofit media outlet focusing on the New Orleans area. Beatty is a veteran investigative reporter and editor, he previously worked for The New Orleans Times-Picayune and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

·Tom Devine: Devine is GAP Legal Director, and has worked at the organization since 1979, assisting thousands of whistleblowers over that time. Tom has been a leader in the campaigns to pass or defend 20 major national or internationalwhistleblower laws, including every one enacted over the last two decades. He has also authored or co-authored numerous books, including 2011′s The Corporate Whistleblowers Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth.

·Susan Hutson: Hutson heads the City of New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM), an independent, civilian police oversight agency. Its mission is to improve cooperation and trust between the community and the New Orleans Police Department through objective review of police misconduct investigations.

·Scott Porter: At the request of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Scott Porter, a biologist and diver with the nonprofit EcoRigs, dove into the oil plume (reported to be safe by NOAA) from the Deepwater Horizon disaster for water samples to determine toxicity. In exchange, NOAA would fund the dives and provide test results. Porter became severely ill after he began diving. During that time NOAA did not provide the test results, but EcoRigs was also working with non-government scientists to test similar samples, which showed high toxicity. NOAA cut off communications, never providing payment. Porter educates the public about environmental damage and public health threats from the oil spill.

·Sandy Rosenthal: Rosenthal is the founder of Levees.org, a nonprofit advocacy organization devoted to educating America on the facts associated with the 2005 catastrophic flooding of the New Orleans region. Started in late 2005, the project now has chapters in Illinois, Florida, Oregon and New York.

For more event info, please visit here:  http://bit.ly/z4uuXN

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