On Mar. 8, 2018, Thursday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. (EST),“The Essential Women’s Movement for African American Women” will hold their “First Annual Black Women’s Shero Summit.” We will use the Free Conference Call platform to call in so this will be a FREE virtual event. So we ask that you call (712) 770-4715, Pin Code #243460.
We all have heard stories about black women who has risked it all to do what was right — even in the face of personal harm to themselves. A “shero” is a black woman noted for feats of honor and distinguished courage, especially those women who have risked and sacrificed their lives with brave deeds and noble qualities.
Our goal is to offer a platform to these black women who have become trailblazers in their particular fields and have paved paths for others to follow. In this summit, we will recognize “Unsung Modern Day Black Women Sheroes,” especially former whistleblowers, while they are still with us.
For any more questions reach out to the coordinator of this event, Cathy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 909-7365.
Cathy Harris, a former Senior Inspector for the U.S. Customs Service (USCS) at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, disclosed to the media the USCS practice of discriminatory racial profiling. She formed Customs Employees Against Discrimination Assn. (CEADA) and verified her suspicions that women of African descent were wrongfully targeted for detentions and strip-searches as possible drug couriers. Harris’ revelations resulted in a damning U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of USCS profiling practices and the introduction of federal legislation “Civil Rights for International Traveler’s Act” and “Reasonable Search Standards Act” to reform these unconstitutional practices. According to her book,Flying While Black: A Whistleblower’s Story, she personally observed numerous incidents of black travelers being stopped, frisked, body-cavity-searched, detained for hours at local hospitals, forced to take laxatives, bowel-monitored and subjected to public and private racist/colorist humiliation. Read more in her books “The Cathy Harris Story: A Whistleblower’s Victorious Journey to Justice”and “The Failure of Homeland Security: The Government’s Dirty Little Secrets from an Insider”
Distinguished Toastmaster Arthuretta Martin is a longtime advocate in the Whistleblower Community. After a 25-year career in the Federal Government, she launched a small business that focuses on stories and song to heal, educate and inspire. A certified Stress and Wellness Coach, she serves as Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee for the Coalition for Change – an Advocacy organization that informs the public on the systemic practices of discrimination against Black Americans within the Federal Government. Her business, Words and Melodies, provides audiences of all ages the experience of learning through the powerful tool of storytelling. She holds a BS in Public Administration and an MS in Federal Contract Management. She is President of the National Capitol Area Black Storytellers Association, a member of the National Speaker’s Association, Toastmaster’s International, National Storytelling Network and the National Association of Black Storytelling she believes in using story to promote healing, understanding and respect.
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is a former Senior Policy Analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.gov). Beginning in 1996, she filed complaints alleging that a company from the U.S. was mining vanadium in South Africa and harming the environment and human health. The EPA did not respond, and Coleman-Adebayo reported her concerns to other organizations. When the EPA subsequently did not promote Coleman-Adebayo at her request, she filed suit again the agency, alleging racial and gender discrimination. On August 18, 2000, a federal jury found EPA guilty of violating the civil rights of Coleman-Adebayo on the basis of race, sex, color and a hostile work environment, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Her experience inspired passage of the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No Fear Act) that is located at the bottom of every federal government website. Marsha is the author of“No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA.”
Tanya Ward Jordan, Washington, DCwww.coalition4change.org Tanya Ward Jordan, a native Washingtonian, is President and Founder of The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C), a civil rights organization challenging racism and reprisal in the federal workplace. Ms. Ward Jordan served as a consultant on the Arts, Trade & Lifestyle Media Group’s “Last American Plantation” documentary film exposing the Department of Agriculture’s discrimination against Black American farmers. Ms. Ward Jordan received an award from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner for her input into the “Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002” and Congressional acclaim from Representative Elijah Cummings for her invaluable input on a bill, known as Federal Employee Anti-discrimination Act of 2017. Tanya, who received national recognition from the NAACP as a 2015 Black History Maker, holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management; serves as an active Toastmasters’ member; and currently prepares for the release of her upcoming book entitled “17 Steps: A Federal Employee’s Guide For Tackling Workplace Discrimination.”
Marcel is a Whistleblower Liaison, former ACORN Chair, Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights. 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 whistleblowering community. 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.
10 Facts You Did Not Know About Whistleblowers
1. Many whistleblowers are women – especially black women.
2. Whistleblowers are true public servants.
3. Most whistleblowers are not in it for the money.
4. Many whistleblowers are also EEOC.gov complainants.
5. Many whistleblowers face major retaliations including death threats and even jail.
6. Many whistleblowers are blackballed, which makes it hard to find another job in their cities.
7. Many whistleblowers think that if they can tell their stories to the right parties — they will be vindicated but this is not usually the case.
8. Despite major retaliations, most whistleblowers would blow the whistle again.
9. The media is the best outlet for a whistleblower.
10. Despite laws on the books to protect whistleblowers — only 1% is ever successful.