Celebrate National Whistleblower Day 2020
On behalf of the National Whistleblower Center, we would like to invite you to attend the first-ever virtual celebration of National Whistleblower Day on Thursday, July 30th from 12:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT!
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) (confirmed) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) (invited). Other speakers will include whistleblowers, whistleblower advocates and public officials. We have set aside time following each presentation for audience interaction with speakers.
To view the full agenda with the list of speakers, please click here.
To secure your space, please RSVP below. Registration is required to join this event and spaces are limited.
To view the full National Whistleblower Day website, please click here.
National Whistleblower Day History
The U.S. Continental Congress passed America’s first whistleblower law during the height of the American Revolution on July 30th, 1778.
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. It was a huge success!
Since then, the National Whistleblower Center has continued its whistleblower celebration by holding an annual event with this year’s event taking place as an interactive virtual conference.
“That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information of wrongdoing to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or 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
The History of America’s First Whistleblower Law
As told by the former Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, Stephen M. Kohn.
- Watch Past Celebrations: National Whistleblower Day Playlist
- Read America’s First Whistleblower Law: 1778 Resolution
- Read the Story of America’s First Whistleblower Law: Whistleblowing and the American Dream
- Read an Article About National Whistleblower Day from The Hill: The Message Behind National Whistleblower Day