WASHINGTON, D.C. | JULY 18, 2022 — National Whistleblower Center commends District of Columbia Mayor, Muriel Bowser, for recognizing July 30th 2023 as Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
On July 18, 2023, Marlon Ray, a D.C. Public School (DCPS) whistleblower received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser proclaiming July 30, 2023 as Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The Proclamation celebrates the origins of whistleblower law in the United States, commends whistleblowers who are often penalized for doing the right thing, and encourages DC government employees to know their rights to blow the whistle.
Mr. Ray blew the whistle on what he believed to be discriminatory practices throughout the D.C. Public School system which disadvantaged predominantly Black students from east of the Anacostia river.
In 2022, Jackie Garrick, federal whistleblower and CEO of Whistleblowers of America, obtained a similar proclamation from Escambia County, Florida. This makes Mr. Ray’s Proclamation the second of its kind.
National Whistleblower Center thanks Marlon Ray for his courage and tenacity in requesting this Proclamation from the Mayor of D.C. Mr. Ray will speak at NWC’s tenth annual National Whistleblower Day celebration. If you would like to hear more from Ray, please come to NWC’s National Whistleblower Day event on Capitol Hill on July 27, 2023!
You can RSVP for the event here: https://www.whistleblowers.org/national-whistleblower-day/