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UNLEASH NO FEAR: HOLD PUBLIC OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR BREAKING CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS

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The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C), a civil rights group and support network, launched its "Unleash No FEAR" campaign. The social media initiative serves to raise public awareness about how federal workplace abuse endangers the lives and well-being of U.S. citizens. C4C asserts that long-standing and costly class action lawsuits against federal entities like the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Love v. Vilsack and the U.S. Secret Service - Moore et. al v. Napolitano reveal government's tolerance of abuse by public officials. In promoting its Unleash No FEAR campaign, C4C has produced an informational video highlighting the toxic federal sector culture. The employee advocacy group has also initiated a petition. The petition calls for President Obama, as head of the executive branch, to establish fairness within the federal workforce by "Mandating Discipline for Public Officials Who Break Civil Rights Laws."

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UNLEASH NO FEAR: HOLD PUBLIC OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR BREAKING CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS

  1. 1. The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C) C4C
  2. 2. At this very moment countless citizens across America are being…. bullied discriminated harassed against treated unfairly assaulted retaliated against by government officials
  3. 3. The American public continues to experience:  increased costs  inexcusable delays  unfair denial of government benefits or services
  4. 4. Why?
  5. 5. Because our government tolerates retaliation & discrimination in the workplace.
  6. 6. On May 15, 2002, Congress passed the Notification and Federal AntiDiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act after hearing testimony that federal workforce abuse reduces government’s ability to timely and adequately address vital public needs. Reference: Public Law 107–174—MAY 15, 2002
  7. 7. “No FEAR Act was to make federal managers and agencies more accountable to their employees when allegations of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment are made.” Wang, N.Y. (2004). Employment Discrimination Issues: Putting Bite Into Federal Employment Discrimination, Vol. 52 No. 3 (p1) . U.S. Attorney’s Bulletin.
  8. 8. Eleven years after the passage of No FEAR federal officials continue to violate laws with impunity and without “consequences.”
  9. 9. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency reported the following on January 3, 2012: “As you may already know, OSC is experiencing record increases in its overall caseload across all program areas.” Source: OSC Letter to Mr. Joseph Carson dated January 3, 2012.
  10. 10. OFFICIALS guilty of violating the civil rights of others are rarely subjected to ----- DISCIPLINE No Accountability
  11. 11. In the Case of U.S. Department of Interior
  12. 12. CRAIG LITTLEJOHN After Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found Littlejohn GUILTY OF DISCRIMINATION on (07/02/10), U.S. Department of Interior rewarded the Chief Information Officer with a pay increase (07/18/10). (Pierre v. Salazar) Source: Dept. of Interior Freedom of Information Act reply to The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C) dated January 20, 2012.
  13. 13. In the Case of U.S. Department of Commerce
  14. 14. FRED FANNING, JANA BROOKS and MARIO AQUINO. No recommendation for administrative action was considered for the named personnel guilty of exposing employees to “unsafe levels of asbestos” and “mismanaging asbestos conditions.” (Lee v. Locke) Reference: Letter to President Obama from the Office of Special Counsel dated June 10, 2011, OSC File No. DI-10-0454 , Whistleblower Disclosure of Asbestos Conditions.
  15. 15. In the Case of U.S. Department of Agriculture
  16. 16. Managers who discriminated against Black, Hispanic, and Native American farmers were never disciplined. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asserts firing USDA employees for discrimination is NOT the focus of his administration. Lucas, F. (2010, December 14). Fire USDA Employees Guilty of Discrimination, Black Farmer Activists Says. CNSNEWS.COM
  17. 17. In the Case of Veterans Affairs
  18. 18. “The matters you are concerned with are preventive in nature. While the EEOC orders agencies to consider discipline, we have no authority to issue discipline.” Source: May 13, 2011 letter from EEOC to C4C member - Isaac Decatur formerly of Veterans Affairs after he inquired about what actions would be taken to discipline agency officials for discrimination. Mr. Decatur proved he was discriminated against by agency officials – Jeanette Maurice Troop. Butler and
  19. 19. In the Case of Army
  20. 20. Abuse, cover-up, and wrongdoing in government impacts the very lives of U.S. citizens.
  21. 21. Just ask Mr. Louis Murphy… In 2011, Mr. Murphy settled a wrongful death suit against Brooke Army medical center after the loss of his wife, Ms. Felicia L. Murphy, who had dedicatedly served our country. Reference: Zamost, S. , Griffin, D. and Ansari, A. (2012). January. 13, Doctors cheated on exams., CNN.
  22. 22. To better protect our citizens, we must protect our Federal workers against workplace abuse. Civil Servants: America’s first line of defense.
  23. 23. Help Close the No FEAR LOOPHOLE “Thus, the only requirements in No FEAR regarding discipline relate to the reporting requirements” (p.8). “Whether discipline should be imposed will depend on the disciplinary policies of the agency” (p.9). C4C Note: Presently, if the offending agency chooses not to discipline employee; EEOC cannot enforce discipline for No FEAR violations. Source: Wells, C. (2004). Employment Discrimination Issues. Vol. 52 No. 3 (p8-9). U.S. Attorney’s Bulletin. The No FEAR Act: What Department of Justice Attorneys Need to Know.
  24. 24. UNLEASH No FEAR Tell President Obama to prescribe mandatory discipline to hold public officials accountable when found GUILTY of violating the civil rights of either public servants or the customers they are to faithfully serve. The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C)

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