Tom Devine discusses the critical importance of the first amendment for and solidarity with whistle blowers, whose actions change the course of history. He gives stunning examples of the work they have done, and the growing solidarity for their courage in the last 40 years.
Tom Devine is co-founder and legal director of the Government Accountability Project. Since 1979, Tom has assisted over 7,000 whistleblowers in defending themselves against retaliation and in making real differences on behalf of the public. In 2015 he won the first U.S. Supreme Court test of the Whistleblower Protection Act. Tom has been a leader in the campaigns to pass or defend 33 major national or international whistleblower laws. Tom has authored numerous books, including The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth, which won the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair “International Business Book of the Year” award. Tom has been selected as one of Washington DC’s top employment lawyers for the last seven years by Washingtonian magazine.
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