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Whistleblower's! The USDA Hour

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Whistleblower's! Is brought to you in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblowers Summit

Join Marti Oakley, Lawrence Lucas and Lesa Donnelly in a discussion regarding the ongoing sexual harassment and abuses occuring in the USDA agencies.  Retaliation is the name of the game and intimidation and harassment are still common practice for speaking out. 

Mr. Lucas was the former President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, beginning in 1994.  His career as a government employee began as a political appointee during the Carter Administration. He retired after 32 years of service.

Quote from Lesa Donnelly's letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue,USDA:

"It is no secret that the USDA is currently focused on the issues of sexual misconduct in the
Forest Service. This is due to media exposure and the Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform's intercession. And while clearly there is a culture of misogyny in the Forest Service,
particularly in areas of what are still called (unfortunately) non-traditional jobs such as the fire, law
enforcement, and engineering organizations, there is a deeper cause that is never addressed. It is
important to note that my emphasis on issues and incidents in the Forest Service does not belie the
corresponding issues in other USDA agencies and mission areas. Forest Service civil rights matters are
a microcosm of the issues occurring throughout USDA. Additionally, addressing sexual harassment and
reprisal issues can be expanded to similar discrimination areas such as race, disability, and even work
place bullying."

We have a lot to talk about regarding this rogue agency that is a shameful example of an unaccountable government bureaucracy.

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