Pine Bluff author Michael McCray was among participants at the sixth annual Whistleblower Summit recently at Washington, D.C.

Pine Bluff author Michael McCray was among participants at the sixth annual Whistleblower Summit recently at Washington, D.C.

“McCray has a passion for justice, and is on a mission to speak out against corruption through the halls of the Nation’s Capitol,” a spokesman said.

The ACORN 8 and the USDA Coalition co-hosted this year’s Whistleblower Summit, a civil and human rights conference in Washington, D.C.

An initial organizer of Washington Whistleblower’s Week in 2006, McCray was one the chief organizers for the summit.

“We are very excited about this year’s conference, because our coalitions have grown and our partners are stronger. We are honored to present Senators Charles Grassley, a perennial supporter of whistleblowers, and Susan Collins, the sponsor of the original Whistleblower Protection Act, the prestigious Pillar Human Rights Award for their support of whistleblower rights first amendment advocates,” McCray said.

A native of the Arkansas Delta Region, McCray traveled to Washington during the Clinton Administration and worked at U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Federal Empowerment Zone Program. But he blew the whistle on over $40 Million of waste, fraud and abuse at USDA and the mismanagement of millions of dollars intended to benefit low and moderate income communities. He became a federal whistleblower.

Michael McCray is also the author of ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics — Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower.

Photo 1 (right to left)

Lawrence Lucas, President, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees; Marcel Reid, Board of Directors

Pacifica Foundation; Michael McCray, co-chair International Association of Whistleblowers; Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley.

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Michael McCray, Co-chair

International Association of Whistleblowers

Lawrence Lucas, President

USDA Coalition of Minority Employees

Senator Charles “Chuck” Grassley