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Thursday, July 2, 2015

C4C Federal Exchange Newsletter July 2015

C4C Family and Supporters,

Attached please find the July 2015 C4C Federal Exchange Newsletter.

The July 2015 issue of The C4C Federal Exchange Newsletter:

- discloses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
failure to timely investigate employee complaints of civil rights abuses

- exposes U.S. Department of Agriculture
​s culture​
of reprisal under the leadership of Thomas Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa:

- reveals federal government hire/fire rates by race;

- lists some public officials named in EEO complaints; and

-​annou​nces the free  July 29-
, 2015 Whistleblower Summit taking place in Washington DC

​The newsletter is attached and available at the links below:


Tanya Ward Jordan, Founder
The Coalition For Change, Inc.(C4C)

"Exposing retaliation and race discrimination in federal employment and supporting employees who challenge workplace injustice." ---- The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Moral Courage TV: Marsha Coleman-Adebayo - The Daily Beast


courage is as wonderful ingredient.... but it doesn't mean agreeing with all the people .....all the time. that makes the difference between real leaders.
marsha stayed the course for justice when she felt all alone in her journey. i have deep admiration for this very brave Black women.....for a very long time.
lawrence lucas
"In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Congresswomen Jackie Speier, California, Speak Out for Abused Women at U...

Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:11:15 -0400
Subject: Fwd: Congresswomen Jackie Speier, California, Speak Out for Abused Women at U...

Sent: 3/30/2015 6:50:11 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Congresswomen Jackie Speier, California, Speak Out for Abused Women at USDA FS


Congresswoman Speier Calls on USDA IG to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation in Region 5 Forest Service

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) sent a letter yesterday to Phyllis Fong, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling on the Inspector General to lead an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, attempted sexual assault, gender discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation in Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service. Speier was joined by Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Recent reports in the New York Times and High Country News revealed a toxic work environment for female firefighters in this isolated region. One woman, Alicia Dabney, alleged that her supervisor put her in a chokehold and tried to rape her. She also claimed she received sexually explicit voicemails from her supervisor and found flyers calling her a "whore" in the fire station. While an investigation into the flyer incident did not result in any disciplinary action, Ms. Dabney was fired following her complaint. Six other women also claim that they faced retaliation after complaining to the Forest Service about sexual harassment.
"These allegations, if true, suggest female firefighters in this region have had to fight far more than fires in the line of duty," said Rep. Speier. "Sexual harassment and retaliation can create an environment that makes this already dangerous work even more hazardous. The Inspector General must lead an independent investigation to determine the truth. If substantiated, these claims point to a culture that condones sexual harassment and retaliation against those brave enough to come forward."
"Claims of sexual assault, gender discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation in the U.S. Forest Service are deeply troubling and, if true, unacceptable," said Rep. Peter DeFazio. "The Inspector General should immediately open an investigation into these serious allegations. The Forest Service needs to take real action to ensure the women risking their lives on the front lines battling these fires aren't also battling a toxic workplace. I applaud Rep. Speier for leading this letter, and will continue to work with her to force action by the IG."
"The women who have come forward in these allegations have placed their lives on the line for the sake of public safety – the notion that they had to endure sexual harassment in the process is utterly appalling,"said Rep. Grijalva. "These claims warrant immediate attention to ensure all firefighters, regardless of gender, feel welcome and appreciated in their heroic line of duty. We need a thorough and independent investigation, and I urge the IG to act as soon as possible."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Grassley Lauds New Exposure for Wrongdoings found in investigations

Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:04:14 -0400
Subject: Fwd: Grassley Lauds New Exposure for Wrongdoings found in ivestigations

Subject: Grassley Lauds New Exposure for Wrongdoings found in investigations

Grassley is pushing new legislation now making it harder for agencies to ignore unfavorable findings resulting from investigations. 


Art Imitates Life — The Last American Plantation

Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:18:27 -0400
Subject:  Art Imitates Life — The Last American Plantation

 The face and color of the Slave and Slave owner.... It is important to remember that all though the most notable Slave owners were white, but not true there
were some Slave holders of every race and slaves of every race....but the most
greediest slave holders ever are today's Slave holders who use trickery to cheat
farmers of all colors out of there lands...ie usda, banks,etc

,Subj: Check out Art Imitates Life — The Last American Plantation

whoever the person is that created the cartoon has a very interesting sense of humor. strangely enough, too many usda employees and minority farmers, especially, Black farmers, may agree with it.
the quotes relegated to me are as true today, as it was yesterday.

lawrence lucas
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it". __Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith - Marl

 focuse  on page 125....quoted on that page,is Lawrence Lucas  at congressional hearing held on capitol hill by the congressional Black caucus, around 1997, chaired by congresswomen maxine water, california. A historical event because it was the first major attention by the congress to address the discrimination at usda, with a focus on the Black farmer issues nationally.
this was the first congressional hearing  the usda coalition had the opportunity/invited  to give testimony about the racism at usda. many other opportunities came in the years that followed.