War on Whistleblowers

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Film Summary

In the face of potentially life-threatening dangers, the whistleblowers dare to speak truth to power. They’re the crusaders for truth who often stand as the lone link between corrupted corporate and governmental interests and the public’s right to know. This film about four activists, directed by acclaimed documentarian Robert Greenwald, outlines the challenges and sacrifices faced by these tireless individuals, and calls attention to their increasing importance in a society where the powerful are more omniscient and unregulated than ever before.

 

Panelists

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 12.18.20 PMEsha Bhandari

Staff Attorney | Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

American Civil Liberties Union

ebhandari@aclu.org

http://www.aclu.org

Esha Bhandari is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. Esha was previously an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, where she was involved in litigating cases concerning a right to counsel in immigration proceedings, detainer policies, and discriminatory state and local laws. She has also been a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she worked on two trials challenging a Texas law limiting women’s access to reproductive health care. Esha is a graduate of McGill University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 12.18.45 PMHezi Aris

Publisher / Editor / Radio Host

Yonkers Tribune

whyeditor@gmail.com

http://YonkersTribune.com

Hezi Aris is the tireless Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor of Westchester On the Level Radio Host. He describes himself this way: “ a bearded gnome clad with a digital camera and steno pad in hand, attending meetings everyone would want to attend, in order to capture the meetings for the virtual pages of the Yonkers Tribune. He does so in a baroque prose style that flows with an infusion of well-mannered outrage, like someone pounding on an off-key harpsichord. One may comfortably infer that sedate editorial p

ages are anathema to the Yonkers Tribune. Hezi Aris believes that politics, in all its permutations and nuance are the forte of the acid-tongued bloggers of the Yonkers Tribune”.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 12.18.57 PMDon DeBar

Radio Host / Journalist / Political Activist

Community Progressive Radio (cprmetro.org)

Don DeBar is a radio journalist and has covered the issue of retaliation against whistleblowers for many years. He has been featured in international media such as RT (a Russia-based TV Network) and PressTV (an Iranian-based TV Network), along with whistleblowers including retired CIA officer, Ray McGovern. Don can be heard on Community Progressive Radio weekdays from 6a-9a at cprmetro.com

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