A direct call for whistleblowing is now half a block from the State Department.
"Don't wait until a new war has started," says a billboard quoting Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg -- "don't wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth with documents that reveal lies or crimes…"
Right now, you can help put that billboard in other key locations, reaching thousands of employees at places like the NSA, Pentagon and CIA every day. To do that, click here.
As Ellsberg says on the billboard, a whistleblower "might save a war's worth of lives."
Last Friday, cutting the ribbons at the billboard were two former State Department officials -- Ann Wright and Matthew Hoh -- who resigned in protest of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you think one such billboard near the halls of government power is good, wouldn't five or ten be even better?
You can help make it happen now.
In a country with a government addicted to militarism, mass surveillance and secrecy, we don't fulfill our duties simply by voting, backing candidates and attending protests. Another task is to support whistleblowing by individuals who see wrongdoing inside government or corporations.
That's why RootsAction is stepping up to support the cutting-edge work of the new organization ExposeFacts.org for independent journalism and an informed public -- while building a grassroots movement to encourage and support whistleblowing.
Donate here to make possible more of these billboards outside major U.S. government offices.
From Daniel Ellsberg to Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden to many others, brave whistleblowers have taken risks to reveal official wrongdoing.
* If you want to donate directly to ExposeFacts ($10 minimum), click here. (A $70 donation would pay for a square foot of the billboard for a full month.)
* If you want to donate less than $10, click here to make a special donation via RootsAction. We'll pass along every cent to pay for putting up more billboards.
Every dollar you donate will help spread the Daniel Ellsberg billboard to carefully selected places in and around the Nation's Capital.
The more money we raise for this special campaign, the more billboards will go up early this summer. It's that simple.
RootsAction believes that a crucial antidote to official wrongdoing is EXPOSURE -- combined with movement-building to demand change. Progress can't happen when powerful institutions are allowed to operate in the dark.
That's why renowned Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg is so enthusiastic about this effort spearheaded by ExposeFacts.org.
Please click here to show your support.
Our hope is that whistleblowing will spread from federal agencies to local governments to corporations that pollute or have unfair labor practices or produce unsafe products.
You may not work inside a government institution or a corporation engaging in misconduct, but you may have a friend, relative or neighbor who does. Besides billboarding, we need to spread this message person to person.
Let the world know that ExposeFacts.org -- as a new organization led by respected independent journalists and brave whistleblowers -- is open for truth-telling business. The ExposeFacts motto: Whistleblowers Welcome Here.
Please forward this email far and wide.
-- The RootsAction.org team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.
> Daniel Ellsberg: Video Statement for ExposeFacts.org
> ExposeFacts: For Whistleblowing, Journalism and Democracy
> The Real News: New Whistleblower Organization Launched (video report)
> McClatchy News Service: New Whistleblower Group Encourages More Efforts to Inform Public
> Ann Wright and Matthew Hoh: Speaking at Billboard Ribbon-Cutting Near State Department (video)
> Kevin Gosztola: New Organization Launched to Accept Submissions, Provide Support to Whistleblowers
> Norman Solomon: Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: When You See Something, Say Something