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Join us live Thursday June 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm CST!

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Press #1 immediately when Blogtalk answers to speak to the host!
All shows will be archived and available 24/7 so you can listen at your convenience.

Hosted by Marti Oakley with Lawrence Lucas

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Whistleblowers! Brought to you in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblowers Summit taking place July 28-31 2020, in Washington D.C.

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Our show will open with Mathew Fogg, and Tom Devine, to discuss the new police reform bill.  Marcel Reid will join in to update on the status of the 2020 Whistleblower’s Summit.

The women of Forestry are back! with Lesa Donnelly

The physical assault on Denice Rice by the Deputy Forest Supervisor was met with management’s failure to act on it, and then retaliation against Denice for reporting it by proposing she be suspended. Denise will also expose the exodus of people from fire on the Eldorado NF.

Shannon Reed is being harassed at her home by the Forestry Service.

The Coalition had a recent ZOOM meeting with Biden’s staff, while at the same time, The Women’s Working Group (WWG) never received any followup from the August 2019 meeting with the Chief and Weldon’s recent email based on complaints to the Secretary about it.

We will cover the failure of the agency to develop and establish a plan to address work place abuses. How Forestry Service does not believe Black Lives Matter because of the way they treat African American employees.

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TS Radio Network: The USDA Hour 8/28

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Join us this evening, November 29 , 2018 at 7:00 pm CST!

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TS Radio: Whistleblower’s! The USDA Hour(s)

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Join us Thursday evening June 28. 2018 at 7:00 pm CST!

5:00 pm PST6:00 pm MST7:00 pm CST8:00 pm EST

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Call in # 917-388-4520

Hosted by Marti Oakley

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Whistleblower’s is presented in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Annual Whistleblower’s Summit  in Washington D.C., July 30 & 31, 2018.  The public is cordially invited.

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Our guests will be:  Lawrence Lucas, Lesa Donnelly, Ron Cotton, and Shannon Reed

We will be discussing the proposed reorganization of the USDA office of general council?…what will it mean for the civil rights and administration processes?  The USDA continues to protect abusive managers at taxpayer expense.
The Forest Service alone is still riddled with sexual abuse claims and is still covering them up along with other charges of discrimination and abuses.  Lesa Donnelly and Shannon Reed will speak about Shannon’s own experience of abuse within this rogue organization.  Even after national exposure in a five part series on PBS, things remain the same.
Ron Cotton and Lawrence Lucas will discuss the recent news release by Corey Lea pertaining to the coming vote  for the Gubernatorial office in Georgia.       “The Black Farmers, who are the most affected by the continuous discrimination of The USDA, will hurriedly point at the Black Congressional Caucus and how they voted against the Black Farmers more than a decade ago, to keep the Republicans from getting credit for saving the Black Farmers. On the other hand, Ms. Abrams is an attorney, she will probably quickly take the route of and road less traveled and say something like- “When I am the Governor of Georgia, I will sue the USDA on behalf of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Small Farmers alike, to keep Georgia Farmers competitive in a global market. It’s our Georgia and not Georgia for a chosen few.”

TS Radio: Whistleblower’s! The USDA Hour

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Join us this evening March 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm CST!

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Join us tonight February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm CST!

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Whistleblowers! is presented in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblower’s Summit July 27-29 in Washington D.C.

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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TS Radio: Whistleblowers! Female Forestry Workers Face off with USDA!

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marcelWhistleblowers is presented in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblowers Summit July 27-29, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Our Guests: Lesa Donnelly and Darlene Hall

Lesa Donnelly lives in Anderson, California. She is a California native.
She worked for USDA, Forest Service, in California (Region 5) in administrative and collateral fire positions from 1978 to 2002, retiring in 2002 under a settlement agreement.
Lesa currently works as a paralegal, representing Federal employees in civil rights matters ad federal employment matters. She and her brother, Robert Donnelly have represented employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Merit Systems Protection Board for twenty years. In 2002 they founded Donnelly and Donnelly Alternative Dispute Resolutions and have represented federal employees at the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Interior, the Postal Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Veterans Administration.
While working for the US Forest Service, Lesa filed a sex discrimination class action lawsuit in 1995 (Donnelly v. Glickman; Donnelly v. Veneman) on behalf of 6000 Forest Service women in California. The issues were sexual harassment, hostile work environment and reprisal. The federal court certified the class in 1996. Working with a team of attorneys, Lesa was part of the Settlement Negotiation Team. The Federal Court approved a Consent Decree in 2000 that provided injunctive relief and individual settlements to class members. The Federal Court appointed Lesa as a Monitor for oversight and implementation of the “Donnelly Settlement Agreement.” The Consent Decree ended in 2006.
Since 1998 Lesa has been Vice President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees and the Women’s Issues advisor to Coalition Presidents Ron Cotton and Lawrence Lucas. The Coalition addresses civil rights issues that affect USDA and other Federal employees by working with agency officials, congress, the White House, other civil rights organizations, and the media. Since 1998 Lesa has worked on civil rights policy issues with the House and Senate. She is considered an expert on issues of sexual harassment and work place violence in the Federal sector.
In 2008, Lesa testified before the House Committee on Government Reform on sexual harassment and workplace violence against federally employed women. She has been invited to the White House three times to discuss civil rights issues.
Lesa currently represents a class action complaint filed in August 2014, on behalf of USDA, Forest Service female firefighters in Region 5, California. There are seven class agents representing the north, central and southern forests of California.
Lesa has participated in civil rights panel discussions in conjunction with the NAAPC, The Coalition 4 Change, and the National Whistleblowers Conference, to name a few. She has given interviews to the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, the Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, and other national/local radio and TV media.
Darlene Hall lives in Lancaster, California.
Born in Massachusetts, moved to California in 1980.
Employed by USDA – Forest Service, Angeles National Forest
Current Position: Forest Fire Aviation Officer
Darlene started working for the US Forest Service in 1980 at a Young Adult Conservation Corp. (YACC) on the Los Padres National Forest, Region 5, California. This was a Recreation Trails/Fire Crew. She quickly moved into being a crew supervisor and worked until 1984.
In spring of 1987 Darlene was asked to come back to the Forest Service and be the Youth Conservation Corp Crew Leader (YCC) for the program between the Los Padres National Forest and Santa Barbara County Schools. In August of that year after the program, she was asked if she would go into the Fire organization, and work on the Pine Canyon Engine and assist in the driving. (This was due to her experience working with heavy equipment when she lived on the East coast.)
Darlene has worked in Fire since 1987 – all in California, Region 5. Throughout her career, starting on the Los Padres National Forest she has endured Job Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Name Calling, Work Place Violence, and blatant Reprisal for reporting it.
In 1990 Darlene joined the Local Union as a Steward to help clean up blatant violations against the employees and their negotiated rights, and to address unequal treatment from management and others toward the employees. In 1995 she became the Local Union president and held that position until 2002 when she left the Los Padres National Forest. Darlene’s goal was to create an all-inclusive and positive working environment for all employees. This is still her goal.
While working for the US Forest Service, Darlene was one of the 6000 Forest Service active class members in the 1995 California class action lawsuit (Donnelly v. Glickman; Donnelly v. Veneman). Prior to this class action Darlene had filed an EEO complaint on sexual harassment and discrimination on hiring practice (non-selection) for only promoting male employees in fire. For example, a local Fire Management Officer told her that he would let her know when, where, and how she would promote when he felt like it. It was widely known that he only promoted men past the GS-5 level. Since the Donnelly class action (and Consent Decree) Darlene has filed numerous other EEO Complaints for Reprisal, discrimination, sexual harassment, and discriminatory hiring practices.
During Darlene’s 27+ years Fire career in the Forest Service – Region 5 she has endured dead, rotten, and road kill animals placed in her fire pack and on her driving seat on the engine. She has been called derogatory and profane names and comments, to her face and in front of male peers. She has been denied promotions while male peers received them. Often she was expected to perform those duties without the promotion. Numerous times Darlene was denied promotions for which she was clearly the higher qualified candidate, but males that were hired. She was held to a different process than male peers for fire qualification upgrades. She was denied developmental training that would enhance her career and make her competitive to male peers. Darlene was denied fire assignments she needed to stay current in fire qualifications, while only males were ordered to fill those positions. She was selected for a promotion but the Regional Human Resources Office delayed it, and after 7 months pulled and improperly disqualified her from the position. Darlene has endured wide spread defamation of her character, work ethic, knowledge and abilities due to male managers in the region and at the Regional Office purposely discrediting her.
In 2013, three months after her former male supervisor of six years retired, she received her first of two promotions. He had been providing potential employers false information about her performance when contacted as a reference check. During that time Darlene worked for him she applied for over 50 job promotions with no success until the supervisor retired.
 On several occasions Darlene traveled to Washington, D.C. and talked personally with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about the discriminatory practices against female firefighters and others. She also met with other assigned personnel from the Department of Agriculture and Forest Service to discuss these matters. She met with members of the House and Senate. To date nothing has been done to clean up the widespread, blatant discrimination and reprisal.
Darlene is a lead Class Agent in the Region 5 Female Firefighter Class action complaint filed August 29, 2014.
Darlene has talked with news reporters and spoken on national radio stations regarding the civil rights violations against female firefighters.

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