G.A.P. Co-Founder Louis Clark at ArtRage
November 5, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Louis Clark Defender of Whistleblowers: b. 1947
Another of our Truth Teller Series speakers, Louis Clark defines a government whistleblower as a public employee who discloses information to the public about government activity which is illegal, inefficient or wasteful, and which endangers the health, safety or freedom of the American public.
With the rise of massive bureaucracies in business and government, Clark sees widespread threats to institutional integrity and accountability and believes that over recent decades the social importance of whistleblowers has grown exponentially. Clark helped launch the Government Accountability Project (GAP) in 1978 and since then has worked not only to support and protect government and corporate whistleblowers, but to remedy the institutional problems they identify.
“Whistleblowers violate the powerful taboo against speaking up. Even when faced with termination and blacklisting, they shout the truth when the boss demands lies. The Government Accountability Project defends these heroes and builds critical support. With help, whistleblowers are less likely to sink beneath the waves their courageous actions have created. And by committing the truth, whistleblowers with both information and fortitude are reshaping our institutions and securing a more democratic society.”