We're calling on government scientists
to speak out for science
Scientific integrity, or protecting science from bias or censorship, is crucial to our government's scientific research and achievement. U.S. Government scientists should be able to follow the facts where they lead -- without political interference -- and share their findings with other scientists and the public-at-large without hesitation.
Unfortunately, President Donald J. Trump and those in his administration like EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have chosen to completely disregard the facts and engage in an all-out War on Science.
314 Action, a nationwide pro-science non-profit with nearly a quarter of a million members wants to shine a light on Scientific wrongdoing within the Trump Administration. We're calling on U.S. Government scientists to blow the whistle on malfeasance, science being silenced, or other evidence of this administration's war on science through the Scientific Integrity Whistleblower Project (SpeakOutForScience.org), a secure and anonymous method for U.S. Government scientists and others to speak out and fight back. Use one of our secure and anonymous methods below to send us a tip or provide information that will be held confidentially by our team of attorneys at the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer.
How to Securely Relay Information to an Attorney:
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Our lawyers have asked us to let you know that the law generally provides whistleblower protections for government scientists who challenge censorship or make disclosures related to the integrity of the scientific process. In particular, the law protects disclosures of information that an employee reasonably believes are evidence of censorship related to research, analysis, or technical information that cause, or will cause, gross government waste or mismanagement, an abuse of authority, a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or any violation of law. You should consult your agency’s website for additional information about whistleblower protections at the EPA, NASA and NSF, and how they relate to non-disclosure agreements signed by agency employees. Please do not submit any information if doing so would violate any law, rule or regulation.
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Scientific Integrity Whistleblower Project
c/o Garvey Schubert Barer
1000 Potomac St NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20007-3501
Silent No More
This initiative gives scientists and others with evidence of censorship the means to relay information to our team of pro bono attorneys without revealing their identities.
If You See It,
Use the encrypted, secure services we've provided to relay instances of science being undermined.
Putting a Spotlight On Science Denial
By contacting our team of pro-bono attorneys, you will take the first step toward blowing the whistle and putting science deniers on defense.
Spread the Word
Help us spread the word about this important project!
Additional Resources for Government Scientists
Legal support for scientists and government workers for issues arising from their work:
- CSLDF (Climate Science Legal Defense Fund) – legal advice and direct representation for climate scientists and climate communicators facing legal issues as a result of their work, https://climatesciencedefensefund.org
- UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists), Scientist Protection Project – legal advice for federal scientists on how to prevent and/or reveal efforts to politicize science, http://www.ucsusa.org/center-science-and-democracy/promoting-scientific-integrity/ucs-science-protection-project
- GAP (Government Accountability Project) – legal representation for whistleblowers facing issues of public concern regarding government and corporate accountability, https://www.whistleblower.org
- PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) – legal advice and representation for potential government whistleblowers, with a focus on anonymously exposing environmental wrongdoings and assisting in addressing agency retaliation, https://www.peer.org
Legal support for other issues:
- Workplace discrimination and sexual harassment:
- Equal Rights Advocates, https://www.equalrights.org/legal-help/other-resources/
- 9to5 Job Survival Helpline, http://9to5.org/resources-to-combat-sexual-harassment
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline
- Additional state-level resources here: http://www.feminist.org/911/harass_af.html
- Immigration law (e.g., issues regarding student & work visas), NILC (National Immigration Law Center), https://www.nilc.org
- Violations of civil liberties (e.g., warrantless searches at U.S. border* or violation of right to protest), (ACLU) American Civil Liberties Union, https://www.aclu.org/about/affiliates