Calling All Muckrakers: Join Us for Round Three of the Muckrakers’ Happy Hour

bryan August 11th, 2009

It’s time for another Muckrakers’ Happy Hour, where reporters, NGO do-gooders, IG staff, and Hill staffers from both sides of the aisle come together to vibe and imbibe.

It all goes down tomorrow, Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  As usual we’ll be gathering at Johnny’s Halfshell, located at 400 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC.

No need to RSVP—just mention at the door that you’re there for the Muckrakers’ Happy Hour, and someone will point you in the right direction.  The last two have been big successes, so don’t miss this chance to share a drink and compare notes!

Please do spread the word to fellow muckraker’s, colleagues, listservs, or anyone else that might be interested.

More Pictures from Last Week’s Congressional Oversight Panel and Book Release

michael July 23rd, 2009

We had a great turnout at last week’s panel on “Congress vs. the President: The Scope and Limits of Congressional Oversight Powers,” which featured the release of POGO’s new congressional oversight handbook, The Art of Congressional Oversight: A User’s Guide to Doing It Right.

Click below to see more pictures from the event (please wait a moment for the pictures to load):

Join Us at Politics and Prose This Weekend

michael July 7th, 2009

Ed Rothschild, a friend of the show here at POGO, has asked us to spread the word about the publication of a new book, The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, co-authored by his college roommate Ron Soodalter and Kevin Bales, president of the globally renowned anti-slavery organization Free the Slaves. Here’s Ed’s description of the book:

“This is the first book to address and fully document the broad spectrum of modern-day slavery as it specifically pertains to the United States and provides a combination of case studies, interviews with government officials, service providers, victim advocates, survivors of trafficking, and in some cases, the actual traffickers. The authors not only evaluate what is - and isn’t - being done on the local, state and federal levels, to combat this blight that sees many thousands enslaved within our borders each year, but also suggest what the average citizen can do to help in the fight.”

For those in the D.C. area, Ron and Kevin will be speaking about the book at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW) at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 11.

Hope to see you there!

Join Us for Another Muckrakers’ Happy Hour

michael June 24th, 2009

We had a great turnout at the first Muckrakers’ Happy Hour, where reporters, NGO do-gooders, IG staff, and Hill staffers from both sides of the aisle shared a few drinks and exchanged thoughts on their latest investigations.

It’s time for the second Happy Hour, and we hope you can join us. We’ll meet at Johnny’s Half Shell (400 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) on Wednesday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.

No need to RSVP–just mention at the door that you’re there for the Muckrakers’ Happy Hour, and somebody will point you in the right direction. Appetizers will be provided, and you can take advantage of Happy Hour drink prices.

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues, your own lists, or to anybody who you think might be interested in hanging out.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

You know Nick’ll be joining Us for a Muckrakers Happy Hour – How about you?

michael June 8th, 2009

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place where reporters, NGO do-gooders, and Hill staffers from both sides of the aisle could go once a month to meet each other, share a few drinks, and exchange tips on their latest investigations?

In an effort to make government oversight a little more collaborative (and fun!), POGO is organizing a new Muckrakers Happy Hour. We hope you can join us to kick things off on Wednesday, June 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at Johnny’s Half Shell (400 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C.).

No need to RSVP–just mention at the door that you’re there for the Muckrakers Happy Hour, and somebody will point you in the right direction. Appetizers will be provided, and you can take advantage of Happy Hour drink prices.

Depending on this week’s turnout, we’ll see if we should make this our regular monthly spot. Stay tuned for details.

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues, your own lists, or to anybody who you think might be interested in hanging out.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Whistleblowers and Journalists Honored at Ridenhour Event

michael April 22nd, 2009

The POGO gang had a great time at the sixth annual Ridenhour Prizes, held last week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Prizes are awarded to “recognize those who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society.”

After a moving video tribute to Ron Ridenhour, and a heartfelt speech by Randy Fertel describing Mr. Ridenhour’s work, the Prizes were handed out to this year’s recipients.

Thomas Tamm received the Truth-Telling Prize for courageously blowing the whistle on the NSA’s illegal wiretapping program. Jane Mayer received the Book Prize for The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into A War on American Ideals, a chilling account of the government’s anti-terrorism policies following 9/11. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert received the Courage Prize for bringing “moral clarity and a sense of outrage to his ongoing depiction of injustice.” And a special Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction was awarded to Nick Turse for his “investigative reportage on the systemic atrocities of the Vietnam War.”

We applaud this year’s recipients for their courage and dedication, and we extend our gratitude to whistleblowers and journalists everywhere who work tirelessly to expose the truth.

Click below to see our pictures from the event (please wait a few seconds for the pictures to load):