Whistleblowers are the people that put their lives on the line to protect others from fraud and abuse. They step out of bounds to report any form of corruption when they see it, and have saved the American people countless times because of it.
Whistleblower, whether part of a public or private organization, are there to help bring those to justice who participate in heinous deeds, such as exploitation or human violation. To celebrate some of the bravest men and women among us and throughout history, this day has been decided on as a national holiday.
A History of National Whistleblowers Day
Ralph Nader, a United States civic activist of the ‘70s, is known to have coined the term “whistleblower”. He was sick of people using negative connotation words, such as “snitch” or “informer”. He pulled the word from 19th century history, when whistles were used in public situations to alert civilians of bad things that were happening. Referees also use whistles in sporting events to call a foul or illegal play.
Some of the most famous whistleblowers include Mark Felt of the Watergate Scandal, Daniel Ellsberf (the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers back in 1971), and Coleen Rowley (an FBI agent who outed non-conforming agencies after the 9/11 attacks).
The United States Senate made a unanimous decision on July 30th to commemorate a day for whistleblowers.
How To Celebrate National Whistleblowers Day
The best way to celebrate National Whistleblowers Day is to read about some of history’s most famous whistleblowers. See what they sacrificed to bring people to justice or serve the general public. Do you see something bad happening in an organization that you are a part of? Maybe today is the day to finally stand up and say something! You could end up being a famous whistleblower yourself, all while helping the people around you.
If you use social media, remember to hashtag #NationalWhistleblowersDay to spread awareness and get others to join in the cause.
“Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”
- Fuad Alakbarov
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National Cheesecake Day
Cheesecake is said to have been around since Ancient Greece and it is one of the most favored desserts in the world. Whether baked or unbaked, you can cover this creamy, delicious cake with an array of toppings, including strawberry, chocolate, key lime, and more! Philadelphia Cream Cheese is one of the most used cheesecake ingredients and has been around since 1928. Take this day to head out to your favorite restaurant and grab a slice of cheesecake. Try some interesting kinds if you can, such as Chicago Style Cheesecake or Farmer Cheese Cheesecake.
National Father-In-Law Day
Father-in-laws become one of the best family additions when you get married. Whether full of humor or stubborn as a mule, they are the foundation of the shelter in your family tree. The best way to spend National Father-In-Law Day is to go and spend some quality time with your father in law. Take him hiking or sit in the backyard and enjoy some brews. If your father-in-law is not around anymore, take some time to remember him in whatever way you see best.