Save the Dates for Whistleblowers Summit & Film Festival and Legacy Tribute to Dan Ellsberg


Diane Perlman, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service

Whistleblower Summit Tribute to Dan Ellsberg

Our beloved Dan Ellsberg will be honored at the Whistleblower Summit where he gave the keynote address and received the Pillar Award in 2021. We would not be as vibrant a community without him and are eternally grateful. Dan is considered the father of whistleblowers, and has also acted as a father to whistleblowers as he has personally nurtured those going through the trauma of retaliation and inspired all of us.

Note: The Ellsberg family is planning the official memorial for Dan in October. This tribute is part of the Whistleblower Summit, organized on short notice in time for National Whistleblower Day, is one of many tributes that are being planned by many who have been touched by Dan.

 5 Events at a Glance:

7/30 – National Whistleblower Day Ellsberg Legacy Tribute and film screening, the National Press Club, 5 – 10 PM

7/ 22 – 30 – Whistleblower Summit Virtual & Film Festival

7/ 28 – 30 – 11th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival (Live Events)- in person and virtual, Capitol Hill, Busboys & Poets and National Press Club

 7/28 – Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival Author Book Signing and Entertainment Industry Roundtables, 6 – 10 PM, Busboys and Poets, 14th & VNW

* 7/31 – Blowing the Whistle on Covert Warfare & Coercive Economic Sanctions Bonus Day

3 – 5:30 PM, Busboys and Poets, 450 K ST NW. CovertAction Magazine (CAM)

The Whistleblower Summit is an excellent, important conference. We wish to honor Dan and to inspire courage and action and to make it easier for future Whistleblowers.

Details for all of these will be announced on the website,

11th Annual Whistleblower Summit

National Whistleblowers Day Capstone Event

Tribute to Honor the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg 

National Press Club in DC 

Sunday, July 30, 6 – 10 PM EDT

Live and Livestreamed

Details will be on


7/30 – This event is free. See below about contributing towards expenses.

Tentative schedule – Details will follow

6:00 Reception

6:30 Tribute to Dan Ellsberg’s legacy, an educational, inspirational walk through history with personal witnesses to Dan’s evolution, weaving in themes of truth-telling, moral courage, and whistleblowing, from his nuclear awakening through Harvard, Viet Nam, RAND, Pentagon papers and beyond. We will honor Dan as the father of whistleblowers as well as a father to whistleblowers, featuring generations of grateful truth tellers, inspired and nurtured by Dan.

8:00 Pillar Awards

8:30 Film The Most Dangerous Man in America

Please invite young people to learn about Dan’s legacy for them.

The tribute will feature a walk through history, with pivotal moments in Dan’s evolution as a whistleblower, as told by Dan’s friends and personal witnesses throughout his life. Then we will recognize subsequent whistleblower who were supported by Dan.

Comments, live and recorded by

Richard Falk, Sy Hersh, Peter Kuznick, John Henry, Gar Alperovitz, Coleen Rowley, John Kiriakou, Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright, Ray McGovern and others.


7/22 – 30 – Virtual Film Festival


Theme – 60th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK 

7/28 & 30, In-person panels on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn Building

7/29 Virtual panels

* WHISTLEBLOWER ROUNDTABLE – Author Book Signing and Entertainment Industry 

7/28 – 6 – 10 PM Busboys and Poets on 14th & V street NW.


7/31, 3 – 5:30 PM, Busboys and Poets, 450 K ST NW. CovertAction Magazine (CAM) to honor Daniel Ellsberg’s commitment to uncovering U.S. crimes against humanity with a live panel discussion, webinar and fundraiser including Ray McGovern, John Kiriakou, Sara Flounders, Chris Agee, Jeremy Kuzmarov, Lou Wolf and delegates (tbd) from heavily sanctioned countries.


The Whistleblower Summit is hosting this free tribute to Dan Ellsberg’s Legacy with few resources. Even a small contribution would help cover the costs for the reception, technical support, a Tribute Book  and other additions to make the program befitting of Dan’s legacy.

  1. Here is a direct link to contribute. Please include “National Press Club Event”in the description or it will delay funding.
  2. Please direct any major sponsor inquiries to the attention of Michael McCray –


Diane Perlman, PhD   is a clinical and political psychologist, devoted to applying knowledge from psychology, conflict studies and social sciences to designing strategies and policies to reverse nuclear proliferation, to drastically reduce terrorism, reduce enmity, and to raise consciousness about nonviolent strategies for tension reduction and conflict transformation. She is a visiting scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, is active in Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, and on the Global Council of Abolition 2000. Some of her writings can be found on her websites,  and Email:

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