You Only Get Out Of Democracy What You Put Into It


ETHICAL PHILLY: As the flyer describes, this will be the 1st time ever that non-political members of the Federal, State, and Local watchdog agencies will be on a panel explaining how public corruption is investigated, by whom, and how it is best reported. Then they will take questions from the audience. Just look at the three panelists: Harvey Rice, who was the state Safe Schools Advocate (until it was nixed by the budget) – who is now Deputy City Controller (auditing the missing money at the Sheriff’s Office and School District, etc.), Pat Blessington, a formerĀ municipal prosecutor who led the State Attorney General’s Public Corruption Unit – who just got brought over by District Attorney Williams to set up a City Anti CorruptionĀ unit within the District Attorney’s Office…and last but not least – John Roberts, the FBI agent who was part of bringing down Vince Fumo and put the bug in Mayor John Street’s Office. Many of us here in Philly kind of except corruption as a way of life. I put the guys together to show us how we can put a huge dent in it, especially by organizing the community in a way that acts a a watchdog for the elected and senior appointed leaders we employ. MORE

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