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“POPULAR seeks out and honors those worthy of the Restore
Integrity Award, our sometimes silent heroes who break down
proverbial walls of silence and light the way for others, and who
serve to inspire, encourage, and help others join to restore
Nancy Swan, Former POPULAR Advisory Board Vice President
POPULAR's Restore Integrity Award
Current Award Recipients:
Public Sector Category:
The Honorable Thomas Wheeler, Texas State District
Judge, for his excellent balance of fairness and firmness in the
administration of justice since joining the 350thDistrict - Taylor
County, Texas in 2005;
Private Sector Category:
Attorney Jordan A. Thomas for transitioning from the
public sector as Assistant Director of the U.S. Security and
Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement to private law
practice, launching our nation’s first firm exclusively dedicated to
advocating for SEC whistleblowers, which advocacy includes
public education through SECwhistlebloweradvocate.com and a
robust schedule of international speaking engagements.
James Ridgeway, a veteran journalist whose career
includes working for numerous prestigious publications such as
The Wall Street Journal, and his current position as Senior
Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, who campaigns
relentlessly against America’s de facto policy of torture through
solitary confinement, the horrors of which are regularly revealed
and addressed by a website he co-founded, SolitaryWatch.com.
Grassroots Advocacy Category:
Karen Horwitz, founder of NAPTA (National Association for
the Prevention of Teacher Abuse), for heralding the role of
classroom teachers in ensuring not only the sound education
and safety of America’s children, but the corresponding stability,
competitiveness, and progress of our country, all of which are
threatened by rampant education and legal system malfunctions,
chronicled by her book White Chalk Crime.
|To Learn How You Can Help
Tear Down the
"Wall Of Poverty"
- POPULAR's “Restore Integrity Award” is awarded bi-
annually in the categories of public sector, private sector,
and / or grassroots advocacy.
- All of POPULAR’s award recipients have taken or
otherwise pursued one or more specific acts or
measures to eliminate significant inequity, waste, fraud,
abuse, or other public and/or private sector corruption in
- POPULAR defines corruption as any illegal or unethical
conduct contributing to the systemic malfunction of
government, commerce, and/or democracy in America
as contemplated by the U.S. Constitution.
- Nominations are always welcome!
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