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May 3, 2011

C4C Representative Danny Davis

2159 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1307
The Coalition For
Change, Inc. (C4C) Dear Representative Davis:
P.O. Box 142
Washington DC 20044
This letter serves a two-fold purpose. Firstly, it is to introduce you to the Coalition
For Change, Inc. (C4C). Secondly, it is to notify you of employee concerns involving the
Tanya Ward Jordan Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
L.O.R., B,A., M.S.
C4C is a proactive civil rights organization and support network that seeks to advance
Philip Taylor
B.A., M.P.A.
racial equality in the Federal workplace. Through publicizing workplace human resources
Acting President issues, sharing information on employee rights and developing government oversight
reforms, C4C operates to safeguard the quality and efficiency of public goods and
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services. Founded in 2008, C4C maintains incorporation in Washington, D.C. C4C
Diversity Compliance Chair consists of present and former federal employees at all levels who have worked in various
agencies that were injured, or know someone who was injured while working for the
Michael Castelle, Sr.
Diversity Chair Federal government. C4C members are keenly interested in promoting a workforce
culture that promotes the well-being of employees who are to uphold the public trust.
Milton Hill
B.S., M.A., M.P.A. At this time, I would like to again bring your attention to the U.S. Equal Employment
Outreach Chair Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) report 1 documenting the retaliatory workforce culture
of the BOP. While attending the Center for American Progress forum (March 2011) on
Arthuretta Holmes-Martin
B.S., M.S. Black Males and Social Policy, I had a brief opportunity to alert you of the report. Time,
EEO Chair however, did not permit me to address the particulars of the EEOC report. Notably, the
EEOC conducted a program evaluation of the agency: “after determining that the Federal
Cecil Paris Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had an unusually large number of complaints alleging
PMP, B.S. retaliation during fiscal years 2003-2006” (EEOC, 2010, p. 6).
Management and
Organization Chair
According to the EEOC, the perceived retaliation at BOP was higher than any
other federal agency. For example in FY 2005, complaints alleging retaliation at BOP
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CIO Cert. B.A., B.B.A, M.S. were “73.7% as compared to 39.3%
government wide” (p.6) Additionally, 80%
Paulette Taylor the report noted that a class action,
A.A., B.A. 70%
Civil Rights Chair covering BOP employees nationwide,
2 60%
had been filed against the agency.
EEOC found that the Federal Bureau of 50%
Diane Williams
B.A., M.S., J.D. Prison employees had an “unusually 40%
Legislative Research Chair heightened fear of retaliation” and that 30%
“BOP’s EEO program has several 20%
deficiencies” (p.3). As you are aware, 10%
Member of: BOP is a component of the U.S.
Department of Justice. It consists of 115 FY2005ComplaintsofRetaliation
institutions, 28 community corrections
Gov't Wide 39% offices and is charged with carrying out
1-866-737-9783 all legally mandated federal executions. BOP 74%

U.S. EEOC’s Final Program Evaluation Report for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, November 24, 2010.
Dennis Turner et al. v. Michael Mukasey Department of Justice.
C4C Letter to C4C members are most alarmed over EEOC’s findings regarding the BOP’s work place
Rep. Davis. Page 2 culture of fear and reprisal. BOP is responsible for the custody and care of thousands of
federal offenders, which are disproportionally comprised of Black males. Clearly, if the
agency is unable to provide a fair and non-retaliatory climate for its workers; it follows
that the agency is unable to provide the proper climate for individuals housed in its penal

In closing, our C4C members invite you to visit our website at and ask that you support measures to strengthen accountability
features Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced in the Congressional Protections
Disclosure Act of 2011 (H.R. 226). Moreover, we ask that you support mandatory
discipline against public officials who are found guilty of violating the civil rights of
employees. Please note, in conjunction with this letter we have forwarded an electronic
file copy of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Final Program
Evaluation Report for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to your staff official, Ms. Helen
Mitchell. Should you or Ms. Mitchell need to contact me regarding the contents of this
letter, I can be reached on 1-866-737-9783.


Tanya Ward Jordan

Founder, The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C)

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

cc: Representative Edolphus Towns
Ms. Helen Mitchell, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy
Development-Representative Danny Davis
Mr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr., PhD., Chief of Staff, Rep. Edolphus Towns
Mr. Michael Eric Dyson, PhD., Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University
Mr. Michael A. Lindsey, PhD., Associate Professor, Univ. of Md. School of
Social Work
Mr. Philip Taylor, Acting President, The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C)
Mr. Michael Castelle, Sr., National Fair Practice Coordinator
American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals