Tuesday, June 29, 2010

LEAD Liberia

LEAD Liberia

LEAD Organizing For Liberia
Abraham Hoff, Chief Community Organizer

077384990
leadliberia@yahoo.com

LEAD Organizing For Liberia is recruiting good men and women of Liberia in the 15 counties to form part of LEAD Liberia Community Organizing Team, with the aim of engaging, educating and empowering the people, while demanding respect, accountability and transparency from our elected officials. LEAD Organizing For Liberia is a non—partisan political group that sends one message to our elected officials across Liberia, which is “Do the right thing” and stop playing politics with our future and the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia). Our elected officials must listen to the people and champion the interest of all Liberians, regardless of their socioeconomic class, religious and traditional believe. Our leaders should abandon the politics of partisan division, personal greed and find creative solutions to promote the common good of Liberia so help us God.

Do You Have The Drive? Do You Have The Will? Do You Know Someone Who Has The Drive and The Will? Then be part of LEAD Liberia Community Organizing Team in your respective community---shown below is the break down. Do you know someone who is interested in community development and/or sustainability, please pass the information on because we are looking across Liberia for 66 good men and women of Liberia (20 high school graduates and 46 college graduates) who loved Liberia and are willing to sacrifice for the betterment of our beloved country. Please be informed that this is a paid position but all candidates for the positions of community organizers are required to do one year of volunteer service with LEAD Organizing For Liberia in their respective communities before becoming LEAD Liberia Organizers.

Liberians, the time for change has come, and we as Liberians must seize this moment. If you will stand with LEAD Organizing For Liberia, we will not only engage, educate and empower the people—but we will win citizen participation in government; we will win investment for our youth and seniors. We will win quality education for all Liberians—we will win investment for our children—we will create a ONE LIBERIA by uniting all citizens, regardless of socioeconomic class, religious and/or tribal believes--we will win investment for our failed infrastructure system—we will win investment for our teachers, while holding them to highest standards—we will win opportunity for small businesses and we will build a vibrant Liberia for future generation.

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The land of rich natural resources and pride has lost its patience and confidence in elected officials who have failed to lead Liberia. Liberia can do better. It is time for empowerment. And the LEAD Organizing For Liberia through its open ended platform for engaging, educating and empowering the people today, is reaching out to all Liberians who hunger for a better future for our nation, children and ourselves. As a defining moment in our history, we as LEAD Organizing For Liberia resolve to engage, educate and empower the people. Over the past one hundred & sixty two years (162), our nation’s leaders have failed us and at time they invited calamity in the form of tribalism, nepotisms, corruption, and other times, when calamity arrived in the form of flood or storms devastation, they sat back and asked the Liberian’s people to wait, while doing too little too late, and too poorly.

Liberia will be a great nation and a better place to live not because of its perfection, but the belief that working in the interest of the masses and investing in our children and the youth; the belief that Liberians who love this country can change it. People who had the audacity to believe that Liberia could be a better place and the courage to work to make it so: therefore, today; we are reaching out to all Liberians who hunger for a better future for our children, nation and ourselves. Today, my fellow Liberians, we have a choice to work together and to make this works for all. We can choose to sit back and continue the past and failed system. Or we can choose a path that will build upon the best of who and what we are and the path that reflects our highest values as Liberians. We can continue more of the last 162 years policies and failed system, or we can demand respect, transparency and accountability from our elected officials. The list of failures of our elected leaders is historic. The Liberian’s State is at risk. Poverty is on the rise, and millions of our fellow citizens have no access to healthcare while families struggling to care for their children and aging parents. The cost of gaining higher education is unbearable for parents, students, university and graduate students. Our Teachers and professors do not receive good pay for good work. This is not the Liberia we dream off. Today, fail transportation system, underemployed and unemployment are hitting poor families and working families alike.

The broken politics of the past and our current elected officials have taken their toll on our country’s natural resources, economy, reputation and our security, while leaving ordinary Liberians with the residual side effects of poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment, illiteracy, challenges of health, crime and corruption that often define the lives of many of our people especially, disadvantaged families, underprivileged youth and young women. The past and current elected leaders said they would keep us safe, but they left rural Liberians struggling with crimes, insecurity and they failed to respond to the challenges that ordinary Liberians faced in their respective communities everyday. The past and elected leaders said they would listen to us went we call, but they failed to come to our rescue went we needed them. They neglected our seniors, young people, and disadvantaged families and denied access to healthcare and universal free K-12 education for our children and higher education opportunity to Liberia’s future, which is the youth. Now is the time for our elected officials to listen to us went we call, provide opportunity for higher education for all young people and help struggling families live a more fulfill life in rural Liberia. Pass the threshold bill!

The past and current elected leaders promised fiscal responsibility in government but instead they gave loopholes to corrupt government officials and themselves. Now they are asking we the people to put them in office again! But I got news for them! Not this time and not this year. There is a fierce urgency that we cannot ignore in this election as a nation where we are bounded together because of our collective challenges, collective ideas, collective history and collective hope for a better future for our nation, children and ourselves. These are not just broken politics. These are policy failures that reward their interests over the common interest and the short-term over the long-term. These are broken politics that often puts government at the service of the powerful and more corrupt individuals while leaving the people to fend for themselves and their children. These are policy failures and broken politics that often create a corrupt system for rewarding those individuals who are caught up in corruption scandals and shuts out the voice of the Liberian People.

Therefore, we have come together at a defining moment in the history of our beloved nation to replace these Elected Officials. We want elected officials who will listen to the people. We want elected officials who will declare our rice independence and invest in Liberia’s infrastructure. We want elected officials who will invest in Liberia’s future (the youth) by providing avenues to higher education. We want elected officials who will invest in rural Liberia and provide a K-12 universal free education for all Liberian’s children. We need to invest in green technology –so that our economy can generate the good, high-paying jobs of the future. We want elected officials who will provide access to affordable health care for all Liberians. We want elected officials who will strengthen longstanding diplomatic efforts around the world and launch new ones. We want elected officials who will work smart, build strong and Fair Trade Policies that will keep us safe, prosperous and free. My fellows Liberians, from the inception of this country—we the people have been asked to wait and act for ourselves, by ourselves and on our own. Therefore, we reject this insinuation for division and failure that have kept us down for 162 years.

The Liberian’s people do not want government to solve all our problems; we know that personal responsibility, character, imagination, diligence, hard work and faith ultimately determine individual achievement. The Liberian’s people also know that at every turning point in our nation’s history, we have demonstrated love for our country by uniting to overcome our collective challenges—whether through ending slavery, fighting for women voting rights and equality, matching for our civil liberty and/or building alliances with other nations for social economic development. Today, we must unit again to help Liberia most vulnerable citizens such as poor families, girls, young women, and disadvantaged youth get on their feet and to ensure the production of rice independence because the success of our nation economic development depends on the success of Liberia being rice independence. We all have the responsibility to put Liberia in a better position than how we met it. And we must act now by coming together for the common good.

We the people have been promised change by our past and current elected leaders, but we are yet to see the change. And we have been disappointed. The LEAD Organizing For Liberia believes we must change not just our policies, but our politics and the corrupt system that often runs our government. My fellow Liberians, we cannot keep electing the same old corrupt leaders into government and expect to get different results. That is why we have come together at a defining moment not only to prevent the same old politics that have kept us down as a people for one hundred & sixty--two years (162) but to send a strong message to all politicians that we will not tolerate the same old politics and corrupt system because change has come to Liberia.

As LEAD Organizing For Liberia, we will shine a light on our elected officials, government spending, Capitol Hill and the Executive Mansion lobbying system so that all Liberians would be empower to be a watchdog and a whistle blower. The LEAD Organizing For Liberia, a group of inclusion and one that respects differences of perspective and belief. When we disagree, we will work together for the common good and to move our beloved country in the right direction. This is the Liberia we dream off—we should not only say we love Liberia but we should show it in everything we do–by our deeds, our priorities, and the commitments we keep. My fellow Liberians, if we choose this path to change, just imagine what we can do.

Liberians, within a country, there is always a generation where we have to turn from a wrong path to a right path-and that generation is now. In addition, there is a fierce urgency that we cannot ignore in this election as a nation where we are bonded together because of our collective challenges, collective ideas, collective history and collective hope for a better future for our nation, children and ourselves. Today, our modern Liberian’s families are underemployed, unemployed, underpaid and deserve more respect from our elected officials, including the National Legislature. We as LEAD Organizing For Liberia believe that each succeeding generation should have the opportunity, through hard work, service and sacrifice, to enjoy a brighter future than the last but that is yet to happy in our beloved country.

In Liberia today, our elected officials don’t put the people and the country above personal agenda when making critical decisions that could affect the masses and the national interest of the country. They usually put partisan’s ideology and individual greed above the people and the national interest of the country. If Liberia is to flourish with development, peace, unity, security and prosperity; we must learn to put the people and the national interest of the country above partisan’s ideology and above individual greed. The challenges ahead are great; however the benefits are even greater. If these things are to be achieved in Liberia it required the cooperation and coordination of all Liberians regardless of religious and traditional believes, including partisan’s ideology.

Today, we have come together at a defining moment in the history of our beloved nation – the nation that led the founding of the Organizations of African Unity-commonly known as the African Union, the Mano River Union, one of the original signatories of the founding of the United Nations and the nation that led the declaration of Independence States in Africa. With that being said, LEAD Organizing For Liberia has a special commitment to engage, educate and empower the people in community sustainability, while demanding respect, transparency and accountability from all elected officials in our government.

We as LEAD Organizing For Liberia believe that all Liberians, whether by birth of either parents; free slaves, indigenous people and/or by way of naturalization and/or whatever their background or station in life, should live in safe surroundings, have the chance to get a good education, to work at a good job with good wages, to raise and provide for a family and to be respected as a human being via civil liberty and justice. In addition, we as LEAD Organizing For Liberia believe that access to quality education and affordable health care is a basic right for all. Therefore, today, we are at a crossroad that we cannot afford to ignore this moment and time by continuing to live in the past. Our message to all elected officials is “Do the right thing” and stop playing politics with our future and the national interest of our beloved country. This moment is about the past verse the future; it is about extending opportunity to the people verse extending opportunity to elected officials. It is about the national interest of the country verse personal greed. It is about building a new democratic republic that unites all its citizens by respecting their rights, dignity and allowing all citizens to participate in a democratic nation without fear of arrest, recognizing that individual rights must be bounded by social responsibilities verse continuing the same old politics that oppressed the rights, dignity, participation and sustainability of citizens in their government.

The choice is clear and the time is now. We are recruiting community organizers across Liberia to engage, educate and empower the people thereby expanding opportunity for every Liberian and renewing Liberia’s Promise of a great and respected nation in Africa and the world at-large. Renewing Liberia’s Promise means that we all have the responsibility to make sure that Liberia’s future (the youth) is given quality education and an avenue to peaceful resolution when dealing with others. Renewing Liberia’s Promise means that our elected officials have the responsibility to make sure that our families have the opportunity to raise their children without fear of crime and insecurity. Renewing Liberia’s Promise means that our elected officials have the responsibility to make sure that Liberia is not Montserrado County only, instead it consists of fifteen counties such as Bomi County, Bong County, Gbarpolu County, Grand Bassa County, Grand Cape Mount County, Grand Gedeh County, Grand Kru County, Lofa County, Margibi County, Maryland County, Montserrado County, Nimba County, River Cess County, River Gee County, and Sinoe County. We shouldn’t be afraid of our differences; instead we should learn to appreciate the diversity of Liberia. Today, we talk about free slaves that left the United States for Liberia. We talk about the indigenous people that were occupying the land but one thing we do not talk about is Liberia having a little bit of every country in the continent.

Thank you and May God bless the Republic of Liberia.

Abraham Hoff, Chief Community Organizer

Contact: LEAD Organizing For Liberia @ 077384990 and/or leadliberia@yahoo.com.

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Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah



Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah

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