Saturday, July 3, 2010

LEAD Organizing For Liberia

Media Talking Point.

What is LEAD Liberia?
• LEAD Organizing For Liberia is part of LEAD Liberia, 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).

• LEAD Liberia was founded in 2010 with the goal to….

• Engage, Educate, and Empower the people of Liberia

• Demand respect, accountability and transparency from our elected officials across Liberia.

• Build grassroots force for change through citizen participation in government across Liberia.

• The national office is in Monrovia, Liberia but there are other local Development Team of Organizers and Advisory Team working in communities across Liberia.

Are there a lot of people in Liberia that are not empowered or politicians that are taking advantage of their positions, while keeping the people unformed? (Liberia’s Fact)

• The literacy rate in Liberia is about 48%. (CIA World Fact Book)

• Despite five years of peace in Liberia, the majority of Liberians are not engaged by their elected officials.

• Despite five years of peace in Liberia, the majority of Liberians are not empowered by their elected officials.

• Despite five years of peace in Liberia, the majority of Liberians are not engaged in government—neither are they informed of decisions that affect their day-to-day activities.

How does LEAD Liberia Engage, Educate And Empower The People?

• One way LEAD Liberia engages, educates and empowers the people is through our “Survey of Citizen Participation in Government” identifies local leaders through networking with grassroots organizations and community’s advocates.

• Through coordinating and organizing community town hall meetings thereby giving the local people and the leaders of the communities the opportunity to listen, suggest, and talk with elected officials in their respective communities, while demanding respect, transparency and accountability in governance.

How can our local community get involved with LEAD Organizing For Liberia?

• By taking LEAD Liberia “Survey of Citizen Participation in Government”

• By organizing community events that engage, educate and empower the local people in the community.

• By calling their local representatives and senators to demand respect, transparency and accountability in government.

• By attending LEAD Liberia’s community events.

• By talking to their neighbors and friends about citizen participation in government.

• By contributing to the welfare of the Liberian’s State and the people.

• By making suggestions to LEAD Liberia Community Organizing Team.

• By sponsoring a specific LEAD Liberia’s Project.

How can our elected officials get involved with the people in their respective communities?

• By doing the right thing and stop playing politics with our future and the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia).

• By organizing town hall meetings with the local people that got them elected thereby informing the people of progress and pending decisions that could affect their respective communities.

• By attending LEAD Liberia’s community events.

• By talking and listening to the people in their respective districts.

• By investing in their respective districts and the people.

• By contributing to the welfare of the Liberian’s State and the people in their respective districts.

Thank you and May God bless the Republic of Liberia.

Abraham Hoff
Chief Community Organizer

Contact: LEAD Organizing For Liberia @ 077384990 and/or

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Everyone is a genius

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

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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