Thursday, July 8, 2010

LEAD Organizing For Liberia

General Policies:

All LEAD Organizing for Liberia activities are governed by LEAD Liberia. In addition, to local and international responsibilities, it is important that all volunteers, community organizers, advisors, staff and executive team members understand all of LEAD Organizing For Liberia’s general policies.

The policies listed below have been established to protect volunteers, community organizers, advisors, staff, and team members, LEAD Liberia and the communities that we serve. These policies safeguard the integrity and mission as set forth by the LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team and staff. Adherence to these policies is required of all LEAD Liberia’s volunteers, community organizers, advisors, executive team members and staff. On occasion, there may be unusual circumstances that require flexibility regarding a specific policy. These situations must be discussed with LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team before any exceptions to the policy can be made. If you have any questions about these policies, please do not hesitate to contact LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team.

LEAD Organizing For Liberia’s goal is 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.

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).

The LEAD Liberia Commitment:

LEAD Liberia is committed to providing all volunteers, community organizers, advisors, staff and team members access to LEAD Liberia resources. LEAD Liberia fiscal policies keep administrative costs to a minimum while maximizing our ability to provide support and assistance to all communities across Liberia.

Financial Management:

The headquarter of LEAD Liberia Camp Johnson Road, Liberia West Africa handled all financial transactions through a dedicated account in Liberia and subsequently handles all account expenditures and other activities. Publishers and other vendors should bill LEAD Liberia’s headquarter directly, where the necessary paperwork is reconciled. LEAD Liberia’s headquarter will provide LEAD Organizing For Liberia County Teams, West Africa with regular reports detailing deposits, project grant awards, vendors, and actual invoice costs. In addition, project grant awards, vendors, and other activities will not receive official approval until the LEAD Liberia’s headquarter approves.

Community and Media Outreach:

All press releases and related materials regarding LEAD Organizing For Liberia or LEAD Liberia’s activities must be approved by LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team prior to distribution. For pre-approved materials, please contact your LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team.

LEAD Organizing For Liberia’s volunteers, community organizers and advisors must obtain signed LEAD Liberia Media Release Forms prior to any event during which children and/or families participating in program that will be photographed or videotaped. This policy covers any photographs, voice recordings, videotapes, letters, or artwork that will be displayed or distributed for LEAD Liberia purposes. The purpose of media release forms is for the protection of Liberia’s vulnerable children and families.

Use of the LEAD Liberia Name and Logo:

The LEAD Organizing For Liberia name and logo are registered trademarks of LEAD Liberia. Use of the LEAD Liberia name and/or logo in any printed, audio, or visual materials not provided by LEAD Liberia, must be approved by LEAD Liberia’s Executive Organizing Team prior to release.

LEAD Liberia’s volunteers, community organizers, advisors, team members and staff must not use the name of LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia to create any local or national political party in Liberia and/or outside of Liberia. LEAD Liberia’s volunteers, community organizers, advisors, team members and staff must not use the name of LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia to bash anyone political parties in Liberia and/or outside of Liberia. However, LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia shall shine a light on our elected officials and individuals within various political parties of Liberia who do not support the goal of engaging, educating and empowering the people of Liberia. LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia shall shine a light on our elected officials and individuals within various political parties of Liberia who do not support the goal of respect, transparency and accountability in government. LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia shall shine a light on government spending; the justice system, Capitol Hill and the Executive Mansion so that all Liberians would be empower to be a watchdog and a whistle blower.

The LEAD Liberia and/or 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.

Discrimination Statement:

LEAD Liberia does not discriminate, nor do we support programs that discriminate against people on the basis of gender, race, religious, tribes, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

This political group shall be 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). The LEAD Organizing For Liberia and/or LEAD Liberia shall support political candidate (s) that shared LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia goal and vision for Liberia; shall issue endorsements, political campaigns, or boycotts any activity that does not support LEAD Liberia goal and vision for Liberia. This non—partisan political group shall by no means be turned into a partisan political group or political party in Liberia and/or outside of Liberia, so help us God.

The five-member of LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team shall continuously review particular projects, events, topics and bring to the attention of the entire membership any significant changes, events, topics, objections, and suggestions needed for the effective operation of LEAD Liberia. Unauthorized uses of LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia projects, events, name, intellectual property and/or its outputs shall be reported by any members of LEAD Organizing For Liberia, to the five-member of LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team for referred to the entire membership of LEAD Liberia. The membership of LEAD Liberia shall review the findings of the five-member of LEAD Liberia Executive Organizing Team and take appropriate administrative or judicial action to ensure compliance with the General Policies of LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia.

LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia shall support political candidate (s) that had shown loved for Liberia through investing in the Liberian’s State and its people. LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia shall support political candidate (s) that had made sacrifices for the betterment of Liberia and the people at large. The support of any political candidates, endorsements, political campaigns, or boycotts by LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia must be approved by the entire five members of LEAD Liberia and/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia Executive Organizing Team—without which, LEAD Liberia And/or LEAD Organizing For Liberia’s Support, Name and Logo must not be used and/or given by anyone. Contact: LEAD Organizing For Liberia @ 077384990 and/or leadliberia@yahoo.com for more information.

Thank you and May God bless the Republic of Liberia.

Abraham Hoff, Chief Community Organizer

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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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