Achieving Peace and Democracy in Liberia:
An Open Petition to the United States Government
Liberia holds the key to ending conflict and encouraging the growth of democracy in West Africa. The people of Liberia, furthermore, have a special trust in the United States' good will and ability to assist them. For these reasons, we, the undersigned network of Liberians, international scholars, business professionals and supporters of Liberia, call on the United States to take the lead in ending the violence and the humanitarian crisis, and in working toward peace.
We endorse calls for immediate U.S. action from the people of Liberia, including the combatant groups, as well as the United Nations, the International Crisis Group, Global Witness, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Friends of Liberia, and many other organizations to support the peace process.
Along with a leading role and U.S. troop presence to restore confidence in the neutrality of a multi-lateral peacekeeping force, we also support calls for American support of the budget for peacekeeping, rebuilding the infrastructure and governmental reconstruction, the de-militarization of combatants and assisting in their return to civilian lives, the return and resettlement of refugees and rehabilitation of rural and urban areas. Help is needed in establishing a transitional government that cannot succeed itself, which will work towards a safe and secure nation based on democracy, the rule of law, and universal protection of human rights. Only an internationally supported government including all sectors of Liberian society can address problems of domestic and international war crimes and human rights abuses on all sides, and re-establish the norms of Liberian and international law.
All the various sectors of Liberian society need to be integrated in developing a government that will build on a national spirit instead of self-destructive divisiveness. At the same time, there must be a comprehensive program for the economic re-development of Liberia, from the rural agricultural to the urban entrepreneurial sectors. These steps are essential for the reintegration of Liberia into the community of West African nations, Africa and the world as a whole.
1. Anthony Andrews, Director, Global Trade Research Institute, University Park, IL
2. Margaret Helen Aiseayew, International Staff of The Institute of Cultural Affairs
3. Godwin A. Amegashie, President of the African Association of Madison, Inc, and Director, State of Wisconsin Minority Business Enterprise Program, Madison, WI
4. Frank Ardaiolo, Ed.D., Vice President and Associate Professor, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, Chair of the Board or Trustees of Friends of Liberia
5. M. Alpha Bah, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of African Studies at the College of Charleston
6. A. Mambue Bailey, M.A., Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor New Jersey Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
7. Kenneth Barnes, Ph.D., University of Central Arkansas
8. John M. Berestecky, Ph.D, Professor, Microbiology, Kapi’olani College, University of Hawai'i
9. Emmanuel P. Bessay, PhD Candidate, Dept of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
10. Henry S. Brewer
11. Albert N. Bropleh, Founder and Principal Consultant, Arwen Communications,
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
12. Daniel Sie Brownell, M.Sc., Sr. Software Engineer, Thomson Prometric, Baltimore, Md.
13. Beverlee Bruce, Ph.D., Program Director, Social Science Research Council
14. Eugene H. Bull, Senior Counsel, Division of Enforcement, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
15. Mai Bull, Concerned Liberian
16. George C. Burke, Director, Center for International Services and Programs
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
17. Elseah W. Chea, Publisher, US/Liberian Voice Newspaper, NY
18. Claude A. Clegg, III, Associate Professor, Department of History
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
19. Alfred W. Coleman, III, Executive Director, New Millennium Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota
20. Al-Hassan Conteh, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania
21. Joseph Crayton, Assistant Vice President, Comerica Bank, Technology & Life Sciences Division
22. George Davidson, Jr., 4204 Columbus Ave, Anderson, IN 46013
23. Jeremiah G. Davis, Principal Technical Support Specialist,
The Titan Corporation, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
24. Arancha Garcia Del Soto, Ph.D., Director of Refugee Initiatives, Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania
25. Patrick A. Dickriede, Senior Foreign Affairs Analyst, U.S. General Accounting Office, Washington D.C.
26. Emmet Dennis, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean, Rutgers University
27. Julie H Dennis, Manager New York Life Investment Management and Missionary of North Stelton AME Church
28. David Dickson (C.G.A.), Certified General Accountant, Property Tax Analyst. Mega City of Toronto, Canada, Former Assistant Chief Internal Auditor / Liberian Produce Marketing Corporation
29. E. Richmond Draper, Chairman, New African Research & Development Agency (NARDA), Monrovia, Liberia
30. Barbara Lakeberg Dridi, Ph.D., Political Scientist, Founder and Director of Concordia International Research, Mount Rainier, Maryland, USA
31. D. Elwood Dunn, PhD., Professor & Chair of Political Science, University of the South (TN), Former Liberian Government Official
32. Loseni Dunzo, Project Manager, D. C. Water and Sewer Authority (Former Liberian Cabinet Minister), Washington, D. C.
33. Candace B. Eastman, Secretary, Friends of Liberia, Washington DC
34. John D. Ely, former Prof. of Politics at the University of San Francisco, and presently Senior Government Relations Officer at the International Medical Corps, Washington DC.
35. Joanna Freeman-Richards, Boston Mass
36. Ellen S. Findley, Senior Settlement Officer, George Mason Mortgage, LLC, Fairfax, Virginia.
37. Charles Wesley Ford, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair Department of Computer Science, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
38. Dr. Veronika Fuest, Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany
39. Dennis B. Garsinii, National President, United Bong County Association in the Americas, Inc.
40. Dr. John Gay, Former Professor Cuttington University College, Liberia
41. Reverend Dr. Judith Gay Former Professor Cuttington University College, Liberia
42. Yekutiel Gershoni, Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel
43. James K. Gray, Ph.D. Friends of Liberia (FOL)
44. Jeff Gray, Vice President for Food Security, Opportunities Industrialization Centers, International, Philadelphia, PA
45. Robert A. Griffin, Consultant in Science Education, the United Methodist Church, Indianola, Iowa, USA
46. George Parkinson Gonpu, Ph.D. Economist/Statistician, School of
Administration and Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey
46. John W. Guewell, Stockton, CA
47. James S. Guseh, JD/Ph.D., Professor of Law and Political Economy, Department of Public Administration, North Carolina University, Durham
48. Joan Safran Hamilton, PhD. Clackamas Education Service District
49. Michael Hansel, Tarzana, CA
50. Robert J. Hargrove, Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science, Mercer University
51. Rev. Thomas Hayden, SMA, Ph.D., Vice President, Society of African Missions USA
52. Svend Holsoe, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware
53. Dr. A. Romeo Horton, Former Managing Director, The ECOWAS Fund.
54. Mickey N. Idiokitas a CPA running a company- Optimum Services Group, Boston, MA
55. Ramy W. James, Master of Divinity-The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: Pastor, Faith Community Church, Greenbelt, Maryland
56. Enid-Mai Jones, M.S. Ed, Director, Career Promotion & Student Affairs Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
57. Mohamedu F. Jones, Attorney, Washingon DC
58. Lawrence E. Jones, Ph.D., Affiliate Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
59. Vivien C. Jones, IT Architect (IBM), Democracy Advocate, Liberian Democracy Initiative (LDI)
60. Brahima D. Kaba, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor for Instructional Services, University of Maryland & Fellow, The W.E. B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University
61. Jeraldine Pierre-Kaba, Executive Director, Mano River Relief and Development Network
62. Robert Kappel, Professor Dr., Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany
63. Lionel A. Keller Jr., Electronics Technologist, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
64. Momolue J. Kiadii, Sr Developer-Analyst, Sales & Marketing Systems, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Atlanta, GA 30327
65. Jessica L. Kohout, PhD, Director, Research Office, American Psychological Association
66. J. Siaka Konneh, BA, MAOM, ILS Instructor, Lighthouse Living Services, Inc. Sacramento, California
67. William K. Kpadehyea, Coalition of Concerned Liberians
68. John Kucij, Hudson Valley Community College, NY
69. Torli H. Krua, Executive Director, Universal Human Rights International
70. Lyn I. Kucij, Glenville Health Center, NY
71. Alfred Kulah, Ph.D. Former Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, Government of Liberia
72. Garmeh M. Kuyon, Research Analyst, Towson, Maryland
73. Pauline S. Kwabo, Coordinator, American Forest & Paper Association; Civic Educator, Trauma Counselor
74. Dr. Abdul Rahman Lamin, Fellow, Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania
75. Joseph J. Lauer, Ph.D. Africana Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries
76. Major Gen. Frederick H. Leigh (Rtd.), Executive Vice President, KTA Global Partners
77. Karyn T. Leigh, Ph.D., CEO, KTA Global Partners
78. John F. Lloyd, Chairman, Coalition of Concerned Liberians
79. Janice Fanning Madden, Ph.D., Professor of Regional Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Real Estate, University of Pennsylvania
80. Mehari Maru, United Nations Africa Branch, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
81. Meshak Massalee, Boston, Mass
82. Edward J. McPherson, Friend of Liberia, Roanoke, VA
83. Korpo Morlu Mends-Cole, Billing Analyst, Mortgage Dynamics, Inc.
84. Tom Molik, Administrator, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
85. Sue Molik, Administrator, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
86. Mary H. Moran, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University
87. Rev. Fr. Michael Moran, SMA, Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
Society of African Missions
88. Paul Montacute, Director, Baptist World Aid, Baptist World Alliance, Falls Church, VA
89. Bettie Neal, CEO, Tajuo Angels Society, Inc.
90. Richard A. Nisbett, PhD, MSPH, Texas Tech University
91. Siad Norman, System Analyst, Digitalnet Government Solutions, U.S. Department of The Treasury
92. William G. Nyanue, PE, President, Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas, Inc.
93. Corann Okorodudu, Ed.D, Full Professor of Developmental Psychology & Africana Studies, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
94. Judy Sims Reed, Former Peace Corps volunteer in Gbonkonimah, Liberia, 1964-66, Director, Program Information Office, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
95. Guy E. PAS, Founder & Co-chairman, Mano River Resources Inc., Geneva, Switzerland
96. Elaine Peabody, Liberian Educator & Musician
97. Thomas H. Powell, Ed.D., President Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary
98. Wadei H. Powell, M.Sc., Manager, Technology & Standards, Consumer Electronics Association, Arlington, VA
99. Daniel B. Reed, Ph.D., Director, Archives of Traditional Music, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
100. Massala Reffell Sr. (Author of The Black Mayflower)
101. David Van Reken, IU Medical Schoo/Wishard, Indianapolis, IN
102. Ruth Van Reken, Indianapolis, IN
103. Anastasia Richards, Boston, Mass
104. G. Orlando Richards Jr., Boston, Mass
105. G. Orlando Richards Sr., Boston, Mass
106. Rev. Dr. Walter D. Richards, President, Board of Trustees, University of Liberia
107. Mrs. Orabella Richards, Immigration Advocate, Philadelphia, PA
108. Rev. Emile D. E. Sam-Peal, Executive Secretary, Liberia Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention, Inc. Monrovia, Liberia.
109. Phillip T. Robinson, DVM, former chairman, Society for the Renewal of Nature Conservation in Liberia--USA.
110. Phylicia H. Sandi, Liberian community in Charlotte, NC
111. Robert Sable, Peace Corps Volunteer to Liberia (1963-65), Brookline, MA
112. Enisio Sayeh, Administrative Assistant, Omni Intercommunications, Inc.
113. Charlotte Schwarz, email@example.com
114. Robert J. Schwarz, M.A., M.Ed., Manager, Document Services, Teachers College, Columbia University; Chair, Cathedral School (Monrovia) Educational Foundation; Member, Friends of Liberia
115. Ben Selassie, MSW, MPH, ACSW, LCSW, Project Administrator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, MD 21287
116. Peter Sevareid, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Temple University
117. Rebecca Shaeffer, Houston Refugee Pro Bono Project Coordinator
YMCA International Services, Houston, TX
118. Elma Shaw, Director, Liberia Hope Fund
119. Tianna Sherman, Student, George Washington Univeristy
120. Korto Priscilla (K.P) Sherman, Student, New York Medical College, Medical Data Analyst, Weschester Medical Center
121. Shaun Skelton, PhD, former Country Director, American Refugee Committee, Liberia
William Siegmann, Curator of The Arts of Africa, Brooklyn Museum of Art,
Brooklyn, New York
122. Marilyn Silberfein, Ph.D. Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University, Phila. PA
123. Veda Ayele Nyoth Simpson, Director, New Business Development, DAH Consulting, Inc.
124. N. Omar Smith, Liberian Community Association of Houston, Texas
125. John W. Stewart, Jr., Esq., Attorney and Counselor-at-Law, Washington, DC
126. Kayla R. Stewart, Mother to six wonderful children of the Chad Stewart family, (2 of whom were adopted from Liberia in March, 2003, just before the fighting reached Monrovia)
127. Verlon L. Stone, Ph.D., Project Coordinator, Liberian Collections Project, Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
128. Ruth M. Stone, Ph.D., Professor and Chair Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology & Director, Ethnomusicology Institute and Program, University of Indiana, Bloomington
129. Dave Sweeten
130. Ambassador James Teah Tarpeh, Ph.D., Consultant on African & International Affairs & Former Ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria, Benin & Togo.
131. John A. Teamah, Senior Engineer, Applied Materials, Austin, Texas.
132. Gordon C. Thomasson, Ph.D., World History Faculty, Broome Community College (SUNY)
133. Theo N. Toe, CPA, RI Dept of Administration/Office of the Budget
134. John Wleh Togba, II, Former Counselor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liberia & the Founder and President of Just Forms and Documents Services, Inc.
135. Rosemary Traore Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Education Learning Community, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
136. Isaac Vah Tukpah, Jr., MBA, Director, Heaththcare Financial Reporting and Data Analysis, Sierra Military Health Services, Baltimore, MD
137. David M. Willett, Founder-Liberia Credit Union National Association
Retired CEO, National Medical Employees Federal Credit Union, USA
138. William Wagner, Director Center for Ethics and Responsibility, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Former Federal Judge, Former American Diplomat at the American Embassy in Liberia
139. Angelique Weeks, Esq., Vice President - Business Development, ReLPRO, LLC
140. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
141. Tom Wheeler, Friends of Liberia
142. Prof. Marian A. Williams, Former Director, Reading/Writing Laboratory,
University of the District of Columbia
143. Kirsten Williamson
144. Jebbeh Wiles, AIG
145. Ike R. Wilson, Journalist, (Business Reporter) Frederick News Post, Frederick, MD
146. Dr. Elliott Wreh-Wilson, Department of Philosophy, Edinboro University of Pennsylavania, Edinboro, and Chair, Board of Director, Liberia Democracy Initiative (LDI)
147. Alex-Nah Wolo, Concerned Liberian Citizen, San Diego, CA
148. Cletus S. Wotorson, Chairman, Liberian Leadership Conference & Former Presidential Candidate, Alliance of Political Parties
149. Edward Lama Wonkeryor, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of African Studies, Temple University
150. Varney A. Yengbeh Jr., Executive Director, Liberian Democracy Initiative (LDI)