LIBERIANS IN MINNESOTA GEAR UP FOR MAJOR MEETING
The Liberians in Minnesota are gearing up for an important Community Townhall meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 18, 2010
at the Brookdale Covenant Church in Brooklyn Center commencing at 5:00 pm. The meeting is intended to resolve a leadership
crisis that ensued on the OLM Board of Directors, few days after it was inducted into offices. full story
AAP SETS RECORDS STRAIGHT WITH THE OLM
The AAP would like to address itself to a press statement by a self-proclaimed management of the organization of Liberians
in Minnesota in which OLM accused AAP of several wrong doings with reference to grants applied for with Foundations
named in her baseless accusation. AAP would like to address itself to the allegations as followed: full story
OLM leaders sink Power Drunkenness?
Mr. Clarence Yaskey, who recently emerged as "Board Chairman" after a coup d'état, is now
stifling dissenting opinions on the OLM Board, while turning himself into a ruthless dictator. Many observers believe that
the board is fast becoming a "So- say-one-so-say-all" environment. Worse,
any one who exercises his/her independence and expresses dissenting opinion is targeted for punishment, if not isolation.
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African Food Distribution Expends to St. Paul
African Food Distribution will this weekend expend its food distribution to St. Paul the Mount Airy News has learned. According to a release issued by the Community Relations Coordinator of the Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) full story
CDC is ready, says Christopher Wisner
A top ranking official of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr. Christopher Wisner has reaffirmed his party’s
commitment to transform Liberia. In an exclusive interview with the People’s
News Mr. Wisner who is contesting for the National Chairman of the party in the Diaspora, said his party is ready and has
the political will and mechanism to bring about the kind of change that transform Liberia from what he calls, “
Economic dead drums to Economic prosperity. full story
IMPORTANT MEETING FOR LIBERIANS IN MINNESOTA
The OLM Community Intervention Committee (CIC) is inviting all Liberians resident in the state of Minnesota
to a very important town hall meeting the People’s News has learned. According to a press release sent to our news desk,
the meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 18, 2010 at the Brookdale Covenant Church in Brooklyn Center, MN at the hour of
5:00 pm. FULL STORY
VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE AWAITS OLM BOARD IF
The Yaskey group of the OLM Board has been warned to accept the decision of the community to reinstate John Tarley as Board
Chairman or face some consequences, the Peoples News has learned. Several members of the Organization of Liberians
in Minnesota (OLM) who voted to restore John Tarley, called up the People’s News desk to make clear that members of
the board must respect their decision or they will have no alternative but remove the board or any one who stands in the way.
John Tarley is Restored
Members of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota have voted to restore Mr. John Tarley to office as Chairman of the OLM
Board of Directors. The decision was reached over the weekend at a meeting convened
by the Community Intervention Committee (CIC) held at the Brookdale Covenant Church in Brooklyn Center. full story
Beware of Jallah C. Kesselly
He goes back home at the end of the day---most days--leaving in his wake hours of damages he has already inflicted on Liberian
businesses and the names of those with whom he disagrees. He is almost everywhere and watching nearly every move—from
OLM politics to the plan of a new Liberian enterprise in Minnesota. full story
With just 18 months to the conduct of the 2011 General and Presidential
Elections in the country, it seems that all is now going well with the National Elections Commission in terms of support.
Yesterday, the Commission signed a Project Document with its development partners for the smooth conduct of the pending elections.
According to Moustapha Soumare, Deputy SRSG of UNMIL & Resident Representative of UNDP, under the Project Document, the
total estimated cost of the project is US$39.3 million. full story
Pro USA Arrives in Liberia
A high power delegation of the US based Liberian sport promotion organization, PRO USA, has arrived in Liberia
to launch its second annual initiatives in the country.
PRO USA is a non-political,
non-governmental organization with the overarching objective to empower Liberian youths through sport and other developmental
initiatives. full story
Liberian Christian Community holds Prayer Virgil for Haiti
The Liberian Christian Community in Minnesota will this Sunday, January 24, hold a Prayer Virgil at the Miracle
Empowerment Center on 5801 John Martin Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. The service is expected to commence at 6 pm. The
service which is intended to identify with the suffering people of Haiti will have a fund raising component for the victim
of the recent Earthquake in that country and will bring several members of the Liberian Christian community together. full story
OLM BOARD OPENS UP ON KERPER DWANYEN MALPRACTICES
The leadership crisis in the Liberian community in Minnesota has now reached an explosive level, with both groups, the Executive
Committee and Board of Directors of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), unleashing scathing critiques on each
other’s performance and intents. full story
LIBERIANS IN MINNESOTA TAKE STEPS TO RESTORE BOARD CHAIRMAN
Several Members of the Liberian Community in Minnesota or the OLM have taken steps for the restoration of the OLM Board Chairman,
Mr. John Tarley .
The meeting, which was held under a peaceful atmosphere, raised concerns as to why Mr. John Tarley
was removed as Chairman of the Board, without due process. full story
Corruption Entangles OLM, as Board Chairman Tarley Seeks Reinstatement
Is it OLM again? A Liberian would ask after witnessing repeated patterns of a problem child. Yes indeed, it is
OLM passing through the time with another more crisis, bordering on financial corruption and attempted impeachment.
This is nothing new to OLM. full story
OLM BOARD CHAIR, ARTHUR ZAKAMA, UNDER FIRE
I just received a copy of a letter Mr. Bartee is planning to send to the Minneapolis Police Department asking for protection
on Sunday August 23, 2009, at the referendum the Liberian community is holding. I am very disappointed that you, who went
from church to church, from one tribal organization to another, full story
The OLM Constitution-Let's Do It The Right Way
In continuation of my discussion on the topic "The OLM Constitution-Let's Do It The Right Way", I promised to create
another forum for a review of the most talked about issue in the Liberian community in Minnesota now a day-"OLM Referendum".
It is in this prospective that I'm hoping that you join me in identifying a suitable and common procedure leading to holding
a successful referendum on the OLM Draft Constitution. full article
FORMER OLM BOARD CHAIR, CALLS FOR THE DEFERMENT OF THE SO-CALLED REFERENDUM
I thought to share with you, especially Liberians in Minnesota what I assume that most Liberians in the State of Minnesota
prefer from what we refer to as a community organization or association. I know that each one of you have your individual
preferences and opinions, but take these as my personal opinions, recommendations, and desires. When I was in the process
of moving to the twin cities from Chicago, my first inquiry related to where I, a single mother at that time, could find information
about resources to settle my family of four. Someone told me to contact specific individual as well as other State organizations;
that although there is an organization for Liberians, I would not find such resources there. full story
Warlord or peacekeeper? Liberians differ on leader's past
An election commission will decide soon whether it can bar Kerper
Dwanyen from heading a group of Liberians in Minnesota.
By RANDY FURST, Star Tribune
As far as Robert Sayon
Morris is concerned, the Liberian community made a wise choice in picking Kerper Dwanyen as president of the state's Liberian
"He is well-known in the community, and he will be someone who is able to deliver," said Morris,
49, a software developer who stopped by the African Food Market and Deli in Brooklyn Park on Friday to get some lunch.
But Gabriel Kular, 29, a cashier, backed the incumbent, Martha Sinoe, who lost. "She's been helping the community
since she became president." Besides, he said, "I won't support anyone who's a warlord."
ZAZAY'S NO NONSENSE LAWYER SILENCED THE OLM AND THEIR LAWYER!
In response to your most recent letter, I have conferred with my client, and submit the
following for your consideration.
First, I shall attempt to allay any concern that Mr. Zazay has any personal trepidation concerning the
involvement of your office. To my knowledge, Mr. Zazay has no
BIG DIVISION TO UNDERMINE NEW OLM BOARD?
By PN ReporterRamsey, MN/ What should have been a traditionally smooth election left the newly-elected Board of Directors
of OLM deeply divided. Confirmed reports indicate that true partisanship took over the interest of an already polarized Liberian
community in Minnesota. An observer said that the new board does not represent the unity and political diversity of our community.
According to a statement read over the phone by Marie Y. Hayes, outgoing Chairman of the Board of Directors, the
current Board of Directors organized a full session to elect the leadership of the new Board of Directors of OLM. The current
board members that participated in the session included: Mrs. Marie Hayes, Mr. Abdullah Kiatamba, Mr. Harris Meh, and Mrs.
STANFORD PEABODYS DIRTY HANDS AND LIES
I write to first of all thank you for the great work you are doing to inform us on activities taking place in the Liberian
community in Minnesota and other parts of the United States. I make it my duty to visit your website everyday to follow what
is going in Liberia and the world. The stories and articles on your site are always interesting to read.
But let me say this, I have been following the dirty and nasty politics by Mr. Stanford Peabody and Ben Browne on
their Bushchicken Website. I think these guys are trying hard to damage your good reputation you have built over the years
as a public servant. You have served your community by doing good works. Why are people trying hard to pay you back with lies
and character assassination? Is this the THANK YOU for all of your sacrifices?
GIBSON KERPOE MADE WAY WITH $30,000 FROM LIBERIA
When I heard that Mr. Gibson Keypo was doing auditing job for OLM I knew something was wrong. You cannot have a man who does not have a good record to do audit.
that the same Gibson Keypo man was one of the Assistant Managers at the National Housing Saving Bank in Monrovia. But that
is not all. Mr. Keypo is got away with more than thirty thousand dollars from that bank. Those funds were from poor people
who were working hard to feed their families. A few months later the bank went broke. When Mr. Alex Johnson heard that Mr.
Keypo was an auditor in Minnesota he was very disappointed. He said he worked with Mr. Keypo at Housing bank. He said Mr.
Keypo is a crook and he is very corrupt.
T & J CONDEMNS PEABODY'S BUSHCHICK DECLARES community gossip site"
Firstly, we wish to inform the general public that there is no ill-will on
our part at T & J towards Bush Chicken. However, we also wish to inform those concerned individuals that we were left with no other
alternative when the management of what has now become a community gossip site, as opposed to being a fair and balance news
site, refused to publish our rebuttal to a series of articles posted on their website about our company.
We purposely waited for sometime to elapse, to allow us the opportunity to consult some of the elders in the community before
Kerper Dwanyen Goes to Court: Rubber Stamp Board approves
The People's New
s has learned that the Board of Directors of OLM has approved a decision proposed by Mr. Kerper Dwanyen, President of OLM,
to take legal action against officials and members of the just ended 2007 OLM Elections Commission. Mrs. Georgette Gray, an
experienced and courageous member of the Board of Directors, voted against the decision, questioning the intent and timing
of the process.
According to our sources, Mrs. Gray wondered why would an administration pursue legal action when
it still has the means and opportunity to bring all the parties to the table, to find a reasonable solution to the problem.
She is also reported to have said,” The function of a Board of Directors is not to approve everything the President
says, without first guiding the president and looking at all alternative options, especially given a divided community as
a result of a bitter fought elections”.
OLM BOARD OPENS UP ON KERPER DWANYEN'S MALPRACTICES
The leadership crisis in the Liberian community in Minnesota has now reached an explosive level, with both
groups, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota
(OLM), unleashing scathing critiques on each other’s performance and intents.
MASSALEY ACCEPTS ULAA PEACE PLAN
Let me take this time to extend my appreciation to you for the initiative by the Liberian Embassy to seek peace
in the Union of Liberian Association in the Americas, Inc. (ULAA), and to end the quiremire in the union. I am thankful to
the embassy staff and to you in particular for hosting the February 4, 2009 meeting of some key players in ULAA, and for your
John Bartees Appointment in OLM Receives Major Blow
The United Christian Fellowship Church (UCFC) has declined to host the induction ceremony
of Mr. John Jenkins Bartee, the man OLM’s President Kerper Dwanyen appointed to serve as Vice-President of the organization.
The Peopletopeople news has confirmed
that Pastor Charles Goah declined to host the event, because he believes the appropriate procedures established to confirm
such a nomination was not followed and that he does not want to be a party to any process that is characterized by political
ULAA Administration Leads by Example?Contributes $1000 to Philadelphia Fire Victims
|Benoni Tarr Grimes
The Interim National Executive President of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), Dr. Mator M. F. Kpangbai,
extends profound sentiment of felicitation to all Liberians and friends of Liberia for their support and solidarity demonstrated
during the homegoing of the victims of the Philadelphia fire tragedy.
In a joint Interim National Administration and Board meeting a forthnight ago, Dr. Kpangbai extended personal thanks to Hon.
Jessie S. Phillips, ULAA External Affairs Committee Chairman, for the outstanding leadership he demonstrated while in representing
the Interim National Administration and coordinating its activities with the fire victim families.