Johnson-Sirleaf drawing attention in Liberian
Pa April 21, 2005): Mrs.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Unity Party's
Presidential candidate in the October 2005
Liberian elections, has been drawing considerable
attention in Liberian political circles
in the United States since she arrived here
to serve as keynote speaker at the All Liberia
National Conference in Columbia, Maryland.
candor with which she has been laying out
her vision for Liberia has rejuvenated her
political base, and is drawing an emerging
non-partisan support among Liberians at
home and abroad.
to a crowd of well wishers and supporters
recently at a town hall meeting organized
by the Liberian Community Association of
Staten Island, in New York, Mrs. Sirleaf
said:"Our agenda is very clear: we'd
like to see a renewed Liberia. We'd like
to see our country start again and together
we can do it!"
Sirleaf will be bringing that message of
hope and renewal when she addresses another
town hall meeting, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
on Saturday April 22, 2005 at 12:00 at the
Christ Assembly Lutheran Church.
Saturday event is spearheaded by the Philadelphia-based
non-partisan support group, Liberians for
Ellen (LIFE), and has created considerable
interest among Liberians as well as others
interested in the politics of Liberia. The
organizers are expecting record crowds.
There has been a sharp increase in inquiry
about both the town hall meeting and the
fundraising dinner scheduled to take place
on the same evening.
Sirleaf, a leading contender in the October
elections has met with Liberians in a number
of states including Maryland, New York and
New Jersey. She is scheduled to travel to
Minnesota for a similar program organized
in her honor by Liberians on Sunday, April
Chairman of LIFE, Mr. Amara Konneh said
that his group is "very excited at
the steady progress made in a relatively
short period of time," adding, "I
believe, the emerging non-partisan support
for Mrs. Sirleaf, is the beginning of the
unfolding of a bigger picture on the political
landscape of Liberia."
last leg of Mrs Sirleaf's US tour will take
her to California.
Sirleaf was selected last month in Liberia
as the Unity Party's candidate for the upcoming
Presidential elections in October 2005.