March 25, 2005
from several States gathered in Bladensburg, Maryland on Saturday,
The "mini-convention," was coordinated by Liberians for Good Governance (LIGG), a Maryland based organization, and included delegations from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Rhode Island and the tri-states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The convention focused its attention on how to promote and grow support for Cllr. Sherman among Liberians in the United States, as well as how to have an effective impact on campaign and election events on the ground in Liberia, when political campaigning opens later in the year.
The convention identified and deliberated a number of issues of primary concern to delegates for the future of Liberia: (a) health care; (b) education; (c) ethics, accountability and the rule of law; (d) governing: management & administration; (e) social services; and (f) the national economy: economic empowerment of Liberians, agricultural development , and equitable distribution of national resources. The convention appointed a drafting committee to develop these issues fully for submission to Cllr. Sherman to consider for inclusion in the Liberian Action Party's (LAP) platform.
convention concluded with the delegates resolving to begin to expand beyond
the represented states and to develop wider networks of Liberians who
are interested in supporting Cllr. Sherman's candidacy for President of