By Brad Petrishen
The former top lawyer for the city of Philadelphia, with more than 70 Liberians sitting behind him Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Worcester, argued that racial animus was behind President Donald J. Trump’s decision to not extend a program that has allowed Liberian refugees to stay in America for decades.
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By Nathan Charles
Cross the Atlantic Ocean from his native homeland Liberia, Mr. Peter Massaquoi, had big dreams of becoming successful in the United State but had no idea of venturing into the insurance business.
Peter like many other Liberians and decedents of African, Asian, European countries who come to the USA via the Diversity Visa Program only think of working for other people or companies and earning money to improve their living conditions.
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In keeping with a promise made to the African diaspora in Prince Georges County, Maryland, the County Executive, Angela Alsobrooks, has inaugurated an eight person African Diaspora Advisory Board
Prince George County is one of the richest black counties in the United States of America with an annual budget close to $5 billion and a population close to a million people and median household income of $110,133.
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By David A. Yates
George S.W. Patten Sr., Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to the United States of America, described diaspora Liberians’ role in the country’s development programs as “critical”, a release from Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has said.
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(New York, August 13, 2019) Contestants of the just ended 2019 ‘Miss Liberia United States of America (USA) Scholarship Pageant’, are encouraging young Liberians to follow their dreams, exhibiting self-discipline and respect throughout their journey.
The contestants, representing the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Georgia; also stressed the importance of hard work and passion as drivers of success in the quest to achieve goals and dreams.
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By Rodney Sieh
The Liberian Embassy in Washington, DC has paid homage to Mr. James Butty, the host and managing editor of the Voice of America’s breakfast show, Daybreak Africa, for his “invaluable and dedicated services to humanity and the people of Liberia.
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By J. Lisa Lumeh
Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, a Liberian creative writer and professor of 32 years, who believes in molding young people for a prosperous society, was recently promoted as “full professor” at the Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University in the United States after a two-year scrutiny of her credentials and literary works.
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“There exists a prevailing perception among Liberians, that when a Liberian becomes a naturalized US citizen, the individual loses his Liberian citizenship,”
By Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor
The African Star, (an African on online news organ), reported that on July 9, 2019, in the “wake of Liberia’s crippling economic situation, where the country’s Finance Minister Samuel Tweah is apparently hoping that remittances from Diasporas will salvage the country’s failing economy.Minister Tweah said recently that all remittances to individuals in Liberia, through Western Union, MoneyGram and other foreign transfer agencies, be paid to the recipients in the Liberian dollars.”
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By Kendall Karson
Wilmot Collins, the Liberian refugee who surged into national headlines in 2017 after becoming Montana’s first and only black mayor is launching a bid for higher office, officially filing paperwork with the FEC to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by incumbent GOP Sen. Steve Daines.
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By Chidinma Irene Nwoye
Relief and excitement spread through Liberian communities in the United States on Thursday (Mar. 28) after president Donald Trump issued an executive order extending the deadline of the Deferred Enforced Departure program for 4,000 Liberians living in the US to Mar. 30, 2020.
In March 2018, the Trump administration announced the termination of the program and gave over 4,000 Liberians a year— until Mar. 31, 2019—to leave the US or risk deportation.
According to the White House, yesterday’s decision was made “in the foreign policy interest of the United States.”
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Former American slaves were moved to Liberia in the 1800s to solve the “problem” of black and white people living alongside each other. Their descendants are facing the same journey.
Afomu Kelley was just 11 years old when she left Liberia with her mother in the early days of a civil war in 1990. She remembers standing in a crowd jostling to board an airplane to the United States for what she thought would be a six-week vacation.
Instead, the war in Liberia escalated and Kelley, now 40, never returned to the West African country. She grew up in Northern Virginia, where she finished high school early, and attended the University of Maryland. She has an American accent. Sometimes she doesn
But at the end of this month, she may be forced to return to a homeland she barely remembers.
On March 31, the program that has allowed Kelley and more than 800 other Liberian immigrants to live legally in the United States for decades will end, the result of President Trump’s decision to terminate a protection against deportation that has been in place for nearly 28 years.
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A group of Bassa-speaking Liberian citizens residing in Pennsylvania, USA, UNIBOA-PA, recently visited their local province with an objective of giving back to the county.
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