DIASPORA AGENDA

FIRST 100 DAYS DELIVERABLES

A. Grant the appropriate stature and recognition to the Liberian Association of Washington DC and the Metro Areas as the National Headquarters of the Union.

B. Build a strong Union through accountability and financial transparency. We will re-establish the voucher system, and abolish the use of the ATM card as the primary source of expending Union finances.

C. Seek to bring together disparate Liberian community organizations under ULAA through effective dispute resolution within affected member organizations. We will also use the traditional Liberian palaver hut format to proactively prevent conflicts and strengthen the bonds within member organizations in order to build a vibrant and cohesive Union that caters to the needs of all.

MOBILIZATION OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Fully utilize the Union’s tax-exempt status to mobilize financial resources for the Union and implement the Liberian Diaspora Development Fund project that seeks annual financial contributions from individual Liberians for national development programs.

STRENGTHENING AND EMPOWERMENT OF MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

A. Ensuring that all member organizations are fully represented on the National Leadership Council and the National Board of Directors.

B. Providing a minimum program financial assistance of $500.00 to each member organization in good standing with the Union in the second year of the Administration.

IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY

ULAA shall remain in the vanguard of advocating for immigration benefits that provide permanent residency and other legal statuses to the Liberians in the U.S. This will be pursued through direct lobbying of U.S. leaders and increased partnership with other immigration lobbying groups.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

The campaign for dual citizenship will continue. Our Administration will develop new strategies such as enlisting the assistance of county associations and other partners in this effort. We also intend to re-establish and maintain a dual citizenship advocacy group in Liberia, and intensify our lobbying efforts in the National Legislature. Further, we intend to explore the possibility of judicial review on the issue.

OUT-OF-COUNTRY VOTING

It is time for all Liberians both at home and in the Diaspora to take part in the political process of the Country. We intend to present a solid case to the National Elections Commission for Liberians in the Diaspora to vote in all national elections.

VIGOROUS ADVOCACY AGAINST CORRUPTION AND ALL ANTI-DEMOCRATIC TENDENCIES IN LIBERIA

Our Administration will mobilize Diaspora Liberians in the U.S. to take concerted action against corruption and the abuse of liberty and democracy in Liberia wherever and whenever it occurs in Liberia.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A ULAA YOUTH WING

Realizing the role of youth in any organization, our Administration will establish a robust Youth Wing in ULAA. The ULAA Youth Wing will be responsible to develop programs for the participation of young people in the affairs of the Union. The Youth Wing will also be responsible to design youth programs that will promote Liberian culture, entrepreneurship, education, and provide linkages between Liberian youths in the Diaspora and at home.

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