The Liberian Advocacy for Change (LAC), made up of Liberian citizens residing in the United States, in an open letter to the Liberian public, has called on all Liberians to join them to plead with the Legislature to support a bill to grant them ‘dual citizenship.’In LAC’s appeal, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the LAC said, “We are Liberians who have resided in the United States and many other countries around the world. During this period several countries due to humanitarian reasons agreed and came to our aid by resettling Liberians all over the world to rebuild their lives. “In keeping with the various policies of those countries, most Liberians obtained citizenship in those countries knowing this was an opportunity to better our lives, get quality education and skills needed to later return and contribute to the development of our devastated Nation.”The release, signed by Mr. Togba R. Croyee Porte for Liberian Advocacy for Change, said, “Our initiative is not affiliated with any political party, religion, tribal or ethnic organization. It is solely because we are Liberians who continue to support our friends and family in Liberia by sending millions of dollars every year by MoneyGram and Western Union.“Besides this financial contribution, we have the burning desire to help in any way we can to contribute to the development of our country. Our desire is not a new one as countries all around the world have passed laws for Dual Citizenship for their citizens where they have been displaced because of wars and other catastrophes such as Nigeria and Ghana. “This is the same provision that we are asking you to petition the Liberian Legislature to adopt. We want to help shape the present and the future of our country by opening businesses, bringing in organizations and friends we have made abroad who can help to make life for all Liberians better.”The release quoted the Liberian 1986 Constitution, which states in chapter 1, Article 2 that, “all persons who on the coming into force of this Constitution were lawfully citizens of Liberia shall continue to be Liberian citizens.”(a)The release concluded: “In view of the following constitutional provisions and all that we are doing to help our family and friends in Liberia we ask you to join your voices with our voices to support the bill in the Legislature that will make sure our rights as Liberians are protected.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance will feature Tony Molina and Friends plus disc jockey Wayne Molina, Dec. 31 at Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway. Cost: $125 a person or $200 per couple for dinner, party, hotel room and champagne brunch; $80 or $150 per couple for dinner and party, or $45 per person in advance for the party alone. Party admission at the door will be $60 if room is available. Reservations must be made by Tuesday. Call (661) 948-4651. The local It’s Only Tuesday Productions will present “Jazz It Up,” a tribute to choreographer Bob Fosse, 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $14. Call (661) 723-5950. “Retro Vacation Slide Show,” culled by Charles Phoenix from garage sales and elsewhere, 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15. Call (661) 723-5950. Pianist Jim Wilson will perform with a cinematic multimedia montage, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, or $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Travelogue on western Canada will be presented, 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. — The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment.