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Should Lewis Brown speak at the Forum?

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Hello and welcome to Bamba 1 Blog.  I am your host Lassana Bamba; today we will like to gather your views on burning issues that continue to affect our daily interactions as members of the global community.

For this edition of our discussion, we will rationally dialogue the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Forum as it is known by folks in Philadelphia has invited many thoughtprovoking speakers who have in turn discussed hot button issues in and outside of government sectors.

Lewis G. Brown is Liberia’s current Minister of Information Culture and Tourism; he is visiting the United States as part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s high power delegation to the just ended United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Mr. Brown has accepted an invitation to speak at the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 5530 Chester Avenue, in Philadelphia.  Lewis Brown’s acceptance of the invitation to speak at the forum was met with stiff criticism by Mohamed Sherif of Philadelphia.

According to Mr. Sherif, Lewis Brown made decisions during his tenure with the Charles Taylor led government in Liberia that led to the death of innocent civilians, and as such he should not be approved to address the Forum. He said anything contrary would mean rewarding Mr. Brown for his actions against innocent victims.

The Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia in response has vowed to carry on the program as planned because as it puts it, it is non-religious, non-country specific or tribal. It said giving the many crimes committed by individuals in Liberia over the years, every Liberian one way or the other was affected.

Giving the interchange of views, ideas, and analysis of the situation, what is your view on this issue? How is Lewis Brown different from other players in the Liberian Government? And how does the denial of Mr. Brown to speak at the forum affect the Independent Intellectual Forum? Should former warlords be allowed to serve their victims in public offices?

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9 Comments

  • Not having grown up in Liberia, I hardly would know what life was like during those times. However, I will say that everybody deserves a second chance to be heard.

    CB

  • Below is a press release from the Independent Intellectual Forum Coordinator ( King Mohammed) and I will like for Bamba to please publish this press release in order to balance the conversation or debate . I will immediately email you copy of the press release. Thanks for your understanding

    FORUM PRESSS RELEASE

    Sorry that the response to your concern has to delay. I am still overwhelmed from the frustration of last night’s debate which I thought President Obama was disappointing. I could not catch my sleep as usual. Having said that, here’s what we at the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia viewed your concern:

    Mr. Sheriff, your view expressed on Mr. Lewis Brown’s expected address over the weekend to the Liberian community in Philadelphia through the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia is well respected. However, the Forum will carry on the program as planned because, we are non-religion, non-country specific, and tribal group. Given the many crimes committed by individuals in Liberia over the past years, every Liberian one way or the other was affected. Remember that the very NPFL (Mr. Charles Taylor) you mentioned was forgiven by the Liberian people and elected as president of Liberia in 1997 overwhelmingly, which in the belief of the Forum was a reward for him despite his role in the destruction of lives and properties in Liberia. This is no justification for individuals involved in committing those crimes against the Liberian People or any other West African nation. It is just that we’ve got to use these kinds of avenues to critique the views of people serving in public offices. That’s part of the goals and objectives of the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia. As you mentioned in your opening paragraph, this might be a bit disappointing for you this time because given the structure and nature of the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia, we are open to any public officials addressing the larger West African community through us.

    King MohamedCoordinator;
    Independent intellectualForum of Philadelphia
    2677028982

  • Thank you so much for your interest, I am glad that you got the opportunity to publish the “Press Release” for others to read. Again, thank you for your interest.

  • Mr. Musa V. Willie, regardless of the press release, do you have a contrary view to what Mohamed Sherif proposed?

  • My opinion on this will be posted soon. I think it is critical that what ever we do at this time should hold people accountable, while at the same exercising the highest level of consideration for the distance we have traveled as a people.

  • Mr. Bamba, yes I do support the Independent Intellectual Forum decision to host Hon. Lewis Brown because I am for reconciliation beyond borders.

    Perpetrators who receive the gift of forgiveness are given a chance to change
    — Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

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  • I strongly believe min.Brown should be given the chance to speak

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