Special program on Liberia Peacebuilder Initiative
When: 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, March 31st
Where: Hearthstone, 6720 E Green Lake Way North, Seattle
What: Learn about GCJ’s newest project: the Liberia Peacebuilder Initiative.
Executive Director Susan Partnow and volunteer Alexandra Valin have just returned from Liberia where they met with over two dozen local non-profits and offered a mini-summit to pilot this project. The response was positive and enthusiastic, confirming the need for compassionate listening and reconciliation.
You’ll see photos from this recent trip to, including peacebuilding workshops and our meeting with President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, as well as stories about Liberians’ current needs and challenges.
- How the US role of shipping freed slaves to Liberia and later political decisions contributed to Liberia’s years of conflict and current challenges;
- What is needed to build a national identity for Liberia, able to withstand threats and calls to violence amongst over sixteen tribal groups;
- Ingredients for a genuine, lasting peace that involve the government, community leaders, and people at the grassroots level.
GCJ is partnering with Population Caring Organization in Liberia to launch the Liberia Peacebuilder Initiation for a community-based network to foster conflict resolution, reconciliation, and sustainable peace.
You can be part of the Journey by supporting the team here in the States or joining us in Liberia. We plan to hold a series of Summits in Liberia, beginning in fall 2010 when we will welcome delegates with skills in mediation, conflict resolution, reconciliation and healing to travel with us.
RSVP to Susan Partnow at 206.783.8561 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend this presentation or want to learn more.