Christopher Porche West 
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Re: “'Nuisance' or history?

A Transformative Vision at Lee Circle: "The National Reconciliation Monument"

The entire American experience is re-examined under the guidance of the Liberian palava hut. The call for peace and reconcilliation is spent spacially upwards into the heavens as the ever eternal lighted flame of peace is never vanquished... Can we re-frame Lee Circle and leave the General rightly on site? Repurposing the older elements in new directions...Nobody denies that reconciliation is tantamount as a sentiment for all. The palava/peace hut is a traditional building that has been part of Liberian culture for many generations. Although these huts can still be seen around the countryside, during their civil war its significance was lost and its presence ignored even though everyone knows its purpose is to serve as a place to resolve conflict and come together in peace.
The huts draw upon a generations-old means to reconcile the wounds of war and solve conflicts independently of the courts. These structures are literally open to all sides equally and provide a neutral meeting place where members of a community can hear and impart justice. In this context, the win-lose rulings of corrupt courts can transform into win-win solutions for many civil disputes. General Lee empowered his freed slaves to return back to Liberia and this symbolic transfusion is coming home as a metaphorical gift of peace being replanted back on our American states.- Unity for all. - The winged chalice are the sentiments of Peace lofting into the heavens suggesting an eternal desire to cover the atmosphere with the hopes that we can enjoy tranquility with collaborative effort to invoke reconciliation for all.

What I do see... after the concept of a "National Reconciliation Monument" becomes the agenda is a group process to flesh out many items... hopefully, there will be more of an open process moving forward and I envision this propasal as "design by committee." Somehow after reading more into the history about General Lee I gained respect for what he wanted and what his philosophy although he was not as successful in his attempt to reconcile the ills of the Civil War. As an ode to him... I encapsulated his effort in adopting the palava/peace hut as an idea. In the design.. somehow Lee is not to be discarded but maybe introduced elsewhere at the site under the umbrella of tolerance the hut calls for as he attempts to negotiate our history with other figures and ideals that we all cherish. Lincoln... a 'ethnic maroons'... a Native American... the immigrants...Jews, Catholics and Muslums, Gentiles - they ALL need to be considered and made relevant. And I don't plan to entertain that his figure be auctioned off to be a decorative element in somebody's backyard. My sadness would be relieved if we could give the General his props and bury him in style with a 21st Century Jazz Funeral - send his soul to Metarie Cemetery with with all his proper credentials reclaimed and rededicated. Full honors! We don't rename the street to anything but Lee Circle. It will always be Lee Circle... The past is now present! Justice, Freedom and Liberty doesn't have any time limits for Reconciliation.
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Posted by Christopher Porche West on 07/24/2015 at 8:49 PM

Re: “What should replace Lee Circle?

The entire American experience is re-examined under the guidance of the Liberian palava hut. The call for peace and reconcilliation is spent spacially upwards into the heavens as the ever eternal lighted flame of peace is never vanquished... Can we re-frame Lee Circle and leave the General rightly on site? Repurposing the older elements in new directions...Nobody denies that reconciliation is tantamount as a sentiment for all. The palava/peace hut is a traditional building that has been part of Liberian culture for many generations. Although these huts can still be seen around the countryside, during their civil war its significance was lost and its presence ignored even though everyone knows its purpose is to serve as a place to resolve conflict and come together in peace.

The huts draw upon a generations-old means to reconcile the wounds of war and solve conflicts independently of the courts. These structures are literally open to all sides equally and provide a neutral meeting place where members of a community can hear and impart justice. In this context, the win-lose rulings of corrupt courts can transform into win-win solutions for many civil disputes. General Lee empowered his freed slaves to return back to Liberia and this symbolic transfusion is coming home as a metaphorical gift of peace being replanted back on our American states.- Unity for all. - The winged chalice are the sentiments of Peace lofting into the heavens suggesting an eternal desire to cover the atmosphere with the hopes that we can enjoy tranquility with collaborative effort to invoke reconciliation for all.

What I do see... after the concept of a "National Reconciliation Monument" becomes the agenda is a group process to flesh out many items... hopefully, there will be more of an open process moving forward and I envision this propasal as "design by committee." Somehow after reading more into the history about General Lee I gained respect for what he wanted and what his philosophy although he was not as successful in his attempt to reconcile the ills of the Civil War. As an ode to him... I encapsulated his effort in adopting the palava/peace hut as an idea. In the design.. somehow Lee is not to be discarded but maybe introduced elsewhere at the site under the umbrella of tolerance the hut calls for as he attempts to negotiate our history with other figures and ideals that we all cherish. Lincoln... a 'ethnic maroons'... a Native American... the immigrants...Jews, Catholics and Muslums, Gentiles - they ALL need to be considered and made relevant. And I don't plan to entertain that his figure be auctioned off to be a decorative element in somebody's backyard. My sadness would be relieved if we could give the General his props and bury him in style with a 21st Century Jazz Funeral - send his soul to Metarie Cemetery with with all his proper credentials reclaimed and rededicated. Full honors! We don't rename the street to anything but Lee Circle. It will always be Lee Circle... The past is now present! Justice, Freedom and Liberty doesn't have any time limits for Reconciliation.
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Posted by Christopher Porche West on 07/16/2015 at 2:23 AM

Re: “At Welcome Table New Orleans, race is a tough but necessary topic

Ms. Carter:

I can't believe you thought it was O.K. to spray paint the statue at the entrance to City Park?


The Core Values of Rconciliation:

Value the dignity of every individual and are steadfastly committed to social and economic justice. Equality of and access to opportunity for all persons must be a fundamental right in all societies. Respectful relationships are the key to trust, healing and reconciliation in our communities.

Dignity • Equity • Healing • Reconciliation • Self-Determination • Wholeness • Trust • Relationships • Social and Economic Justice • Community • Respect • Honesty • Peace • Perseverance • Transparency • Interdependence • Interculturalism

Dignity:
Each human being has an innate right to respect and ethical treatment.

Justice:
Restorative and retributive strategies, approaches and techniques which address and repair the consequences of discrimination based on difference.

Healing:
Restoring an individual to spiritual wholeness as well as repairing rifts between persons and cultures.

Reconciliation:
Recognition and acknowledgement that, despite our differences, we need each other and must learn to work together and respect, forgive and love each other.

Self-Determination:
Affirmation of our power to create, name and define ourselves instead of allowing others to do that for us.

Wholeness:
Acting authentically by aligning our beliefs and our behaviors; making a healthy whole of ourselves and our world.

Trust:
Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, and surety of a person or organization.

Relationships:
Connections in which individuals influence each other, share their thoughts and feelings, and engage in activities together. Because of this interdependence, most things that change or impact one member of the relationship will affect the other member.

Equity:
An agreed-upon system of processes and mechanisms ensuring that all people are treated with fairness and dignity by establishing ceilings on profits and an economic base below which human beings are not allowed to fall.

Community:
Community consists of people connected and interacting through common bonds of shared place (community of place) and/or shared interest (community of interest). We pursue the community ideal of social interaction, organizations, and institutions built on the bases of mutual respect, compassion, security, strength, support, empowerment, innovation, justice, and sustainability.

Respect:
A positive feeling of esteem for a person coupled with specific actions and conduct reflective of that esteem.

Honesty:
Responsibility for transparency and integrity.

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Posted by Christopher Porche West on 07/16/2015 at 2:11 AM

Re: “At Welcome Table New Orleans, race is a tough but necessary topic

Where's the Welcome Table circle for Bywater?

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Posted by Christopher Porche West on 07/16/2015 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Louisiana Cultural Vistas to hold discussion of Confederate monuments in New Orleans

The entire American experience is re-examined under the guidance of the Liberian palava hut. The call for peace and reconcilliation is spent spacially upwards into the heavens as the ever eternal lighted flame of peace is never vanquished... Can we re-frame Lee Circle and leave the General rightly on site? Repurposing the older elements in new directions...Nobody denies that reconciliation is tantamount as a sentiment for all. The palava/peace hut is a traditional building that has been part of Liberian culture for many generations. Although these huts can still be seen around the countryside, during their civil war its significance was lost and its presence ignored even though everyone knows its purpose is to serve as a place to resolve conflict and come together in peace.
The huts draw upon a generations-old means to reconcile the wounds of war and solve conflicts independently of the courts. These structures are literally open to all sides equally and provide a neutral meeting place where members of a community can hear and impart justice. In this context, the win-lose rulings of corrupt courts can transform into win-win solutions for many civil disputes. General Lee empowered his freed slaves to return back to Liberia and this symbolic transfusion is coming home as a metaphorical gift of peace being replanted back on our American states.- Unity for all. - The winged chalice are the sentiments of Peace lofting into the heavens suggesting an eternal desire to cover the atmosphere with the hopes that we can enjoy tranquility with collaborative effort to invoke reconciliation for all.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10…
What I do see... after the concept of a "National Reconciliation Monument" becomes the agenda is a group process to flesh out many items... hopefully, there will be more of an open process moving forward and I envision this propasal as "design by committee." Somehow after reading more into the history about General Lee I gained respect for what he wanted and what his philosophy although he was not as successful in his attempt to reconcile the ills of the Civil War. As an ode to him... I encapsulated his effort in adopting the palava/peace hut as an idea. In the design.. somehow Lee is not to be discarded but maybe introduced elsewhere at the site under the umbrella of tolerance the hut calls for as he attempts to negotiate our history with other figures and ideals that we all cherish. Lincoln... a 'ethnic maroons'... a Native American... the immigrants...Jews, Catholics and Muslums, Gentiles - they ALL need to be considered and made relevant. And I don't plan to entertain that his figure be auctioned off to be a decorative element in somebody's backyard. My sadness would be relieved if we could give the General his props and bury him in style with a 21st Century Jazz Funeral - send his soul to Metarie Cemetery with with all his proper credentials reclaimed and rededicated. Full honors! We don't rename the street to anything but Lee Circle. It will always be Lee Circle... The past is now present! Justice, Freedom and Liberty doesn't have any time limits for Reconciliation.

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Posted by Christopher Porche West on 07/15/2015 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Mitch Landrieu and the Confederate monuments

“The 300-year history of New Orleans is a tale of creativity, enterprise, turmoil, triumph, and the magic of diversity,” said Isaacson. “I look forward to celebrating it all and looking at how it propels us into the future.” -----------What does that look like in the effigy of a Monument?https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10…
The entire American experience is re-examined under the guidance of the Liberian palava hut. The call for peace and reconcilliation is spent spacially upwards into the heavens as the ever eternal flame of peace is never vanquished... Can we re-frame Lee Circle and leave the General rightly on site? Repurposing the older elements in new directions...Nobody denies that reconciliation is tantamount as a sentiment for all. The palava/peace hut is a traditional building that has been part of Liberian culture for many generations. Although these huts can still be seen around the countryside, during their civil war its significance was lost and its presence ignored even though everyone knows its purpose is to serve as a place to resolve conflict and come together in peace.
The huts draw upon a generations-old means to reconcile the wounds of war and solve conflicts independently of the courts. These structures are literally open to all sides equally and provide a neutral meeting place where members of a community can hear and impart justice. In this context, the win-lose rulings of corrupt courts can transform into win-win solutions for many civil cases. General Lee empowered his freed slaves to return back to Liberia and this symbolic transfusion is coming home as a metaphorical gift of peace being replanted back on our American states. Unity for all.

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Posted by Christopher Porche West on 07/14/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “What should replace Lee Circle?

Build a structure patterned after the Liberian Palava Hut
"Peace Hut for Conflict Transformation in New Orleans"
“We will create a space where the truth is sacred, and renew our peacebuilding efforts to heal fractured communities. I am prepared to be the first to appear before it, to say what I have already said, to challenge untruths, to say what I have done and what I have not done and to demonstrate that no one is above this process of healing and truth telling.”
— President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The palava/peace hut is a traditional building that has been part of Liberian culture for many generations. Although these huts can still be seen around the countryside, during the war its significance was lost and its presence ignored even though everyone knows its purpose is to serve as a place to resolve conflict and come together in peace.
The huts draw upon a generations-old means to reconcile the wounds of war and solve conflicts independently of the courts. These structures are literally open to all sides equally and provide a neutral meeting place where members of a community can hear and impart justice. In this context, the win-lose rulings of corrupt courts can transform into win-win solutions for many civil cases.

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Posted by Christopher Porche West on 06/26/2015 at 12:54 AM

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