General News of 2014-07-11

#OccupyFlagStaffHouse protesters launch RedFriday today

Organisers of the #OccupyFlagStaffHouse protest on July 1, the Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance, are gearing up to launch yet another campaign dubbed #RedFriday.
The group says it is determined to keep the pressure on the government to reverse the downward spiral in the economic fortunes of the country.
#RedFriday requires all Ghanaians concerned about the worsening economic situation in the country to wear red attire every Friday, beginning today, July 11, 2014.
In a press release signed by the Executive Secretary of the CGRG, George Kojo Anti, the group said #RedFriday is meant to draw the attention of government to the persistent economic challenges in the country.
PRESS RELEASE
Thursday July 10, 2014
EVENT: Launching The RED FRIDAY Campaign
GROUP: CONCERNED GHANAIANS FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE
Unable to continue to sit back and watch Ghana needlessly slide into economic disarray and the kind of national disgrace that typified the participation of our unique national asset, the Black Stars, in the World Cup, on Republic Day Tuesday, 1st July, 2014, we, the members of the non-partisan civil society group Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance, stood up to demand better from our government. In doing so, we acted in the finest traditions of citizen engagement, believing that to be our right and duty.
In the petition we handed to presidential staffers on that day; we made very clear economic demands of the presidency. The demands were not new, but the issues they were to address have persisted beyond reasonable time, leading to a most probable conclusion that either the government has real capacity issues or simply unwilling to budge.
Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Government has decided that it will press on through a campaign of civic engagement and mobilization solely aimed at bringing more concerned Ghanaians together to spur the kind of action needed to reverse the rapidly deteriorating economic situation and to enhance the quality of political discourse.
This Friday, July 11th, Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Government will launch a new campaign called The RED Campaign -?#?REDFRIDAY. We plan to engage Ghanaians across the board through all appropriate media, with social media as a primary outreach vehicle. Each week, from Sunday to Thursday, the campaign will put out petition points and encourage their dissemination across major social media platforms and traditional media outlets. On Fridays, Ghanaians will be encouraged to join discussions on social media. It is important that Ghanaians using social media to participate in these discussions use the hashtags #redfriday and ?#?occupyflagstaffhouse, as by doing so, it will be possible to gather important data for the campaign.
We will also encourage Ghanaians to wear the colour red on Fridays as the primary means of indicating solidarity with the campaign. Lastly, we encourage Ghanaians to post photos and videos of themselves in red engaged in this campaign, via the hashtags #redfriday #occupyflagstaffhouse. Please visit the Facebook page CONCERNED GHANAIANS FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE for more information.
Do not sit unconcerned. Arise and get involved. Ghana Deserves Better!
CGRG – Responsible Governance for a Happy People.
GOD BLESS OUR DEAR HOMELAND GHANA!!!
Thank you for your kind attention.
SIGNED
George Kojo Anti
Executive Secretary
10TH JULY, 2014