Monthly Archives: May 2013

Zoumana Soumaoro supports Yeah Samaké

My name is Zoumana Soumaouro. I was born in 1970 in Ouelessebougou. Since I was born till 2013, the president was the same bad men. Now I am a driver. I have come to PACP because the President of PACP, Niankoro Yeah Samake, the Mayor of Ouelessebougou has a great vision. I love PACP. The first President was Modibo Keita and he passed power to Moussa Traore who then passed the power to ATT for two years. After that ATT gave the power to Alpha Oumar Konare and Alpha gave the same power to ATT. Really, we saw no change in our country, they covered up for each other and they only took the country’s money. The vision that Mayor Yeah Samake has will be good for our country. Yeah saw and said we need to develop the country. He has himself built schools, his first work is to educate the country. Now he has built more than 10 schools and has brought doctors every year to Ouelessebougou. People from as far as Sikasso come to Ouelessebougou to receive treatment. One day, my son was sick, I went to ask the richest guy in Ouelessebougou to borrow some money and he gave it to me. But when I returned home, my son had died. The next week, Yeah’s doctors came and I explained my situation to Yeah. Yeah sent his doctors and they treated all my children for free. At that time, I did not have a job and did not have any money.

Really, Yeah’s vision is limitless for Mali and our country needs someone like Yeah because if you take Mali in Africa, Mali is third largest producer of gold. If you look, we cannot understand how all other countries are more developed than Mali. When I was a child, we saw Mali’s money spent for guns, now where is all the equipment for our Army when we went to fight in the North?Where is the money gone?? We cannot even start to explain Mali’s problems. Mali has big problems. Mali needs good leadership. Mali is not a poor country. Mali has been poor in leadership. Who is good leader? Someone who does good for his country and serves his country. All the time we change the same old leaders with more old leaders. People need to open their eyes to know it is time to change the country.

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My favorite part of interning for Samaké2013 is when I would attend events that people would host in their homes.  The people that attended often had no clue who Yeah was; they were attending only because it was their friend or neighbor that was hosting the event.  However, despite their initial lack of awareness, they instantly loved and believed in Yeah after hearing him speak and meeting him.  I love speaking to these people and hearing their enthusiasm for Yeah—too bad foreigners cannot vote in the Malian election!

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While we who do not call Mali home are not able to vote in their elections, we can still figuratively cast our vote by telling others about Yeah, sharing the message of Samake2013, and donating to his campaign.  This election is not just about Mali.  It is not just about Africa or the developing world.  Every country should be focused on the Malian elections on July 7th because what happens there is going to make an impact.  Hopefully, Yeah will be elected so that it will be a positive impact—Yeah can change his country, which can change the world.

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So in these final weeks, let’s all get involved with Samake2013 and be agents in bringing positive change to the world!

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PACP Conference by Dramane Bagayako

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May 22nd was a very important day and a great day for PACP members. As I entered the conference room at the Centre International Centre Bamako, it was full and there was so many people that some even had to stand. The rest of our youth group sang our song of support for Yeah Samake and PACP as they entered the Conference Hall. Our song goes like:

Wassa lè wassa!!!!
Wassa!!!!
dion dé bé anw wassa?
Yeah samaké dé bé anw wassa!!! Wassa.

In English:

Mr. Yeah Samaké is the one who makes malian youth happy.
“All for yeah. Yeah for all.”
“United we all win,but separated we all loose”.
Yeah on the palace, that’s the only thing we want. Yeah forever!!!!!!!

When Yeah spoke, all the party’s delegates were very happy. His speech brought the people in the room to clap for him many times. Even the PACP Secretary General Fomba spoke about all the good things that PACP has done for Mali. All the delegates of the party that came from all over Mali was so happy. They kept saying how Yeah and this party is the only one with a vision that is good for Mali. PACP has the best vision to change and develop Mali to be a better country. PACP is the only party that can show its hand in education. PACP is the only party that can show its hand in healthcare in Mali. PACP and Yeah Samake have a good vision. I support Yeah! I trust he is the solution to Mali’s many problems.  Vive PACP.

I Support Yeah by Gabriel Saez

Gabriel Saez helped to organize the “Why Mali Matters” event in Boston on April 10. Thank you, Gabriel, for your ongoing support! We love having you on our team. Yeah for Mali!

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George Bernard Shaw wrote, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” I support Yeah Samake because he is unreasonable.

In every single personal, professional and political decision Yeah has made, he has avoided the easy way. For instance, he rejected the potential benefits a career in Europe or in the United Stated could have offered him and, instead, chose to go back to Mali and bring hope to his people. As Mayor of Ouélessébougou, he didn’t do what most politicians do –that is, try to differentiate himself from his peers. On the contrary, he has looked for ways to inspire and work with other mayors.

Yeah is a leader among leaders. He taught -by example- the revolutionary notion that a leader can and should fight corruption. His influence will extend beyond Mali’s boundaries. I have seen him interact with top-notch African social, political and business leaders at Harvard University. His charisma and brightness quickly won them over. Likewise, he’s experienced in successfully dealing with American and European leaders.Yeah’s unreasonability is actually explained by his all-encompassing faithfulness. He’s faithful to his family, his people, his beliefs, his country and God.

I support Yeah Samake not just because of the transformative impact his victory will have on Mali, but also because of the hope he has already brought to people all over the world.

MALI: Youth Groups in Bamako by Dramane Bagayako and Ibrahima Togola

This account is by Dramane Bagayako, a Youth Leader in Bamako, Mali.

Saturday May 11th 2013, was an awesome day for the youth who are part of the AJLCDM. We had the wonderful opportunity to visit with PACP President Yeah Samake. My group is very supportive of Yeah and his vision for a good Mali. We believe that SEM Samake can bring a lot of change to Mali. About 35 youth leaders attended the meeting. We listened carefully to SEM Samake’s thoughts on how we the youth can bring change to Mali. We also had an opportunity to meet with the National Youth Bureau. The Youth Bureau organized a show. They performed a play about corruption and how the youth should follow Yeah’s honest example. The show is a great way to help all people understand more about corruption and how to stop it.

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Our group is very excited to continue our work for PACP. We want to support SEM Yeah Samake because we believe that he will change the opportunities we have in Mali. After these meetings, my group volunteered our weekend to campaign in the villages of Dio and also Yelekebougou.
I continue to believe that PACP is the only example for change to develop Mali. The Malian people are tired and feel betrayed. No one can say Yeah has not helped Mali. We can see all he does for Malians not only in Ouelessebougou but in many villages where he has built schools and brought doctors. We continue to keep our promise that we will follow him.
There was another small meeting over the weekend as well, led by Ibrahima Togola and Bourama Traore. In a statement from Ibrahima:
“The meeting began Sunday, May 12, 2013, in DIALAKORODJI started at 17:00. The PACP delegation was introduced by Vice President Bourama Traore. Based on achievements of Yeah, he briefly spoke of all that Yeah has done in building schools, hospitals and giving scholarships to students.
During the meeting there were representatives of three committees of Dialakorodji namely Dialakorodji koko, Dialakorodji kouloussanfaila and of Dialakorodji Sougou.
As is a custom, we went to greet the village chief who gave his blessings to the PACP Party.
Good ideas have been advanced by these three committees and they have advised that they are ready for mobilization in the surrounding communities. The atmosphere was one of welcome as the residents of Dialakorodji showed us that they will give us support in the next elections.”

How I See Yeah Samaké by Eric Call

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Through my work with Samake 2013, I’ve come to know a little better Yeah Samake, the man who could very possibly become the next president of Mali.

Yeah Samake is a strong leader, devoted father and husband, brilliant thinker, and to me a great friend. I am inspired by his words each time I hear him speak. I see in him the qualities I wish political leaders in my own native United States had. He is a leader by example, and is completely devoted to his country and his people. Everything he does he does for them.

Yeah has helped me to understand the power behind honesty, integrity, tact, and devotion to one’s cause. He has helped learn skills that I have struggled to develop for years. Through his honesty and vision he has brought change and hope tens of thousands of Malians, he can do so much good already, imagine what he could do as president. He knows what is needed to climb from poverty and change one’s destiny. He sacrificed for his education, he sacrificed for his family, he has sacrificed for his people.

I strongly believe in Yeah and all that he stands for. As a student, a friend, and a human being I fully support Yeah Samake and his platform. #isupportyeah

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Susan and Adrian Escalante Support Yeah!

We would love to have a dollar for every time we have heard an American say they wished that Yeah Samake was running for president of The United States!  The reason people like President-elect Samake is because he is genuine, transparent, honest, brilliant and a true leader with integrity. Did I say brave? He is also very courageous!

Those of us who know him or who have heard his story, recognize that without a doubt, this is a man whom you can believe and trust. It seems as though God  has hand-picked this man, Samake, to start the process to bring Mali into the light: the light of enterprise, the light of knowledge, and the light of global presence. No longer will Mali remain in the darkness of illiteracy, but will rise like a phoenix by forming a model of success that other countries will be allowed – and even invited – to duplicate. Success can belong to everyone, and Mayor Samake is sharing this vision with not only his fellow-citizens in Mali but with citizens of America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and all of Africa.

We support Team Samake because all the team-members are like-minded and willing to work and sacrifice to see this vision come to fruition. Team Samake backs a man whose principles are clear and effective to bring a positive change to his country.

This is only a beginning of new thought leadership and it starts right here, right now, with the right candidate winning the 2013 Mali Presidential election; Niankoro Yeah Samake.

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Less than 60 Days Until the Election!

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There is less than two months until the election in Mali!  We are grateful for the constant support and are confident that these final days will see even more people join the fight for Mali.

During Yeah’s last visit to the United States, there were many incredible events hosted by incredible people.  Thank you to everyone that has either hosted, organized, or attending a Samaké event!   In addition, the Malian Mayor Summit was a great opportunity to show Malians how to be effective, honest leaders and was a great success.

The campaign has seen some great progress, but we still need the support of everyone in order to make it successfully to the finish line.  Everyone who has read Yeah’s story or met him knows of the powerful change he can bring to his country, and we challenge you to share his message with those you know.  Whether it is passing out brochures, telling your friends and family, or posting about Yeah on social media, get involved with the campaign!  With such little time left, now is the time to join to bring real, lasting change to Mali and the developing world.

We need your help!  Visit samake2013.com to learn more!

Cristina Fritzche Supports Yeah!

My name is Cristina Fritzsche. I am a University of Utah Graduate in Anthropology, mother of 3 and a supporter of Yeah Samake. I met Yeah Samake 2 years ago when he moved to our neighborhood in Utah. As I got to know him better I was impressed with so many things about him. Some of which are his love and commitment to the country of Mali, the drive and desire he has to make a difference by empowering the Malian people and his transparency in politics.

I can honestly say I have never endorsed a candidate for political office in the United States because I never felt they valued people, just the fame and position. I can without any hesitation endorse Yeah Samake. True to his word he will lead the Malian people with Integrity and Loyalty.

Why is this so important to me? As a mother I see how connected we are globally. I know that what happens in a country far from me does have far reaching effects in the global economy and community. When we are able to connect with our global friends we create a positive environment for learning and understanding others. I wish Yeah Samake the best as he completes the final months for his presidential bid.

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