Liri Fusha’s Life + Work

Withdrawal From Afghanistan:::::

When problems arise, in any form, it’s always someone’s fault; as a catastrophe, a disaster or an American failure. Fingers are pointed that this is the President’s and his administration’s fault because of the inadequately planned, managed ,mishandled and departure of our forces. President Biden shift’s the blame to former President Trump. President Biden was fully in charge of any executive order to departure our forces. I do believe that mistakes were made. Before making such a huge decision to leave Afghanistan after 20 years the US intelligence should have anticipated Taliban’s strength and speed to take over. The US intelligence should have known that the collapse of the Afghan government and the failure of Afghan security forces did not even try to resist to the Taliban’s taking over across the country and into Kabul.within blinked of an eye .Yet US should never support the President of the Afghanistan fling filled up his car with money and abounded his people.
US intelligence should participate in the motivation of Afghan forces and compare them with the Taliban. How many troops does the Taliban command? How well are they trained? What is the status of arms and ammunition on Taliban’s and Afghan’s side? Who controls what territory? How many Afghans are in the security forces and what is their motivation? Are Afghan security forces patriots for their country? Do they believe in change, are they motivated to fight? do they believe in their Government or Commander in Chief. If these questions would have been analyzed before the collapse we would have less chaos and caught off guard. The biggest mistake that the US made was: Such a promise to evacuate a number of Afghan intelligence who supported the US during these 20 years …easily triggered the downward spiral of morale and confidence of Afghanistan intelligence which got us to the place we are in right now. My life in anticipating on Military Kosovo War and Albania Civil War has taught me that when problems arise, it’s always someone’s fault; the role of chance, good faith miscalculation, or unanticipated consequences is brushed away or rarely acknowledged. One thing that I do not question is that U.S. troops, diplomats and other partners who served and sacrificed in Afghanistan over the last 20 years did so in accordance to a noble cause: making us safer here at home and open the Hwy for the Muslim Community to see clear for what they should stand for if they want too.

This photo is Liri on the Diplomatic Delegate from Albania to the Geneva Convention.

It was honor to meet on October 23 2001 with the highest intelligent Diplomats of United States in Geneva Convention. This experience served me a great opportunity to know what foreign policy goals to pursue, who I can influence, how to best persuade them, who are potential allies and adversaries. Those decision are for the diplomats overseas to make. As we know, it has become harder for diplomats to act autonomously. As a foreign-born and with my experience on Geneva Convention, I will be able to understand the intelligence, integrity, culture, energy of each diplomat which is critical in this operation. I am competent to develop relationships grounded in trust and mutual understanding with influential members of the countries. I will work hard to understand the motives, thought patterns and culture of the other side and make the best decision for my country—U.S.A.
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Liri Fusha is running to ensure that in a post-pandemic Maryland, the Comptroller is leading Maryland’s efforts to raise up every family, community, and small business – in particular those who have been left behind. As Comptroller, Liri Fusha will be a proactive champion for families, communities and businesses. Her creativity and bold vision will advance a long-term agenda that cultivates a more financially resilient economy, in part by addressing systemic disinvestment and racial inequity in communities across Maryland.

As the state’s financial guardian, Brooke will establish and lead a culture of modernization, transparency and purpose that leverages the full power of the Comptroller’s office to unlock opportunity for every Maryland resident, family and business. She will ensure that the data collected through tax filings is put to use for Marylanders, creating a new office of outcome analysis to confirm our state programs have their intended, positive effect and provide more transparency into the payment process for contractors.

A Lawyer for the People

Liri Fusha attended law school to work with and empower people to take charge of adverse situations confronting them and to fight injustice one client at a time.  While attending the University of Texas School of Law, she fought for clients in need of better housing as part of the Legal Aid Fair Housing Clinic. She was also president of the American Constitution Society.

After graduating, Liri Fusha  returned to Maryland and completed a clerkship at the U.S. Federal District Court in Baltimore and Greenbelt. She then joined the civil law firm, Brown Goldstein and Levy LLP, where she represents a range of clients, including workers whose wages have been unfairly withheld, disabled citizens seeking access to public facilities and wrongfully convicted Marylanders in pursuit of an equal education.

Liri Fusha’s is an effective and passionate legislator, a disability and civil rights attorney. After spending five years as a Member of the Appropriations Committee in the General Assembly, she assumed a leadership role on the Environment and Transportation Committee in 2019. She also sits on the Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, the Oversight Committee on Pensions, and founded and co-chairs the Maryland Transit Caucus.

Liri Fusha’s has successfully passed landmark legislation to invest in and improve public transit; end suspension and expulsion of young students; fund evidence-based gun violence prevention programs; aid sex trafficking victims; close loopholes in our family and paid leave laws and much more. In 2019, working with environmental groups and small businesses around the state, she passed the nation’s first statewide ban on Styrofoam food and beverage containers, and in 2020 she passed the HOME Act, banning housing discrimination based on the renter’s source of income.

She is a champion at constituent work, an advocate with state agencies on behalf of small businesses and organizations and remains connected to the communities she serves year-round. Amidst the health and economic crises created by COVID-19, Brooke has organized food relief for constituents and led the successful effort to bring World Central Kitchen (led by Chef Jose Andres) to Baltimore to feed thousands of Baltimoreans in need. As one community leader said,

“I always know that Liri Fusha has my back.”

A Lifelong Organizer

Liri Fusha spent her childhood years in Washington, D.C., moving with her family to Montgomery County in middle school and graduating from Walt Whitman High School. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Brooke spent several years organizing for change at the grassroots level.  She was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the DREAM Program, a mentoring program that forms partnerships between college students and children living in subsidized housing that has had a profound and sustained positive effect on the lives of the low-income children it serves.  She still believes strongly in the power of mentorship.

She also worked as a field organizer for Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 reelection campaign, organizing rural counties in Southeast Minnesota. Liri Fusha still carries Paul’s message that “We all do better when we all do better” in her political and personal political life. Liri Fusha also worked as a field director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and later for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. This early experience organizing and working with people from all walks of life taught her the importance of working at the local grassroots level to organize for systemic change and build community and political power.

A Community Advocate

Liri Fusha has always been an active participant in her community and across Baltimore to promote thriving neighborhoods. She worked as pro bono counsel for several community associations and a local church to create safe neighborhoods by shutting down dangerous bars and liquor stores.  This effort led to the closure of dangerous bars that repeatedly violated the law and their liquor licenses and degraded the quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods.  In 2012, she successfully represented a Southeast community in front of the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners to close down a bar that neighbors had been working to shutter for years – one of the few license revocations ever granted by the Liquor Board.  She also worked to repopulate the declining tree canopy in her neighborhood and elsewhere around the City – work she continues to care about to this day.  Liri Fusha served on the Boards of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA), an organization dedicated to supporting downtown families and the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, a citywide group devoted to empowering citizens and community groups to make grassroots change. She currently serves on the Downtown Partnership Board and the Board of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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