Volume 4 Issue 2 - July 1, 2006 http://www.geocities.com/freeguahan firstname.lastname@example.org
Hafa Adai, yan welcome to i bente sais na Minagahet.
This issue of Minagahet is being sent out specifically to support a petition that is currently circulating Guam, the Asia Pacific region and elsewhere, which voices concern over the incredible flurry of military increases and activity taking place in the Pacific, in particular on and around Guam. The Peace and Justice for Guam Petition urges the United States to stop militarizing the Pacific because of the threat it represents in sparking a global war, preventing the decolonization of Guam, and making Guam more susceptible to attacks by US enemies.
As we should all already know and be concerned about, 8,000 Marines and their 9,000 dependents will be transferred to Guam from Okinawa in a few years. In addition to this however, an overwhelming operation called Valiant Shield took place this week near Guam. This exercise, which according to officials will soon become a biannual event, consisted of three aircraft carrier groups, 22,000 troops, 30 ships and 280 aircraft. Although Navy officials are saying that this is not meant to "show U.S. Military might in the Pacific," considering the sheer size of this "massive armada" how can anybody consider it otherwise?
What is at the core of those who seek to resist or tame this typhoon of military increases and transfers was revealed last week in an NBC news report on Operation Valiant Shield, where Guam is referred to as the "U.S. owned island of Guam" This almost accidentally revealed truth, a slip is what contradicts all the patriotic/political rhetoric that anyone can muster about the relationship between Guam and the US being one of partnership or equality, it is instead as one Air Force Officer stated, "If Guam says they want to do this or that, it is as if this cup here expresses a wish: the answer will be, you belong to me, and I can do with you as best I please."
This problem is what makes up the foundation of all of those who want the military out of Guam, who want less of it in Guam, or who just want a voice in the process. As one signatory to the Peace and Justice Petition commented, "it would be nice in a democracy, which the USA purports to be, to let the people of Guam have a decision making role in the military buildup of their island."
This petition was formed partially through the momentum that has started following the Famoksaiyan: Decolonizing Chamorro Histories, Identities and Futures conference in April and the follow-up meeting that took place in May. We are still in the process of defining what this energy and this group will become and welcome all of those interested in working on forging a progressive agenda for Chamorros, their islands and their communities, you can sign up for the Famoksaiyan listserv at this site, Famoksaiyan or if you're on myspace, connect to us there through our profile http://www.myspace.com/famoksaiyan.
As a supplement to the Petition, I've started a blog, Decolonize Guam, which is updated daily with different news and information relating to the increases in military presence in Guam, Asia and the Pacific. Head there if you are interested in learning more. While potentially less informative, far more polemic and probably more interesting, my blog No Rest for the Awake is still running strong. I wrote recently about "the inner beauty of i trongkon niyok" and write nearly every week it seems about how the interests of Chamorros become entangled and lost, subsumed beneath the interests of the United States military.
Again, before I go, I urge everyone to please click on this link to sign the petition, Peace and Justice for Guam Petition.
Alas, para hamyo ni' humasso, estaba guaha message board, FANAHGUE'YAN guini, lao ma'pos pa'go, sa' ti meggai i tiempo-ku para bai hu ma'gasi. Yanggen malago hao muna'la'la' gui' ta'lo, sangani yu' ya bai hu ayuda hao.
Sahuma Minagahet yan Na'suha Dinagi
PEACE AND JUSTICE FOR GUAM PETITION
Ginnen I Nasion Chamoru yan The Guahan Indigenous Collective
Okinawa move requires strong leadership, not meek stewardship"
Tinige' Senadot Jesse Anderson Lujan, ginnen iyo-na column, Jesse's Corner
ginnen The Marianas Variety
The Myth of Military Money
Tinige' Si Julian Aguon, ginnen iyo-na column, The Fire This Time,
Ginnen The Marianas Variety
Statement of Support for the Peace and Justice for Guam Petition
Sinangan i Chamorro Information Activists sumopopotte i Petition kontra i mamtan i militat giya Guahan yan i Pasifik.
Welcoming the War on Terror Hospitably Into Our Homes
Tinige' Si Michael Lujan Bevacqua
from No Rest for the Awake - Minagahet Chamorro
Okinawa Airfield Returned After 61 Years
By Takuya Okamoto, from The Japan Times
Myths and Truths on the Proposed Privatization of GWA
6 Myths and Truths About the proposed Private Management Contract for Guam Water Authority.
U.S. Water Privatizations Fail to Pan Out
By Mike Esterl, from The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
On the House Iraq War Debate
By Congressman (D-OH) Dennis Kucinich
Comments on the Proposal to Increase Pacific Islander tuition at the University of Hawai'i
By Daniel H. Nielsen and Jim Mellon
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