Volume 2 Issue 3 - February 14, 2004    http://www.geocities.com/freeguahan minagahet@hotmail.com

 

Hafa Adai, yan welcome to the mina'singko na Minagahet

    Chamoru Activism - Not a topic that receives much positive discussion. Most Chamorus seem to think activism is either against Chamoru culture is not even a part of it. I remember hearing relatives talk about the Nasion Chamoru, or even then radical Robert Underwood as if they were the worst things to happen to Guam since Magellan. But an unasked question always persists in terms of how we relate to the United States. If we can praise the heroes of American history, for standing up for truth and justice, then why can't we praise our own people for doing the same? 

    Despite "President" George Bush's many statements about "activist" judges, as if there was something fatally wrong with it, on Guam and everywhere else in the world people are going to have to come to terms with the fact that everyone is supposed to be an activist. It may be for a cause greater then themselves, such as the preservation or progression of their culture, but regardless, we all have things we are fighting for, or should be fighting for. And the word "activist," while sometimes used to minimize or cruelly marginalize people's actions, doesn't do justice to and generally ignores how people can have a  positive impact on the world around them.

Si Yu'os Ma'ase, ya usuni chumagi pumuno' dinagi

Kopbla

ARTICLES:

To Be a Chamorro Activist

by Fanai C. Castro 

A moving account of what it means, as a Chamorro, to fight for one's culture and people.

Petition relating to Permanent Government of the Island of Guam

Submitted by Fulanu

In 1901, more than a dozen Chamorros petitioned the new American regime on Guam, to establish a permanent and civilian government on Guam. Despite their petition, and dozens more petitions that would follow, a civilian government would not be established on Guam until 1950. In the modern context this petition provides a foundation for Chamorro activism since the start of the era of American influence. 

Nihi ta Fanagululumi - Activism and inferiority amongst Chamorros on Guam

by Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Why is it that most Chamorros seem to think that activism and Chamorro culture are not compatible? When in reality if you look back into Guam's history, activism has been a very strong part of it, as it is in all cultures. 

Online Activist Resource

In response to many requests by readers, we're trying to build an activist resource for Chamorros on our website. This will be dependent upon recommendations by our readers and writers. We are looking for any form of media which you feel can help others in terms of activism, history, energy and inspiration. Please email us at minagahet@yahoo.com with your recommendations or suggestions.

Online Chamorro Language Instruction

From the Chamorro Information Activists

We are now offering simple email lessons for those wanting to learn Chamorro. 

 

                                                                   

This issue's antigo na palabra Chamorro -      &nbbsp;                                                      Chagi fan, guaha ma sangan na gof mangge'

Agululumi: To encircle something (such as a stray cow), or to attack something as a group, to work together, to gangs

for example: Nihi ta fan agululumi hafa muna'gaiachaki i tiguang-ta.

    This issue's quote to think on and apply to Guam -

"No ideas, no revolution."

Anonymous (Fulanu)

 

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