Thursday, October 19, 2006

Famoksaiyan IV

FAMOKSAIYAN MEETING!!!
November 19, 2006
10 am - 5 pm
Guam Communications Network Office
4201 Long Beach Blvd. Suite 218
Long Beach, CA 90807

We are looking for Chamorros and other people from Guam, from all walks of life, students, activists, manamko', i manritirao esta, professionals, etc. who are interested in working towards a better and more progressive future for Chamorros and their communities.

Contact Michael Lujan Bevacqua for more info
mlbasquiat@hotmail.com

Maila ya nihi ta fanagululumi put i kottura-ta yan i taotao-ta!

Just want to give everyone a heads up on the next Famoksaiyan meeting, which will be next month in Long Beach. Since the conference in April, we've had a flurry of informal activity, all of it working to get this group closer to some sort of sustainability. Building off of all the energy of April and then the first follow up meeting in Berkeley, a number of our members went recently to testify before the United Nation's Committee on Decolonization. You can read their testimonies in the most recent issue of Minagahet.

The purpose of this Southern California meeting is similar to the previous two: first to bring together in a productive political way, more Chamorros and others interested people into the group and begin to give them some tools to start reconnecting to each other and their islands in not just cultural ways, but political ways as well.

I will have more concrete info such as the time and agenda very soon, but just wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible about the meeting, so you can start making plans to attend, or start spreading the word to people who you know would want to attend. Part of this meeting will hopefully be a report back by members of the Guam Coalition that recently went to New York and testified before the United Nations Committee on Decolonization and met with a number of other activists and organizations. We will also be having workshops and discussions groups focused on what Chamorros in the states can do about recent military build ups in Guam as well as how we can revitalize Chamorro language and culture.

If you are interested in attending, want to know more so you can help out with the organizing, or know someone who you would like me to invite, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. Si Yu'us Ma'ase, hu diseseha na anggen malago hao sumaonao, na siña hao, sa' sen magåhet i finayi na mas metgot na manhita.

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