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The Real Story Behind the Marianas Military Buildup
by Koohan Paik
A Military Buildup Fact Sheet
"The Military Buildup is NOT a “done deal," as the Pacific Daily News would have us believe... So, it isn't a "done deal" after all. It is a future that can be shaped by the strategy and foresight of the people, starting at the grassroots."
Who Can We Trust?
by Kie Susuico
Testimony Given to the 30th Guam Legislature
"This is why we cannot allow Pagat to become another name on the list of places where the u.s. has uprooted our people and severed our connection to the land, wiping all traces of our history off the face of the island like they've done in Sumai, Fena, Me'po, Ypao, Ulunao, Litekyan, Jinapsan, Talage and Machananao, just to name a few."
Guam Resists Military Colonization
by Ann Wright
From Common Dreams
"Guam officials said that they too have been perturbed about the extraordinarily high expenditures on US military base facilities, when the Government of Guam is strapped financially. The officials said they were amazed and horrified when they learned that the Air Force recently built an on-base animal kennel for $27 million, with each animal space costing $100,000, when locally, the government is unable to provide sufficient infrastructure for its citizens, much less animals."
Militarization on Guam and the Erasing of Places
by Sasha Davis
Written after a research trip to the Marianas in 2007
"These military plans view Guam through a distinctly colonial eye. Preserving historical sites, maintaining the island’s environmental integrity, continuing access for cultural practices, establishing original land ownership; these factors are erased through the representations of place portrayed in the maps and plans the military produces. What is left off these maps? What exists under the red dashed lines of future firing ranges?"
Hi! We're Guam, Nice to Meet You
by Desiree Taimanglo Ventura
From The Drowning Mermaid
"This Organic Act is something that you really need to understand if you are trying to give us advice. You can't tell us to run to our local government, because the truth is... our local government isn't real. Our governor and locally elected leaders do not really run the island. Our island is actually run by the Department of the Interior. This means that any laws made on Guam can be reversed by Congress. The United States has complete power over us; and can legally do anything they want with the island and its people."
Guam as a Modern Day Bikini
by Patrick Thibodeau
From the Guam Blog
"Guam has no choice in the build-up. The interests of the people of Guam are secondary to U.S. strategic needs. The people of Bikini lost their entire island. Guam’s people have lost a third of their island to the military and stand to lose more. Disfranchised from voting and out of mind in Washington, Guam has no more voice in the build-up than the Bikini islanders did."
Negotiating Our Future
Tinige' Si Michael Lujan Bevacqua
"There are always two ways in which a community can respond to a crisis, the first is to cling to the ways things are and just pray that all will be okay. The second is to try something different. Even if it seems radical, crazy or impossible, a period of difficulty can be the best incentive to try something else, to work to free yourself from dependency or work to build your own sustainability. As Guam faces this military buildup and the possible benefits, changes and damages that it will bring to Guam, which path do you think we should take?"
Chamorros Must Weigh Pros and Cons of Self-Determination
by Wyld Hook
"When the Chamorros of Guam are debating future political status, they must consider the pros and cons. Many point to the trickle of Military Spending and sub-standard social assistance as invaluable benefits that the U.S. bestows upon the Guamanians. However, it’s the United States that benefits far more from Guam ."
Hita Guahan! Chamorro Testimonies at the United Nations - 2008
Hita Guåhan is a compilation of testimonies presented by Chamorus from Guåhan to the United Nations in New York in 2008. These testimonies carry on the legacy of more than 20 years of Chamorus who’ve appealed to the United Nations on behalf of Guam and Chamoru human rights. It can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the above link.