Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Famoksaiyan Gi i Rediu

Several years back I posted on Minagahet Zine a page called "Famoksaiyan gi i Rediu" which featured various interviews on the radio given by members and allies of Famoksaiyan regarding issues of militarism, colonialism, decolonization, the UN, cultural revitalization and anything else which someone with a microphone and ten to twenty minutes wanted to chat about.

As the years have passed the links for those interviews have gone dead, the files have been moved and even the server for Minagahet Zine itself has changed and is no longer on Geocities but now can be accessed directly at

Recently, Martha Duenas, who is part of Famoksaiyan West Coast and blogs at Too Late To Stop Now, updated the Famoksaiyan gi i Rediu page, found the new links for interviews and even added some more which have been conducted as the military buildup issue has become even bigger and occassionally garnered the attention of progressive and mainstream national media. I'll be updating Minagahet Zine with the new page soon (when I get around to putting together a new issue), but in the meantime I wanted to share with you the fruits of Auntie Mart's labor, with an all new updated Famoksaiyan gi i Rediu page down below.


Famoksaiyan Gi I Rediu

November 9th, 2006 - Apex Express

Start at: 18:56
And at the UN, the indigenous people of Guam called for the world to recognize their plight. Pratap Chatterjee interviews Victoria Leon Guerrero, Mike Tuncap and Kerri Ann Borja talk about how the US military base build-up on Guam will further erode their rights. We will also have Erica Benton performing live in-studio, as well as music from Guam from Malafunction / Chris Barnett.


November 20th, 2006 - Women's Magazine

Start at: 23:30

Catalina Vazquez talks to Fanai Castro and Nicole Santos, two women from Guam, one of the last colonies in the world, about the U.S. military occupation and militarization of Guam and their recent visit to the United Nations to get support for the independence of Guam and to stop the military's plans to increase that occupation.


November 21st, 2006 - Flashpoints

Start at: 38:10

Nora Barrows-Freidman interviews Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Hope Alverez Cristobal, Sabina Flores Perez and Victoria Leon Guerrero in a report back from their delegation to the UN to protest expanding US militarization on Guam.


November 24th, 2006 - Full Circle

Start at: 41:40

Military Expansion in Guam / History of Resistance

Jen Le interviews Fanai Castro, Julian Aguon, Victoria Leon Guerrero and Sabina Perez


December 11th, 2006 - The Morning Show

Start here: 1:10:30

Impact of U.S. Military bases on Guam (indigenously called ‘Guahan')

Victoria Leon Guerrero is an author of semi-autobiographical children's book about growing up on Guahan called "Lola's Journey Home” and is working on her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Mills College. Julian Aguon, writer-activist from the island of Guahan (Guam), is the author of the new book “The Fire This Time: Essays on Life Under US Occupation." Michael Lujan Bevacqua is a Ph.D candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego and the editor of the Minagahet (Truth) Zine,


September 14, 2007 – The Morning Show

Start at: 1:09:22

Lisa Natividad from Nasion Chamoru and Suzuyo Takazato of Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence speak with host Phillip Maladari on Women Resisting Militarism and Creating a Culture of Life.

Sponsored by Women for Genuine Security, Famoksaiyan, Friends of Okinawa, American Friends Service Committee


November 17th, 2007

Guam Talk 2:

A discussion between Josette Marie Quinata and Michael Lujan Bevacqua, recorded by Jack Lujan Bevacqua on November 17th, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, related to issues of the Chamorro language, the decolonization of Guam, and the impending military buildup to the island.


November 29th, 2007 – APEX Express

US Troop Increase, Indigenous Rights Decrease? And will there be Pacific Islander Studies at UC Berkeley? Hear how Native Gumanians face military might as they try to re-claim land, language, political power. We talk with Michael Lujan Bevacqua--who testified at the UN--as well as Michael Tuncap who will also talk about plans for starting Pacific Islander Studies at UC Berkeley. Island music and more during Indigenous Peoples' Month.

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June 19, 2008 - The Morning Programme

Rodney Olsen interviews Dr. Lisa Natividad and Julian Aguon

The Chamoru people of the island we know as Guam have waged a long struggle for an act of self-determination as a significant step in their struggle to protect their land and culture from the effects of militarisation.

Their movement for non-violent social change in their homeland is largely unknown here in Australia.

The island has served as a military base for many years and now plans are underway to increase the military presence amongst these peaceful people.

Guahan (the indigenous name for Guam) is considered to be an ideal base since it is about three hours flying time or two to three days by ship from Japan, Okinawa, Indonesia and the Philippines. Flying to China or North Korea from the West Coast of the United States takes 13 hours, from Guahan it takes four. A carrier group based at Guahan could reach Taiwan in two days.

Guahan is strategically located close to several of the worlds most important sea lanes, such as the Strait of Malacca, through which some 50% of the worlds oil passes each year.

Dr Lisa Natividad and Julian Aguon of Guam joined me during the Morning Programme this morning to talk about the situation and what we can do about it.


November 13, 2008 – APEX Express

Chamorus who presented testimony to the UN Special Political and Decolonization Committee were interviewed :Senator Ben. Pangelinan and Chamoru poet and scholar Craig Perez .


November 14, 2008 - The Morning Show
Host Aimee Alison interviews Victoria Leon Guerrero


October 9, 2009 – Democracy Now!
Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup on Pacific Island

The United States is planning an enormous $15 billion military buildup on the Pacific island of Guam. The project would turn the thirty-mile-long island into a major hub for US military operations in the Pacific in what has been described as the largest military buildup in recent history. We speak with Julian Aguon, a civil rights attorney from the Chamoru nation in Guam. [includes rush transcript]


October 13, 2009 – Asia Pacific Forum

Military Buildup on Guam

Hope Cristobal & Sabina Perez

We take a look at the future of the island of Guam, where the United States military plans to spend $16 billion dollars to expand military facilities there. Some have called it the largest military buildup that the US has ever undertaken. As part of the build-up, the US military plans to move thousands of soldiers from the Japanese island of Okinawa and South Korea there, turning Guam into the largest base for its operations in the Pacific. The indigenous people of Guam, the Chamorros currently make up 37% of the population.


October 22, 2009 – Chicago Public Radio Worldview Series

The Legacy of American Empire: Guam
Interviewee: Tina Delisle was born and raised in Guam. She is a historian who has studied the relationship

between U.S. Navy wives and the Chamorros in the early 1900's.


December 12, 2009 – NOW on PBS
The Marines Are Landing

Over the next five years, as many as 30,000 servicemembers and their families will descend on the small island of Guam, nearly tripling its presence there.

It's part of a larger agreement that the U.S. signed with Japan to realign American forces in the Pacific, but how will this multi-billion dollar move impact the lives and lifestyle of Guam's nearly 180,000 residents?

This week, NOW on PBS travels to the U.S. territory of Guam to find out whether their environment and infrastructure can support such a large and quick infusion of people, and why the buildup is vital to our national security.


May 24, 2010 – Democracy Now!
Start at: 42:10
From Japan to Guam to Hawai’i, Activists Resist Expansion of US Military Presence in the Pacific

In Japan, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama sparked outrage this weekend when he announced he has decided to keep an American air base on the island of Okinawa. Before last year’s historic election victory, Hatoyama had vowed to move the base off of Okinawa or even out of Japan. On Sunday, he said he had decided to relocate the base to the north side of the island, as originally agreed upon with the US. Hatoyama’s decision was met with anger on Okinawa, where 90,000 residents rallied last month to oppose the base. A number of activists opposed to US military bases were recently here in New York for the International Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World. Anjali Kamat and I spoke to three activists from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i: Kyle Kajihiro, Kozue Akibayashi and Melvin Won Pat-Borja


July 12, 2010 – Letters to Washington

Start at: 00:41:40
Mitch Jesserich interviews LisaLinda Natividad on the strategic importance of Guam in the militarization of the Asia-Pacific and the release of the DEIS – Draft Environmental Impact Report on the military buildup in Guam.


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1 comment:

achakma said...

Many wonderful interviews articulating the issues and concerns that have now come to pass. Interesting to note the difference in the levels of discussion depending on the knowledge or skill of the interviewer.

We see/hear in these reports the new leadership now emerging on our island giving voice advocating to sustain our island, our culture, the Chamorro people, and all the people of Guam.

I hope we can continue to build on this broadcast work, educating & informing the American citizens and our Chamorro diaspora who do have access to US congressional representatives. It is a miasma of agencies, task forces, desks, offices, bureaus, committees, etc., but congressional officials have direct control of the policies & purse strings affecting our islands.

Those of us in the continental US can support this work by linking broadcasters to the people in Guam speaking to the issues, as well as people in the movement here. Creating a presence on the airwaves broadens the exposure to our story. It can be a very effective tool!


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