Monday, August 28, 2017

Independence Meetings for August

Independent Guåhan’s educational outreach continues in Dededo and with their monthly General Assembly returning to Hagåtña

For Immediate Release, August 25, 2017 – 

Independent Guåhan (IG) continues their efforts to educate the island community about the possibilities for Guåhan should it become an independent country, with two educational outreach opportunities in the last week of August. The first, a village meeting, will take place at the Dededo Senior Citizens’ Center on Wednesday, August 30th from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. The second, the latest in their monthly General Assemblies (GA) will be held on Thursday, August 31st from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. at the main pavilion of the Chamorro Village in Hagåtña. Both events are free and open to the public. 

Over the summer, IG held a series of successful village meetings in Malesso’, Chalan Pågo and Toto, drawing more than 150 people total. Under the leadership of Melvin Won Pat-Borja, IG will continue this village-based outreach in Dededo on the 30th. These village meetings are meant to provide a faninåyan space, where attendees are able to ask basic questions and receive an introduction to decolonization and independence as a possibility for Guåhan.  

On the last Thursday of each month IG holds its monthly GA, which features news about group activities and educational presentations. This month’s GA will focus on how an independent Guåhan can establish sustainable retirement planning for its residents by looking at models from other countries. IG will also honor the late Senator Paul Bordallo as our monthly Maga’taotao or outstanding person. Bordallo was a strong supporter of independence for Guåhan and also instrumental in passing laws such as the Chamorro Land Trust and defeating the US military’s efforts to militarize Sella Bay in the 1970s.

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