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Independence for Guam Task Force

I Manfåyi: Maga’låhi Ahgao

From the book, I Manmañainå-ta: I Manmaga’låhi yan i Manmå’gas ; Geran Chamoru yan Españot  by Eddie L.G. Benavente (2007)

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Matatnga na må’gas Si Ahgao. Sesso di mumu kontra I Españot gi manmaloffan na tiempo. Ma nota gi 13 gi Måyu gi 1672 na såkkan na sumaonao humunta para u fanakonfotma pas ya mandaña’ Si Ahgao, Si Hurao yan un bachet åmko’, yan noskuantos na påle’ yan 27 na sindalon Españot. Manhuhunta gi halom guma’ påle’ pues gotpe ha’ sin hafa rason manmanugon i sindalon Españot ya ma tutuhun manmamamaki. Ma paki Si Hurao yan i bachet na åmko’ gi tatalo’-ñiha. Achapoddong ha’ i dos ya måtai. Guihi ha’ na momento ha laknos I gachai-ña Si Ahgao ya ha difende gui’ kontra i sindålu siha. Sigi di sumeha Si Ahgao esta ki humihot gui’ guatu gi saddok Hagatña ya ayu nai ha yute’ gui’ pappa’ gi halom i hanom yan muñangu para i otro banda. Tåya’ mas madokumenta put hafa humuyong-ña Si Maga’låhi Ahgao gi duranten I Geran Chamoru yan Españot.

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8/25 First General Assembly Meeting

The first monthly General Assembly meeting of the Independence for Guam Task Force will take place this week, Thursday, August 25th from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Main Pavilion in the Chamorro Village in Hagåtña. The public is welcome to attend, merienda will be provided as well as presentations, educational materials and a chance to join the Independence for Guam Task Force in its ongoing educational campaign. A General Assembly meeting of this type will be held each month. This first gathering is in honor of Ed Benavente, a Chamorro language teacher, a former Maga’låhi of Nasion Chamoru, and a fervent supporter of independence for Guam, who passed away last month.

Independence Beach Cleanup

On July 28, 2012 the Independence for Guam Task Force held a beach clean up in West Hagåtña along the Liberation Day Parade Route.
The cleanup began at 6 a.m. at the beach across from the GCIC building. It was one of the first community events that the recently revived Independence Task Force organized, and it reflected an important goal of the group – to work toward a sustainable future for Guam.
“Our group is concerned about the well-being of our community,” said Jon Guerrero, who organized the cleanup. “This beach cleanup will not only help beautify our community, but it will also be a great opportunity to learn more about our right to self-determination, and to learn what independence for Guahan would look like for our community.”
More than a dozen community members also participated in the cleanup and learned more about the need for Chamorro self-determination. The trash was disposed of by the Hagåtña Mayor’s Office.
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Hinangaen-Måmi

Independent Guahan Mission

Independent Guahan empowers the Chamorro people to reclaim our sovereignty as a nation. Inspired by the strength of our ancestors and with love for future generations, we educate and unify all who call our island home to build a sustainable and prosperous independent future.

Fanachu!

Hita La’mon!

(Developed by the Independence for Guam Task Force on July 3, 2016)

I Manfåyi: Paul Bordallo

Although history provides far more attention to his brother Ricardo, who became Governor of Guam, Paul Bordallo was a political and intellectual giant in his own right, and was also a supporter of an independent future for Guam. He served in the 11th and 12th Guam Legislatures and helped inspire one of the most radical periods in that body’s history.  Bordallo led the charge to make Chamorro an official language of Guam, passed the Chamorro Land Trust Act and also protested (and helped defeat) the planned use of Sella Bay for a US Navy ammunition wharf. He also co-authored legislation to establish one of the first political status commissions for Guam, served on the Commission for Self-Determination and was a strong advocate that voting in any political status plebiscite belong to only those who have the historical right to do so.

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Where do the national parties of the US stand on Guam’s decolonization?

How Guam’s Decolonization was Addressed at National Political Party Conventions

FOR IMMEADIATE RELEASE, AUGUST 2, 2016 – Now that the Republican and Democratic National Party Conventions are over, the Independence for Guåhan Task Force (Independent Guåhan) has taken a closer look at the parties’ respective stances on Guam’s decolonization.
Every four years the United States elects a new president. While this election is often represented as an example of the greatness of the United States, for those who live in America’s territories and cannot participate, this election is another example of the limits of American democracy and the realities of our colonial statuses.
 
As the Voice of America, the external broadcasting corporation of the United States, recently reported, for the people in the territories of the US, participation at this level of American democracy ends with the Republican and Democratic National conventions. Although residents of Guam and other territories are allowed to participate in the nomination of candidates for president of the United States, they do not have voting rights and other than Washington D.C., have no electoral college votes.

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Independent Guahan on the Radio

Independent Guahan will be on the radio this week!

Tune into to K57 on August 4th and 5th, 2016

from 10 am – 1 pm

Victoria Leon Guerrero and Michael Lujan Bevacqua, co-chairs of the Independence for Guam Task Force will be on the air leading discussions on decolonization and taking questions about independence for Guam.

Call in to 671-477-5757 or email independentguahan@gmail.com to join the conversation

We Deserve to Be Free

 

“We Deserve to be Free”

Pacific Daily News

June 19, 2016

For two weeks, the eyes of the Pacific turned to Guam as our island and people hosted the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, or FestPac. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn the stories and traditions of more than two dozen other Pacific Island cultures from our great blue continent.

During the closing ceremony of this historic event, delegates from these island nations banded together to make a powerful statement against colonization. Delegates from Guåhan and most of the other island nations who participated tied red or white bands around their arms with personal calls for freedom: “Free West Papua.” “Free Guåhan.” “Free Hawaii.” “Free Rapa Nui.” “Demilitarize Oceania.” “Decolonize Oceania.” And so forth.

If you looked closely at the flag bearer from Aotearoa (New Zealand) or the dancers from Kanaky (New Caledonia), or the aboriginal delegates from Australia, these bands were worn proudly on their arms throughout the ceremony in solidarity with members of the Guåhan delegation, who boldly reminded the crowd that our peoples continue to struggle for the human right to determine our destiny and govern ourselves.

When Guåhan’s delegation paraded the stage, 12 Guåhan delegates unfurled four banners with these words on them: “Decolonize Oceania. Free Guåhan.” And while the banners were met with loud cheers of “Biba!” and “Free Guåhan” from throughout the Paseo Stadium, there were also pockets of silence as the audience read the words and contemplated what they meant.

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