Independent Guåhan hosts Discussion on Struggle for War Reparations
January 3, 2017 — Last month, our island received word that U.S. Congress finally passed legislation to pay war reparations to Guam’s living World War II survivors, and to the immediate family members of those who died during the war.
For decades, our people have fought for reparations. And most of our war survivors who would have been eligible to receive them have passed in the 75 years since Japan invaded Guam. They and their families will never be compensated for what they lost during the war. Thus, the announcement of reparations finally passing Congress was bitter-sweet for our community. Particularly when it became clear that Guam’s war survivors will be paid with funds that were already supposed to go to the Government of Guam for hosting the military — Section 30 Funds. Guam’s Section 30 revenues mostly come from the taxes from U.S. Federal employees and retirees living on Guam.
Independent Guåhan will host an educational discussion (teach-in) on Guam’s struggle for War Reparations on January 5, 2017 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.in room 106 of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) building at the University of Guam.
The discussion will focus on:
- The history of Guam’s quest for war reparations;
- The purpose and uses of Section 30 funds;
- Details from the reparations proposal (which currently awaits the U.S. President’s signature) including, how reparations will be paid, when, and to whom.