Guåhan/Okinawa Solidarity Teach-In Feb. 7

by Independent Guåhan, Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, and the Guåhan Coalition for Peace and Justice
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For Immediate Release, January 31, 2018 — Representatives of three organizations - Independent Guåhan, Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, and the Guåhan Coalition for Peace and Justice - attended a solidarity exchange in Okinawa and Tokyo from January 19 through 28, 2018. The representatives were able to bring awareness to ongoing issues in Guåhan, while participating in talks, presentations, and demonstrations. The group of representatives who were hosted by One Love Takae and the No Helipad Takae Resident Society also gained a deeper understanding of the environmental and social challenges experienced in Okinawa from the ongoing occupation and expansion of U.S. military facilities. The organizers and participants all discussed similar community responses, including local efforts to protect limestone forest habitat at Litekyan and the Northern Lens Aquifer and shared efforts to protect the community of Takae and the Yanbaru forest in Okinawa.

Independent Guåhan, Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, and the Guåhan Coalition for Peace and Justice are now collaborating to host a Report Back session on Wednesday, February 7, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSS) Room 106. The Report Back is also part of the monthly teach-in series presented by Independent Guåhan.

In addition to meeting with community groups, the Guam group also gave presentations to students, faculty, and community members at Meio University in Nago City, Okinawa and Tokyo University of Science in Tokyo, Japan. One final highlight for this remarkable trip was a meeting between the Guam group, community members in Okinawa, and representatives of the Foreign Affairs and Defense ministries in Japan. The members of the Guam delegation will provide an overview of the solidarity work they participated in and the community strategies they learned.

For more information, please contact Michael Lujan Bevacqua at mlbasquiat@hotmail.com or 671-988-7106.

Independent Guåhan Mission Statement: Independent Guåhan empowers the Chamoru 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!

Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian (PLSR) Mission Statement: Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian (PLSR) is a direct action group dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural resources in the areas identified for DOD live-fire training on Guam. For more information, please email saveritidian@gmail.com.

Guåhan Coalition for Peace and Justice Mission Statement: Our focus on peace and justice is central in light of the ongoing issue of Guåhan as an unincorporated territory or modern-day colony of the United States. Particular emphasis is made on keeping Guåhan, our island home, safe and sustainable for our children and generations to come. Traditional CHamoru society was matrilineal in structure. Hence, as matriarchs in our community, we feel a personal sense of commitment to ensuring the survival of our people in the midst of colonization.

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