Independent Guåhan organizing Teach-In to discuss the UN’s role in Guåhan’s decolonization

Independent Guåhan

For Immediate Release, May 20, 2019 – Although Chamorus have been traveling to the United Nations in New York to testify on the state of affairs in Guam since 1982, many people on Guam today seem to know little about this global body. As part of their regular educational outreach, Independent Guåhan is organizing a Teach-In on Thursday, May 23rd,from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at UOG Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 106. The Teach-In is titled “The U.N. and Us/U.S.: The UN’s Role in Guåhan’s Decolonization.” This event is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed via Independent Guåhan on Facebook. 
 
In October 2017, Independent Guåhan helped organize a historic delegation of 12 individuals who testified before the UN Fourth Committee in New York. This delegation was joined by GovGuam representatives including then Governor Calvo, who urged the United Nations and United States to assist the people of Guam with their quest for decolonization. Since this trip there has been renewed community interest in what role, if any, the United Nations is meant to play in assisting Guam towards self-governance and decolonization. 
 
This Teach-In will discuss the UN’s Committee on 24 and Fourth Committee, where representatives from Guam are invited to testify each year in New York or at regional seminars. The Fourth Committee however is only one part of the larger UN infrastructure. The goal for this Teach-In is to discuss other strategies for engagement aimed at getting Guam’s story out to the world and developing allies in our quest. Finally, the Teach-In will also address funding and fellowship opportunities that Chamorus and others from Guam can utilize to travel to the UN and gain more expertise about its workings. 
 
Presenters for this Teach-In will be Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua (testified as an expert on Guam at the UN Regional C24 Regional Seminar), Manuel Cruz (2018 UN OHCHR Indigenous Fellow from Guam) and Jacob Ashdown (2018 UN OHCHR Indigenous Fellow from Aotearoa).

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua at (671) 988-7106, email independentguahan@gmail.com, or visit www.independentguahan.com.

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