[News] Guam says "No Deal!" to US Military Buildup
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Sun Jan 10 12:39:35 EST 2010
The U.S. military currently is conducting public hearings on its
draft environmental impact statement for its military buildup in Guam
and the Northern Marianas islands. At the first hearing, residents
overwhelmingly opposed the plan. Here is a powerful testimony by
prophet-poet Melvin Won Pat-Borja, a former mentor with YouthSpeaks
Hawai'i who now teaches in Guam.
Description from the YouTube page:
Melvin Won Pat-Borja, representing the community organization "We Are
Guahan" presents his official testimony against the U.S. Military's
plans to transfer thousands of marines from Okinawa to Guam. The
Department of Defense has published a draft of the Environmental
Impact Statement (DEIS) detailing their plans. The DEIS is about
11,000 pages long, and the public only has until February 17, 2010 to
submit comments on the document.
"We Are Guahan" is a group of community members dedicated to reading
and disseminating information in the DEIS to the public, including
details of the devastating effects of the military buildup on the
island's culture, water sources, coral reefs and marine habitats,
family lands, historical and archeological sites, and social
environment. Furthermore, despite common belief that the buildup will
benefit Guam's economy, the DEIS reveals that majority of new jobs
and contracts will be given to off-island workers and companies.
Most importantly, the U.S. military's decision is a blatant violation
of human rights for Guam's residents, who have not been allowed to
participate in any aspect of the buildup plans. "We Are Guahan"
encourages everyone, in and outside of Guam, to stay informed about
the military buildup! Read the EIS and make your voice heard! You can
submit comments online, by mail, or in person at public hearings.
For more information, please visit
si Debbie Quinata
I Nasion Chamoru
P.O. Box 6132
Merizo, Guam 96916
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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