Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Indigenous Politics: Sovereignty in the Marianas Islands

Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond
Tuesdays 4-5pm EDT/1-2pm PST/10-11amHST
88.1 fm, Middletown, CT
Listen online LIVE: www.wesufm.org

On Tuesday, April 22nd, join your host Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, for an episode
examining Chamorro Self-Determination in the US colony Guam and throughout
the Chamorro diaspora. Guam is an island that is part of the chain of the
Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean. It is an organized unincorporated
territory of the United States-one of five US colonial territories with established
civilian government. Guam is listed on the UN list of non-self-governing territories; the island and her people are still eligible to decolonize from the USA under international law.

This episode will include interviews with three different Chamorro activists: Julian Aguon from Honolulu, Hawai`i, Michael Lujan Bevacqua in San Diego, CA, and Sabina Flores Perez from the San Francisco, CA. Julian Aguon is a writer, human rights activist and speaker throughout the Asia and the Pacific region. He is the author of Just Left of the Setting Sun (2005), The Fire This Time: Essays on Life Under US Occupation (2006), and the just-released What We Bury At Night: Disposable Humanity (2008). He is currently a law student at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and a fellow with the East West Center. Michael Lujan Bevacqua is PhD student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, the editor of the Chamorro zine, MinagÄhet, and a co-founder of the Chamorro activist organization, Famoksaiyan.
Sabina Flores Perez is a cultural activist in Guam and in the Bay Area. She is another key organizer of Famoksaiyan who has helped organize several the trips of several Chamorro delegations to testify before the United Nations in New York.
Seasons One & Two now archived online and ready for podcasting:

"Indigenous Politics" is now syndicated weekly on Pacifica-affiliate station
105.3 FM--WETX-LP, "The independent voice of Appalachia" each Thursday
at 8pm (EDT).

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