On April 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the field in front of Adelup, the Respect the Chamoru People Rally will take place. It’s free and open to the public. It will feature speakers, music, poetry and dance — all focused on the need to respect the Chamorro people today, celebrate their presence in this world and help protect their basic human rights. Full disclosure: I am one of the members of the community who is helping to organize this event.
Mes Chamoru — Guam’s annual month-long celebration of Chamorro culture, language and history — has been overshadowed by a number of blatantly disrespectful acts against the Chamorro people. From military expansion into lands sacred to the Chamorro people, to court cases challenging the Chamorro right to self-determination and even potential threats to the Chamorro Land Trust, it is easy to forget that Guam has long been and should continue to be, i Tano’ i Chamorro, the homeland of the Chamorro people.