5th Marianas History Conference Day 4 - 6

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Panel: Towards Decolonization

Statehood for Guam

By John Dewey Huffer

Statehood for Guam Task Force

Abstract: Statehood should be considered one of the best options for our social, political and economic future. As a state, the people of Guam would enjoy all the liberties and benefits that they have become accustomed to over the last century. Being a state, allows the people more control over their island and resources. The future is uncertain. With statehood, comes more certainty, fluidity and peace of mind. A stronger relationship with the United States grants more stability, protection and opportunities to grow alongside our American brethren. We can not allow fear of the unknown to cripple our ability to advance society into the future. A French author wrote, “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” -- Andre Gide. Let us continue in the spirit of our ancestors and work to create a better home for our children.

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