5th Marianas History Conference Day 4 - 6

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Independence Is the Natural Way To Be

A History of Guam’s Resistance to Colonization and Desire for Sovereignty

By Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero and Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Co-Chairpersons, Independence for Guam Task Force

Abstract: Independence is the natural way to be. In Guam’s history, every period of colonization has been met with resistance from CHamorus with a desire for independence and sovereignty. In this presentation, the co-chairpersons for the Independence for Guam Task Force will provide a brief history of this resistance to colonization and the desire and need for decolonization that persists. They will also illustrate how independence is the next logical step in Guam’s political evolution. Independence is the most equitable way to engage with other nations without being made subservient to them or prioritizing their needs over our own. This presentation will share how achieving sovereignty will allow the people of Guam to join our mañe’lu across the Pacific, and the world, as an independent nation.

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