Democratic National Convention Approves Guam Planks in Party Platform

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Guam –  The National Democratic Party Platform includes a number of planks specific to Guam.

In a release, the leader of the Guam Delegation, Senator Rory Respicio says that the platform contains a plank calling for a partnership with Guam’s people with respect to the military buildup; there is also mention of fair treatment for Guam and the other territories in all federal programs, and the platform recognizes the right of Guam to seek self-determination.

The language in the platform is:

“Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. We also recognize and honor the contributions and the sacrifices made in service of our country by the Americans living in the territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. We support full self-government and self-determination for the people of the territories, and their right to decide their future status. We will work as partners to the people of Guam on military matters, and take seriously the unique health care challenges that Pacific Island communities face. For all those who live under our flag, we support strong economic development and will work towards fair and equitable treatment under federal programs.”

READ the release from Senator Respicio in FULL below:

The Democratic National Convention was called to order last night in Charlotte and the Chair of the Guam Delegation, Senator Rory Respicio, said the first day was “both inspiring and productive.”

Respico explained, “The first order of business was the approval of the Democratic Platform which specifically mentions Guam. In the Platform, which has now been adopted, there is a provision calling for a partnership with Guam’s people with respect to military matters including the buildup. “The Platform also backs fair treatment in federal programs for Guam and the other territories, and recognizes our right for self-determination.”

Specifically, the platform states:

“Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. We also recognize and honor the contributions and the sacrifices made in service of our country by the Americans living in the territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. We support full self-government and self-determination for the people of the territories, and their right to decide their future status. We will work as partners to the people of Guam on military matters, and take seriously the unique health care challenges that Pacific Island communities face. For all those who live under our flag, we support strong economic development and will work towards fair and equitable treatment under federal programs.”

Respicio went on to say: “The first day had moments that were truly inspiring, ranging from the tribute to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, to First Lady Michelle Obama’s electrifying speech. It was a profound reminder of what’s at stake in this election for working families, our manamko, and all of those who care about justice and fairness in America, and especially in Guam.”

In addition to the formal convention proceedings, Respicio also noted that the Guam delegation was hard at work promoting Guam and our agenda of priority concerns.
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