Starting in March, the Fanohge Coalition will be holding a monthly webinar series, where different organizations that make up their members will have the opportunity to share their work with the island community.
The first Fanohge Forum will feature the work of Independent Guåhan and is titled “Voices for Decolonization.” This forum will feature a diverse panel of speakers who will all share their thoughts on why decolonization is an essential process that the island must undergo as it looks to the future.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 4th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and be livestreamed on the Facebook pages for the Fanohge Coalition and Independent Guåhan. Other groups are planning future Fanohge Forums include Prutehi Litekyan, the Guam Youth Congress, Talaya Micronesia, GCC Ecowarriors and the Micronesian Climate Change Alliance.
As part of its further outreach, the Fanohge Coalition has sent letters to both Speaker Therese Terlaje and Guam delegate Michael San Nicolas, seeking to set up meetings in the near future.
These meetings will be an opportunity for the Fanohge Coalition to share the community-based work of its member organizations and also lobby for Guam’s elected leaders to continue to support movements towards justice, especially in terms of self-determination for the Chamoru people and political status change for Guåhan.
Speaker Terlaje’s office has responded positively and will be working with the Fanohge Coalition to organize an informational briefing for the 36th Liheslaturan Guåhan in the near future.
Delegate San Nicolas’ office has been closed to the public each time an attempt has been made to deliver his letter (due to the pandemic). His office has also not responded to emails or phone calls to the number listed at his closed office (voicemail is consistently full). The Fanohge Coalition will continue to reach out to Delegate San Nicolas and his staff.
For more information or if you have any questions, follow the Fanohge Coalition on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/fanohgecoalition), email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua at 988-7106.
The Fanohge Coalition is a diverse network of 38 community organizations, nonprofits and small businesses that are unified in supporting the right of the CHamoru people to self-determination and the need for Guam to change its political status to something fair and equitable. The Coalition formed last year to help promote these issues during the 2020 campaign season and intends to continue this work throughout 2021.
(Fanohge Coalition News Release)