Historic CHamoru self-determination march held

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From the front field of Adelup to the U.S. District Court, hundreds of people gathered together in solidarity to march in support of the idea of CHamoru self-determination. Photo by Josh Tyquiengco

September 2, 2019 will go into history as the day Guam held its largest march for self-determination. No matter what political status, affiliation or ideology is favored, event organizers say the Fanohge: March for CHamoru Self Determination is the way for everyone to move forward.

From the front field of Adelup to the U.S. District Court, hundreds of people gathered together in solidarity to march in support of the idea of CHamoru self-determination.

The peaceful and lawful march was organized by former Congressman and University of Guam President Dr. Robert Underwood. As the crowd rallied together with a giant Guam flag held up from various members of the community, Underwood injected energy into his words, saying a promise made should be a promise kept.

“We’re not here to deny people a right. We’re here to fix a wrong. They said it was over. Is it over? No! They said the time has passed for the CHamoru people. Has that time passed? No! Ahet!” Underwood said.

Underwood stresses that Guam is made up of different people from all walks of life and around the world that want a peaceful resolution to the issue of self-determination.

“We are the people of Guam who look out for each other. Who respect each other. Who understood that the CHamoru hospitality and the Håfa Adai Spirit was not an invitation to deny a fundamental right to choose a political future,” Underwood said.

The march was supported by three different task forces representing independence, statehood and free association, as well as different businesses, organizations and families who share the common belief that the pursuit for CHamoru self-determination is a very important step toward a better future for Guam.

“Maila! Come with us. Fanohge! Kahulo! Kalamten! Move forward with one clear voice that will not be silenced,” Underwood said.