“We the People Project” Seeks Equal Representation for Residents of U.S. Territories


Guam –  Former Guam resident Neil Weare is in Guam this week to launch a new organization, We the People Project, that is dedicated to achieving equal rights and representation for the 4.7 million Americans who live in U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Weare, a civil rights attorney, is a graduate of Southern High and Yale Law School.  He also represented Guam in the 2004 Athens Olympics.  As President and Founder of We the People Project, he is lead counsel in a groundbreaking case, Tuaua v. United States, that addresses the constitutional rights of people born in U.S. territories.

On Tuesday, May 14,  Weare will be the keynote speaker at a public forum hosted by the University of Guam entitled “Realizing the Dream: Equal Rights and Representation Wherever You Live.”  His talk will address the need for a new civil rights movement centered on achieving equal rights for the residents of U.S. territories and DC. The event will be held at 5:00pm in the University of Guam CLASS Lecture Hall.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at noon, Weare will give an address to the Guam Bar Association at the Justice Monessa G. Lujan Appellate Courtroom in the Guam Judicial Center.  His talk will focus on Tuaua v. United States, a federal lawsuit examining whether the Citizenship Clause of the Constitution applies in U.S. territories.  Tuaua may provide an opportunity for the Supreme Court to reexamine the Insular Cases, a series of Plessy-era decisions that have been criticized as establishing a doctrine of “separate and unequal” for the residents of U.S. territories.  CLE credit will be available for Guam attorneys, and there will be a $25 administrative fee for attendants.

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, there will be a fundraising event from 5:30-8pm at Club Denial in Tumon to help support We the People Project’s efforts to achieve equal rights and representation for Guam.  The suggested contribution is $25. 

“We the People Project is an exciting new effort to achieve equal rights and representation for the people of Guam and other U.S. territories.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to have our public launch here in Guam.  Anyone who doubts whether the people of Guam deserve equal rights and representation should take a look at the service and sacrifice of our National Guard members who are proudly serving their country and defending democracy overseas in Afghanistan.” Weare said.

Weare added, “4.7 million Americans lack equal rights and representation simply because they live in a U.S. territory or the District of Columbia.  Working together, we can build a new civil rights movement that will help bring an end to this second-class treatment.  Our rights as Americans should be the same, no matter where we live.”     

Weare is also promoting We the People Project’s Equal Rights Pledge, where residents of Guam can show their support for equal rights and representation for the island.  The pledge can be signed online at http://www.equalrightsnow.org/equal_rights_pledge.

People interested in supporting We the People Project with a financial contribution may make a secure online donation at https://wethepeopleproject.nationbuilder.com/make_a_donation.

More information about We the People Project is available at www.equalrightsnow.org.  We the People Project is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/wethepeopleproject) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/equalnow).

For more information about this week’s events on Guam, visit http://www.equalrightsnow.org/event_calendar or see the attached flyers.