Discussions About Guam Political Status Accompany FestPac

Public invited to hear experts, activists discuss decolonization

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 23, 2016) – Experts and activists will offer their thoughts and opinions on Guam’s future political status during a series of discussions at the University of Guam over the next two weeks.

Delegates participating in the Festival of Pacific Artsas well as residents are invited to attend the discussions, titled the “Decolonization Discussion Series.”

The Festival of Pacific Arts Workshops Committee, Guam Community College and UOG are sponsoring the series.

Discussions will take place May 24, May 26, May 31 and June 2 in UOG’s CLASS Lecture Hall at 6 p.m.

The following is a list describing the topic of the panels, as well as the panelists and moderators for each discussion. The information was provided in a governor’s office press release.

  • May 24 — Panel Discussion 1: “Statehood and Integration in the 21st Century Pacific: Realities, Advantages, Struggles, and Lessons Learned”

Description: The discussion will present an examination of the political status option of statehood and integration into an independent state.

Panelists: Former Sen. Edward Duenas (chairperson, Guam Statehood Task Force), Ron McNinch (professor, University of Guam), attorney Melody Mackenzie (Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, Hawai’i), and Carlyle Corbin (international adviser on governance and decolonization expert, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Moderator: Professor J. Peter Roberto

  • May 26 — Panel Discussion 2: “Case Examples of Free-Association in the 21st Century Pacific: Realities, Advantages, Struggles, and Lessons Learned” 

Description: This panel discussion will present an examination of the political status option of being freely associated with an independent state.

Panelists: Joe Garrido (chairperson of the Guam Free Association Task Force), attorney Roman Bador (Republic of Belau), attorney Mark Short (Cook Islands), and Carlyle Corbin (international adviser on governance and decolonization expert, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Moderator: Deeann Choffat

  • May 31 — Panel Discussion 3: “Case Examples of Political Independence in the 21st Century Pacific: Realities, Advantages, Struggles, and Lessons Learned” 

Description: This panel discussion will present an examination of the political status option of becoming a sovereign, independent state.

Panelists: Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero (co-chair, Guam Independence Task Force), Matiu Matavai (Samoa), Consulate General Marciano R. De Borja (Philippines Consulate Office, Guam), Carlyle Corbin (international adviser on governance and decolonization)

Moderator: Raymond Lujan

  • June 2 — Panel Discussion 4: “Independence, Free-Association, and Statehood: Implications of Status Options for Guahan” 

Description: This panel discussion will present an examination of the three political status options of statehood or integration; free-association with an independent state; and becoming a sovereign, independent state.

Panelists: Former Sen. Edward Duenas (chairperson, Guam Statehood Task Force), Joe Garrido (chairperson, Guam Free Association Task Force), Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero (co-chair, Independence Task Force), and Carlyle Corbin (international advisor on governance and decolonization expert, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Moderator: Lisa Marie Baza and LisaLinda Natividad

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