Australian activists share solidarity with Guam counterparts
By Mar-Vic Cagurangan
Variety News Staff
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AUSTRALIAN peace activists have shared their solidarity with their Guam
counterparts who are opposing the military buildup and the repositioning of
nuclear-powered submarines at the Naval Base and aircraft carriers at
Andersen Air Force Base.

“The Chamorro people face the prospect of more of their pristine land and
sea areas being polluted and contaminated by the toxic chemicals used by the
military, as is happening here in Shoalwater Bay,” peace activists said in a
statement read at Yeppoon Rockhampton during the June 24 rally against the
joint U.S.-Australia war games billed “Talisman Sabre ’07.”

Thousands of activists participated in the Peace Convergence that opposed
the military exercise held at the Shoalwater Bay training area near central
Queensland. Nasion Chamoru was represented by young Chamorro activist Fanai
Castro.

“These experiences of Gua’han and Gani that Fanai Castro has shared with us
during the Peace Convergence are full of important warnings to all
Australians,” according to a Peace Convergence statement.

“We of the Peace Convergence and the thousands of other Australians who
support us extend our warm solidarity to the Chamorro people and all the
organizations of your island that are struggling against military occupation
and colonization imposed by the U.S.,” the statement added.

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Solidarity message from the Peace Convergence to the Chamorro People of
Gua’han (Guam)
Read at Yeppoon June 24th during the rally against Talisman Sabre 07

The participants in the ‘Peace Convergence’ opposing the Talisman Sabre
07, the US-Australian war games at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area
(SWBTA) send our greetings and solidarity to the Chamorro people of
Gua’han (Guam).

The Chamorro people have maintained a fierce independent spirit despite
exile, oppression and the continued colonisation by the US.

Chamorro lands have been occupied by the USA since 1898 but we have
learnt that more recently the Chamorro people are under the most
sustained pressure on their land since World War 11.

The US military are re-locating marines from Okinawa, Japan to Gua’han
as well as repositioning nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and
submarines there.

The Chamorro face the prospect of more of their pristine land and sea
areas being polluted and contaminated by the toxic chemicals used by the
military, as is happening here in Shoalwater Bay. The lands of Gua’han
and Gani (known as the northern Marianas) belong to the Chamorro people
but they have been divided by US imposed boundaries and land theft.

These experiences of Gua’han and Gani that Fanai Castro has shared with
us during the Peace Convegence period are full of important warnings to
all Australians.

We of the Peace Convergence and the thousands of other Australians who
support us extend our warm solidarity to the Chamorro people and all the
organisations of your islands what are struggling against military
occupation and colonisation imposed by the USA. We promise to inform
our friends and neighbours of the dire consequences of US military
activity on your beautiful islands. We promise to raise with our
politicians the issues of Gua’han and try and get them onto the
Australian Government’s agenda.

We will continue to stand in solidarity with your struggle.
. . . . . . . .

Greeting to Hawaii Activists from the Peace Convergence 2007
Read at the conclusion of the Protests against Talisman Sabre War Games

The participants in the Peace Convergence opposing the Talisman Sabre
2007 US-Australian war games at Shoalwater Bay and the many thousands of
other Australians who support us send warm greetings and solidarity to
the fighting Kanaka Maoli (the indigenous people) of Kapai ‘Aina
(Hawai’i).

We salute and support all the individuals and organisations
participating in the struggle to demilitarise your islands, to win back
your land and restore it after so much military abuse and contamination,
to protect your sacred places, and to maintain your culture.

We look forward to the day when the US illegal occupation of Kapai ‘Aina
is ended and the Kanaka Maoli win back your independence and
sovereignty.

We thank DMZ Hawai’i Aloha ‘Aina for the visit by Terri Keko’olani and
Leimaile Quitevis who have given us so much strength, joy and solidarity
in their short time with us.

We take seriously their warnings that we must win our struggle to end
militarisation because if we do not, Shoalwater Bay and other parts of
Australia will experience the same catastrophes that DMZ Hawai’i and
other organisations are fighting to overcome in Kapai ‘Aina.

The Peace Convergence participants pledge that the link built over these
days between Kapai ‘Aina and Australia in the struggle for peace and
sovereignty will be maintained and that we will always stand in
solidarity with the struggles of the Kanaka Maoli.

The Pacific must be an ocean of peace. Protect our environment! Close
the bases! Stop the war games!

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2 thoughts on “

  1. Hey, here’s to our solidarity bro! (Oh and I just noticed how many chapbooks you have coming out soon from how many different presses: yr 2007 Chapbook Man).

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