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Transcript of Statehood
THE FATE OF GUAM
RESTS IN YOUR HANDS
Political Status of being a state of the U.S.
is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory.
Free Association: Guam becoming a Freely Associated States will grant the island self-government under international law
Guam residents who are U.S. citizens will be
to vote for the U.S. president and vice president.
As a state, Guam will have authority to set up its state government
As a state, Guam will be adequately defended by the U.S. armed forces from external threat or hostile invasion.
Small population of Guam may have negative side affects
Guam has specific needs for education that cannot be fulfilled by structuring Guam's education like the U.S.
Guam's other systems; judicial etc may not benefit from structures like the U.S.
Became a territory of the U.S. with the signing of the Treaty of Paris of 1898.
Successful lobbying leads to the the signing of Organic Act of Guam in 1950.
I Mina Tresse Na Liheslaturan Guåhan passed.
Constitutional Conventions convene.
Commision on Self-Determination formed.
Chamorro Registry/Decolonization Registry formed.
History of Guam's Political Status
What is a Plebiscite?
A vote by which people of the island of Guam express their opinion on an issue; either for or against a proposal.
Only people 18 years or older, with Chamorro lineage dating back to Chamorros who've lived on Guam since April 11, 1899
o FULL INTEGRATION with the U.S.
o STATE SOVEREIGNTY/AUTONOMY
o NATIONAL DEFENSE
o CIVIL RIGHTS
o VOTE IN NATIONAL ELECTION
o VOTING REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS
“Life for any human, for any group of people, is meaningful only when
one’s own decisions matter
, and when one’s own choices are made in a free environment.
Land issues, reparations concerns, cultural expressions, and educational reform
for the Chamorro people really add up to self-determination. Without this process there can be little else.”
—Laura Souder-Jaffery and Robert Underwood, July 1987
Guam loses it's connection to United States
It will affect the relationship between Guam and the U.S. Military
Guam can make decision on it's own without the U.S. Approval
Enhance the native culture
Guam becoming a sovereign nation
Recognized at UN General Assembly
Still maintain ties with U.S.
Can create more ties with countries
Possibility of losing ties with U.S.
Maintaining an individual economy