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August 31, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

Beyond the Fence Episode #32

Episode 32 Fuetsan Famalao'an (Women’s Strength) - Tiningo’ Famalao’an (Women’s Knowledge), Part II (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames) airs 8/27/10. Fuetsan Famalao'an is a community education and advocacy network mobilized in 2006 in response to the announced plan to relocate US Marines from Okinawa to Guam. Tiningo' Famalao'an is a public service campaign, sponsored by Fuetsan Famalao’an, to develop a series of television and radio messages by girls and women to educate the community about the impacts of the proposed military buildup and to promote strategies for island sustainability, the protection of human rights, and the advancement of social and economic justice. The first set of four messages have been aired on KUAM (Channel 8) , Pacific News Center (Channel 7) and KPRG FM 89. 3.

Our guests represent a wealth of experience in the human services and on both sides of the fence: Sarah Thomas Nededog, a member of the steering committee for Fuetsan Famalao'an and Berni Grajek and Cathy Illarmo, two of the four women featured in the launch of the Tiningo' Famalao'an series. They discuss their concerns regarding the rapid population increase anticipated with the proposed military buildup and potential impacts on health and human services systems.

Ms. Nededog (sarahtn56@gmail.com) is a co-organizer of Fuetsan Famalao'an and wife of a member of the US Army National Guard. She has 33 years of experience in the human services in Guam, both public and private, non-profit sectors. She is the Executive Director of Sanctuary, Inc. and chair of Payu'ta ('our umbrella', in Chamorro, payutainc@gmail.com or www.patuyainc.org) which is sponsoring the first Annual Regional Non-Profit Congress in Guam, August 27-18, 2010 .

Ms. Grajek (berni_grajek@yahoo.com) has 15 years experience as an advocate for persons with disabilities in Guam, especially in the mental health field. Her father was a civilian employee at Andersen Air Force Base, her husband served in the Air Force in Okinawa and her brother, a member of the US Army National Guard, served several tours of duty in the Middle East. Her family is among those whose land was confiscated by the US military for the purpose of "national security' after WWII. Through the Ancestral Land Commission, this property ---which was never used for military purpose --- was recently returned to her family.

Ms. Illarmo (Catherine.Illarmo@va.gov) is a licensed clinical social worker and has 35 years in the public social services sector, with experience working with civilian families, Navy and Air Force personnel and families, and veterans. She is also the wife of a member of the US Army National Guard (retired). Her family owns property in the Pagat area which has been identified by the Department of Defense as the preferred site for the establishment of a live firing range complex. She shares part of her testimony presented at one of the public hearings convened by the Joint Guam Planning Office (JGPO) to solicit comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) released in December 2009.

For more information about Fuetsan Famalao'an and this public service campaign, contact fuetsanfamalaoan@gmail.com.

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August 19, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

Beyond the Fence Episode #31

Episode 31, “Weaving Solidarity: The Art of Filmmaking as an Expression of Support" (hosted by Dr. LisaLinda Natividad) airs Friday, 8/20/10. Featured guests are Jennae Flores and Hermon Farahi, founder of "Artifact" (artifactfilms@gmail.com). an independent research and media production organization, whose mission is to synthesize qualitative social research with documentary media (www.kickstarter.com/projects/psalms133/weaving-solidarity-indigenous-chamorro-movements-a). They have been in the Marianas for the past month to research and document the struggles of the Chamorro people as they confront ongoing militarization and the anticipated impacts of the military buildup. They discuss what motivated them to undertake this project, the philosophical underpinnings of their work and their on-the-ground experience with this stage of research and film-making in the Marianas. See also http://www.vimeo.com/13989552 Pagat Rough Cut for for a segment of their work which also aired on KUAM-TV.

Ms. Flores is a native Chamorro, born and raised on Saipan until the age of 18. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, studying Nursing, Bodywork, Yoga, Traditional Medicine and principles of Holistic Healing. She received her BA in Anthropology & Ethnic Studies, with a minor in Dance. This project represents a culmination of a life-long expedition to revive her ancient, pre-colonial Chamorro & Carolinian culture - obscured by 500 years of continual colonization - and to educate others about the cultural tapestry of her people and the contemporary issues they face.

Mr. Farahi is finishing a MA in Anthropology and International Development at The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC. He holds an MA Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from the prestigious Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at GWU. He has conducted fieldwork on refugee and migration issues in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to researching militarization and indigenous and urban social movements. He is also a musician and photographer.

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August 12, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

Beyond the Fence Episode #30

Episode 30 Fuetsan Famalao'an (Women’s Strength) - Tiningo’ Famalao’an (Women’s Knowledge), Part I (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames) airs 8/13/10. Fuetsan Famalao'an is a community education and advocacy network mobilized in 2006 in response to the announced plan to relocate US marines from Okinawa to Guam. Tiningo' Famalao'an is a public service campaign, sponsored by Fuetsan Famalao’an, to develop a series of television and radio messages by girls and women to educate the community about the impacts of the proposed military buildup and to promote strategies for island sustainability, the protection of human rights, and the advancement of social and economic justice. The first set of four messages air on KUAM (Channel 8) and Pacific News Center (Channel 7) August 5 through August 20, excluding weekends. These messages will also be broadcast on KPRG FM 89. 3 beginning 8/16/10.

Our program guests are Lisa Cipollone, a member of the steering committee of Fuetsan Famalao'an, together with two women featured in the launch of the Tiningo' Famalao'an series, Tan Juanita Cruz and Lynda Bordallo Aguon. Ms. Cipollone (lisa.cipollone@gmail.com) is a chief of staff at the Guam Legislature and a student majoring in Business Administration - Human Resources at the University of Guam. Tan Juanita Cruz is a widow of a US Army veteran and a suruhana (traditional healer). A former resident of Pagat, she is concerned about diminishing access to medicinal plants and freshwater sources. Lynda Bordallo Aguon (lbaguon@yahoo.com) is the first Chamorro to serve as the Guam (State) Historic Preservation Officer, Historic Resources Division, Department of Parks & Recreation. Ms. Aguon holds a BS degree in Anthropology and History from Portland Sate University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Guam.

For more information about Fuetsan Famalao'an and this public service campaign, contact fuetsanfamalaoan@gmail.com. For more information about the related campaign to save Pagat Village, download Episode 20 of Beyond the Fence.

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