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May 29, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

Ep. 115 “Women Forging Nets for Demilitarization and Genuine Security, Part I”

Ep. 115 “Women Forging Nets for  Demilitarization and Genuine Security, Part I” (hosted by Dr. LisaLinda Natividad with production assistance of Joy White) was recorded 2/19-25/12 and airs 5/25/12.
The 8th Gathering of the International Women's Network Against Militarism met February 19-25, 2012 in Puerto Rico with the theme “Forging Nets for Demilitarization and Genuine Security.”  The purpose of this gathering was for women to participate in collective analysis and develop strategies to counter the impacts of militarism, military contamination, imperialism and systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, nationality and sexual orientation.
Today’s episode features Part I of the status reports presented by delegates from Hawai’i, Guam (Guahan), Okinawa and Japan.  In Part II next Friday, we will air the reports presented on Vieques-Puerto Rico, the United States, Philippines and South Korea.  To view the collective statement developed through this gathering, go to: www.blog.conciencia-en-accion.org/
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May 13, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

Ep. 113 “Guam Herstory - Women’s Lives, Women’s Stories”

Ep. 113 “Guam Herstory - Women’s Lives, Women’s Stories”  hosted by Desiree Taimanglo Ventura (with production assistance by Daisy Demapan) airs 5/11/12.

In celebration of Mothers Day, this episode features a conversation about the launch of the Guampedia Women in Guam History project.  Guampedia is the online encyclopedia about the history,  culture, environment, and present day society of Guam.  The Women in Guam History project profiles local women who have made significant contributions to our island’s ‘herstory.’  [For more information about this project and traveling exhibition, go to www.guampedia.com]

Program guests are Shannon Murphy (shannonjm@mac.com) , managing editor, and Dominica Tolentino(dominica@guampedia.com), content editor, of the Guampedia Foundation.  They discuss  their experiences growing up in Guam, Guampedia’s efforts to preserve and promote our island's unique history, and the background to the Women in Guam history  project.  They point out that while much of existing work surrounding Guam's historical figures cover the contributions of elite groups and men, there are many women whose contributions have not been recognized.  They emphasize the importance of  a more balanced gender presentation and a broader understanding of  the past and possibilities for the future beyond the context of World War II.

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May 8, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

Ep. 112 “The Rule of Law and Human Rights: The Dreams vs. Reality”

Ep. 112 “The Rule of Law and Human Rights: The Dreams Vs. Reality” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance by Joy White) was recorded 5/3/12 and airs 5/4/12.
This week Guam celebrates Law Day, May 1, a national day set aside to recognize the importance of the commitment to the rule of law.  This year's Law Day theme is "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom".
My program guest is Vice-Speaker and Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam Benjamin J.F. ‘BJ’ Cruz.  During his 30 years of public service he has held a number of important positions in all three branches of government which affords him a unique perspective on the development, implementation and practice of law in Guam. In addition to serving as Chief Justice, he also served as judge in the Superior Court of Guam where he presided over the Juvenile and Family Court for 10 years. He has served in the Executive branch as the federally appointed Commissioner of the Guam War Claims Review Commission; as Governor's Legal Counsel for Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo; as Director of the Guam Liaison Office, in Washington, D.C.; and Assistant Consumer Counsel at the Attorney General’s Office.  In the Legislative branch, he served as Minority Legal Counsel for the 15th and 16th Legislature and is now a four -term senator and Vice-Speaker for the 31st Guam Legislature.  Vice-Speaker Cruz received his Juris Doctor from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1975, and a B.A.in Political Science & Economics from Claremont Men’s College in 1972.
In addition to public service and being involved in various civic and community organizations, he has been a stalwart advocate of the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific to self-determination.  Cruz served as legal counsel/incorporator for the Organization of People for Indigenous Rights (OPI-R) and the PARA-PADA Coalition that opposed the adoption of the Guam Constitution.  He also was a co-founder of the Nuclear-Free Micronesia Organization. While Superior Court Judge he penned two articles, “Human Rights:  The Dreams Vs. Reality” and ‘Chamorro Voting Rights” which were later published by the Political Status Education Coordinating Committee in Hale’-ta, Hinasso’: (Insights: The Chamorro Identity),Vol. I. 1993 and inKinalamten Pulitikat: Sinenten I Chamorro (Issues in Guam's Political Development: The Chamorro Perspective), 1996, respectively.  These articles serve as a touchstone for his reflections as a Chamorro-American on his journey into law and politics, the rule of law, human rights and the dream of political self-determination within the context of global US militarism.
Music selections are “We Shall Overcome” by The People’s Chorus and “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha as sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell in a Tribute to Ted Kennedy.
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May 8, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

Beyond the Fence, Ep. 112

Beyond the Fence, Ep. 112 "The Rule of Law and Human Rights: The Dreams vs. Reality"
I invite you to tune in to Beyond the Fence which airs every Friday at noon on Public Radio Guam-KPRG 89.3 FM, immediately following Democracy Now.  This one hour locally produced program features coverage of public events and interviews with diverse individuals that explore the complexities of the US military presence in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the challenges of building community 'beyond the fence.'
Ep. 112 “The Rule of Law and Human Rights: The Dreams Vs. Reality” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance by Joy White) was recorded 5/3/12 and airs 5/4/12.
This week Guam celebrates Law Day, May 1, a national day set aside to recognize the importance of the commitment to the rule of law.  This year's Law Day theme is "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom".
My program guest is Vice-Speaker and Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam Benjamin J.F. ‘BJ’ Cruz.  During his 30 years of public service he has held a number of important positions in all three branches of government which affords him a unique perspective on the development, implementation and practice of law in Guam. In addition to serving as Chief Justice, he also served as judge in the Superior Court of Guam where he presided over the Juvenile and Family Court for 10 years. He has served in the Executive branch as the federally appointed Commissioner of the Guam War Claims Review Commission; as Governor's Legal Counsel for Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo; as Director of the Guam Liaison Office, in Washington, D.C.; and Assistant Consumer Counsel at the Attorney General’s Office.  In the Legislative branch, he served as Minority Legal Counsel for the 15th and 16th Legislature and is now a four -term senator and Vice-Speaker for the 31st Guam Legislature.  Vice-Speaker Cruz received his Juris Doctor from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1975, and a B.A.in Political Science & Economics from Claremont Men’s College in 1972.
In addition to public service and being involved in various civic and community organizations, he has been a stalwart advocate of the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific to self-determination.  Cruz served as legal counsel/incorporator for the Organization of People for Indigenous Rights (OPI-R) and the PARA-PADA Coalition that opposed the adoption of the Guam Constitution.  He also was a co-founder of the Nuclear-Free Micronesia Organization. While Superior Court Judge he penned two articles, “Human Rights:  The Dreams Vs. Reality” and ‘Chamorro Voting Rights” which were later published by the Political Status Education Coordinating Committee in Hale’-ta, Hinasso’: (Insights: The Chamorro Identity),Vol. I. 1993 and inKinalamten Pulitikat: Sinenten I Chamorro (Issues in Guam's Political Development: The Chamorro Perspective), 1996, respectively.  These articles serve as a touchstone for his reflections as a Chamorro-American on his journey into law and politics, the rule of law, human rights and the dream of political self-determination within the context of global US militarism.
Music selections are “We Shall Overcome” by The People’s Chorus and “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha as sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell in a Tribute to Ted Kennedy.
Audio podcasts of all episodes are available for free and may be downloaded within five days of the original broadcast date by going to the Beyond the Fence program link at www.kprgfm.com or directly to http://kprg.podbean.com/.
Please forward this announcement to your respective networks and encourage listeners to submit their comments on line.  Suggestions for future topics and guests and requests to be removed or added to this contact list may be sent to btf.kprg@gmail.com.
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