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September 20, 2012 @ 12:35 am

Ep. 127 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: One Year After the End”

Ep. 127 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:  One Year After the End” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan) airs 9/14/12.

September 20 marks the first anniversary of the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy which was the official U.S. policy on ‘homosexuals’ serving in the military since  December 21, 1993.  This policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexuals or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian or bisexual persons from military service.  This episode examines the impact of the DADT policy and its repeal on Department of Defense direct and indirect employees and the greater society.

Program guest is Ms. Lisa Kove (  executive director of DODFEDGLOBE, a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) non-profit organization that advocates for and educates about LGBT employees, past and present, service members, civil servants, and aligned corporations to the US Department of Defense. She is a Navy veteran who has worked openly gay  since 1997 inside the Department of Defense, and has over 30 years experience as a service member, consultant, and civil servant. She talks about her enlistment, her forced ‘coming out’, the impacts of DADT, the political context and role of DODFEDGLOBE in the repeal, and the important work that remains to address heterosexism and homophobia. This interview with Ms. Kove in Washington DC was conducted via Skype on September 7.

Many GLBT activists and straight allies argue that the DADT and DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) are unconstitutional.  The program concludes with brief comment from William Pesch (family, a resident of Guam for 36 years and an openly gay attorney, father of two sons and advocate for the same sex union bill that that failed to make it to the floor of the Guam Legislature last year. He talks about what it was like before the DADT policy ---as the son of an officer who eventually became the director of the National Guard, about the role that DOD has played as an agent for social change and equality, and the broader impact of DADT on American society and Guam.

Music selection is “Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Down” by Rachel Tucker. This episode also includes a short segment from a September 20, 2011 broadcast of the public radio program Democracy Now with clips of interviews with individuals affected by the DADT policy.

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September 20, 2012 @ 12:14 am

Ep. 126 “Breaking Convention, Forging Solidarity: Code Pink-Osaka, Japan”

Ep. 126 “Breaking Convention, Forging Solidarity: Code Pink-Osaka, Japan”(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan) was recorded 4/11/12 and airs 9/7/12.

As representatives to the Republican National Convention gathered last week in Tampa, Florida and as representatives to the Democratic National Convention gathered this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, scores of protesters rallied outside these venues to bring attention to various causes, including the foreclosure crisis, the environment, labor conditions, reproductive rights, gay rights and war.

Among the most active anti-war protesters was Code Pink which captured media attention at the Republican National Convention by performing a citizens’ arrest on former Secretary of State  Condolezza Rice for her role in the U.S. led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Code Pink emerged in 2002 out of the efforts of a group of American women to stop the United States from invading Iraq.  Since then it has become an international grassroots peace and social justice movement of women and men who work to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect government resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities ( The name Code Pink plays on the former Bush Administration's color-coded homeland security alerts — yellow, orange, red — that signaled terrorist threats. While Bush's color-coded alerts were based on fear and used to justify violence, the Code Pink alert is a call for people to "wage peace" not war.  There are now dozens of local Code Pink groups throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Program guest is Hisae Ogawa (, a teacher, peace activist, feminist and local coordinator for Code Pink- Osaka, Japan which she founded in 2006. Although she did not participate in the Code Pink protests at the recent national conventions, Ogawa-san has been involved for decades in challenging social conventions of her time in Japan..

Ogawa-san graduated from a college near the Yokota US Air Force Base where she first became  involved in the peace movement through participation in anti-Vietnam War protests.  In this interview she  talks about the American occupation of Japan, the development of her political and feminist consciousness, the origins and objectives of Code Pink and her mission as a local activist, and the emboldening experience as chief translator for the Japanese edition of the book, Dissent - Voices of Conscience:  Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq by Army Colonel (Ret) Ann Wright and former US State Department diplomat Susan Dixon (Koa Books, 2008). She also talks about the Japan funded relocation of US Marines from Okinawa to Guam and the two Guam study tours she has led, including the 2009 visit accompanied by Colonel Ann Wright.  This intervew was conducted April 11, 2012 during  Ogawa-san' second study tour.

Ogawa-san continues her work forging solidarity within Japan and the region.  She will be one of the  presenters at a symposium entitled  “No US Military Control in the Pacific” ---together with representatives from Guahan, Philippines, Korea, and Okinawa --- at the Osaka Social Forum to be held September 15-17 in Osaka, Japan.

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September 13, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

Ep. 125 “The SSHS Congressional Candidates Forum”

Ep. 125 “The SSHS Congressional Candidates Forum” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Joy White) was recorded 8/29/12 and airs 8/31/12.

September 1 is Guam’s Primary Election. The Guam Election Commission is predicting a 44 percent turnout of 49,120 registered voters.  The race to watch is the one for the Democratic nomination for the Guam Delegate seat. This Primary Election will remove two Democratic delegate candidates from the race. Incumbent Madeleine Bordallo, running for her sixth term and a ‘consistent’ supporter of the military buildup, and newcomer candidate Karlo Dizon, advocating economic self-sufficiency and a ‘new way forward’ are in competition for the Democratic nomination. Write-in candidate Patrick Iriarte is also vying for this nomination, but only one Democratic Delegate candidate will make it onto the General Election Ballot.

Today’s episode features excerpts from the Congressional Candidate Forum held Wednesday evening, August 29, at the Yigo Gymnasium.  For the first time Democratic candidates Bordallo and Dizon,  Republican candidate Frank Blas, Jr. and Independent candidate Jonathan Diaz faced off in a shared venue.  Mr. Iriarte did not participate in the forum.

This two hour forum was organized by the Simon Sanchez High School  (SSHS) Advance Placement Government students of Mr. Andre Baynum ( and moderated by student Anna Capati.  Students posed questions regarding four major issues ---education, the self-determination vote, the Jones Act and the military buildup.  This episode highlights each candidate's opening and closing statement and response to questions 2 and 4:

Question 2 [posed by student Sheena Subido]: This is a question regarding the Chamorro-only vote, or self-determination vote. The eligibility of those who can vote is said to be justified because of the historic occurrences which resulted in Guam’s natives being unable to have a say during foreign rule.  Today, about 43% of the people who call Guam home are Chamorro; however, it also has a very diverse ethnic population not of Chamorro descent, whose voices will not be heard.  The 15th Amendment guarantees our right to vote regardless of race or color.  Do you think the Chamorro only vote is sensible, fair, and in accordance with the American principles on which our government was founded upon?  Do you have other solutions to create compromise among all those who want to vote?

Question 4 [posed by student Dereck Cruz]: The relocation of military personnel from Okinawa to Guam is a major issue that is constantly in flux. The number of Marines has been reduced from 8,000 to around 5,000, and the budget granted by the Federal government now faces sequestration.  The build up is  a project that we, as an island, do not have much say over.  As a Congressional representative, what will you do to balance Guam’s preservation of culture and the impending economic situation the military buildup is supposed to bring?

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September 11, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

Ep. 123 “Connecting the Dots: The Uprisings in Guahan, Kauai, and Jeju”

Ep. 123 “Connecting the Dots:  The Uprisings in Guahan, Kauai, and Jeju”  (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan ) airs 816/12.

My program guest is Koohan Paik ( who is a writer,  filmmaker and international activist whose work focuses on the militarization of Asia and the Pacific region and forging connections among resistance communities. Koohan grew up in California, Korea and Guam where her naturalized Korean-American father practiced law for many years. She is co-author with Jerry Mander, director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), of a book entitled The SuperFerry Chronicles:  Hawaii’s Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism and the Desecration of the Earth (Koa Books, 2009).  She also teaches video production at Kauai Community College.

In June 2012 Koohan fulfilled a lifelong dream to return to South Korea and visit Jeju Island, a UNESCO world heritage site and remarkable model for island sustainability.  For the past several years villagers from Gangjeong, on Jeju, have been protesting the construction of a joint South Korean-U.S. Navy base.  In this interview she shares her childhood memories growing up in Korea and Guahan, observations about the emergence of resistance to the military buildup in Guahan, highlights lessons learned in Kauai as documented in the Superferry Chronicles, and discusses what is at stake in the Jeju Island struggle.

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September 11, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

Ep. 122 “Ancestral Lands and Liberation”

Hafa adai and welcome to this Liberation Day episode of Beyond the Fence.

Although many islanders were eventually able to return to their ancestral lands and rebuild their homes and lives after Liberation Day, when Uncle Sam returned  to Guam, the  US military objective became to make Guam into a 'Gibralter of the Pacific", that is not only a logistical and opertional base but also a secure link for command, control, communicationsand intelligence functions throughout the Asian rimland and the western Pacific.  This resulted in extensive land alienation often through defective land condemnations. By the beginning of 1950, just before the Organic Act altered federal land policies, the property controlled by the federal government through ownership or leases was 58 percent of the island.

While the Japanese occupation ended in 1944, the complicated struggle to establish ancestral property rights and for families to regain lands purchased or taken for military purposes continues today.

On today's program we look at the role and function of the Guahan Ancestral Lands Commission (GALC) in the ongoing struggle for ancestral lands through an interview with Mr. David Camacho.  Through Mr. Miachel Unsiog we learn something about the experience of one of three families whose land was deeded back to them in June 2012.  And through the poerty and memories of Fania Castor weremember all those families on Guam who continue to wait for the liberation and return of their ancestral lands.

Stay tune for this and more.

In April 1995, the Department of Defense officially declared 8,200 acres of federally controlled properties as ‘excess lands’ that are no longer needed by the U.S. military. The Guåhan Ancestral Lands Commission (GALC) was established by Guam Public Law 25-45 to pass title of federal excess lands, once returned to Government of Guam, back to original landowners or their heirs.  Guam Public Law 25-178 sets the missions, mandates, powers and jurisdiction of the Commission in processing claimant applications for Deed of Title.  My firs giues is Mr. David Camcho. Deputy Director of Land Managment which ovesees the Guahan Ancestral Lands Commission.

On June 27, 2012, dozens of family members representing the Camacho, San Nicolas,  and Unsiog families attended a deed signign cermony held by the Ancestral Lands Commission which returned hundreds of acres of land to these families.  The Camacho family's land is near the the Naval Radio Barrigada faciliity , the San Nicolas land is near Lost Pond in Dededo, and the Unsiog property is in the Sasa areaof Pitii Village in Apra Harbor.

My next guest is Michael Unsiog who is the spokesperson for the family of Tomas Unsiog Unsiog  and Regina Terlaje Unsiog of the "kika Clememente" clan.  Tomas Unsiog was 14 years old when his family land was taken by the federal government yet later joined the US Army.  In 1995 when the fedreral governmet deemed the ladn ""excess' it was transferred to the Goverment of Guam and placed under the administration of the Guam Port Authority.  Since then Tun Tomas Unsion tenaciously pursued this land claim but tpasssed away before he could witness its return to the family.

If you have just tuned in, I'm Vivian Dames and you are listening to Beyond the Fence.  In recognition of LiberationDay tomorrow, our topic is "Ancestral Lands and Liberation'?"  In the first segment of the program we spoke with Mr. Dabdi Camcho with the Guahan Ancestral Lands Commission and Mr. Michael Unsiog, spokesperson for the Unsiog family, one of three families who signed deeds last month reclaiming their ancestral lands.

Our next guest is Fanai Castro, a native daughter of the Marianas, artist and poet.  She was one of the featured poets at an event a onJune 30, 2012, sponsored by the Guam Humanities Councll entitled "Reading the Fence" .  Our conversation with Fanai begins  with a reading of her poem "WWAD" or What Would Anghet Do?   This is in reference to Angel(Anghet)  Santos,  an Air Force  veteran, spokesperson for the Chamoru Nation.  and three term senator who became well known for his  highly publicized protests including civil disobediance, to draw attention to land and related environmental issues. He lost his bid for Governor in the 1998 Democrat primary to Carl Gutierrez, who was elected Governor and his Lt. Governor,Madeleine Bordallo, now Guam's Delegate to Congress,    In 2000 he served six months in a federal prisonfor volating ia court order to stay off US Air Force land he claimed belonged to his grandfather. He died in July 2003 at the age of 44.  Here is a reading by  Fanai Castro of "WWAD" or "What Would Anghet Do?"

Fanai Castro is the hagan-haga or blood daughter of Rosario Blaz Cruz and Francisco Rivera Castro.  Through her grandmother, Fanai has ties to land  in central Guam taken by the US military for use as a munitions dump then later by the Government of Guam for the Ordot dump.  Through her grandfather Francisco Rivera Castro, she has ties to Jinapsan, Tarague, breathtakinlgy beautiful oceanside land in northern Guam which is landlocked by the National Wildlife Refuge on one side and Anderson Air Force Base  on the other.  Tan Rosario, the saina and matriarch of this Cruz clan,  passed away on July 2 five days before this interview.

Fanai, welcome to Beyond the Fence.  And condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved grandmother.

Un dangkula na si Yu'os ma'ase to our program guests,  Mr. David Camacho representing Guahan  Ancestral Lands Commission, Michel Unsiog and Fanai Castro.  We wish you a reflective  Liberation Day 2012.

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September 5, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

Ep. 118 “Dual Compensation through Leave Sharing for GovGuam Employees on Military Deployment

Ep. 118 “Dual Compensation for Government of Guam Employes on Military Deployment, Part I” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan) airs 6/22/12.

Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since 9/11 and the launch of the War on Terrorism,  federal authorities have increasingly called upon National Guard and the reserve components to serve as backup for regulars.  No longer just ‘weekend warriors’, almost half of the US military force today is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. Government of Guam employees represent about 17% of the local Guard and Reserves.  Of the 600 members of the Guard to be deployed to Afghanistan in January 2013, about 30% are Government of Guam employees.

Since the passage of P.L. 26-134 in 2002 (sponsored by Senator Frank B. Aguon), which extended participation in the leave sharing program to National Guard members and Reservists, the Government of Guam has evolved the most generous public sector leave practice for military service in the country.  Current practice allows for ‘double dipping’ which serves as a strong incentive for voluntary deployments at an increasing cost to Guam taxpayers.  How did this happen? What is the impact on critical public services and the Government of Guam budget? Can Guam afford to continue this ‘customary‘ generosity which goes beyond what is required by federal law or is practiced in other US jurisdictions?

Today’s episode is the first of a three part series that explores these questions.

Our first guest is Major Josephine M.P. Blas ( Program Administrator, Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Guam-CNMI (recorded 6/21/12). Major Blas, who worked for the federal government then the Government of Guam prior to joining the Guard full-time, discusses the role and functions of the ESGR, what is required of employers by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Government of Guam leave sharing policy.  [For more information about USERRA, go to or call the local ESGR office at 671-735-0456]

In the second half, Ms. Benita Manglona (, Director of the Department of Administration, and Mr. Shane Ngata ( acting Human Resources administrator, discuss the policy framework that has evolved over the past decade that allows paid leave for military service and the impacts on affected agency personnel, services and budgets. Ms. Manglona, also former director of the Bureau of Budget Management and Research, is a member of the Governor’s Cost-Cutting Task Force which was just convened at the time of this May 2012 interview; Mr. Ngata is a member of the Benefits Committee of this task force.

Music selection is "Warrior" from a recruitment music video by Kid Rock and the Army National Guard now playing in theaters across the country, including Guam.

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