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November 28, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

Ep. 135 “The Crises of Our Times and the Challenge of Our Generations”

Ep. 135 “The Crises of Our Times and the Challenge of Our Generations” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan) was recorded 11/27/12 and airs 11/30/12.

This episode features excerpts from a lecture in a University of Guam Social Justice class on November 27, 2012 presented by Michael Leon Guerrero, a native son of Guahan, musician/ songwriter, with almost 30 years of grassroots, national and international organizing experience for global justice.  He is on Guam through December as part of an extended tour through the islands of Micronesia.

Michael Leon Guerrero ( was the Director of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance []from April 2004 until August 2012.  The GGJA is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a popular movement beyond borders for peace,  democracy and a sustainable world. Previous to that he worked for 17 years at the SouthWest Organizing Project where he served as a community organizer, Lead Organizer and Executive Director, supervising organizing efforts in low-income communities throughout New Mexico and organizing campaigns on issues such as environmental justice, corporate accountability and globalization. He is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley and also studied at the National Autonomous University and the National Visual Arts School of Mexico City.  He was an intern with the Minority Activist Apprenticeship program of the Center for Third World Organizing in 1987 and a Youth Action Fellow in 1988. Currently Michael serves on the national board of directors of Jobs with Justice, the New World Foundation, and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.

Our music selection is an original piece entitled “You’re So Money” composed and performed by Michael Leon Guerrero and Full Circle [], a classic rock band based in Los Angeles, California.

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November 22, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

Ep. 134 “Living Along the Fenceline - A Film Documentary”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Joy White) airs 11/23/12.

“Living Along the Fenceline” is a multilingual film documentary co-produced by Rev. Deborah Lee, Gwyn Kirk and Lina Hiroshina ( about seven courageous women who live alongside US bases from South Korea to Puerto Rico. The film explores the common threads in their experience as well as how each challenges the assumption that military bases make them safe and advances alternative ideas of peace and security.

An earlier version of this film was screened locally at the 7th International Meeting of Women Against Militarism held September 2009 and hosted by the Guahan Coalition of Peace and Justice [see].  On September 12, 2012 the Guam Humanities Council sponsored a screening of the completed film with a panel presentation and discussion in conjunction with their  “I Kelat -Between Fences” exhibit [].

In the first half of this episode, we feature a Skype interview (recorded 11/9/12) with Rev. Deborah Lee in Albany, California, followed by excerpts from “Living Along the Fenceline” featuring two women in English speaking communities:  LisaLinda Natividad from Guahan and Teri Keko’olani of Hawai’i.

Rev. Deborah Lee ( is the Program Director of PANA, the Institute for Leadership Development and Study of Pacific Asian North American Religion. She is also involved with the International Women’s Network Against Militarism which seeks to hold the U.S. government accountable for the violence, sexual exploitation, economic and environmental effects of U.S. militarism in the many countries which host U.S. bases. She is a mother and a minister at the New Fellowship, United Church of Christ in Berkeley, California.

In the second part, we provide coverage of the Guam Humanities Council panel presentation with comments from Dr. LisaLinda Natividad, Dr. Christine Delisle, and Ms. Selena Onedera-Salas, and excerpts from the open discussion. Dr. Natividad is the organizer and chair of the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice and occasional host for Beyond the Fence.  Dr. Delisle is a member of the faculty in American Indian Studies, Gender and Women & Studies, and History  at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and curator for the “I Kelat  - Between Fences” exhibit. Ms. Onedera -Salas is engaged in various activities  that promote CHamoru language preservation, protection, and practice and other CHamoru/indigenous rights affairs through storytelling and literary arts.  She is a graduate from the University of Texas-San Antonio with a B.A. in Political Science and a Budget Analyst with the office of Senator Vicente Panagelinan.

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November 16, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

Ep. 133 “The Buildup ‘Do Over’ : SEIS Scoping Meetings for the Guam and CNMI Military Relocation”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan, Marlon Molinos and Joy White) was recorded 11/10/12 and airs 11/16/12.

In May 2012, the Department of Defense announced that because of the adjustments to

the 2006 Realignment Roadmap Agreement relocating U.S. Marine Corps forces from Okinawa, Japan to Guam, the Department of the Navy was expanding the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the live-fire training range complex (LFTRC) on Guam to include an assessment of changes to the number and composition of Marines to be relocated. The adjustments included reducing the originally planned relocation of 8,600 Marines to a force of approximately 5,000 Marines which requires an assessment of potential environmental impacts related to the force reduction, base and family housing, and training requirements.

What this DOD announcement does not mention is that this buildup ‘do-over’ is also the result of the lawsuit filed by We Are Guahan, the Guam Preservation Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation because DOD violated the EPA process by not assessing alternative sites when it proposed Pagat - an ancient Chamorro village - as the preferred site for the live-fire training range complex.

From November 8-10, 2012 , the Joint Guam Program Office (JGPO) conducted three scoping meetings in different locations on Guam seeking public comment on the adjusted plan, especially seven options for the live-fire training range complex which still includes the Route 15 A option, near Pagat Village. Each option has different land requirements. No option is without controversy.

This episode provides brief comments from several individuals representing JGPO, the local government, and the community who attended the final SEIS scoping meeting held November 10 at the University of Guam Fieldhouse.

In the first half, we begin with comments from two representatives of the Joint Guam Program Office in Washington, D.C. - Todd Spitler, Public Affairs Officer, and Dan Cecchini, Environmental Director;  then Judi Won Pat, Speaker of the Guam Legislature; and Victor Torres, Geographic Information Systems Manager, Bureau of Plans and Statistics.

In the second half, we hear from Joey Duenas, member of the Consolidated  Commission on Utilities; Tony Ada, member of the Board of the Ancestral Lands Commission; University of Guam students, Bella Fagota and Leiana Naholowaa; and Joe Quinata, Chief Program Officer, Guam Preservation Trust.

In addition to submitting comments at the scoping meetings, local residents can submit comments online at or by mailing them to JGPO FWD, P.O. Box 153246 Santa Rita Guam 96915.   The deadline for submission of comments is December 10.  The SEIS is anticipated to be completed in 2014; the Record of Decision,  in 2015.

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November 13, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

Ep. 132 “Examining Colonization and Decolonization through the Arts”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan, Marlon Molinos and Joy White)  airs 11/9/12.

The processes of colonization and decolonization are not only political, but psychological, social  and cultural,  mutually shaping identities of both the colonizer and the colonized.  Local theatre and art lovers will have the opportunity to explore these themes of colonization and decolonization in island contexts through two creative productions which open this week and next.

The first is the performance of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare, his final and one of his most beloved masterpieces, which opens  November 8 at the University of Guam Fine Arts Theatre, [Performances are November 8-20, 15-17 at 7 p.m. except November 10 which is a Saturday 2:00 p.m matinee. Tickets may be purchased at the box office: General admission ($7.50), Students ($5.00) and free for UOG/GCC students.]

The second event is the Guam Arts Exhibit  (GAXV) which opens at the Plaza in Tumon Bay on November 15 and runs through December 1. “GAX V” is presented by DFS Galleria and the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency (CAHA), along with sponsors DNA Evolution, the Guam Visitors Bureau, Docomo Pacific and AK Scion.. To view the schedule of events during the two-week art gallery, including Live Art Night, Live Music Night and Poetry Slam, go to: :

Program guests in the first half of the program are Professors Michelle Blas and Jefferson Cronin (recorded 11/5/12). Michelle Blas ( is Guam born and raised and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at her alma mater, the University of Guam.  She is the director of “The Tempest” and was our program guest last April, together with members of the cast of “The Commerce of War - Mother Courage and her Children”, which she also directed.  Jefferson Cronin  (} plays the main character, Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan.  He is a Professor of Theatre, Communications, English and Humanities, University of Maryland University College, a UOG adjunct instructor, and well known figure in local theatre.  Originally from Falls Church, Virginia, he came to Guam in 1993 as artistic director and founder of  Theatre Guam.  He is  a professional actor, director, writer, radio personality, radio and TV producer, newspaper editor, and lover and scholar of Shakespeare.

The Guam Art Exhibit (GAX) has been working for the past four years to build a community that fosters creativity and garners attention for local contemporary art. and thought-provoking and out-of-the-box creations. The Exhibit “GAX V” will showcase commercial artists, painters, illustrators, graffiti artists, sculptors, musicians, and tattoo artists. GAX has been able to reveal a side of local art that some may not have known existed, blurring the line between traditional and contemporary and reshaping our local identity.

Program  guests in the second half are Joshua Agerstrand artist and curator of GAX5 and Jeffry Ejan  one of the featured artists at this exhibit (recorded 11/7/12).  Joshua Agerstrand (, is a illustrator and designer. His work explores themes of death and humor set against a bright, fun tropical color palette which have appeared in books, tee shirts & comics.  Jeffry Ejan ( is a surrealist painter who draws inspiration from common, every day items and circumstances, which he then turns into extraordinary subjects in his artwork. His love of art began at a very young age and consisted of drawing various characters from Japanese cartoons, called anime. It was through drawing these characters that Jeff learned the basic skills he would someday use to create his Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Fear-and-Loathing-in-Las-Vegas signature style.  Both are Guam born,  of Filipino ancestry and explore what it means to be Guam and to be Guamanian.

Music selection is  “The Tempest” by Robert W. Smith. and "babyboomers" by Monsters of Folk.

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November 4, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

Ep. 131 “The National Partisan Divide and the Democratic and Republican Parties on Guam

Ep. 131 “The National Partisan Divide and the Democratic and Republican Parties on Guam:  A Clear Choice?” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Joy White) was recorded 10/29/12 and aired 11/2/12.

Next Tuesday, November 6, Guam voters will be the first in the nation to go to the polls and vote in the General Election, to include a ‘straw vote’ for President, where “America’s Day Begins”

The local Democratic Party is campaigning to re-elect Madeleine Z. Bordallo to her sixth term as Guam’s Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. It also seeks to retain the majority in the 32nd Guam Legislature in order to continue to provide a check and balance to the Republican administration of Governor Eddie Calvo.  The local Republican Party is seeking to send a new voice, current Minority leader Frank Blaz Jr.,  to Congress and to recapture the majority in the Guam Legislature by campaigning as the  “true party of the people.”  The last unified Republican party government was in 2005 when Mark Forbes was the Speaker of the 29th Guam Legislature and Felix Camacho was Governor.

According to several recent studies,  including a major study by the Pew Research Center, which has tracked American values over the past 25 years, partisan differences now divide Americans more sharply than distinctions of race, religion, education or sex as a decade long wave has pushed Democrats and Republicans to opposite corners on a wide range  of formerly less partisan issues.  Both Presidential candidates emphasize the ‘clear choice” for voters on November 6.  This polarization has important practical consequences -- forecasting continued gridlock in national politics on major issues.

But to what extent is this national partisan divide among Americans also evident on Guam?  And what will be the outcome of this election for Guam’s representation in Congress and the system of  checks and balances within the Government of Guam, especially in relation to the military buildup?

Program guests are Carlo Branch, Executive Director of the Guam Democratic Party and Mike Benito, Chairman of the Republican Party of Guam.

Mr. Branch ( has served under both Democrats and Republicans.  A former Youth Governor in 2001, he was originally appointed Executive Directory of the Democratic Party of Guam under its past Chairman, former Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez.  His tenure as Executive Director continued under Acting Chair Gloria Nelson, whose death the island mourned last week.  He presently serves as Chief Policy Adviser to Vice Speaker Benjamin J. Cruz., a Democrat (who is running for re-election).  In the past, he has served in equivalent capacities under Democratic Senator Tina Rose Muna Barnes (also running for re-election) and Republican Lieutenant Governor Mike Cruz.  He also served as a Governing Board member of the National Youth Leadership Network under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Mr. Benito ( was the campaign manager for the Calvo-Tenorio team then elected as the State Chairman of the Republican Party of Guam in March 2012.  He is a  prominent businessman and was Chairman of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in 2006 when the plan for the military buildup was first announced.  He is the General Manager of Pay-Less Supermarkets Inc., the Director of Community Foundation, the Chairman of Board of Guahan Waste Control, the Director of H2O Water Company, and the Vice Chair of the Guam Port Authority.

They each provide historical background to Guam’s two party system and the philosophical and organizational differences between the two parties.  They also discuss the partisan divide (both nationally and locally), Guam’s participation in the 2012 national conventions and comments on each national party platform, possibilities for a third party on Guam, anticipated consequences  for Guam of the outcome of the Presidential and Congressional races, and why Guam voters should vote Democratic or Republican on November 6.

This episode includes excerpts from the 2012 Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention when Guam cast their electoral votes

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November 3, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

Episode 130

On Thursday, October 25th the University of  Guam  held a forum on the topic of self-determination. This episode includes the three speakers’ presentations and the Question and Answer portion moderated by Julian Aguon.

The Levin Camacho licensed attorney and community organizer  lead the conversations with a brief description of the law aspect of self-determination.

The special guest was Dr. Carlyle Corbin a United Nations advisor. Dr. Corbin presented on “Recent Developments in Contemporary Self-Determination.”

Dr. Corbin the Executive Secretary for the Counsel of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly, International Advisor on Global Governance, and is the former Minister of State for External Affairs and Washington Representative for Inter-governmental Affairs for the Virgin Islands.

UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood, spoke on the topic of “Culture and Education,” while Camacho will talk about “Empire and Oranges: The Legacy of Insular Cases.”

Question and Answer portion of the forum on self-determination held at the University of Guam, moderated by Julian Aguon.

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