Wednesday, January 6, 2010

We Are Guahan Rally This Saturday at UOG

Hafa Adai,

We Are Guahan-- and together we are taking action to preserve our homeland, our people, our past and our future. Please join us at the hearings and comment on the EIS. We will rally at the hearing this Saturday, January 9, at the University of Guam campus, to show the military that we are committed to participating in decisions that affect our future. We will have people present to help fill out the comment forms, and there will be opportunities to get involved.

As the military has prepared for the buildup, they have told Guam residents that the economic boom would make up for negative environmental, cultural and social impacts.

As we have read, the draft EIS has told a different, clearer story.

Most contracts will go to large off-island companies, not to local contractors.
Out of almost 18,000 jobs only about 2,500 will go to Guam residents. Currently, there are 17,000 unemployed people on Guam. Most of the jobs that go to Guam residents will be temporary.
There is no discussion on how the DECREASE of 8,000 jobs in 2015, 11,000 jobs in 2016, and 7,000 jobs in 2017 will affect unemployment on Guam.
The military conducted a separate report which revealed that the cost of living will rise, but wages will remain too low to keep up with skyrocketing costs.
The buildup will bring thousands of working-age military dependents, only 1/4th of whom will be employed on base. These folks will be competing in the Guam economy for the few jobs that exist.
This is only a sample of the economic realities revealed in the EIS. It is crucial that Guam residents stand up and speak out at the upcoming EIS hearings.

Come to the Hearing at UoG, or to any of the other hearings!

Thursday, January 7
Santa Rita Hearing
Southern High School
Open House: 5-7
Hearing: 7-9

Saturday, January 9
Field House, University of Guam
Mangilao, Guam
Open House: 1-3
Hearing: 3-5

Monday, January 11
Yigo Hearing
Yigo Auditorium
Open House: 5-7
Hearing: 7-9

Tuesday, January 12
Dededo Hearing
Okkodo High School
Open House: 5-7
Hearing: 7-9

We Are Guahan will be present, helping people comment and getting out information. Join us!

Si yu'us ma'ase,

We Are Guahan

If you would like to get more involved, please email us! All help is necessary!

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