Guam - With a Record of Decision released from the Department of Defense, the We Are Guahan coalition is taking a proactive approach in ensuring the island is protected. The group hosted a rally last night in Adelup to unite the community to realize our destiny. The group has been vocal about the DoD's plans to use the Pagat area as a firing range complex.
Members say only a continued and united response can save Pagat and keep the DoD from condemning more lands. We Are Guahan member Moneka De Oro says the community must come together to advocate for our land and our home. "A vast change is coming to our island and we need to make sure-it's everyone's responsibility to make sure that our people and all of our resources and our island is protected. So it's just us coming together to realize that we need each other especially in this time of crucial change," she explained.
Speaker Judi Won Pat also attending the rally last night, saying the buildup will change the island completely and that the community needs to stand up. "A lot of people normally don't feel like they're empowered to do that. So this whole rally, I believe, is to do just that. How then do we do that? One way to do that is that we must be able to know our past and then by knowing our past and knowing who we are, more important where do we want to go and how involved we want to be to make a difference in that because this buildup is going to change all aspects of our lives," she said.