by Krystal Paco
Guam - With no funds available for educational outreach, it looks like the island's political status will remain at status quo. While addressing island Rotarians today, Commission on Decolonization director Ed Alvarez noted a plebiscite vote can't be scheduled if residents don't know and understand their options of statehood, independence, and free association.
He said, "Status quo is not an option it's not an advantageous option for us. The Government of Guam is very restricted with agreements like the Compact impact, the Earned Income Tax Credit Program, the war reparations and most recently the Obama healthcare laws. It's just difficult for us to govern around and be successful when we're not at the table to represent our interests."
Along with securing funding, a federal lawsuit about the qualification of a "native inhabitant" as required by the Chamorro Registry continues to delay scheduling.
As we've been reporting, back in 2011 Dave Davis filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam claiming the Guam statute is unconstitutional. Although the federal court dismissed the case, Davis filed an appeal to the decision to the 9th Circuit.