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NMI Citizens for Change postpone peaceful assembly

(Press Release) — Due to inclement weather, the NMI Citizens for Change peaceful assembly has been postponed until the 7th Austerity Friday on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. It will take place at 4 p.m. at the Lower Dandan traffic light intersection near CUC.

The NMI Citizens for Change are committed to re-building a healthy Commonwealth and encourage members of the community to exercise their freedom of speech by attending the peaceful assembly.

The NMI Citizens for Change continue to garner support from House Minority Leader Ed Propst, Rep. Tina Sablan, Rep. Richard Lizama, Sen. Paul Manglona, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Public School System employees, and several local vendors still awaiting payment from the Saipan casino. Vendors are asking when they will receive payment and if the governor will take action on Imperial Pacific’s pending obligations to local vendors.

Alex Olympio Borja , a teacher at Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, said: "My heart is connected to this island, and I teach because I love my roots and my family. I believe in the possibilities of our Public School System, but the central government owes us money, and it's deeply harming our students. Our budget is embarrassingly handicapped by negligence and no one in the general public knows exactly to what extent because our government is not practicing transparency. This is not a political issue, but a moral one. It is immoral to underfund our students, and it is immoral to keep the public in the dark about the most important issues facing our community. We must do better."