10 Jun 2013
- By Junhan B. Todeno - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
AS part of its ongoing community outreach effort regarding the planned militarization of Pagan, the Northern Islands mayor’s office will distribute bumper stickers.
One of the advocates of the Northern Islands resettlement and redevelopment program, former Rep. William S. Torres, said the goal is to “raise the awareness of the residents of the Northern Islands and the commonwealth as well as those outside the CNMI.”
The stickers will be delivered to Guam, Hawaii, California, Asia, and Europe, he said.
“This awareness program will bring sunshine to the proposed military plan and engage the community in a meaningful fashion while informing the CNMI government, the federal government, regulatory organizations, non-profit groups, and others about the destruction that live-fire activities and maneuvers will cause on a pristine and fragile island ecosystem,” Torres said.
He said it will likewise “highlight the continuing plight of residents denied their lawful homesteads by their own government for decades at a time.”
He added, “It is ironic that while the United States utilized the Antiquities Act of 1906 in seizing control of the Marianas Trench in Pagan’s backyard and declaring it the United States Marine National Monument as part of its blue ocean legacy, the United States military will now engage in destroying what was intended to be preserved for posterity.”
Torres said the campaign against Pagan militarization has also gained support from different non-profit and environmental groups, adding that the issue has been well covered by the Associated Press and other media outlets.
He said the online petition against the militarization of Pagan now has over 700 signatures.
“Obtaining over 700 signatures with comments in a month’s time is miraculous,” he added.