Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Now I'm Really Confused

What is going on with the Unity Movement?

I've been reading in the press that there has been a lot of dis-unity.

Then I get an email from Steve Woodruff announcing that Taotao Tano is hosting a series of community forums to discuss some sort of improved status for long term workers?

What am I missing here? There's disunity, but Taotao Tano is now somehow involved?

Wouldn't that be the opposite of dis-unity? Wouldn't that be more like super-ultra-mega-unity?

If someone has a clue, I'd love to buy one off of you. Somebody want to give me a one paragraph explanation of what is going on?

Anyway, here's the press release I got from Mr. Woodruff:
TAOTAO TANO CNMI ASSOCIATION, INC.
AND THE LTR STATUS WORKING GROUP
INVITE THE COMMUNITY FOR A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION FORUM


TOPIC: WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON
A POSSIBLE LONGER-TERM RESIDENCE STATUS
FOR QUALIFIED FOREIGN WORKERS

WHEN AND WHERE


Kagman, Capitol Hill, Papago, and Santa Lourdes:

Kagman Community Center
Wednesday April 9, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

DanDan, San Vicente, Kannat Tabla, and Fina Sisu:

San Vicente Elementary School Cafeteria
Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

San Roque, Tanapag, As Matius, Puerto Rico, and Garapan:

Garapan Elementary School Cafeteria
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

San Antonio, Koblerville, Chalan Piao, Chalan Kanoa, Oleai, and Susupe:

Koblerville Community Center
Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

YOUR OPINIONS ARE WELCOMED

-How many years of successful work in the Commonwealth do you think should qualify a foreign worker for longer-term residence status?
-What do you think of social responsibility requirements such as basic English skills and classes in CNMI history?
-What kind of financial responsibility requirements do you think would be fair?
-What other factors do you think should be considered?
This seems like a good development, right?

Contract workers and indigenous locals working together? Isn't that a step in the right direction?

Again, I don't understand where the dis-unity is coming from.

In a previous post I wrote, "In the end, it doesn't matter how many people showed up. What matters now is what those people who showed up do now that they are organized."

So like Dennis Hopper in Speed, I pose the question, "What do you do? What DO you do?"






...and whatever it is you do, can you explain it me using small concise words? Digging through the newspapers and blogs for info is brain numbing.

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2 comments:

dekada lawyer said...

Good post, Angelo. The dis-unity has to do with some divisions that occurred within the Unity Movement because of key leaders move to seize the opportunity (presented by an approach proposed by Deanne Siemer and Maya Kara) to seek community consensus in support of improved status under CNMI law for long-term alien residents. It is essentially moot now because the April 5 prayer vigil turnout was effectively a leadership referendum or ratification of the course taken on the LTR status initiative. There was never any disunity on "federalization" where the position in support was never questioned by anyone.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

LTR = Long Term Resident

I never would have guessed that.