One Year Ago

December 7, 2008

Today marks the first anniversary of the historical Unity March. Thousands of people representing the residents, guest workers, businesses, and people of all nationalities, cultures, religions and origins united with one voice, and for one purpose. They came from neighboring islands and long distances to march side by side from Kilili Beach to American Memorial Park in a show of unity.  

That day seeds of hope for a united and prosperous CNMI were planted. Seeds of hope for the end of the two-tiered society and disenfranchisement of the guest workers; for a community where all members have political and social rights. Seeds of hope that the long-term guest workers will receive permanent status.

Sometimes it takes months, even years for seeds to bear fruit. All of the participants of the unity march may not be in the CNMI to see the guest workers embraced as full members of the community with political and social rights. Some of the guest workers who marched that day may leave the CNMI in search of greener pastures; some may even be forced to leave.  But all of the participants should celebrate the fact that they came together in a show of unity to lay the seeds that will someday provide a harvest for others.

Best wishes to all of the organizers and participants of the Unity March.  

From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.
-Cesar Chavez

Some  photos of the Unity March by W. Doromal, Dr. Eddie Del Rosario and Itos Feliciano: