Peaceful Assembly Starts Today

May 17, 2009

The guest worker groups in Saipan have united to sponsor a three-day peaceful assembly at the TSL Plaza where the Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is located.  The purpose is to send a message to Washington.  From the Marianas Variety:
“It is better to take a stand now than just wait. We did it before and we can do it again — let us show our strength in unity,” they said.

The group said it is not making promises that the request of the guest workers will be granted but, it added, if the guest workers will stand united and speak as one, “our voice would be loud enough, and if our voice is loud enough, then hopefully, the Secretary of the Interior and Congress will take notice and grant us our request.”
From the Saipan Tribune:
The workers will be holding the peaceful assembly until Wednesday.

Since the assembly falls on workdays, the workers' groups are suggesting that people come and stay for a few hours before or after work hours.

“You can also come and spend your lunch or dinner breaks there,” said the groups.

The groups also urged people to bring water, snacks, food, folding chairs, umbrellas, candles, or flashlight.

“No one is certain what the outcome of this assembly would be, but remember that no one is also certain of what the guest workers' fate will be once the federalization of CNMI immigration gets implemented in November,' they said.

The law says in part “that the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Governor of the CNMI, shall report to Congress no later than two years after the enactment of the 2008 Consolidated Natural Resources Act” to recommend to Congress “related to whether or not it should consider permitting lawfully admitted guest workers lawfully residing in the apply for long term status under the immigration and nationality laws of the United States.”

The groups said it would be better to take a stand now, rather than wait.

“We did it before and we can do it again. Let us show our strength in unity,” the groups said.

The group said there is no guarantee that their request would be granted but they firmly believe that if they stand united “our voice would be loud enough.”

May 18, 2009 
In front of the TSL Plaza

There is hope!


CNMI Watcher said...

At 6:50 am they were outside the Tan Holdings building setting up the tent.

Anonymous said...

there were some guest workers who dropped by there for few minutes and promised to come back...
we got a positive remarks from the employees of DHS...that made us believe that we are on the right track....


wendy said...

Malou - Good luck to all the nonresidents with the peaceful assembly!

...just got lost and lucky.... said...

a good start for our plight. We are indeed on the right track. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE HEARD.

Anonymous said...

thanks wendy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Once again, I am appealing to my fellow accountants and fellow contract workers to please join this peaceful assembly. If you have a few hours you can spare, please support this worthy cause, come and join us. The time has come for us to once again unite and be heard.


...just got lost and lucky.... said...

Thanks wendy...