Equally American Blog

  • Represent Guam & the Right to Vote on Constitution Day

    Here is something to think about.  Today the U.S. Constitution celebrates its 227th birthday.  Guam has been a part of the United States for more than half those years – 115 to be exact. Yet the people of Guam still cannot vote for President, lack voting representation in Congress, and the Obama administration recently argued in court that citizenship for people born in territories like Guam is a mere congressional privilege rather than a constitutional right.

  • Obama Administration: Citizenship a Privilege, Not a Right, in U.S. Territories

    Yesterday, the Obama Administration filed a brief before the DC Circuit arguing that Americans born in U.S. territories have no constitutional right to citizenship.  

  • Guam Paper Endorses Right to Vote Campaign

    The Pacific Daily News endorsed We the People Project's "Right to Vote" campaign in its July 4th editorial.

  • Four Amicus Briefs Filed in D.C. Circuit Case About Citizenship in U.S. Territories

    Does the Constitution allow people born on U.S. soil to be recognized as Americans, but not as U.S. citizens?  That is the question before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the landmark case Tuaua v. United States.  Yesterday, prominent elected officials, scholars, and policy leaders filed a total of four amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs to assist the Court of Appeals as it addresses these issues, each represented on a pro bono basis by a prominent national firm.

  • New Strategies for Driving Change

    May 4, 2014, Pacific Daily News.

    Last Wednesday I had the privilege of joining Frank Ishizaki's public administration class at the University of Guam to talk over Skype about the work We the People Project is doing to advocate for equal rights and representation for the nearly 5 million residents of U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

  • Opening Brief Filed in DC Circuit Case Arguing for Equal Citizenship in U.S. Territories

    The opening merits brief was filed today in Tuaua v. United States, a landmark case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that considers whether Congress can redefine the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to deny birthright citizenship to people born in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

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