we will do it together

consulate General Joe Enlet

Lenwo, Mogethin, Ranannim, and Kaselehlie,

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! I’m reaching out to you about an effort by some of the citizen leaders on this email to establish a taskforce for the purpose of addressing the COVID-19 outbreak that is impacting our FSM communities across the U.S. Right now, we know that a large number of our FSM people have contracted the virus and many have died. That number keeps rising as we continue to gather information from contacts in different states. We believe that there is a great need to focus our attention and advocacy on our FSM communities to complement the various culturally-specific efforts that have been started by other groups.

I have spoken with a few of you prior to this but for some of you this may be the first time you are getting this and please know that you have been identified as a valuable leader and we really hope you are able to join us in this effort. This is by no means the final list of people on this group but it is a start and we can add/subtract others along the way. You are free to let me know if you do not wish to continue with this group. We understand that these times are difficult for ourselves and our families and that is totally fine.

For those of you who are interested in continuing with this group, please expect to receive a doodle poll shortly which we will need to fill out as soon as we can in order to schedule our initial meeting. The meeting will be on Zoom or another virtual platform. We will let you know prior to the meeting and give you all the necessary information you need for the meeting.

Please find attached to this email the draft charter for the taskforce which we will review at our initial meeting and hopefully adopt.

We sincerely thank you for your heart in serving our FSM families and we would be greatly honored if you would consider joining this taskforce. Indeed these are difficult times and we hope that we can put our minds, hearts, and hands together to serve our FSM people while at the same time being mindful of our own safety and health. We admit that we don’t have all the answers nor all the capacity to do what is necessary to solve these issues. But we have confidence that together we can start making important steps towards making a difference.

We look forward to working with everyone and may our Almighty keep you safe in his peace.

Kammagar, Kulo, Kalahngan, and Kinisou!

The FSM COVID19 TASKFORCE USA

Objectives and strategies

To organize and convene leaders and stakeholders within the various FSM communities by:

  1. Engaging and recruiting FSM citizen leaders, organizations, churches, traditional leaders,
    professionals, business leaders, student groups, etc. and
  2. Establishing a set schedule for weekly meetings (initial convening will be decided
    through doodle poll).

To collect information/data on COVID-19 as it relates to FSM islanders and other Micronesian communities by:

  1. Partnering with local public health departments to learn and identify specific data on
    FSM islanders,
  2. Creating a database for FSM COVID-19 cases and for social/economic needs of FSM
    citizens, and
  3. Supporting and advocating for disaggregated data collection work that is culturally
    respectful/sensitive to the communities involved.

To develop communication and messaging for both the FSM community and the general public by:

  1. Using media communication guidelines as set by COFA Leaders in all communications,
  2. Creating and disseminating health/medical information (via flyers, FB posts, videos, etc.)
    that is language-specific and culturally appropriate/relevant for FSM communities, and
    o Communicating FSM government policies on travel restrictions through word of mouth
    and social media.

To support and participate in other Pacific Islander and COFA COVID-19 work both nationally and locally by:

  1. o Appointing a member of the task force to attend regular meetings for PI or COFA
    focused work on COVID-19 locally and nationally and
  2. Sharing information with trusted groups.

To develop communication and messaging for both the FSM community and the general public by:

  1. Using media communication guidelines as set by COFA Leaders in all communications,
  2. Creating and disseminating health/medical information (via flyers, FB posts, videos, etc.)
    that is language-specific and culturally appropriate/relevant for FSM communities, and
    o Communicating FSM government policies on travel restrictions through word of mouth
    and social media.

To support and participate in other Pacific Islander and COFA COVID-19 work both nationally and locally by:

  1. o Appointing a member of the task force to attend regular meetings for PI or COFA
    focused work on COVID-19 locally and nationally and
  2. Sharing information with trusted groups.

To help advocate for supports/resources to benefit the FSM and Micronesian communities by:

  1. Soliciting both public and private institutions and organizations,
  2. Partnering with COFA groups/task forces (e.g. PLAN, CANN, WAO, COFA-CLAN, RMI Taskforce – Hawaii, ACOM, and other Micronesian groups/allies) to submit grant proposals, and o Sending a request letter to FSM National Government for funds to assist in outreach activities.

“Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.”

Montesquieu

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