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Community News Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff


For the second year in a year, the ALLIANCE for strengthening families (Mau mo le Fa;amalosia o Aiga) and other local partners are collaborating to host the annual walk for freedom.

Last year, over 50 people showed up and this year, more expected to join the cause.

The 'walk' aims to raise awareness about issues regarding human trafficking and slavery.

According to one of the organizers, the purpose of the walk is to reach out to those who are being enslaved, those who want to stand up all over the world to expose the realities of slavery. She said that although the ALLIANCE is yet to handle a case involving someone being enslaved, they know for a fact it exists, but none have been reported - yet.

The walk starts at 6a.m. from Fagaalu Park and ends at the Fale Samoa at the Suigaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei.

A21 stands for "Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century".


Washington, D.C. – Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Chairman Aumua Amata presided over a Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology hearing titled “Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurial Success.”

 “I was pleased to lead a hearing examining the growing impact of women entrepreneurs and what we can do to help this progress continue,” said Aumua Amata. “October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and it is a great reminder of how much we have to celebrate as women increasingly build successful businesses, but it’s also a good time to consider ways to keep improving. One of my priorities is seeking ways to bring more of these resources to American Samoa, and other places that face challenges because distance or population size or other unique economic obstacles.”

Specifically, the hearing examined the state of entrepreneurship, the challenges and then highlighted the resources that are available to women-owned small businesses along with discussion of ways to expand those resources further.

Members appreciated testimony from the following witnesses: Ms. Jeannette King, President & CEO, Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc., Martinsburg, WV; Janice Green, RN, BSN, MBA, President & CEO, Jancare Private Health Service, Inc. Fishkill, NY; Ms. Antonella Pianalto, President and CEO, Association of Women’s Business Centers, Washington, DC; and Ms. Hester Clark, President, Hester Group, Jacksonville, FL.

(Source: Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s Office — Washington, D.C.)