Posts Tagged ‘Agenda 21’
Here is Tom DeWeese on our progress in the fight against Agenda 21.
Rescue Mission” Planet Earth – A Children’s Edition of Agenda 21 was first published by KingFisher Books on Earth Day 1994. It was written, designed and illustrated by Children’s Task Force on Agenda 21. The book is credited to Children of the World in association with the United Nations. The sponsors are:
This book contains an Introduction by then Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali in which he admits that “Agenda 21 contains a special chapter devoted to children and youth in sustainable development, which stresses the need for their active involvement in matters related to environment and development.”
This book is roughly 100 pages of single sided and double-sided “lessons” for our youth. It is an indoctrination manual design to spread fear, exaggerate concerns, and rob the innocence of our children. There is a smog poem on page 11 written by a poor indoctrinated child from Poland that is utterly heart-breaking. There are warnings about a hole in the ozone-layer, vanishing mountains, expanding deserts, destroyed rain forests, polluted seas and rivers etc.
There are photos attached to provocative headlines but no clear indication that the photo represents the results of the issue discussed. In some cases it is obvious that there is no connection, but to a child this is all very convincing. The purpose of the book is to push a specific agenda. The pushers of Agenda 21 have no sense of decency. They hide behind the fact that these topics were developed by children for children. It is disgusting to see what these children regurgitate. There is no science in this book, it is all theory, hype and emotion. It is also quite revealing as to who these propagandists really are. Click the picture to download the book.
Here is a tremendous resource for Public Officials to help them understand and combat Agenda 21 in their communities. This is also helpful for anyone who would like to become a local official or who is supporting/courting candidates for local offices.
Presentations such as this are being conducted in front of groups in communities all across these United States. If you are a member of a community group or hold a leadership position and would like to bring in a presenter, Hal Shurtleff is busy conducting such talks and soliciting engagements. For More Information on a presentation in your town: Call Hal at 857-498-1309.
If you are engaged in a green organization, and want to help the environment without destroying private property rights, you are not alone. A presentation in front of your group or members of your group in an independent venue is a great idea so that you can continue your fine work without allowing others to destroy your rights in the process.
Agenda 21 in Your Hometown Comprehensive Plan
Your local government does not hold membership in ICLEI so there is no cause for concern, right? Not so fast ! Agenda 21 is often implemented without ICLEI membership. In fact, almost every community in this country has been tainted by the UN initiated Agenda 21 assault on individual property rights and its web of innocuous sounding vernacular. For sure, those with membership are at the forefront of implementation of Agenda 21. Most of those communities have serious, often well-intentioned, participants who are dedicated to carry out the UN mission usually without any understanding of the conflict that exists between Agenda 21 and the traditional American system. Education for Sustainability works well to soften local leaders and prepare the way for a democratic transformation from an American System of individual rights to an International System of collective rights.
My local community is Bristol Township in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Bristol does not hold ICLEI membership as far as I can tell, however, we have a draft comprehensive plan that reeks Agenda 21. It was approved in June 2008. You see, there are other vehicles that the UN has to provide assistance in implementing their schemes. In this case, it appears as though our State government assumed that role. Let’s step through the comprehensive plan and highlight some obvious areas where Agenda 21 roars its ugly head.
The Introduction gives us insight into how the State uses our own tax dollars to bribe our communities. First the taxes are collected from us, then they are sent to our communities in the form of grants which help to formulate a plan. The plan is designed to qualify the community for additional grants which are earmarked to assist in the rollout of Agenda 21:
This document was prepared with financial assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development through a Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program (LUPTAP) grant.
The introduction section contains background information which often re-enforces the top-down method of our modern planners. In this case they are sure to emphasize the fact that our community is in compliance with the state:
This update of the Bristol Township Comprehensive Plan is prepared under the authority granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to municipalities to prepare comprehensive plans in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). Article III of the MPC provides requirements regarding the content and information that must be included as part of a comprehensive plan. … The plan provides a blueprint for housing, land use, community facilities, and transportation. It is not a legal document but assists decision-makers. It contains no rules or regulations but forms the basis for zoning regulations.
A visit to http://www.newpa.com/ is an eye-opening experience. It is hard to fathom and difficult to describe the extent to which the State of Pennsylvania is promoting its own self-destructive policies thru an extensive grant program.
The Vision of the Comprehensive Plan
The Vision of the Comprehensive Plan is a reflection of Agenda 21. To illustrate this point I will juxtapose the “Overall Goal” against a graphical representation of the Agenda 21 Three E’s or Three Pillars of Sustainability.
The vision explains that the goals of the comprehensive plan will be attained by promoting “Smart Growth” principles and “Sustainability” principles. Stack ’em and pack ’em housing is alluded to in the following goals:
Proper accommodation of the 2008 to 2018 population in sound housing supported by superior municipal services. Maintenance and/or re-establishment of land use patterns which create healthful, convenient and prosperous living and working arrangements, including employment opportunities for township residents.
The vision also expresses an interest in expanding the means of alternate transportation. Apparently, automobiles are not considered a “sustainable” transportation method in large-scale.
The remainder of the document progresses through every area of community life. All the polices in each section can be traced back to the goals specified in the vision section of the document and that vision is our local interpretation of Agenda 21. It is striking to see the authoritarian attitude which exudes from this planning document. The vast majority of our community is in private hands, yet the local government views the entire geographic area in terms of “resources” that it can control or regulate. There is occasional lip-service given to the individual land owner, however, it is clear that the individual is subordinated in favor of the community as a whole. I invite you to read the plan in the following reference link.
Reference: The Bucks County Comprehensive Plan is founded on the long history of innovative planning carried out by the Bucks County Planning Commission and the values and principles embodied in the concepts of sustainable development and stewardship.
Reference: The Comprehensive Plan in Pennsylvania Includes references to the 4 latest Acts governing local planning in Pennsylvania
Reference: Pennsylvania Search for your Local Comprehensive Plan
In the following video: John F. McManus, President of the John Birch Society Interviews Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center on the progress in the fight against the UN’s Agenda 21
2012 Progress Reports:
2012 Mar 19: Irving, Texas, Becomes Latest City to Drop ICLEI & UN Agenda 21
2012 Mar 17: Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Resolution Blasting UN Agenda 21
2012 Mar 9 : Ocean County, New Jersey, Blasts UN Agenda 21 in Resolution
2012 Mar 5: Texas City Withdraws From ICLEI, UN “Agenda 21”
2011 Progress Reports
2011 Oct 25: County in Washington Ditches Sustainable Development
2011 Sep 22: ICLEI Memberships are Lapsing
2011 Sep 1: Oklahoma City Leaves ICLEI but Not Agenda 21
2011 Mar 24: Pennsylvania County Rejects Agenda 21
2011 Mar 21: Edmond Oklahoma Dumps Agenda 21
2011 Mar 3: Maryland County Cancels Agenda 21 Participation
Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center has compiled and released an invaluable resource for fighting Agenda 21. His youtube video describes, in detail, the contents of this kit. He opens with good news about the progress made so far across the nation in beating back the UN agenda and advises activists that the Agenda 21 backers are revising their terminology again to obfuscate their machinations. The kit includes 2 manuals, a work book, a cd of all the documents and 2 dvds containing 6 talks. Review the video below for more details and pricing. Click here for your Action Kit.
Who is Michelle Rhee?
Michelle Rhee was the Chancellor of the Washington DC School System. She was given free reign by then Mayor Fenty. She implemented many changes including a controversial program call IMPACT which used standardized testing results to evaluate “value-added” teachers. Her successor has sought a probe into a possible cheating scandal involving a high rate of erasure markings on student tests. One has to wonder what impact IMPACT had on the testing results. hmm.
Who is Mayor Kevin Johnson?
Kevin Johnson is a retired NBA player turned Mayor of Sacramento. He and Rhee were recently married. Among his varied business dealings he founded the St. Hope Academy in 1989. In 2003, St. Hope formed St. Hope Public Schools, an independent charter school system. In 1995 he was accused of Sexual assault and tendered a proposed settlement agreement which would have paid the girl’s family $230,000. The DA decide not to prosecute the case on the grounds that a conviction was unlikely. Another charge involving a 2007 incident with a high school student caused a teacher to resign over the investigation tactics employed by the school administrators which included intimidation of the victim and inappropriate requests of the resigning teacher in whom the student had confided. In 2009, St Hope Academy agreed to a settlement involving payment in excess of $400,000 amidst allegations that it did not appropriately spend AmeriCorps grant money.
The third objective under StudentsFirst’s own Policy Agenda pushes Agenda 21’s Sustainability angle.
Districts should use resources efficiently to ensure sustainable spending that puts students first. Districts should be managed through structures that ensure a focus on student results rather than adult interests.
Let’s take a look at these new governance structures. She wants to implement mayoral control or state-run charter schools. Both of these suggestions remove parental control by dismantling the local school boards in favor of management by politicians who are less accessible or by private corporations. The name of the game is to remove your ability to impact change and to normalize the system. When I say normalize the system, I mean, make sure that any districts within the current system that have active parental involvement and have been successful in protecting the students from harmful policies will be stripped of their power so that the advantage can be neutralized. Agenda 21 is all about sacrificing individual rights in favor of collective rights. While the Wetlands program implements this philosophy in the industries involving raw materials, the Rhee Solution implements this same philosophy in the education arena.
School Choice is pushed as a solution to inequality. It is argued that wealthy parents have a choice but the poor do not. Rhee is only interested in a choice among government sanctioned institutions. Her organization seeks to pour public funds into private institutions, to promote voucher systems, and to build charter (corporate) schools. This is a facade. It looks like choice but it is the federalization of all the existing options and it is a communization of the entire system. Once all school options share a common funding source, they will also share a common curriculum and a common regulatory and legal liability.
Some of StudentFirst’s Impact Around The Nation:
- ALABAMA: Charter schools will be priority for Alabama lawmakers, House Speaker Mike Hubbard says
- CONNECTICUT Charter schools to get boost under Malloy plan
- FLORIDA Point of View: Student vouchers are no threat to public education
- GEORGIA Legislation Would Allow Parents to Ask School Boards to Convert Tradtional Schools to Charter Schools
- INDIANA In Indianapolis, district overhaul needed to accelerate change
- IOWA Advocacy group says Iowa charter school laws are among the worst
- MAINE Our View: Education proposals deserve consideration
- MICHIGAN Michelle Rhee: Michigan lawmakers need to focus on reforms to help students, not the adults
- MINNESOTA A mixed bag of education proposals
- MISSOURI St. Louis Public Schools to sponsor charters
- NEVADA Governor directs P-16 council to review existing data systems
- NEW JERSEY Opinion: The Charter School Controversy — Much Ado About Nothing
- PENNSYLVANIA Pennsylvania makes it too hard to start charter schools – GE Foundation set to make ‘major announcement’ on education Wednesday – School voucher debate continues to simmer – Andre Agassi to celebrate Philly charter school