Saturday, November 19, 2011

Will the real American community please stand up?

UN Agenda 21 is finally making national news in the USA. After nearly 20 years in the making, the American people are being told it exists. But the way they are learning about it is a shame. National "exposure" is primarily coming from conservatives like Beck and Newt, who're telling their listeners it's a socialist plot to take away American's private property rights.

By not telling us Agenda 21 is only one of hundreds of communitarian programs and initiatives underway in the United States, the phony right can easily control and limit the debates to just a couple issues. This ensures the much bigger communitarian plan associated with Agenda 21 remains as obscure as Agenda 21 was for almost two decades.

The "leaders" in the fight against global communitarian plans decided years ago to not use the correct terminology in their teachings. More than one told me to stop using the word altogther if I wanted their endorsements or support. This is why the ACL has remained a lone endeavor. Our ACL research about the communitarian philosophy driving the plan was not ever supposed to be part of the discussions. Then there was a glitch in the plan... and it came in the shape of a dynamic professional whose contribution to the awareness of Americans is truely American.

One thing is certain. If Rosa Koire, a liberal lesbian Democrat, hadn't mentioned the word "communitarianism" in her now famous East Bay Tea Party speech, the word wouldn't even be part of the Tea Party lexicon.

Why did Rosa talk so openly about communitarianism and put it on her website? Because a nice man named Kevin Eggers lent her his copies of our books, The Anti Communitarian Manifesto and 2020: Our Common Destiny. After she read them, Rosa contacted me and said our ACL work put everything she had learned about sustainable development into perspective. She told me that she really appreciated our communitarian legal research and verifiable sources. Armed with the knowledge we provided, and her own professional background in high end real estate assessments, she put aside all party politics and became willing to reach out to the only groups that were interested in any of this, predominantly Christian conservatives.

Americans conservative groups didn't know anything about Agenda 21. Starving for some solid information about the transformation of the entire American system, Rosa quickly became a highly sought after speaker. And true to her nature, she's also begun reaching out to the Occupy movement because she understands that ultimately we all share the same concerns about the future and the way things have gone down the tubes in this country.

I was given my first opportunity to talk about communitarianism only because Rosa made it an integral part of her website and Behind the Green Mask conference. I wanted more than anything to go to her conference, but I'm still living on barely nothing, and I certainly didn't have enough money to travel outside. Plus, after years of harsh winter camping and near starvation due to my non stop research and writing for the ACL, I've got some serious health challenges. This past summer I was bedridden three separate times and if I don't see a dentist soon, I'm not going to get any better. I made the free choice in 1999 to give up my life to do this work if I had to, but I never really expected I'd die from it.. heh. Were I to stumble upon the plan today I don't think I'd do things quite the same way, nor with the same fervor or dedication.

Agenda 21 was ten years old by the time I found out about it. Back then, all the officials in Seattle denied any association with the programme for international development. Now they don't hide it, they just gloss over any cumbersome details and insist the plan is benign. If it were truely benign, why would officials have gone to such trouble to hide its very existence?

When President Clinton took office, he established the President's Council on Sustainable Development. Do you remember hearing anything about that? I sure don't.
Between June 1993 and June 1999, the PCSD has advised President Clinton on sustainable development and develops bold, new approaches to achieve economic, environmental, and equity goals. We are commited to the achievement of a dignified, peaceful, and equitable existence.
By 1994, every federal agency in the USA had changed their mission statement to promote UN communitarian goals. Many other programs were also established alongside Agenda 21 that promoted communitarianism, including Bush's Faith Based Initiative, Communities of Character, Volunteer America, Community Policing, Community Economic Development and VP Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government. The NPRG
recommended action on about 1,500 issues in 1993 and 1995. Agencies completed about 58 percent. Of the original recommendations, they report 66 percent completed. For those requiring Presidential or congressional action, President Clinton signed 46 directives and Congress passed and the President signed over 85 laws.
(According to the above website, Seattle was one of three cities used in a pilot test called "Hassle Free Cities". I didn't know that, my research only identified 5 pilot tests I was used in, and that wasn't one of them. It's somewhat ironic; the reason I learned about communitarian plans in 1999 was becausethe City of Seattle began hassling all the poor tenants in my neighborhood!)

The NPRG mentions nothing about Agenda 21 or sustainable development. Other than calling citizens "customers" it looks, on the surface, like it was a sincere attempt to reduce government spending and waste. But what it did was create a whole new set of standards and laws that most Americans will never have the time or the inclination to read. It also mentions nothing about the Building Livable Communities Initiative or its sub-program, the Creating Safe Streets Initiative, which included the community policing/datagathering pilot test my neighborhood was part of.
The Clinton-Gore Livability Initiative, "Building Livable Communities for the 21st Century," helps communities across America grow in ways that ensure a better quality of life and strong, sustainable economic growth. This initiative, launched a year ago, is strengthening the federal government's role as a partner with the growing number of state and local efforts to build "livable communities" by encouraging coordination on new initiatives, improving coordination of existing programs, and conducting appropriate outreach to key constituent groups.
A google search for the "Creating Safe Streets Initiative" gives only 2 returns, and both of them are to me. One is to an article I wrote from July 2000. I didn't have any websites back then, it was republished by an indy media site: Why was the official information about it pulled off the internet? I recall it being a very long initiative with a lot of different policing programs included in it. The federal program isn't on the web anymore, but the exact same phrase, Creating Safe Streets, is used in cities across the country.

The Federal Transportation Livability Initiative - Building Livable Communities for the 21st Century by Elizabeth E. Fischer promotes the same thing LA21 ( promotes, except it never uses the words Agenda 21 or references it in any way:

The Three E's: Environment, Economy, Social Equity

The livable community concept is based on the principles of sustainable development that focus on patterns of economic activity that produce environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social equity. The Livability Initiative goes further by providing tools and resources to encourage communities to collaborate to find new ways to manage land use, transportation, and other resources to ensure a high quality of life and strong, sustainable economic growth. Because communities know what is best for themselves, the community's perspectives are emphasized in all decision-making processes.

What our research proves is that "community" members who have a different perspective from the community planners are denied input into the community planning meetings, if they are lucky enough to even know there's meetings happening in the community. I attended a lot more than meetings faciliatated to write our neighborhood's Local Agenda 21 plan. I went to the police station for their COPS meetings, to the COMPASS Privacy Council meetings, and Town Hall noise revision meetings. I went to one meeting where Jody Kretzman was doing his dog and pony show for Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), a VERY IMPORTANT PIECE, and Local Agenda 21 is never associated with ABCD. I wasn't focused on just the comprehensive planning, and if I was led to be only interested in Agenda 21, I would have missed all the other things that were going on in my "community."

The one word many Agenda 21 "experts" never emphasize as important is the new use of the term community. The key to understanding Agenda 21 and sustainable development is the word community, because that leads us directly to the guru of rebuilding livable communities, Dr. Amitai Etzioni, and all the community oriented programs, agencies and laws.

There are hundreds of programs that introduced communitarianism into the US (and around the world), which is why the ACL website grew to be so huge and unmanageable. Now that it's gone, (we took it all down and planned to reorganize it before we went under) it makes me just sick that after ten years of writing about it, Agenda 21 is finally being mentioned by a national politician, which means it's also being discussed by Americans. Of course what's being said is enough to make me cringe in embarassment for the people who have never heard of it but who insist they know what it is. I know I've said things that made me look like a fool, we all do at some point in our lives, but I hope I'm not around when they realize just how wrong they are.

If we don't learn enough about the way the new system uses the term "community" Newt Gingrich's comments about UN Local Agenda 21 on CNN sets the stage for another phony dialectical ruse and takes everyone back to the climate change argument. As Mary Oden wrote, in her editorial in the Copper River Record about what a selfish horrible person I am, because I oppose fake rebuilt communities... "community, community, community." This is their mantra, their chant... and they've set themselves up as the only people who "care" about community. The truth is, they're a small group of elitists who believe they control our communities, and if Americans don't start taking their communities back from these usurpers, they will.

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