UN Agenda 21 and United Nations Quotes:  "The objective is to provide ... through... land use so as to ensure access to land to all households and, ... the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land." &   "Land ... cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market.  Private land ownership is also the principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, and therefore, contributes to social injustice." & "greater equity in income distribution ... remain major challenges everywhere.  Footnotes  30, 50 & 24 respectively.

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 quotes:  "Communities may wish to consider the public ownership of industrial land to ensure that the public interest, rather than an individual or corporation's interest, dominates the motivations of a future transaction."  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Policy HOU 11.3 states: - "Promote equitable access for all residents to appropriate housing of their choice regardless of ...  income or source of income. " Footnotes 30(b) and 31

 

To:  Jonesboro City Council Members and Mayor Perrin

Concerns with Jonesboro Vision 2030 Draft

My latest revision as of Jan 2, 2013  

 

Green font in this document is always quotes from the Jonesboro Vision 2030 and red font is always United Nations Agenda 21 Quotes - Note the similarities of ideas and words in the quotes.

 

Introduction

 

I am concerned that the Jonesboro Visions 2030 will involve Jonesboro and the city council as players in the  United Nations Agenda 21's Sustainable Development's attempt to deceptively  implement its socialistic plans in our country, and in particular  Jonesboro.  I do not believe members of the City Council or our Mayor have any intentions of implementing the United Nations Agenda 21.  I have noted several good common sense decisions that the city council has made in the past.  

 

However, I don't think the city council is aware of the connection of Jonesboro Vision 2030 to the United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, how much power is behind the movement, how radical and  devious their plan is, and the amount of  Agenda 21 creep coming into our government at the national, state, and local levels, even in Jonesboro.  Included below are a number of matching principles and quotes found in both the United Nations Agenda 21 document and the Jonesboro Vision 2030 document. 

 

This Jonesboro Vision 2030 is not mandated by state or federal government. I checked that out early on. I don't know of anything in Vision 2030 that the city council could not do without this document.

 

Power Behind and Key Driver of  Agenda 21 - ICLEI,

Smart Growth, and Complete Streets Coalition

 

In regard to the power behind UN Agenda 21 movement, ICLEI,  an organization established in 1990  that many of you have never heard of (but numerous citizens have) states in their own document that they have been the key driver of implementing Agenda 21.  ICLEI has 1220 local government members in 70 different countries, with almost half of those in the US, with 57 of them in full counties.  Mr. Ulkarim, the MPO Director, gave me a list of 45 national organizations that are pushing for the Agenda 21 principles."  ICLEI is the acronym for International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. This is the exact quote from ICLEI's press release.  "The evolution of the notion of Local Agenda 21 - the UN mandate for implementing sustainable development at the local level, of which ICLEI has been a key driver - is charted since the original Rio Conference twenty years ago." ICLEI is the acronym for International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. For list of members and quotes see this link:  1

 

Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide published by ICLEI

Similar to Jonesboro Vision 2030 with Same Name & Same Quotes

 

In a document entitled "The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide" published by ICLEI, this quote is included in the foreword,  "The task of mobilizing and technically supporting Local Agenda 21 planning in these communities has been led by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and national associations of local government." 1(a) In this 185-page document by ICLEI, there are a number of plans by various cities in the world, one of them in Canada, actually called Vision 2020. See chapter 4 for one plan that is very similar to Jonesboro Vision 2030, including almost the same language as the Jonesboro Vision 2030 draft, i.e. "Encourage the development of compact, mixed use, pedestrian oriented projects," and "Create 3 community gardens." (1b)

 

Another article on ICLEI's own website touts the success of UN Agenda 21 at the local level and laments the lack of success from the national governments. In my opinion, they have had more success with the local governments because they were unaware it was a United Nations plan. (1c) http://local2012.iclei.org/fileadmin/files/ICLEI_at_Rio_20.pdf

 

Radical Nature of Agenda 21 & ICLEI -

World Wide Natural Resource Redistribution

 

In regard to the radical nature of Agenda 21, an ICLEI [the key driver of Agenda 21)  quote on its own website declares: "It's time to move from national interests to global environmental justice," and explains that environmental justice would include not only reduction targets within a nation of paying its share of natural resources (cap and trade) but also be applied globally so that any country using more than its share of natural resources would have to pay for this use and for the resulting emissions.   ICLEI calls this, "globally applicable average per capita limits for the extraction of natural resources and for the emissions resulting from their use."  I call it natural resource redistribution.   United Nations Agenda 21 says, "Examples include the polluter-pays principle and the more recent natural-resource-user-pays concept."1(d) ICLEI and Agenda 21 also support reduction targets for local governments as well. See footnote 2 for link to quotes on ICLEI website.

 

I think we know where this radical idea of equalizing natural resources in the world would leave this country - ugly Americans using too many of the world's resources. President Obama is quoted as saying,  "we can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times  ...  and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," 2(a)  And can you imagine the amount of control, bureaucracy, and dictatorship implementing these principles would involve? Remember ICLEI has 1220 local government members in 70 different countries, with almost half of those in the US, and there are at least 46 national organizations pushing this agenda. 3

 

Smart Growth and ICLEI Work Closely Together

North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays President of ICLEI

 

Smart Growth touts ICLEI's works on its website.  3(a) Smart Growth videos were shown at the MPO meeting in Jonesboro and Mayor Perrin admits in a Sun article "that some in the city (city planners implied here from another quote in the article)  are promoting ideas like smart growth, walkability and bike paths does not mean they are pro-Agenda 21." It is clear Smart Growth principles are being used in Vision 2030 and that Smart Growth works closely with ICLEI, and ICLEI is the key driver of Agenda 21.) North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays is the President of ICLEI, the highest office in the nation for ICLEI. 3(b) On Patrick Hays biography page on ICLEI's website, Hays is described this way:  "Mayor Hays is a recognized leader in community economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community-oriented policing, historic preservation and recreation development. 3(c))  Jonesboro Vision names several neighborhoods to be revitalized. (Mayor Hays resigned from his Mayor position at the end of 2012.)

 

Smart Growth Coined the term "Complete Streets"

Vision 2030 Draft Commits to Complete Streets - "Leave the Car At Home"

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 draft says, "The City of Jonesboro is committed to adopting a complete streets ordinance ... Action TR 12.8.1 reads:  Adopt a complete streets ordinance."  4 The Complete Street Coalition promotes streets that include lanes for pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, and public transportation all in one street.  A quote from their own website: "Complete Streets fight climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil by providing transportation choices and allowing people to leave the car at home."  5 Along with 46 other organizations the Complete Street Coalition got a bill filed in 2009 - Complete Streets Act of 2009 (S. 584 / H.R. 1443) - that directed state DOTs and MPOs to adopt complete street policies and apply complete street polices to upcoming federally funded transportation projects. Fortunately the bill did not pass, but it will be back. 6 At least one state has already passed a similar Complete Street Law - Minnesota.   

 

And Smart Growth, the organization, whose first principle deals with Mixed Land Use that was promoted by video at an MPO meeting in Jonesboro, is so closely aligned with Complete Streets Coalition that the Smart Growth Communications Director coined the name for Complete Streets in 2003. "The National  Complete Streets Coalition was founded in 2005 by a coalition of advocacy and trade groups, including AARP, the American Planning Association," etc.  6(a)

 

EPA Formed the Smart Growth Network and Gives Awards

to Recognize Smart Growth Developments of Excellence 

 

"In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN) ... to boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality.  The Network's partners include environmental groups." 6(b) Also, the "EPA created  the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2002 to recognize exceptional approaches to development that respect the environment ...  and provide new opportunities for disadvantaged communities." 6(c)  Most people, probably including some of the city council members, see the Environmental Protection Agency in a very negative light so why use principles designed by the EPA and UN Agenda 21? 

 

Smart Growth consists of more than 40 national organizations. Excerpts from their website indicates their radical agenda: 7  "Principle #4:  Create Walkable Neighborhoods: Walkable communities are desirable places to live ... and a key component of smart growth ... Smart growth supports mixed land uses as a critical component of achieving better places to live [compact, high density housing]. By putting residential, commercial, and recreational uses in close proximity to one another, alternatives to driving, such as walking or biking, & public transit become viable."  8 This is their way of coercing and forcing people out of their cars. People are not going to give up their cars voluntarily]

 

Jonesboro Vision Incorporates Smart Growth and Pedestrain Scale "Villages"

 

Jonesboro Visions 2030 incorporates Smart Growth principles, saying,   "New residential areas will be encouraged as "villages" involving mixing of uses, pedestrian scale and unifying design."  8(a)

 

Examples of projects and Initiatives listed in Jonesboro Visions 2030: 

 

 

In fact, in 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) "formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help communities improve access to affordable housing and transportation while protecting the environment ... The partnership will work to achieve critical environmental justice goals."   9

 

Another quote from Smart Growth "Take Advantage of Compact Building Design ... By encouraging buildings to grow vertically rather than horizontally ... .communities can reduce the footprint of new construction and preserve more greenspace."  [Choosing for citizens where they will live.] 10

 

Proactive Zoning To Increase Walking, Bike Riding, Mass Transit  Instead of Driving Cars - Bikes For Recreation Now, For Transportation Later

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 Initiatives

 

At an MPO meeting on November 15, 2010, we were told that UN Agenda 21 and Smart Growth and Sustainable Development were all involved in the Jonesboro MPO. Videos were even shown and pamphlets presented that dealt with principles of UN Agenda 21, in particular Smart Growth and Complete Streets.  We were also told at that meeting in response to a question that the bike trails are for recreation now, but for transportation in the future, and  that not only our children and grandchildren but we in the audience, most of us senior citizens,  would be riding bicycles and walking rather than driving cars.  11  The following quote found in Principle #4 of Smart Growth Principles explains how people will be coerced to give up their cars, "By putting residential, commercial, and recreational uses in close proximity to one another, alternatives  to driving, such as walking or biking, & public transit become viable."  11(a). People are not going to give up their cars and move into high density areas voluntarily.

 

Radical Environmentalist Dan Burden Wants To Take Cities Back A Hundred Years

 

For about four years now I have known about the UN Agenda 21 and spent hours researching it.

My understanding through my research was that the intent of Agenda 21 was based on its concerns with global warming and climate change - that they were going to take away our freedoms, limit our use of cars, push us to travel on mass transit or walk or ride bikes, and pressure us through codes and regulations to live in high density areas. (Limiting travel by cars is emphasized in UN Agenda 21 because giving up cars is the main way to stop greenhouse gases.  Managing land use and increasing urban density would greatly encourage walking, biking, or mass transit rather than driving cars.)

 

I have read the works of people like the radical environmentalist Dan Burden whose stated goal is to take cities back 100 years where people walk, bike, or ride public transit rather than drive cars.  Burden says if you don't have to have a car to get around in a city, that is a good city.  He says, "Town and portions of towns identified as neighborhoods must be planned and assembled to walking scale," and that the city should use zoning laws, codes, and regulations to make that happen. 12  Jonesboro Vision 2030 includes this goal: Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy safe, and walkable neighborhoods - rural, urban, or suburban.  12(a)

 

Radical Dan Burden At Work in Arkansas and Jonesboro

 

At least two cities in Arkansas have used Dan Burden as a consultant and narrowed four lane streets to two lanes, and our Jonesboro Planning Director, Otis Spriggs,  has attended two training sessions by Dan Burden (called EPA training by AARP who provided the training with grant money)  and included a walk audit in the Jonesboro Vision 2030 as suggested in Dan Burden's training sessions.  " TR 12.8.7 - Conduct walk audits in areas with significant pedestrian traffic." 13  Another quote from the Jonesboro Vision 2030: "A downtown sidewalk  audit conducted by the City's Planning Department in 2012 confirmed the need for various improvements in order to improve downtown walkability." 14  Dan Burden is known for his walk audits. 

 

An email to Otis Spriggs concerning the training by Dan Burden reads, "There is no fee for the training, because  we secured an EPA grant to pay for it. However, all participants are asked to "pay it forward" by committing to conduct at least 2 walk audits in their own or another community.   If you can do that, then you would be very welcome to attend." As referenced above, one of those walk audits has already been conducted in Jonesboro,  June 13, 2012." 15

 

The article in Jonesboro Sun in regard to the Turtle Creek Greenway and St. Bernard's Medical Mile  says they will add 3 feet of sidewalk and reduce the 12-foot vehicle lane to 11 feet which will help slow the traffic.  15(a)

 

The idea for the narrow streets comes straight from Burden's works:  According to Dan Burden, "Wide streets, with wide lanes, entice motorists to speed,  ... Children, pedestrians and bicyclists are safer; Safer [narrower], gridded streets, with sidewalks, ...  entice residents to walk."

 

The following are three of Burden's 25 principles for healthy  neighborhood street design

6. Narrow streets, neck downs, tight curves to reduce vehicle speeds.

8. Narrower intersections with smaller turning radii to reduce vehicle speeds.

11. On-street parking to slow traffic and shield pedestrians.

25. Design conflicts "should be resolved in favor of the non-vehicular users." 15 (b)

[Walkways and bikeways are more important than motor travel]

 

Nothing Wrong with Bikeways, Walkways, and Mass Transit Except For

Costs & The Agenda To Coerce People Out of Their Cars

 

Now there is nothing wrong with improving our sidewalks in Jonesboro, that is unless there is a deceptive agenda like Agenda 21, and Dan Burden's plan behind it.   As one expert said, you   "start with the least threatening and most promising steps" -  like narrowing the street in front of a hospital to get people used to the idea.    And there is nothing wrong with bike trails if the purpose for them was for recreation rather than forced transportation and if the economy could afford them. And there is nothing wrong with having a  Transit system in Jonesboro if  the taxpayers did not have to subsidize each rider with $18.00 a ticket - and the real cost per ticket up to now has been more like $32.00 a ticket if you include ALL the taxpayer government grants). 16  AND there is  nothing wrong with public transit if there were not an agenda to coerce people into using public transit rather than cars

 

Note these other quotes from Jonesboro Vision 2030 that align with Dan Burden's goals.  Also note when  comparing  the Jonesboro Vision 2030 quotes and Agenda 21 quotes the similarity of mixing transportation with land use .

 

"The link between transportation and land use is critical ... Improving the coordination between transportation planning and land-use planning holds the promise of mitigating congestion; reducing the need for costly infrastructure investments;."  "Policy TR 12.1 - Coordinate transportation planning and land-use planning."  [In other words managing land by the city with zoning regulations, laws, and codes will create higher density areas where people walk, ride bikes, or use public transit rather than drive.]   17

 

"The City of Jonesboro is committed to adopting a complete streets ordinance ...  Specific actions that shall be undertaken to increase mobility include: Actions TR 12. - "Consider all road users in developing the transportation system.  Action TR 12.8.1 - Adopt a complete streets ordinance."    Complete streets include lanes for pedestrians, bicyclists, cars,  and public transportation all in one street18

 

The Future Land Use Plan encourages the development of mixed use area  ... which have the potential to reduce traffic congestion on major roadways by internalizing trips and enabling walking and biking for short trips. 19

 

Public Transportation: Focuses on the population using public transportation in their trip to work.  20

 

Reducing congestion can be achieved by increasing roadway capacity  ... ..by increasing the connectivity of street networks or providing alternate modes of transportation 21

Note also these quotes  in the United Nations Agenda 21, that are the basis for the Jonesboro Vision 2030 quotes above on alternate modes of transportation - sidewalks, bike lanes, and public transit.

(d) "In accordance with national socio-economic development and environment priorities, evaluate and, as appropriate, promote cost-effective policies or programmes, including administrative, social and economic measures, in order to encourage use of transportation modes that minimize adverse impacts on the atmosphere;" [In other words, limit the use of individual cars.] 22

Jonesboro Visions 2030 says, "Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs [walking, biking], reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emission, and promote public health."  22(a)

 (e) Develop or enhance, as appropriate, mechanisms to integrate transport planning strategies and urban and regional settlement planning strategies, with a view to reducing the environmental impacts of transport;"  [In other words manage the use of land  (high density areas) so individual cars won't be needed.]  23

 

Redistribution of Wealth Is A Major Goal of Agenda 21 and Jonesboro Vision 2030 Draft

 

The transportation and managed land use to move people into higher density areas was what I had researched until recently.  When I went straight to the United Nations Documents in order to compare it to the Jonesboro Vision 2030, I learned that redistribution  of wealth within nations and also globally was emphasized as much in UN Agenda 21 as global warming or climate change, as exemplified in the following quotes:

 

3.2 A specific anti-poverty strategy is therefore one of the basic conditions for ensuring sustainable development ... . should cover demographic issues, enhanced health care and education, the rights of women, the role of youth and of indigenous people.  23(a)

 3.1 The eradication of poverty and hunger, greater equity in income distribution and human resource development remain major challenges everywhere. The struggle against poverty is the shared responsibility of all countries. 24

3.4. Address issues of development, sustainable resource management and poverty eradication simultaneously. 25

7.30 (g) Accelerate efforts to promote access to land by the urban and rural poor, including credit schemes for the purchase of land and for building/acquiring or improving safe and healthy shelter and infrastructure services;     26

 (d) All countries should, as appropriate, facilitate access of urban and rural poor to shelter by adopting and utilizing housing and finance schemes and new innovative mechanisms adapted to their circumstances;  27

7.9 (c) All countries should, as appropriate, support the shelter efforts of the urban and rural poor, the unemployed and the no-income group by adopting and/or adapting existing codes and regulations, to facilitate their access to land.  28

 

Sympathy for the Poor But None For Socialism

 

I have as much sympathy with the poor as anyone (having been in that category at different stages of my life), but I have no sympathy whatsoever for the political philosophy of socialism that enslaves all people in poverty and takes away every other liberty from citizens. We have seen that in all countries who have succumbed to socialism; and in our own country, the more socialistic our government has become the more poverty we have.   We have more people using food stamps and other welfare programs than in our history; and at the present time only 58.6% of population over 16 are employed, the lowest figure in three decades. 29

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 is also very partisan and autocratic as evidenced by this pro government quote:  "Increasingly people argue that 'if only government would get out of the way' our communities and businesses would thrive. In reality, however, it is through government (federal, state and especially local) that key strategies are envisioned, defined and enacted." 29(a) Jonesboro government knows better than the increasing number of people who oppose big government?

 

Socialist Quotes in UN Agenda 21 & Vision 2030

Eminent Domain Supreme Ct. Kelo Decision - A Tool for Revitalization

 

There are numerous quotes in the United Nations Agenda 21 that promote socialism, but this one is about as clear as any:  "The objective is to provide ... through... land use so as to ensure access to land to all households and, ... the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land." 30  In order to give land to all households and to manage lands, land would have to be taken away from others who now own the land. That is socialism.  Vladimir Lenin, himself, said "The goal of socialism is communism."  Lenin also said, "The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."  30(a) Raising taxes exponentially is the only way to pay for all the changes the UN Agenda 21 promotes and all the things promoted by Jonesboro Vision 2030. 

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 states: "Communities may wish to consider the public ownership of industrial land to ensure that the public interest, rather than an individual or corporation's interest, dominates the motivations of a future transaction."  30(b)

 

This quote from Vision 2030 brings to mind the 2005 shocking Supreme Court Kelo decision that allows local government to take property from citizens and develop that property in some way that will bring in more tax money.   Now we learn that was part of the UN Agenda plan. The decision was applauded by the National League of Cities and by the Brookings Institution who called the ruling "an important revitalization tool." 30(c)

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030, Policy HOU 11.3 states: - "Promote equitable access for all residents to appropriate housing of their choice regardless of race, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, gender, familial status, age, physical or mental disabilities, income or source of income. "31

 

Obama's Poverty Act - An  Attempt at Global Redistribution of Wealth

 

Obama's Global Poverty Act was another attempt at global redistribution of wealth.  The Global Poverty Act of 2007 S. 2433 , sponsored by Obama with 30 co-sponsors, passed the House but not the Senate, would have been a global tax, payable to the United Nations, that would require the  US to increase our foreign aid by $65 BILLION per year, or $845 BILLION over the next 12 years.  That's on top of the billions of dollars in foreign aid the U.S. already pays out. 32

 

Vision 2030 and UN Agenda21 Deal Extensively with Redistribution of Wealth

 

As I read Chapter 11, the Housing Chapter of Jonesboro Vision 2030, I was actually surprised at how closely it reflected the goals of the United Nations Agenda 21.  Practically everything in the chapter deals with redistribution of wealth in the form of providing housing for the needs of the poor - through numerous federal, state, and local grants.   The beneficiaries of the housing grants are already eligible for an unbelievably large number of welfare type programs.

 

Gov't Spends $61,000 per year for households Below Poverty Line

Vision 2030 Targeting Grants Toward Implementing UN Agenda 21

 

 "Federal spending shows that the government spends over $61,000 per year for every household below the poverty line."  32(a) There are several links to this information.  Grants  are paid by the taxpayer; therefore the government is taking from some citizens and giving it to others - and locals are looking at it as free money.  Jonesboro Vision 2030 says, "Hundreds of state and federal agencies manage grant programming and/or legislative earmarks (funding directives) which can be utilized to complete projects for a wide variety of purposes. States or localities with congressmen/legislators participating on powerful appropriations committees are particularly well positioned to benefit from this strategy."  32(b) This statement is advocating for more government and targeting it to implement UN Agenda 21 principles of redistributing the wealth.  Vision 2030 states:  "Target federal funding toward existing communities - through strategies like transit oriented, mixed-use development, and land recycling--to increase community revitalization."  32(c)

 

Our country has a $16 trillion debt; our federal government continuing to give all these grants while  borrowing the money from China is insanity.  The feds are also buying control of our local government  with those grants.  They give us a little of what we want and get a whole lot of what they want with these grants.

 

New Schemes in UN Agenda 21 and Vision 2030 - Land Bank

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 also includes some strange new schemes (reflecting Agenda 21)  such as putting the city in charge of buying, owning, and selling property through the Land Bank and Acquisition Model that would lead, of course, to higher density housing which would preclude the use of cars.  These schemes would also lead to layers of bureaucracy, more money, and more control.

 

Quotes from the Housing chapter of Jonesboro Visions 2030.

 

The function of the land bank will generally include acquiring the properties, maintaining the properties until disposition and assembling and marketing development parcels for sale to for-profit and nonprofit developers ...  Sources of funds for acquisition cost and other land bank operations will come from sources including CDBG and HOME program funds ... .The City of Jonesboro evaluate and consider implementing the land bank model to support its goals of developing affordable housing for sale to low, moderate and middle-income homebuyers. [Note, the land can only be sold to buyers who will agree to build the affordable housing] and  the purchaser must demonstrate the financial ability to immediately develop the property for affordable  housing 33  This scheme matches the quote in the United Nations plan as quoted above - Footnote 27 " (d) All countries should, as appropriate, facilitate access of urban and rural poor to shelter by adopting and utilizing housing and finance schemes and new innovative mechanisms adapted to their circumstances; "

 

Other Quotes From Jonesboro Vision 2030

Direct Financial Support through Public Policy and Regulatory Changes

 

Implementation of the City of Jonesboro Comprehensive Housing and Neighborhood Plan will require a partnership between the City, private sector, and nonprofit community along with an energized community in order to be successful. The City Community Development Office, Planning Department and Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority will provide leadership in implementing the strategies and recommendations in the plan. This will include direct financial support with Entitlement Grant and Public and Assisted Housing funding and by enacting public policy and regulatory changes in support of the various initiatives. The City will have to champion new development concepts and leverage private sector participation in these efforts. 34

 

Food Desert Grants For Poor Areas (Michelle Obama's Plan) & Affirmative Housing

 

Not all of the policy options relate directly to improving housing choices and conditions, and de-concentrating poverty by diversifying housing. Poverty stricken areas are also isolated from quality goods and services such as convenience stores rather than full service grocery stores. ..The City of Jonesboro should evaluate and consider applying for 2012 or 2013 USDA Food Desert and other related Grant funding. [All this free money the taxpayers are paying for]  ... A food desert is any area where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain. It is prevalent in rural as well as urban areas and is most prevalent in low socioeconomic minority communities. [This food desert plan comes straight from Michelle Obama's plan as promoted on TV.] 35

 

Policy 1.8 -Promote social equity and fair housing, and activities that "affirmatively further fair housing." (emphasis added) Another quote: "Ensure equal opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing. 36 

 

Another quote from above: Jonesboro Vision 2020 Policy 1.3 - Promote equitable access for all residents to appropriate housing of their choice regardless of  ... income or source of income.  37

 

JURHA's Five-Year Strategic Plan states the following goals:

1. Expand the supply of assisted housing.

2. Improve the quality of assisted housing.

3. Increase assisted housing choices.

5. Promote self-sufficiency and asset development of assisted households.

6. Ensure equal opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing. 37 (a)

 

Nonprofit Groups and City Partnerships with Private Sector Are

Major Components of Agenda 21 and Jonesboro Vision 2030

 

Implementation of the City of Jonesboro Comprehensive Housing and Neighborhood Plan will require a partnership between the City, private sector and nonprofit community along with an energized community in order to be successful. [Isn't government &  private sector partnership fascism? 38

 

The limited number of nonprofit partners and certified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO) and level of affordable housing production by those organizations underscores the need for an organized capacity building program aimed at strengthening and expanding the role of nonprofit organizations in the provision of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. 39 

 

Non Profit Organizations Named 38 Times in Chapter 27 of UN Agenda 21

 and 22 times in Chapter 11 of Vision 2030

 

Non Profit groups are mentioned 22 times in Chapter 11 of the Jonesboro Vision 2030.  The nonprofit groups will be all those liberal organizations that encourage socialism and complete streets, and redistribution of wealth. The JQUAD study says, "Several national nonprofit organizations provide assistance to local nonprofits." Can you see any conservative organizations becoming involved in this? So the government is, and will be, giving this money to organizations that will leverage more money from the communities in order to implement UN Agenda 21.  40

 

The Jonesboro city council approved, despite protests, the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area "designation" December 4, 2012.  With this new "Designation," these community organizations "are NOT limited on the amount of CDBG funds that they can receive."  This "Designation" then frees the cities up to give unlimited federal CDBG money to community organizations - liberal organizations that play a crucial role in implementing Agenda 21. 41

UN Agenda 21 - Chapter 27 #3. Non-governmental organizations, including those non-profit organizations representing groups addressed in the present section of Agenda 21,  ... will be of particular importance to the implementation  ... of ...  socially responsible sustainable development, as envisaged throughout Agenda 21. The community of non-governmental organizations, therefore, offers a global network that should be tapped, enabled and strengthened in support of efforts to achieve these common goals. 42

Non governmental and nonprofit organizations are mentioned 38 times in Chapter 27 of UN Agenda 21.  The name of the chapter is "Strengthening The Role Of Non-governmental Organizations: Partners For Sustainable Development. 43  These organizations are also emphasized 19 times in Chapter 7 of UN Agenda 21as well as throughout the 40 chapters in that document.  44

 

Downtown Jonesboro Assoc. is Example of Expanding Nonprofit Partners

 Five Pages in Vision 2030 Setting Up Downtown Jonesboro

 

The Downtown Jonesboro organization is an example of expanding nonprofit partners. The Jonesboro Vision 2030 has five pages outlining the plan to "Establish a long-term, dedicated funding source for the downtown organization,"  even naming the director, setting up the yearly celebration, and becoming part of the national Main Street national movement. 45 The national  Main Street movement "has spurred $49 billion in reinvestment" to revitalize downtowns - even though Jonesboro Vision 2030 draft says these downtown revitalizations across the nation have been unsuccessful. 46 & 47

 

I attended the Downtown Jonesboro celebration meeting September 13, 2012, at the Brickhouse Grill and taped parts of it. They were following the suggestion in the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan step by step even to outlining the steps they had to take to become part of the "Main Street" national movement so Downtown Jonesboro is really a partner of the City, the government - once again city planners have implemented Vision 2030 before it has been voted on. 

 

A HyettPalma study was done in 1999 when the Jonesboro City Council determined that a Downtown enhancement strategy was needed to further revitalize Downtown Jonesboro. Thirteen years after that study and implementation, 66 businesses have closed or left the downtown area.  About all that is left is restaurants that attract business through the sale of alcohol, and even several of them have gone broke. That averages about one closing every six or seven weeks, and people tell me it is not safe to go downtown at night. Now Jonesboro Vision 2030 plans to implement a Revitalization plan for several other areas. 48   

 

Everyone Is Part of Problem or Part of the Solution

World War III Will Be Fought With Ideas Instead of Bullets and Bombs

 

As has often been said, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.  When the city council is implementing the United Nations socialistic plans, even when they appear innocent, then they are being part of the problem and not the solution. As the writer of a letter said recently, our next war won't be fought with traditional weapons:

 

Today wars need not be fought by traditional invasion, bullets and bombs. Given that scenario, take a minute and think about World War III.  WWIII bears no resemblance to previous wars. Deceit is the primary weapon, always accomplished by those in positions of trust ...  You're unaware WWIII is happening or that you're engaged in it; yet every man, woman and child is a "front-line soldier."  ... How would you vanquish a nation without firing a single shot? Destroy the economy with deficits and debt? Infiltrate and burgeon the government and its cost?  ... Excessive, unnecessary, burdensome regulation driving industry, jobs and U.S. wealth overseas? Inflation? Unduly burdensome taxation? Agenda 21 is one of the greatest Deceptions of our time.  It includes 40 chapters and will control every aspect of humanity in the world.  As leaders in our city, you owe it to those people who entrusted you with this position to become a front-line solder, discover the truth, and warn the people of its deceptive nature.

 

Begin With Baby Steps, UN Agenda Planners Say

 

UN Agenda 21 planners even advise cities to being with baby steps. An article on the "Main Street" website ( the national movement the city is helping Downtown Jonesboro join) includes the following as part of  one of Main Street's 8 principles: "Incremental: Baby steps come before walking." 49  

 

History of UN Agenda 21

 

UN Agenda 21 was formally in effect about 20 years before most of us even knew of its existence.  UN Agenda 21 policies actually date back to 1974 when the concept of sustainable development came about after the 1974 United Nations adopted the "Declaration for the establishment of a New International Economic Order. "  The following quote is also found in the preamble of the "1976 U.N. conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I)", "Land ... cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market.  Private land ownership is also the principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, and therefore, contributes to social injustice."  50

 

Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development

 

UN Agenda 21 was officially adopted in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  "Sustainable development [synonymous with UN Agenda 21] was brought to America when President Clinton initiated the President's Council on Sustainable Development.  This decision-making committee began with Agenda 21 as its proposal. Its goal was to translate Agenda 21 into public policy ...  Their first major publication was "Sustainable America - A New Consensus ...  It contained more than 150 policy recommendations taken directly from Agenda 21."  51

 

Khrushchev Quote - America Will Fall Like Overripe Fruit

 

Khrushchev said, "You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright; but we'll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have communism. We won't have to fight you; we will so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.". 52

 

In the 80's, one of the educational change agents advised, "Start with the least threatening and most promising steps."  

 

The fruit is ripe - only diligence by our people and leaders will prevent the fall. 

 

 

Debbie Pelley

dpelley@suddenlink.net

870-935-9438 or 870-919-105

 

Documentation & Footnotes For Jonesboro Vision 2030 Concerns

 

Documentation for Jonesboro Vision 2030 Article - Note that I left in the link to the United Nations Agenda 21 as it was originally found on their website when I first wrote this article.   I left it in and struck through it to indicate how devious UN Agenda 21 is. I have found the full document  elsewhere and also have a printed copy of it.  I also  received an email saying UN Agenda 21 has now changed its name and is going to call itself  Future Earth. I have only one documentation on that so not positive that is correct, but I do know that ICLEI has changed its name to leave out the International part of it.  As of now they are still using the ICLEI acronym but not the full title it originally used.  Newspaper articles have also been printed saying ICLEI has nothing to do with Agenda 21, but there are enough articles out there to prove otherwise on ICLEI's own website since it is a worldwide organization. Note: The ones that have checked by them are ones I checked recently.  If you find any links that don't work, let me know; and I think I can probably find them for you even if I have to go to another website

 

1. Local Environmental Initiatives. For list of members at this link:  http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=11454;

 Link to number of countries involved and other purposes see this link:  http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=about;

Link to quote: "The evolution of the notion of Local Agenda 21 - the UN mandate for implementing sustainable development at the local level, of which ICLEI has been a key driver - is charted since the original Rio Conference twenty years ago." http://www.iclei-europe.org/fileadmin/templates/iclei-europe/files/content/ICLEI_IS/Press_releases/2012/30.05.12_Local_Sustainability_2012_press_release.pdf

 

1(a). "The task of mobilizing and technically supporting Local Agenda 21 planning in these communities has been led by ICLEI."  See  Foreword (lst & 3rd paragraphs) of The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide at this link: http://web.idrc.ca/openebooks/448-2/#ch04

 

1(b).  A local agenda plan in Canada is called Vision 2020 and the quote: "Encourage the development of compact, mixed use, pedestrian oriented projects," and "Create 3 community gardens."  See # 5.3.3.  and 6.1.1 for Vision 2020 and see the chart under the same number  for the quote at this link:  http://web.idrc.ca/openebooks/448-2/#ch04  See Chapter 4 at the same link, especially 4.0 through 4.2.2 for a similar plan to Jonesboro Vision 2030. 

 

1(c).  Another article on ICLEI's own website touts the success of UN Agenda 21 at the local level and laments the lack of success from the national governments. They have had more success with the local governments because they were unaware it was a United Nations plan. http://local2012.iclei.org/fileadmin/files/ICLEI_at_Rio_20.pdf

 

1(d).  United Nations Agenda 21, Chapter 8 - 8.28  http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_08.shtml

http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-08.htm  Chapter 8 #28  (Just scroll down through the numbers until you come to #28.) checked

 

2.  Local Sustainability 2012" on ICLEI document." It's time to move from national interests to global environmental justice.

 http://local2012.iclei.org/fileadmin/files/LS2012_GLOBAL_REVIEW_summary.pdf

Number 10 - last one on page. If the link won't work by just clicking it, then copy the address and put it in your address line on browser.

 

2(a).   Obama says, "we can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times  ...  and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/9597/obama-we-cant-eat-much-we-want-and-then-just-expect-other-countries-are-going-say

 

3.  List of 46 organizations supporting Complete Streets. 

http://www.completestreets.org/policy/federal/complete-streets-supports-the-partnership-for-sustainable-communities/

 

Following is another list of organizations that support Complete Streets  (Some of these lists vary by a few names according to which link you find them. One link for them http://www.completestreets.org/webdocs/media/cs-sga-merge-release.pdf 

AARP • Alliance for Biking and Walking • America Bikes • America Walks • American College of Sports Medicine •American Council of the Blind • American Institute of Architects • American Planning Association • American Public Health Association • American Society of Landscape Architects • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals • Campaign to End Obesity •City of Boulder • Easter Seals • Environmental Defense Fund • Friends of the Earth • Humana • League of American Bicyclists •National Association of City and County Health Officials • National Association of REALTORS® • National Recreation and Parks Association • Natural Resources Defense Council • Paralyzed Veterans of America • Partnership for Prevention • Prevention Institute • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy • Sacramento Air Quality Management District • Safe Routes to School National Partnership Smart Growth America • Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments • Transportation For America •Trust for America's Health • U.S. Conference of Mayors • YMCA of the USA

 

3(a).  Smart Growth touts ICLEI projects on its website: Titles of two of the ICLEI articles that Smart Growth touts.  "ICLEI announces nine Star Beta Communities" and ICLEI launches 'Planet Earth' magazine featuring local government innovations - http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/tag/iclei/

 

3(b).  See newspaper article at this link for Patrick Hays as president of ICLEI: http://www.wpaag.org/Sus%20Dev%20-%20Mayor%20Patrick%20Hays%20ICLEI%20president.htm

 

3(c).  "Mayor Hays is a recognized leader in community economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community-oriented policing, historic preservation and recreation development." http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/board-of-directors/corporate-president-and-board-chair

 

4. Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter  12, page 47 (TR-47) "The City of Jonesboro is committed to adopting a complete streets ordinance" ... Action TR 12.8.1 reads: " Adopt a complete streets ordinance."  http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf  checked

 

5. "Complete Streets fight climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil by providing transportation choices and allowing people to leave the car at home - essential if we are serious about helping peo­ple drive less and save money on gas."  Title of article is "The Complete Streets Act of 2009 (S. 584 / H.R. 1443)"

www.completestreets.org/webdocs/federal/cs-2009-leavebehind.pdf

 

6.  What the failed bill tried to do: Along with 46 other organizations the Complete Street Coalition got a bill filed in 2009 - Complete Streets Act of 2009 (S. 584 / H.R. 1443)- that directed state DOTs and MPOs to adopt complete street policies and apply complete street polices to upcoming federally funded transportation projects. Fortunately the bill did not pass, but it will be back. www.completestreets.org/webdocs/federal/cs-2009-leavebehind.pdf - Link to information of what happened to the Complete Street bill.http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr1443        

 

6(a).  Smart Growth Communications Director coined the name for Complete Streets in 2003, and  "The National  Complete Streets Coalition was founded in 2005 by a coalition of advocacy and trade groups, including AARP, the American Planning Association," etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complete_streets 

 

6(b).   EPA joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN) ... to boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. http://www.smartgrowth.org/network.php#partners               checked

 

6(c).  "EPA created  the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2002 to recognize exceptional approaches to development that respect the environment ...  and provide new opportunities for disadvantaged communities."  checked http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards/sg_awards_publication_2012.htm#about_award

 

7. http://www.smartgrowth.org/network.php#partners - link to partners of Smart Growth

 

8.  http://www.smartgrowth.org/principles/mix_land.php - Link to quote on Smart Growth "Principle #4:  Walkable communities ... a key component of smart growth.  By putting residential, commercial, and recreational uses in close proximity to one another, alternatives  to driving, such as walking or biking, & public transit become viable."

http://www.smartgrowth.org/principles/walkable.php - Create Walkable Neighborhoods

 

8(a).  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 1, page 5 (CP-5)  "New residential areas will be encouraged as "villages" involving mixing of uses, pedestrian scale and unifying design;" 

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%201%20General%20Profile.pdf checked

 

8(b).  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 13, page 36 (ED-36)

 Example Projects and Initiatives

• New or expanded transit services connecting housing to jobs and services

• Affordable housing development strategically situated to minimize traditional

transportation time and costs

• Mixed-use development projects combining housing, services, and work opportunities

·       Proactive zoning to facilitate growth

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf 

Checked

 

9.  EPA, HUD, USDOT joined forces for affordable housing - connects transportation with housing. Article HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/partnership/index.html http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/partnership/index.html#partnershipagreement

.

10.  -"Take advantage of Compact Building Design..By encouraging buildings to grow vertically rather than horizontally  ... communities can reduce the footprint of new construction and preserve more green space.  [Choosing for people where they will live.] http://www.smartgrowth.org/principles/comp_design.php

 

10(a).   Same as 8(b) above  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 13, page 36  (ED-36) checked

 

11.  http://www.wpaag.org/Agenda%2021%20Carless%20Soc%20J'boro%20MPO%20Mtg.htm  "What We Learned About The "Carless Society" at the MPO Meeting for the Public November 15, 2010."

 

11(a).  Link to quote on Smart Growth "Principle #4:  Walkable communities ... a key component of smart growth.  By putting residential, commercial, and recreational uses in close proximity to one another, alternatives to driving, such as walking or biking, & public transit become viable."  http://www.smartgrowth.org/principles/mix_land.php

 

12.  Lecture by Dan Burden presented to Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C. in 2001. Video: "Building Communities With Transportation" by Dan Burden http://www.walkable.org/assets/downloads/trbpaper.pdf

Article by Dan Burden "Stop Sprawl" http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/design.asp

More Quotes by Dan Burden - http://www.wpaag.org/Sustainable%20Dev%20-%20Quotes%20from%20Dan%20Burden%20video.htm

Video by Dan Burden "Building Livable, Walkable Communities http://fora.tv/2008/07/14/Dan_Burden_Building_Livable_Walkable OR

http://fora.tv:80/2008/07/14/Dan_Burden_Building_Livable_Walkable

 

12(a).  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 13, page 35 (ED-35) "Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy safe, and walkable neighborhoods - rural, urban, or suburban."  (look for last entry in the chart on this page)

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf  checked

                                                                                                                         

13. "Conduct walk audits in areas with significant pedestrian traffic." Jonesboro Visions2030, Chapter 12, page 47 (This was the one that Otis Spriggs conducted after going to Dan Burden's EPA training.  (TR-47) -  Action TR.12.8.7            (http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf  page 47  Comes under Goal 4 checked

 

14. Otis Spriggs' walk audit after Dan Burden EPA training. "A sidewalk audit conducted by the City's Engineering Department in 2009 revealed that much of the city of Jonesboro's sidewalk infrastructure is impassable, and a downtown sidewalk audit conducted by the City's Planning Department in 2012 confirmed the need for various improvements in order to improve downtown walkability." Chapter 12, page 11 (TR-11) http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf  checked

 

15.  This information (about Otis Spriggs EPA Dan Burden workshop &  walk audits)  and quote are found on an attachment sent to me by Otis Spriggs. Checked

 

15(a).  Quote from Jonesboro Sun article: September 16, 2012, " City to see Turtle Creek Greenway progress." checked

 

15(b).  Three of Dan Burden's 25 principles for street design

 6. Narrow streets, neck downs, tight curves to reduce vehicle speeds.

8. Narrower intersections with smaller turning radii to reduce vehicle speeds.

11. On-street parking to slow traffic and shield pedestrians.

25. Design conflicts "should be resolved in favor of the non-vehicular users."

[Walkways and bikeways are more important than motor travel]

http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/design.asp   "Stop Sprawl, Street Design Guidelines for Healthy Neighborhoods  Scroll down to the 25 principles for street design.

 

16.  Jonesboro Sun - "Taxpayers foot $18.27 a ride on JETS buses."  March 21, 2012.   But if you include all the grant money from the beginning of the program the figure is $32.00 a ticket. "Jonesboro ranked "dead last" in total riders, attaining just 13.5 percent of the average of all 14 systems." Quote taken from Jonesboro Sun article "JETS official pledges better service at ASU"  August 12, 2012.

 

17. Jonesboro Vision 2030,  Chapter 12,  page 40 (TR-40) "The link between transportation and land use is critical" etc.

"Policy TR 12.1 - Coordinate transportation planning and land-use planning."

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf checked

18. Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 12, page 47 (TR-47) "Action TR 12.8.1 Adopt a complete streets ordinance." http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf checked

19. Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 12, page 25 (TR 25)  "The Future Land Use Plan encourages the development of mixed use areas which have the potential to reduce traffic congestion on major roadways by internalizing trips and enabling walking and biking for short trips." http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf  checked

                                                                                                                                               

20. Jonesboro Vision 2030,  Chapter 11, page 3 (HOU-3)  "Public Transportation: Focuses on the population using public transportation in their trip to work."  Checked

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

 

21. Chapter 12, page 38 (TR-38) " Reducing congestion can be achieved by increasing roadway capacity (e.g., by improving the efficiency of intersections or adding lanes), decreasing roadway demand (e.g., by increasing the connectivity of street networks or providing alternate modes of transportation)." checked

 

22. Agenda 21,  Chapter 9  #15(d)  - In accordance with national socio-economic development and environment priorities, evaluate and, as appropriate, promote cost-effective policies or programmes, including administrative, social and economic measures, in order to encourage use of transportation modes that minimize adverse impacts  on the atmosphere. http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-09.htm checked

 

22(a).  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 13, p. 35 (ED-35)  "Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs , reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health." http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf  checked

 

23. http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_09.shtmlAgenda 21 -  Chapter 9 #15 (e) "Develop or enhance, as appropriate, mechanisms to integrate transport planning strategies and urban and regional settlement planning strategies, with a view to reducing the environmental impacts of transport;" http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-09.htm  checked

 

23(a).  http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_03.shtml  Agenda 21,  Chapter 3 #2   A specific anti-poverty strategy is therefore one of the basic conditions for ensuring sustainable development ...  should cover demographic issues, enhanced health care and education, the rights of women, the role of youth and of indigenous people. http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-03.htm  checked

 

 24.  http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_03.shtml  Chapter 3 #1   The eradication of poverty and hunger, greater equity in income distribution and human resource development remain major challenges everywhere. The struggle against poverty is the shared responsibility of all countries.  http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-03.htm

 

25. http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_03.shtml  Chapter 3 #4   address issues of development, sustainable resource management and poverty eradication simultaneously. http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-03.htm checked

 

26.  http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_07.shtml  - Chapter 7 #30 (g) "Accelerate efforts to promote access to land by the urban and rural poor, including credit schemes for the purchase of land and for building/acquiring or improving safe and healthy shelter and infrastructure services."  http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-07.htm  checked

 

27. http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_07.shtml -   Chapter  7 #9 (d)  "All countries should, as appropriate, facilitate access of urban and rural poor to shelter by adopting and utilizing housing and finance schemes and new innovative mechanisms adapted to their circumstances." http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-07.htm  Checked

 

28 http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_07.shtml  - Chapter 7 #9(c) "All countries should, as appropriate, support the shelter efforts of the urban and rural poor, the unemployed and the no-income group by adopting and/or adapting existing codes and regulations, to facilitate their access to land." http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-07.htm  Checked

 

29.  http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article791756.ece 

 

29(a).  Jonesboro Vision 2030,  Chapter 13 -  Economic Development, page 19  (ED-19)  "Increasingly people argue that 'if only government would get out of the way' our communities and businesses would thrive. In reality, however, it is through government (federal, state and especially local) that key strategies are envisioned, defined and enacted."  (More government control is the answer)

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf  checked

 

30. http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_07.shtml   UN Agenda 21,  Chapter 7 #28"The objective is to provide for the land requirements of human settlement ... through ...  land use so as to ensure access to land to all households and, where appropriate, the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land." That's socialism & communism.  http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-07.htm  checked

 

30(a).  Vladimir Lenin, himself, said "The goal of socialism is communism."  Lenin also said, "The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/v/vladimir_lenin.html

 

30(b).  J'boro Vision 2030,  Chapter 13, page 41 (ED-41) "Communities may wish to consider the public ownership of industrial land to ensure that the public interest, rather than an individual or corporation's private interest, dominates the motivations of a future transaction."  http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf

 

30(c).  Kelo imminent domain Supreme Court Ruling was applauded by the National League of Cities and by the Brookings Institution who called the ruling "an important revitalization tool."

http://plannersweb.com/2005/10/the-supreme-courts-kelo-decision-good-news-or-bad-news-for-downtowns/

 

31. Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 11, Page 124 Policy HOU  11.3 "Promote equitable access for all residents to appropriate housing of their choice regardless of race, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, gender, familial status, age, physical or mental disabilities, income or source of income.

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

checked

 

32.  S. 2433 (110th): Global Poverty Act of 2007

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s2433  checked

 

32(a).  "Federal spending shows that the government spends over $61,000 per year for every household below the poverty line."

http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/34429246239/feds-spend-over-61-000-per-year-for-every-household;  for several other  links to this information type the above quote in Google search engine. Checked   

 

32(b).  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 13, page 37 (ED-37)  "Hundreds of state and federal agencies manage grant programming and/or legislative earmarks (funding directives) which can be utilized to complete projects for a wide variety of purposes. States or localities with congressman/legislators participating on powerful appropriations committees are particularly well positioned to benefit from this strategy." http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf checked

 

32(c).  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 13, page 35 (ED-35)"Target federal funding toward existing communities - through strategies like transit oriented, mixed-use development, and land recycling--to increase community revitalization.  http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf  In table checked.

 

33.  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 11, Housing & Neighborhood Element, page 81 (HOU 81), pages 79-83 all cover this plan.  "The function of the land bank will generally include acquiring the properties, maintaining the properties until disposition and assembling and marketing development parcels for sale to for-profit and nonprofit developers."

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

checked

 

34. Jonesboro Visions 2030, Chapter 11, page 121 (HOU-121). "Implementation of the City of Jonesboro Comprehensive Housing and Neighborhood Plan will require a partnership between the City, private sector, and nonprofit community ... .to be successful" and   Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority will take leadership in implementing policies,

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

checked

 

35. Food Deserts -  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 11, Housing, page 66 (HOU-66)

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

checked

 

36.  Quotes on affirmative housing - Jonesboro Vision 2030,  Chapter 11, page 125 (HOU-125)  &  Chapter 11, page 28 (HOU-28)  "promote social equity and fair housing, expansion of nonprofit and faith based resources engaged in housing development and activities that "affirmatively further fair housing." and "Ensure equal opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing."

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

checked

 

37.  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 11, page 124 (HOU-124) "Policy 1.3 - Promote equitable access for all residents to appropriate housing of their choice regardless of ... income or source of income."

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

checked

 

37(a).  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 11, page 28 (HOU-28)  " JURHA's Five-Year Strategic Plan states the following goals: 1. Expand the supply of assisted housing. 2. Improve the quality of assisted housing. 3. Increase assisted housing choices. 4. Provide an improved living environment. 5. Promote self-sufficiency and asset development of assisted households. 6. Ensure equal opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing. 7. Continue to enhance the marketability of JURHA's Public Housing Units." checked

 

38. Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 11, page 121 (HOU-121) "Implementation of the City of Jonesboro Comprehensive Housing and Neighborhood Plan will require a partnership between the City, private sector and nonprofit community ... to be successful.  http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

checked

 

39.  Jonesboro Vision 2030, Chapter 11, page 105 (HOU-105), "The limited number of nonprofit partners ... underscores the need for an organized capacity building program...in the provision of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization." http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf  checked

 

40. Nonprofits mentioned 22 times in Chapter 11, Jonesboro Vision 2030 http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf

 

41. "With the NRSA status, once the NJNI initiative applies for its 501 (c) 3 status [nonprofit status] and becomes a separate entity from the City (which will happen in the next 12 to 18 months), the NJNI [North Jonesboro Neighborhood Initiative] can then be a CBDO -Community Based Development Organization. CBDO's are NOT limited on the amount of CDBG funds that they can receive."   See # 5 from email that city employee, Heather Clements, sent to city council at this link: http://jonesboro.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=2227204&GUID=EF9C0F45-CE82-497C-A88F-8485CF7F463D

 

42.  UN Agenda 21 - Chapter 27 #3. Non-governmental organizations, including those non-profit organizations ... will be of particular importance to the implementation  ... of ...  socially responsible sustainable development, as envisaged throughout Agenda 21. The community of non-governmental organizations, therefore, offers a global network that should be tapped, enabled and strengthened in support of efforts to achieve these common goals. United Nations Agenda 21 42  http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-27.htm

 

43.  Non governmental and nonprofit organizations are mentioned 38 times in Chapter 27 of UN Agenda 21.  The name of the chapter is "Strengthening The Role Of Non-governmental Organizations: Partners For Sustainable Development. 43. http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-27.htm

 

44.  These organizations are also emphasized 19 times in Chapter 7 of UN Agenda 21as well as throughout other chapters in that  document. http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-07.htm

 

45.  Jonesboro Vision 2030 gives 5 pages to setting up Downtown Jonesboro Association -  Jonesboro Vision 2030 draft, in Economic Development Strategic Plan document (no chapter # on this document)  pages 50-54  http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/StrategicPlan_%202012.pdf

 

46. The national  Main Street movement "has spurred $49 billion in reinvestment" to revitalize downtowns.  http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/

 

47. Jonesboro Vision 2030 draft, Chapter 10 page 45 (PD-45)   "Like many cities of its size, Jonesboro has experienced past attempts to revitalize its Downtown. And, as has also been experienced by cities in this country, those attempts did not yield the desired results."

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2010%20Physical%20Development%20Element.pdf

 

48.  Information about the failure of the Revitalization of Downtown Jonesboro.  http://www.wpaag.org/J'boro%202030%20Revitalized%20Downtown%20article%20-%20Bob.htm

 

49.  One of the 8 principles of "Main Street" movement reads:  "Incremental: Baby steps come before walking."  http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/the-approach/eight-principles.html

 

50.  Quote on Land ownership and history of UN Agenda 21 http://www.rightsidenews.com/2010121422046/life-and-science/energy-and-environment/agenda-21-un-the-history-of-sustainable-development-connecting-the-dots.html

 

51. President Clinton's President's Council on Sustainable Development and history of UN Agenda 21.  http://www.rightsidenews.com/2010121422046/life-and-science/energy-and-environment/agenda-21-un-the-history-of-sustainable-development-connecting-the-dots.htm

 

52.  Khrushchev said, "You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright; but we'll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have communism. We won't have to fight you; we will so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands." Ezra Taft Benson at the behest of President Dwight Eisenhower met with Nikita Khrushchev and the quote is taken from Benson's recorded text. http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=3082

 

Posted by Debbie Pelley

January 7, 2013