Presentation To Tea Party -  Radical Environmentalist Dan Burden and Jonesboro, AR

and On The Book Behind the Green Mask:  U. N. Agenda 21, July 17, 2012

by Debbie Pelley

 

About four years ago I learned about the U.N. Agenda 21's Sustainable Development Plan.  The first shocking aspect of that plan was that the liberal environmentalists wanted to do away with our cars to reduce pollution.   I sent out an article on that issue (On The Road to A Carless Society) 1  in June 2009- as soon as I felt the time was right - after hearing Michael Moore's quote on Fox saying, "Cars may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature."2  (There was also an article about that time in the AR Democrat Gazette praising the charm of communities without cars.)

 

Liberal John Brummett picked up on that article, and wrote an article entitled "World Without Cars, Amen" 3 saying, " I know some liberals very well and these expressions of Michael Moore reflect exactly how they talk among themselves...They think cars are destructive to the earth both in what is required to run them and in what they emit." 

 

But then Brummett reassured his readers by saying: "But these kinds of things take time. We're currently only in the embryonic stage," and described Michael Moore as  "a lone marginalized author doing a little provocation."  However on the web I had already found numerous articles promoting a "carless" society and within two years had a list of 45 national organizations pushing this agenda. ( Brummett was either using liberal tactics to make conservatives look foolish or he, himself, was so unaware of the situation that he made himself look foolish.)

 

That was in June, 2009.  Fast forward to November 2010, one year later and imagine our shock when in answer to our questions when we were told at  a Jonesboro MPO meeting that the Jonesboro MPO is planning for a future where not only our children and grandchildren but we adults  in the room (most of us over 60) would be walking and riding bikes rather than driving cars.  [The MPO is acronym for Metropolitan Planning Organization.  The federal government requires every city over 50,000 to have an MPO for their area.  Jonesboro MPO includes Jonesboro, Brookland, Bay, Bono, Craighead County, and JETS, (Jonesboro Economical Transportation System)

 

When articles of our opposition were reported in the Jonesboro Sun, I received an email from a liberal California transit employee with a link to a video by Dan Burden and a message designed to convert me to their way of thinking about cars and Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development. Instead it gave me a great many more details about sustainable plans and how environmentalists intend to implement them. In the video Dan Burden talked a great deal about cities without cars, and the need for codes and regulations that would allow only for small-sized grocery stores that would be located within walking distance.  By the way, I received an interesting email from someone who said he asked a Muslim about ten years ago why they were buying up all the small gas stations and grocery stores, and this Muslim told him that in the future there would not any big grocery stores, only small ones.  They probably are more aware of the future plans than we Americans are.

 

Following are some things Dan Burden says in his video and articles: (For a link to a long list of quotes by Dan Burden. see footnote 4.)  4

 

Whether a city is working or not depends on how many people you see walking. Video

If I don't need to rent a car, your rate will be high. If I do need to rent a car, your rate will be low.   Video

 

Walking has got to become the focus for transportation planning. Video

"Design conflicts 'should be resolved in favor of the non-vehicular users'" Article

 

Burden said how important turning the clock back 100 years is.  We need to bring down the amount of fuel.  We need to downsize grocery stores so you can get groceries closer to where people live and mentioned other places that need to be downsized so they would be in walking distance.  Video

 

"Towns and portions of towns identified as neighborhoods must be planned and assembled to walking scale. History has proven that distance of a quarter-mile radius forms the near perfect place for people to interact...This scale allows people to reach most primary destinations in five minute walks. It is possible to get completely across the entire area in 10 minutes."  Lecture 

 

I also learned from Dan Burden that one of the least expensive and favorite ways of increasing bikeways was by cutting four lane highways to two lanes for traffic and two lanes for bikeways. I still thought this would be going on in California but not in Arkansas for another few years. In the meantime I had read an article, the "European Union to ban cars from cities by 2050" 5 in order  "to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent...new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto ‘alternative' means of transport."  According to the book Behind the Green Mask " The United Kingdom and much of the United States has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. (p 44)

 

My next surprise bordering on shock was seeing so soon a picture of Dan Burden in our state newspaper working in North Little Rock. Under the picture was this caption:  "In this photo taken Oct 7, 2011, Dan Burden measures a street intersection in North Little Rock. Instead of making streets wider to accommodate more cars, crews will reduce them from four lanes to two in a project called a ‘road diet.'  The goal is to rein in aggressive drivers and make shopping areas friendlier to pedestrians. 6  Dan Burden had said in some of his writing that making streets more narrow would cut down on traffic because motorists would have to drive slower.

 

Then in November, 2011 Dan Burden shows up again in Harrison, Arkansas . The AP article reports: "Instead of making the street wider to accommodate more cars, the crew reduces it from four lanes to two in a project called a "road diet." The goal is to rein in aggressive drivers and make shopping areas friendlier to pedestrians... Still, Dan Burden, who pushes road diets and other transportation ideas to make communities more walkable, says the road diet fits nicely with Harrison's goal of gleaning more revenue from its businesses."

 

But business owners say, "They call it a road diet, which means they're going to cut back on traffic, but I can't imagine any businessman wanting less traffic in front of his business."

 

Then just six months later on June 5, 2012, the Jonesboro Sun published a story, entitled "Volunteers to study walking areas downtown."  reported that "Spriggs [City Planning Director Otis Spriggs] said the idea for this ‘walk audit' came about during the Vision 2030 planning process, but it coincided with a recent training session offered by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute founded by Dan Burden and Sarah Bowman in Bryant, Arkansas, that Spriggs and a few other local leaders attended in April."

 

I had also learned during this time that Arkansas Govern Beebe’s Global Warming Commission recommended 54 specific policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (just 39 of the recommendations would cost Arkansas $3.7 BILLION).  Three of those recommendations that received a unanimous vote by all members deal with the reduction of cars – with bicycles and mass transit being used in place of cars. 7

 

In addition, I had become aware that the federal government had mandated bikeways.  The following are just a drop in the bucket of all  the typical quotes from the U.S. transportation secretary’s Regulation and Recommendation, March 11, 2010. “Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. The secretary has the authority to withhold approval for projects that would negatively impact pedestrians and bicyclists.” In the recommendation section is this bullet point: “Considering walking and bicycling as equal with other transportation modes...Walking and bicycling are efficient transportation modes for most short trips” Note that these quotes come from the official U.S. Department of Transportation website. [See this article at this link:  http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2010/bicycle-ped.html ] 8 However, I noted that recently, (June, 2012)  the Republicans were able to get language in the Transportation bill that would "give states more flexibility to skip federal mandates on bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways."9

 

The "embryonic"  stage John Brummett said we were in on the push to do away with our cars had moved very rapidly from Michael Moore to California to Arkansas.  And Brummett's quote that Michael Moore was a "lone marginalized author doing a little provocation,"  proved to be laughable.

 

I wrote a letter to the editor on Dan Burden's expertise being used in Jonesboro;  and after it was published, I called Otis Spriggs and talked to him and asked and received answers for a few questions.  He said there were three that went to Dan Burden’s training session. When I asked him if he knew about the radical ideas that Dan Burden espoused, he said he knew nothing about any of that.  I asked if he had attended any other training sessions by Dan Burden; he said one in 2010 he thought in Little Rock.  When I asked how much it cost him to go to the training session by Dan Burden he said it cost him nothing.  I asked who paid Dan Burden because I know they get good money for this, he said he did not know.  After a few more questions I told him that I did not want to be confrontational but that I and others  wanted some information from him, and he could either give it to me or I would FOIA my questions. He said put them in writing, and he would answer them.

 

 Following are the questions I asked and answers I received.  My questions are in red font.  

 

1. How is Vision 2030 different from Metropolitan Planning Organization and how are they similar? When another lady and I attended one of their Vision 2030 planning sessions, I thought it was just still an MPO meeting.  The Director of MPO, Ulkarim was there and all the normal leaders.  Here is his verbal answer paraphrased: "Vision Planning is  Different Agency. Two different roles.  Jonesboro is under MPO’s umbrella, but this is a different agency than the MPO."  I did get an answer back later after a specific request that the vote on the Jonesboro Vision 2030 plan will take place about August 16.  The MPO plan has already been approved. When I had asked Otis Spriggs earlier if there were  a draft of Vision 2030 online, he  told me the draft was not ready to view yet so that allows very little time for citizens to study the plan.  However, I did find on line a 328 page draft linked from the Jonesboro Vision 2030 website called Draft. City of Jonesobro, Arkansas, Comprehensive Housing and Neighborhood Plan.  See footnote 10 for link to that 328 page plan. 10  Note that "Regionalization is linking housing with transportation funding for the first time in a play-ball-or starve effort.” 11  If the city doesn't cooperate in the housing part, they may not get the transportation funding.  The federal government furnishes about 80% of road funding.     

 

The book, Behind the Green Mask, explains why this Vision 2030 plan is so significant:

 

 p. 45 - 46 - A Comprehensive Plan is also called a General Plan, and is generally mandated/required by State law... You may find direct quotes from UN Agenda 21 in the goals section...The 2020 and 2035 General Plans will identify the rights of the community as 'balancing environmental protection with the needs of present and future residents for housing, jobs, and recreation, and on the need for transportation options to reduce dependence on automobile use...it means that your individual rights are not as important and will be disregarded for the 'community's rights.' 

 

p. 47 - The General Plan will be used to deny property owners the right to use their land as it was previously zoned…The General Plan is the visionary document that shows how the City or County would like its land use to be in the future, even if it's different from that now.   If the new vision of your area is different from your current zoning, you'll be told your property is now 'legally non-conforming.'...you're not going to be able to make those improvements or build what you thought you could.  In most municipalities if your building burns down or needs repairs over more than 50% of the total, you won't be able to do the work to restore it as it was.   If  your non-conforming use is discontinued for more than six months you typically will lose the right to reinstate that use.

 

p. 66 - Regionalization [stage where we are now] is the intermediate step in globalization, and the method by which laws, rules, and regulations can be standardized so that you can't escape them.  The regional push is to restrict future development to redevelopment areas and Priority Development Areas.  ONLY.  Do you get that?  If you own land outside of those areas you may not be able to build on it.  Now I didn't say 'land outside of the city limits' --no.  Land outside of a redevelopment area, outside of a small section of a narrow 1/4 mile wide transportation corridor may not be buildable.  This is stunning. 

 

p. 66 - If your city wants to get a piece of the big funding pie for transportation and planning it has to agree that for the next 25 years residential development will only happen within the Priority Development Areas.  Why are they doing it mostly in redevelopment areas?  Because they have the power  of eminent domain there and can take your land against your will.  All of the new construction to accommodate population increases for 25 years will be in a small area.  That's why they call them Priority Development Areas.  The city/county can take the property taxes in that area for the next 30-45 years and use it to pay off bond debt and pay their cronies to develop Smart Growth.  Sustainable Communities Strategy grants pay for it outside of redevelopment areas.  Hear that thunder? It's sellers running to dump their property outside of Priority Development Areas and buyers racing to buy within those area.  But quietly stealthily, because you haven't woken up to it yet.

 

2. I noted that the 50 committee members are appointed.  Who appointed the committee and who hired you for your job as City Planning Director. Did you just automatically become the Director because of your position at the Planning and Zoning Department or was there a different appointment?  Who hired you in 2006 and what was your title then and now?

 

On the question as to who hired him for his job, his answer:  I’m offended by this these questions – I was hired as Director with credential, experience & eduation!  Otis Spriggs had told me on the phone that he had worked for the city for six years in the Planning and Zoning Department. I noted in the Sun article that Spriggs is in the top ten highest paid city employees - $90 thousand plus. – a few thousand less than the Mayor gets.

 

Spriggs provided me with a formal document indicating that Mayor Harold Perrin and the Nominating & Rules Committee had requested the creation of a Comprehensive Planning Advisory Commission to develop a 20 year Comprehensive Plan for the City of Jonesboro.  About thirty-three people were appointed as initial members of that Commission Jan. 5, 2010. The City of Jonesboro passed another resolution approving other people that Mayor Perrin appointed for the committees on March 4,  2010.    I wanted to know this so we would know who was accountable to the people. So there are about 50 members on the committees not directly accountable to the people. That means it is almost impossible to educate this many people on this issue.  On a follow up question I asked Spriggs if the government mandated a city plan like this as they do the MPO but I have not gotten an answer on this yet. The author of Behind the Green Mask said it is usually required/mandated by the state.

 

 3. Was the chair first appointed of each group and the chair appointed the others or how did that work?  Did you have the final say on the committee members? I checked the website and did not find this information. Was the city council involved in these appointments or did they have to okay them? This one is answer above.  Answered in question 2 above.

 

4.  Did the City Council initiate the Jonesboro Vision 2030 Plan.  In essence yes as noted in number 2 above, but they probably knew very little about what they were doing – probably following procedures outlined by federal government, either mandated or recommended.  When I asked Spriggs if he knew about the radical aspects Dan Burden talked about, he said he knew nothing about any of that.

 

5.  Who went to the workshop where Dan Burden presented -- their names and positions?  Who invited you to the workshop and did you then invite the other two to attend (I understand there were three of you who went – is that right?)

 

Answer: “ I was the only city employee.  Others present from Jonesboro were Ross Allen, Sally Broadaway. (Spriggs had told Mr. Hester that someone from the Health Department had asked him about attending the Dan Burden meetings so I presume Sally Broadway is from the Health Department since most of the emails to Spriggs about the Dan Burden workshop were from her. In answer to my question, he had told me that he had attended one other workshop in 2010 in Little Rock.

 

From the emails I learned that AARP had invited people to the training  by Dan Burden. Lou Tobian AARP in Little Rock had invited Sally Broadway to the training saying, “There is no fee for the training, because we secured an EPA grant to pay for it.  However, all participants are asked to “pay 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.” So the city audit was a payback for attending the workshop. Neat way to rope someone in. In one of the emails from AARP Tobian on the EPA Dan Burden training was an invitation to have a working dinner with Dan Burden (including discussion of 100-day goals).  Two of the emails were copied to two people at the Arkansas Department of Education, and to Arkansas Department of Health. So they are all in on it.  (I have in my possession a 142 page “Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit, Version 2, July 2002.  It can be accessed on line at this link: www.esdtoolkit.org

 

Significance of private organizations – Quote from Behind the Green Mask: By partnering with a private group like Greenbelt Alliance your government can give grants to private organizations as consultants who will design trainings without your oversight or knowledge. [Note:  That is what they did with Dan Burden training. The workshop that Jonesboro locals attended was headed up by AARP and called EPA training.]  We can’t even FOI them to acquire the information like you can government employees.

 

6.  Please furnish me with a copy of all the materials you received at the workshop.

The material had nothing real blatant unless you knew what you were looking for.  One of the questions was:  Does the built environment make me feel that I belong here even if I don’t have a car around me; please describe pedestrian, bicyclist and driver behaviors;   and on notes and observations they had them note Sidewalk width and under Bike Lanes to describe width and under Vehicle (car)  Lanes, Lane Width, posted Speed and under street furniture to note if it had bike racks, and sheltered transit stops and under land use did they have Mixed Uses. There were a number of other notations but these are the ones that apply to our concerns. AS a change agent in the educational reform said, they start with the most promising and least threatening steps.

 

7. Please provide me with copies of all emails and/or other correspondence to and from Dan Burden's organization, in particular those concerning your attendance and the attendance of the others who attended the workshop.  Answered in number 5 above.

 

8. Who else attended the lecture by Dan Burden when you attended it in Litle Rock?  I would like to have the emails concerning your attendance at Dan Burden's presentation in Little Rock if possible. I am trying to learn as much as I can about Dan Burden's work in Arkansas and have had trouble tracing him down. No Answer on this one.

 

9. I understood you to say that the workshop did not cost you and the other two anything.  Is that correct?  Do you know how Dan Burden does get paid?  Spriggs answer on this question was N/A, but I received the information on the emails I requested. AARP received an EPA grant for the Dan Burden training. Also see # 5 for more information on this.

 

At the end of the questions I included this statement and link: If you want to understand our concerns,  read the following quotes by Dan Burden. Article can be found at this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Sustainable%20Dev%20-%20Quotes%20from%20Dan%20Burden%20video.htm

This brings us up to the book  “Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21”

 

Following are some quotes from a self described liberal Democrat in her book entitled Behind The Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21. The author, Rosa Koire from California, describes herself this way: "I am a Democrat, and have been since I first registered to vote in 1974. The relevance of my party affiliation is that I have always been a liberal. I’ve only voted for a Republican once...I am pro-choice, anti-war, a feminist, and gay...I thought Bush stole the election. Twice."

 

The author, Rosa Koire, is an experienced assessor for eminent domain properties and ran into a personal experience with her own property and began a long journey through lawsuits, etc. to discover where all this government bureaucracy was coming from and what the future plans are. Her employment background helped her tremendously in discovering the truth and living in California experienced the U.N. Agenda 21 Plan in a more advanced stage than in some other areas. She describes and documents in detail many of the same things I have learned about Agenda 21 and sustainable development, but knows much more than I have learned. Her documented material will help me pinpoint exactly how the local organizations are implementing these reforms and where to go for the evidence.

 

Quotes from Behind The Green Mask by Rosa Koire:

 

p. 63 - 63 The Green Mask is that you'll have cleaner air, less pollution, more time for your families, green jobs, lower costs, and a better, more vibrantly walkable, bikeable life. (This is the same message you get from Dan Burden's writings and from other environmentalists. (Many of Dan Burden's quotes can be found at this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Sustainable%20Dev%20-%20Quotes%20from%20Dan%20Burden%20video.htm)

 

p. 94 - She was a paid lobbyist for Smart Growth--and no one knew it. Before we moved to Santa Rosa she had hired Dan Burden, a well-known Smart Growth advocate, to come to the neighborhood and give a seminar on redesigning Mendocino Avenue, the main street through our area. It is the main alternate to the freeway and is four lanes. Jenny and Dan, however, thought it would be much better with just two lanes and a big median planter: traffic calming! Four wheels bad, two wheels good. [Then the author describes a following meeting that made her feel like she had "dropped into the Twilight Zone" That is much the same feeling I have when I look at all that is going on and when we first attended the Jonesboro area MPO. See this link for what we learned that night - that our MPO Director believes that not only will our children and grandchildren be riding bikes and walking rather than using cars but that we older adults will as well. http://www.wpaag.org/Agenda%2021%20Carless%20Soc%20J'boro%20MPO%20Mtg.htm

 

p. 8 - There is a plan for world government that is in place and eating like a metastasized cancer into every nation, free and bound, in the world. Under the banner of saving the planet we are drowning liberty.

 

pp.12-13 - Have you wondered where these terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘Smart Growth’ and ‘high density urban mixed use development’ came from? Doesn’t it seem that about 10 years ago you’d never heart of them and now everything seems to include thee buzz words? Is that just a coincidence? That every town and county and state and nation in the world would be changing their land use/planning codes and government policies to align themselves with...what?...Wile many support the United nations for its peacemaking efforts, few know that it has very specific land use policies that it wants implemented in every city, county, state, and nation. The specific plan is called United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, which has its basis in Communitarianism. By now, most Americans have heard of sustainable development but are largely unaware of Agenda 21: the agenda for the twenty-first century. In a nutshell, the plan calls for governments to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decision making in the hands of private property owners...people should be rounded up off of the land and packed into human settlements or islands of human habitation...close to employment centers and transportation.

 

UN Agenda 21 cites the affluence of Americans as being a major problem which needs to be corrected. It calls for lowering the standard of living for Americans so that the people in poorer countries will have more; a redistribution of wealth. Although people around the world aspire to achieve the levels of prosperity we have in our country, and will risk their lives to get here, Americans are cast in a very negative light and will be taken down to a condition closer to average in the world. Only then will there be social justice which is a cornerstone of the UN Agenda 21 plan.

 

p. 14 - The guidebook, [a legislative guidebook] and it’s not just a guidebook but a blueprint, contains sample legislation, ordinances, rules, regulations and statues to be incorporated into the General Plans of every single city and county in the United States. By 2002 every planning department and every local, state, and federal department that governs land use had a copy and was implementing the practices. Every university, every college, every junior college, private school and teaching institution in our nation was using Growing Smart in its curriculum. Sound familiar? Growing Smart is Smart Growth. [Jonesboro MPO showed a video on Smart Growth at one of its meetings and proudly admit their plan is a Smart Growth plan.]

 

p. 14 - A non governmental organization called the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, ICLEI, is tasked with carrying out the goals of UN Agenda 21 locally. Over 600 cities and counties in the U.S. are members. The costs are paid by taxpayers. [Some cities have rescinded membership in ICLEI at the insistence of citizens, but everything can be done without being part of ICLEI]

 

p. 10 - You are ‘selfish’ if you insist on your individual rights and freedoms. This is the justification for UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. For the good of the planet. For everyone’s security. For your health, To protect your children. To limit workplace violence. To stop bullying. To protect the ‘rights’ of those in the future.

 

p. 15 - Redevelopment is a tool used to further the Agenda 21 vision of remaking America’s cities. With redevelopment, cities have the right to take property by eminent domain—against the will of the property owner, and give it or sell it to a private developer. By declaring an area of town ‘blighted’ (and in some cities over 90% of the city area has been declared blighted) the property taxes in that area are diverted away from the General Fund. This constriction of available funds is impoverishing the cities, forcing them to offer less and less services, and reducing your standard of living...The money gets redirected into the Redevelopment Agency and handed out to favored developers building low income housing and mixed use. Smart Growth. Cities have had thousands of condos built in the redevelopment areas and are telling you that you are terrible for wanting your own yard, for wanting privacy, for not wanting to be dictated to by a Condo Homeowner’s Association Board, for being anti-social, for not going along to get along, for not moving into a cramped overpriced apartment, downtown where they can use your property taxes for paying off that he bond debt. But it’s not working, and you don’t want to move in there. So they have to make you. Read on

 

p. 16 - Human habitation as it is referred to now, is restricted to lands within the Urban Growth Boundaries of the city. Only certain building designs are permitted...Rural property is more and more restricted in what uses can be on it...County roads are not being paved. The push is for people to get off the land, become more dependent, come into the cities. To get out of the suburbs and into the cities. Out of their private homes and into condos. Out of their private cars and on their bikes.

 

p. 16 -Bikes. What does that have to do with it? I like to ride my bike and so do you. So what. Bicycle advocacy groups are very powerful now. Advocacy. A fancy word for lobbying, influencing, and maybe strong-arming the public and politicians. What’s the connection with bike groups? National groups such as Complete Streets, Thunderhead Alliance, and others, have training programs teaching their members how to pressure for redevelopment and training candidates for office. It’s not just about bike lanes; it’s about remaking cities and rural areas to the ‘sustainable model.’ High density urban development without parking for cars is the goal. They call them ‘Transit Villages.’ This means that whole towns need to be demolished and rebuilt in the image of sustainable development. Bike groups, often dominated by testosterone-laden zealots, are being used as the ‘shock troops’ for this plan.

 

This plan is a whole life plan. It involves the educational system, the energy market, the transportation system, the governmental system, the health care system, food production, and more. It is a plan to inventory and control all of the natural resources, means of production, and human beings in the world.

 

p. 63 - Basically it’s a stack-em and pack-em housing model for an enormous UN Agenda 21/ICLEI plan. Moving you out of your rural and suburban home into a tightly designed, easily monitored apartment or condo with no space for your car and lousy public transportation. The story you’ll hear is that the only way that people will take public transportation is if they are crowded into downtown areas, and giving up cars is the main way to stop greenhouse gases... We’re told that driving is anti-social and besides WE NEED EXERCISE! There will be less pollution because no one will have a car.

 

p. 17 - Slowly, people will not be able to afford single family homes. Will not be able to afford private cars. Will be more dependent. More restricted. More easily watched and monitored.

 

p. 62 - "But regionalization is linking housing with transportation funding for the first time in a play-ball-or starve effort. The regional agencies are working with the federal government and non-profits like ICLEI to entrap the locals. Why? Because the goal is one world government. Really. Regions can refer to groups of counties, groupings of states, and ultimately, clusters of nations--like the European Union. Finally it will move to a single government. This is an incremental transfer of rights and it starts locally [but the design and force comes from the United Nations and the Federal Government.

 

p. 67 - MEETING ARE ORGANIZED BY TWO REGIONAL GROUPS: In your area they will be called something similar, like a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and a Council of Governments (COG). These two regional planning groups are comprised of selected city council members and county supervisors from all over the regions, who are responsible for putting UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Communities Strategies into place. The will partner with non-profit groups...By partnering with a private group like Greenbelt Alliance your government can give grants to private organizations as consultants who will design trainings without your oversight or knowledge. [Note: That is what they did with Dan Burden training. The workshop that Jonesboro locals attended was headed up by AARP and called EPA training.]

 

p. 62 -  "But regionalization is linking housing with transportation funding for the first time in a play-ball-or starve effort. The regional agencies are working with the federal government and non-profits like ICLEI to entrap the locals. Why? Because the goal is one world government. Really. Regions can refer to groups of counties, groupings of states, and ultimately, clusters of nations --like the European Union. Finally it will move to a single government. This is an incremental transfer of rights and it starts locally [but the design and force comes from the United Nations and the Federal Government.]

 

p.66 - Regionalization [stage where we are now] is the intermediate step in globalization, and the method by which laws, rules, and regulations can be standardized so that you can't escape them.  The regional push is to restrict future development to redevelopment areas and Priority Development Areas.  ONLY.  Do you get that?  If you own land outside of those areas you may not be able to build on it.  Now I didn't say 'land outside of the city limits' --no.  Land outside of a redevelopment area, outside of a small section of a narrow 1/4 ile wide transportation corridor may not be buildable.  This is stunning. 

 

p. 66 - If your city wants to get a piece of the big funding pie for transportation and planning it has to agree that for the next 25 years residential development will only happen within the Priority Development Areas.  Why are they doing it mostly in redevelopment areas?  Because they have the power  of eminent domain there and can take your land against your will.  All of the new construction to accommodate population increases for 25 years will be in a small area.  That's why they call them Priority Development Areas.  The city/county can take the property taxes in that area for the next 30-45 years and use it to pay off bond debt and pay their cronies to develop Smart Growth.  Sustainable Communities Strategy grants pay for it outside of redevelopment areas.  Hear that thunder? It's sellers running to dump their property outside of Priority Development Areas and buyers racing to buy within those area.  But quietly stealthily, because you haven't woken up to it yet.

 

p. 45 - 46 - A Comprehensive Plan is also called a General Plan, and is generally mandated/required by State law...You may find direct quotes from UN Agenda 21 in the goals section...The 2020 and 2035 General Plans will identify the rights of the community as 'balancing environmental protection with the needs of present and future residents for housing, jobs, and recreation, and on the need for transportation options to reduce dependence on automobile use...it means that your individual rights are not as important and will be disregarded for the 'community's rights.' 

 

p 47 - The General Plan will be used to deny property owners the right to use their land as it was previously zoned..."Here's how they do it.  You may already know that if the city or county is going to change your zoning it's required to notify you first.  But the underlying document that takes precedence over zoning is the General Plan.  You don't need to be notified when the General Plan is changed because it's 'general' and your property is not the only one that's use is changing.  The General Plan is the visionary document that shows how the City or County would like its land use to be in the future, even if it's different from that now.   If the new vision of your area is different from your current zoning, you'll be told your property is now 'legally non-conforming'...you're not going to be able to make those improvements or build what you thought you could.  In most municipalities if your building burns down or needs repairs over more than 50%T of the total, you won't be able to do the work to restore it as it was.   If  your non-conforming use is discontinued for more than six months you typically will lose the right to reinstate that use.

 

p. 45 – At the 1992 Rio Earth Summit where the Agenda for the 21st Century was introduced, Chairman Maurice Strong said:  “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class - involving high meat intake use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing - are not sustainable.  A shift is necessary which will require a vast strengthening of the multilateral system, including the United Nations.

 

From Democrats Against U. N. Agenda 21 - From article entitled: SOUNDS LIKE SCIENCE FICTION...OR SOME CONSPIRACY THEORY...BUT IT ISN'T. " It's time that people educate themselves and read the document and related commentary. After that, get a copy of your city or county's General Plan and read it. You will find all sorts of policies that are nearly identical to those in U.N. Agenda 21. Unfortunately, their policies have advanced largely unnoticed and we are now in the end game. People need to identify their elected officials who are promoting the U.N.'s policies and hold them accountable for their actions. Only when we've identified who the people are and what they are trying to do will we be able to evaluate whether or not we approve of the policies they are putting forward. Some people may think it's appropriate for agencies outside the United States to set our policies and some people will not. The question is, aren't Americans able to develop their own policies? Should we rely on an organization that consists of member nations that have different forms of governments, most of which do not value individual rights as much as we do? It's time to bring U.N. Agenda 21 out in the open where we can have these debates and then set our own policies in accordance with our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

See this link for  two or three page summary of U.N. Agenda 21 http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/index.html by Rosa Koir

 

This quote is not in the book but fits in quite well with it. It answers the question Is Capitalism Sustainable:

“Is free-market development sustainable? After all, it’s only been around for 200 years. Obviously, most of the folks gathering next week at the U.N. conference in Rio don’t think so. Last September a U.N.-sponsored activist conference issued a declaration, Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens, that urged the replacement of “the current economic model, which promotes unsustainable consumption and production patterns, facilitates a grossly inequitable trading system, fails to eradicate poverty, assists in the exploitation of natural resources to the verge of extinction and total depletion, and has induced multiple crises on Earth” with “sustainable economies in the community, local, national, regional and international spheres.” http://reason.com/archives/2012/06/12/free-markets-are-sustainable-development “Free Markets = Sustainable Development – Without capitalism, true sustainability is impossible by Ronald Bailey, June 12, 2012.”

 

For more quotes from this book, see this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Agenda%2021%20-%20Behind%20the%20Green%20Mask%20Quotes.htm

 

Footnotes:

 

1. http://www.wpaag.org/Obama%20-%20Carless%20Society.htm  On the “Road” To A Carless Society

 

2. http://arkansasnews.com/2009/06/06/world-without-cars-amen/  “World Without Cars, Amen”

June 6, 2009.

 

3. http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mikes-letter/goodbye-gm-by-michael-moore  Michael Moore’s quote on cargs daggers to heart of Mother Nature  June 1st, 2009 June 1st, 2009 "Goodbye, GM" by Michael Moore.

 

4. http://www.wpaag.org/Sustainable%20Dev%20%20Quotes%20from%20Dan%20Burden%20video.htm  Long list of quotes by Dan Burden

 

5. European Union to ban cars from cities by 2050” 5 March 28, 2011 in The Telegraph www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8411336/EU-to-ban-cars-from-cities-by-2050.html

 

6.   “Towns turn to ‘road diets’ to slow busy traffic” by Jeannie Nuss, Associated Press Nove 24, 2011 in Harrison and Little Rock. No active link available on this one.

 

7.  Link to information on Beebe’s Global Warming Commission and weaning us off cars. http://www.wpaag.org/Beebe%20-%20how_obama_and_beebe_are_weaning%20us%20off%20cars.htm

 

8.    http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2010/bicycle-ped.html Link to federal government mandating bikeways.

 

9.  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/27/lawmakers-reach-tentative-deal-on-highway-bill/ - Article on Transportation bill and more flexibility given to states on bikeways.  The link to the quote given in this paper on this issue is no longer live but this one gives a discussion of the bill as well.  This link gives the bike trails advocates viewpoint which is very interesting.  http://www.americantrails.org/reauth.html

 

10.  Aa 300 plus page draft linked from the Jonesboro Vision 2030 website called Draft City of Jonesobro, Arkansas, Comprehensive Housing and Neighborhood Plan at this link: http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/City%20of%20Jonesboro%20Comprehensive%20Housing%20and%20Neighborhood%20Plan_February%2017,%202012.pdf

 

11.  Behind The Green Mask: U. N. Agenda 21 by Rosa Koire, page 62

 

12.  See this link for  two or three page summary of U.N. Agenda 21 http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/index.html by Rosa Koir

For more quotes from the  book, see this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Agenda%2021%20-%20Behind%20the%20Green%20Mask%20Quotes.htm

 

 

Posted July 20, 2012