By Patrick Wood, 8/28/2014 –
Reflexive law was first suggested in 1983 by a German legal scholar, and has since been adopted as the legal framework to implement Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development throughout the world. Reflexive law is destroying all concepts of the traditional Rule of Law upon which Western civilization was founded.
By Michael Shaw, 9/28/2013 –
Did you know that some of your local elected representatives are enabling a shadow government to evolve? These people promote the reinvention of government through their support of, and appointments to, “regional” boards that act like soviet councils. These councils are funded to implement Agenda 21. Federal tax dollars fuel their appeal, but your city and county representatives do not have to go along.
By Heather Gass, 6/13/2013 – Over the past few years, I and many others in the San Francisco Bay Area have been fighting against a plan that seeks to socially re-engineer our lives: the One Bay Area Plan. Over the next 25 to 30 years it will transform the lives of over 9 million people in 9 counties by creating high density stack-and-pack housing next to mass transit, all in the name of saving the planet by reducing GHGs (Green House Gases). Never mind that global warming has already been debunked by thousands of scientists not on the UN’s payroll. The sky is not falling, but our rights are being systematically eroded.
By Freedom Advocates, 6/5/2013 – The plot to transform the San Francisco Bay Area is largely unknown by the residents living there and overwhelmingly opposed by those who do know. The global boiler plate program called One Bay Area (OBA) or Plan Bay Area will roll out across the nation on a grand scale. OBA involves more than $250,000,000,000 (over a quarter of a trillion dollars).
By Cherie Zaslawsky, 5/31/2013 – The much touted Common Core Standards (CCS) Initiative that is being pushed as a silver bullet to improve our schools is not simply the latest fad in education: CCS is actually an unprecedented program that would radically alter our entire K-12 educational system, affecting content (i.e. curriculum), delivery (largely via computer), testing (also via computer), teacher evaluations (connected to test scores), as well as creating an intrusive database of sensitive information from student “assessments.”
By Andrea Sanchez, 5/28/2013 – Community visioning workshops do little to address the most predominant issues facing our neighborhoods, but go a long way toward padding the pockets of a select few. Businesses and residents sense something is wrong and are rightfully wary. They will find the strings attached to the plans untenable. Watch for these meetings. It is time to point our elected officials in the direction of true representation and transparency.
By Freedom Advocates, 11/30/2012 –
Henry Baker, Deputy Director of the Planning Department (circa 1972) told the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, “…make auto usage difficult, costly, and inconvenient. Permit road congestion to increase.” Santa Cruz provides a roadmap for what you can expect.
By Elry Falkenstein III, 9/12/2012 – In 2007, George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13434, called “National Security Professional Development,” a military-industrial cartellization dressed as security. Section 1 states: “In order to enhance the national security…it is the policy of the United States to promote the education, training, and experience of current and future professionals in national security positions in executive departments and agencies.” Barack Obama, the first US President to chair the United Nations Security Council, said in a 2008 speech, “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” The “education, training and experience” of “current and future” professionals is rooted in Ch. 36 of the United Nations “global to local action” plan, Agenda 21 and is brought to us by both Republican and Democrat Presidents.
By Freedom Advocates, 7/30/2012 – Article 1 Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution prohibits states or their subdivisions from entering into any “treaty, alliance or confederation” with a foreign political organization. Contracts with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability headquartered in Bonn, Germany fit into this prohibition. Increasingly, American citizens are becoming aware of this fact.
By Texas TURF, 6/26/2012 –
The fix was in before a single citizen ever walked into the Bexar County San Antonio Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting. The tumult and chaos surrounding transportation decision-makers in Bexar County, TX has hit a feverish pitch. The public testimony emailed into the board opposed the plan, 130-3, and the three in favor were area Chamber of Commerce organizations and industry shills…”The war against cars is alive and well in San Antonio. This fight has always been about who gets the pot of ‘toll gold’ at the end of the rainbow.” — Terri Hall
By Stephen Poole, 8/17/2011 – Let me begin by congratulating any readers who’ve slogged through the first three parts of my analysis of the North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act, or SB 26. While those articles expose both the incompetence (or worse) of the NC General Assembly for considering such legislation and the abuse that such vague, open-ended legislation can entail, you’re probably still wanting to know just why I’ve bothered cobbling together several thousand words warning you of the perils of such a new regulation.
By Stephen Poole, 8/17/2011 – When most people first hear about legislation to create a new type of corporation in which the directors must provide a “general public benefit” while being freed from bothersome constraints such as maximizing profit or considering the needs and concerns of shareholders, their usual response is, “So what? If people want to invest in a company that doesn’t care about making money, go ahead and let ‘em.”
I’ll admit that was my immediate reaction when I was told about the North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act, or SB 26, which is now in the House Judiciary Committee.
By Stephen Poole, 8/15/2011 – Any reasoning citizen is bound to ask why there is a third-party standard, and who creates it? After all, corporations are under the bailiwick of the Secretary of State – so why isn’t the Secretary of State responsible for creating the standards for the corporations they are licensing? Because the entire scheme is just another “public-private partnership” so cherished by the globalist, Agenda 21-loving crowd intent on wealth distribution not only inside countries, but also among countries – and public-private partnerships play an integral role because they bypass free-market competition.
By Stephen Poole, 8/12/2011 – This four-part series was written in April and May of 2011 to inform North Carolina residents about Senate Bill 26, known as the “North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act,” so they might voice their opposition to what is essentially a stealth implementation of many Agenda 21 principles. It was originally published at North Carolina Freedom (ncfreedom.us.)
Although the legislation appears to have died in committee, it is important that activists across the country become fully aware of the “benefit corporations” strategy because the sponsoring nonprofit B Labs Corporation is introducing the same boilerplate legislation in all 50 states.
By Wynne Coleman, 8/11/2011 – Imagine a legislated brotherhood of business where favored businesses get to go to the front of the line for permits, licenses and opportunities merely because they agree to advance the principles of Sustainable Development and Agenda 21. SB 26, the North Carolina Benefit Corporations Act contains boilerplate legislation from B Labs. The following points are applicable to activists or concerned citizens who want to understand why they should oppose Benefit Corporation legislation in their States.
By Patrick Wood, 6/15/2011 –
The dark horse of the New World Order is not Communism, Socialism or Fascism: It is Technocracy. “There is a new world wide web emerging right before our eyes. It is a global energy network and, like the internet, it will change our culture, society and how we do business. More importantly, it will alter how we use, transform and exchange energy.” – Terrawatts.com home page
By Robert F. Beaudine, 6/6/2011 – When new ideas become popular, words are created to express the changes, while others are modified or discarded. Words change naturally, but sometimes they change deliberately to further a cultural agenda.
By Freedom Advocates, 2/14/2011 – Commissioner Richard Rothschild of Maryland explains why Carroll County terminated their ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) contract, while Chief Sustainability Officer Lucia Athens of Austin, Texas affirms the existence of a global population reduction agenda.
By Stacy Lynne, 8/20/2010 – ICLEI is a foreign organization on a mission to transform local governments. Each ICLEI mandate, policy and agenda is based on the principle that the collective good is more important than individual rights; this in direct opposition to the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
By Freedom Advocates, 8/7/2010
ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability has had an abundant history of association with the United Nations and the association carries on today. There are over 600 cities and counties within the United States that have contracts with ICLEI. The following quotation was found on the ICLEI.org website in 2009:
By Research Mom, 6/11/2010
In a quest to find a conservative way to be “green” some politicians are compromising and signing contracts with non-governmental entities and accepting funding which ultimately bind cities, counties, and states to radical environmental policies. Regulations and laws continue to be forced onto us by leaders that may not realize they have unwittingly committed us to anti-Constitutional globalist plans.
By Cassandra Anderson, 5/4/2010
As the federal "Cap and Trade" bill falters in Congress, and resistance to the EPA’s 18,000 page new regulation document grows, globalists are trying to bring about expanded control, using the discredited excuse of man made global warming, on a state and local level.
By Max Thornsberry, 5/1/2010 – The
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was once a partner in the
disease prevention of cattle but in recent years the USDA has knowingly
the continued reintroduction of bovine tuberculosis (TB) and other
that infect U.S. livestock.
By Henry Lamb, 4/23/2010 – Houston
Landowners Concerned About Property Rights has been working for years to prevent a "Comprehensive Plan," contrived in the pursuit of
sustainable development. The county adopted a comprehensive plan that ignored
private property rights and the principles of freedom. Landowners
fought back. This is a recent alert from Henry Lamb of Sovereignty International, Inc.
A group from Spokane, Washington called the Spokane Patriots will issue a demand that the city council withdraw from “Sustainability” policy and terminate the city’s contract with the international Non-Governmental Organization called ICLEI (the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). ICLEI works in over 600 U.S. communities and 1,000 communities worldwide. The Spokane group presents […]
By Kathleen Marquardt, 4/10/2010 – Learn how the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank want to control the wealth of the world.
By Kathleen Marquardt, 4/6/2010 – The quote from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statement introducing Country
Reports on Human Rights sounds good but misses or distorts a
major tenant of American culture. It is not democracy that insures unalienable rights to all individuals.
Democracy does not protect the rights that are naturally ours. Either I
misjudged in thinking that Hillary was alluding to our unalienable
rights in the quote or Hillary wanted to give
democracy far more credit than it deserves.
By Maryetta Ables, 4/5/2010 – Everyone knows what a lobbyist is, but do you know what an “Adviser” is in Washington, D.C.? No matter whom we elect, no matter the person or party, if we don’t shine the light on who really is writing policy, we are in for a rude awakening.
By Edwin X. Berry, Ph.D., 3/30/2010
Montana has vast oil, gas, coal and forest reserves that are needed by Montana and America to produce economical low-cost energy. But Montana has lost its once-powerful economic resource base because it allowed the federal government to control its energy lands.
By Patrick Wood, 3/3/2010 –
According to the United Nations Governing Council of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), “our dominant economic model may thus be termed a ‘brown economy’.” UNEP’s clearly stated goal is to overturn the “brown economy” and replace it with a “green economy”. This paper will demonstrate that the current crisis of capitalism is being used to implement a radical new economic system that will completely supplant it. This is not some new idea created in the bowels of the United Nations: It is a revitalized implementation of Technocracy that was thoroughly repudiated by the American public in 1933.
By Carolin Burch – Contrary to what you are being told the National Animal Identification
System (NAIS) is not dead; just renamed, reworded and still very much alive.
This was the message brought to the Ozarks Property Rights Congress (OPRC)
meeting in Gainesville, Missouri on Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Bob Parker
who said he hated to bring that news.
By C. Russell Wood, 2/26/2010 – On February 10, 2010 USDA announced that it will revise the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) policy and offer a new approach to achieving animal disease traceability. USDA concedes in their fact sheet that they were forced to once again alter their animal identification proposal due to the opposition of the American public. However, this is not the first time USDA has revised their wording and reshuffled the deck to get the public to register their premises and their animals with them.
By Freedom Advocates, 1/5/2010
The fraud of man-made climate change was exposed from emails at the University of East Anglica. Global average temperatures have not warmed for over a decade. The United Nations Climate Accords in Copenhagen (Cop15) failed to result in worldwide agreements, yet the beat goes on. Climate change policies will continue to operate covertly at the local level to develop socially engineered and controlled communities. Many local officials are committing acts of treason. Local people like you have the power to stop them.
By Cassandra Anderson, 1/3/2010 – The globalists’ battle for complete control over all populations is
from "global to local." This is why Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was brought to speak at the
Copenhagen Summit. He truthfully revealed the power that state and
local governments, which he called "sub-national governments," have in accomplishing carbon reduction goals.
Tester Tests the Waters and Forests of Montana for Sustainable Development with his Destruction of Forest Jobs and Recreation Act
By Dan Happel and Kathleen Marquardt, 1/3/2010 – Senator Jon Tester of Montana introduced S. 1470 in July, known as the “Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009.” Regretfully the first two words of the title of the Bill, “Destruction of”, were left off. We must keep in mind that Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009 is not about jobs or recreation; it is about removing Montanans from Montana. Then the globalists can get on with the business of bringing to fruition the Wilderness Plan.
By Michael Shaw, 1/3/2010 – America is in the final stages of the political economic changes necessary to secure the age old thrust for a central global dominion. The transformation we are experiencing is designed to negate the political recognition of your right to life, liberty and the use and enjoyment of private property. We did not get into this mess overnight and it won’t be easy to get out. But get out we must.
By Don Casey, 12/15/2009 – We read glowing reports and articles about "Sustainable Agriculture." It is difficult to create an awareness of the potential harm because the verbiage and slogans used sound so benevolent. The reality is that foodshed regulations will give environmental groups and
government agencies control over all means of production of the food
consumed by the American people. Through increased
taxation and regulation, American citizens will be stripped of their
wealth and property and all resources will be redistributed as
government sees fit.
By Michael Shaw, 12/13/2009 – Have we abandoned the uniquely American concept of the political, legal and educational recognition of unalienable rights? Reaffirming unalienable rights is our call to duty. You can contribute to this accomplishment by defending unalienable rights and by understanding and informing others of our government’s unrelenting commitment to the ‘global to local’ program of Agenda 21 Sustainable Development.
By Freedom Advocates, 11/2/2009 – Church contributions are being used to fund
membership in a Saul Alinsky community organizing group called Industrial Areas
Foundation (IAF). Interfaith Networks
and Congregation Based Community Organizations (CBCO’s) are dues paying members of IAF.
By Henry Lamb, 10/30/2009 – There has been considerable discussion regarding the upcoming
Copenhagen Treaty, such that if ratified by our Senate it will cede
U.S. Sovereignty to World Government.
Even with the President’s signature the treaty would still have to be
ratified by 67 votes in the Senate, and this is where our efforts
By Vern Westgate, 10/30/2009
Man made Global Warming, as promoted by Al Gore and many others, is a fraud. The goal of those who push this lie is international taxation, power, and a shifting of sovereignty to a one-world government. Here are two films (DVDs) that tell the truth of global warming. Al Gore used film to promote the lies of global warming in An Inconvenient Truth. Using films to refute Al’s message reaches the same audiences in a media they are receptive to.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 10/29/2009 – L. Eric Chambliss, a civil service employee of the Alameda County Counsel’s office, had risen to the position of Senior County Counsel. He was responsible for advising the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and its agencies on the legality and application of Measure D, approved by the voters of Alameda County on November 7, 2000. Measure D, an “open space” ballot initiative, prohibits development outside the urban growth line in Alameda County, substantially changing Alameda County’s land use policy, particularly in rural areas, and reducing the scope of the County’s urban growth boundary.
By Michael Shaw, 10/6/2009 – The concepts of freedom and democracy conflict so regularly that Plato pronounced, “Democracy leads to anarchy, which is mob rule.” Freedom is the ability to decide and act for one’s self. Democracy requires all people to conform their action to the rule of the majority.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 9/28/2009 – The federal court decision Yamagiwa, Trustee v. City of Half Moon Bay was a major victory for those believing that the protection of private property rights is a cornerstone of our constitutional freedom. If the City of Half Moon Bay had the foresight to recognize the
property rights at stake and the high financial exposure to the city, it could have
avoided this whole scenario and allowed the project to proceed.
By John C. Street, 9/8/2009 – Today, there is land aplenty for the buffalo to roam, for eagles to soar and for those of us who cling to hunting and fishing as a sacred way of life. However, unknown to many in the hunting and fishing community there is a document titled “Agenda 21” that spells out action plans for doing away with hunting and fishing and curtailing access to public land.
By Doreen Hanes, 8/29/2009 – Is there a problem in our food supply? Most people recognize that more issues exist now then in the past several decades. Food safety bills, like HR 2749, that have been put forward in Congress do not address the problems of real food safety in the least. Instead they create new revenue streams for more bureaucrats and further the economic collapse of rural America.
By Michael Shaw, 8/4/2009 – Why do we use the term unalienable instead of inalienable? Inalienable rights are subject to changes in the law such as when property rights are given a back seat to emerging environmental law or free speech rights give way to political correctness. Whereas under the original doctrine of unalienable rights, these rights cannot be abridged.
By Kathleen Marquardt, 8/4/2009 – At the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco on June 5 (World Environment Day), 2005, two documents – the “Green Cities Declaration” and the “Urban Environmental Accords” – were presented. Every mayor in attendance signed them. Because of that, every citizen in America is threatened.
By Freedom Advocates, 8/4/2009
Right now, in your town and neighborhood, policies are being implemented that will ultimately eliminate your freedoms and destroy your way of life. You need to know what’s going on to stop this process. Many town officials are selling us out to global regional development with help from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI): Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI is used as one of the mechanisms to undo the political recognition of unalienable rights.
By Genevieve LaGreca, 6/23/2009 – I love America for being the place where an upstart group of colonists, against all odds, battled the most powerful empire in the world—and won—all in the cause of liberty.
I love America for establishing a revolutionary new country in which a person’s life is his and his alone to live for his own sake, and government’s sole purpose is to protect that sacred right.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun – What if a private person were to trespass on your property to see if you might be violating coastal regulations? If evidence were obtained as a result of the trespass, would it be admissible by the California Coastal Commission in an enforcement action and later in court, or would it be a Fourth Amendment violation as an unreasonable search?
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 6/17/2009 – Ever since 2005 when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Kelo v. Town of New London, Connecticut, there has been heightened attention paid to the Constitution’s protection of private property rights. The Kelo Court held that the government’s power of eminent domain was so great that it could take one person’s private property for another’s private economic gain. The Court chose to rewrite our nation’s Constitution by substituting public “purpose” for public “use.” The purpose here was to improve the tax base.
By Edwin X. Berry, Ph.D, 5/11/2009 – Spokane, WA signed onto the United Nations International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Climate Protection Campaign in 2001. Since then, the city has spent money, resources and time attempting to comply with the requirements of ICLEI. The rationale for the program was to comply with the United Nations sponsored Kyoto Protocol to reduce GHG emissions. The City of Spokane assumed that the United Nations IPCC made truthful statements about the effects of GHG emissions and especially carbon dioxide emissions on the earth’s climate. We now know without a shadow of doubt that the UN IPCC lied and is still lying about the effects of our carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions on climate.
By Vern Westgate, 4/28/2009 – The (misnamed) Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) is a huge Northwest American land grab. It is being pushed through Congress as HR 980, and proposes that 24 million MORE acres of land (about 38,000 square miles) in five northwestern states be given over to the Wildland’s Project which will ultimately mean that human presence on the land is drastically reduced. Subcommittee hearings were held on May 5th, and the bill has been referred to three committees. Please take the time to learn of the full impact and text of this bill. When land is stolen so is our freedom.
By James Anderson Merritt, 4/21/2009 – A group dedicated to reforming California government tested its taxation and revenue proposals before a supposedly “friendly audience” at a facilitated “Town Hall” consensus-building meeting in Santa Cruz in mid-March, 2009. They encountered surprising resistance, even from a room filled primarily with self-identified “liberals,” as it dawned on attendees that the proposals would at least grease the skids for higher taxes. Time will tell whether that resistance is echoed or amplified in subsequent meetings held in the Fresno area and Los Angeles.
By Andrea Sanchez, 4/21/2009 – Santa Cruz County Treasurer-Tax Collector Fred Keeley is at the helm of a movement to repeal Proposition 13 and the 2/3 voting supermajority required for tax increases. The mantra is crisis, crisis, crisis and the claim is that a new organization called "California Forward" can fix it. This use of crisis is meant to scare voters into agreeing to increased taxes.
By Michael Shaw, 4/21/2009 – There are a thousand points of darkness that are now wafting upon us. What are Americans supposed to do, fight a thousand battles? No. If we understand how Sustainable Development operates, we can protect unalienable rights and individual liberty. Understand the philosophy behind Sustainable Development and know the importance of unalienable rights rather than settling for immediate self-serving solutions. That way we will not only avoid future battles, but we will also win!
By Leonard Galley, 4/1/2009 – Farmers, ranchers, and backyard gardeners, House Resolution 875 and Senate 425 are bad laws. They are being promoted as “food safety” laws that in reality will drive the small farm and ranch right out of business. [Note: Snopes.com denies these bills are a threat. Snopes is not a reliable source for this type of information – the farmers in Klamath Falls, Oregon are.]
By Michael Shaw, 3/25/2009 – How Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is paving the way:
The globalist movement adopted a Fabian socialist philosophy long ago. They are in their final push, racing in the open amidst the current chaos in order to take cover under a new and totalitarian political regime. The globalists’ control of the monetary system has given them control over the political system, the state-run academic system, most news and entertainment venues and more.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 3/25/2009 –
Tracey Mease is a Native American and true lineal Robinson Rancheria Tribe member as well as a citizen of the United States. On
By Andrea Sanchez, 3/18/2009 –
Boulder Creek, CA: Troubled by local government decisions affecting your family, home and neighborhood? Wondering about the competency of agencies managing (controlling) water, housing and transportation?
By Marc Marano, 3/2/2009 – Al Gore fired prominent physicist Dr. Will Happer in 1993 for disagreeing with Al—for telling Congress the truth.
By Vicky L. Davis, 2/24/2009 – I don’t know how many people took me seriously when I said that the world was being run by the Cult of Bucky (Buckminster Fuller), but I was very serious despite the fact that it sounds absurd. Actually, it’s not clear that the ideas of radical environmentalism as a framework for life on earth originated with Fuller, but if you want to understand to full measure of the insanity, watch his videos. Just google videos using his name and while you are listening to the videos, picture the world he had in mind because that’s the world that’s being created right now for your children.
First of all, you must understand that the federal reserve notes in your wallet only have the value that is assigned to them and by that I don’t mean $1.00 in the sense we normally understand it. Money is anything that is valued by the society. In primitive cultures, certain kinds of shells had value for trading so you can’t even say that gold and silver are the only items of value. They only have value if they are assigned value by the society and you can trade them for supplies you need.
By Andrea Sanchez and Vern Westgate, 2/18/2009 – Residents of Santa Cruz County, California can rest assured that there are no holds barred when Animal Services encounter the ‘threat’ of domestic felines. One particular incident began when Fluffy, a shy, nervous, much loved pet of the Shaw family in Santa Cruz County, CA. became ill. Joanne, a member of Fluffy’s staff, (dogs have owners – cats have staff) was concerned. So Joanne contacted their longtime, trusted mobile veterinary team.
By Michael Shaw, 2/17/2009 –
Chapter 2 of 13: The Decay of Liberty – An Illustration
The American culture is experiencing the consequences of declining individual responsibility and rising dependency. The genuine free trade principles that guide an honest economy have been abandoned.
What do the former mayors of Malibu and San Diego, a former member of the California Coastal Commission, and a former captain of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department have in common? In a soon-to-be released documentary film entitled “Sins of Commission”, these former public servants, along with several other aggrieved property owners, describe in painful detail the transformation of the California Coastal Commission as a protector of the environment into a radical bureaucratic monster.
By Rodney Stubbs, 1/15/2009 – In 1995, Elaine Dewar, an investigative reporter, published her book Cloak of Green. This book was written by Dewar to expose the overthrow of the government of Brazil in a bloodless coup. Today we see the same patterns occurring in the United States, as evidenced by the links included in this article to pages prepared and approved by the Obama transition team.
The Price Of Successfully Challenging The Federal Interpretation Of The Clean Water Act
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 1/15/2009 – In 2006 I wrote about the United States Supreme Court rendering its highly anticipated decision in John Rapanos v. United States. The issue was whether the term “waters of the United States” as used in the Clean Water Act included wetlands on private property not directly abutting navigable waters.
Of particular interest was the effect that the Court’s two newest members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, might have on the course of our nation––particularly in the area of private property rights.
By Genevieve LaGreca, 12/3/2008 – America today is a nation in trouble. The great fortress of liberty, the country of the most productive, prosperous, and happy people in the world is in grave danger. America is under siege by the Dark Side, the forces of statism, while its Knights of Liberty are disarmed, demoralized, and suffering near-fatal wounds.
The country that once elected leaders whose ideas upheld liberty now elects leaders whose sweet-sounding platitudes and woozy promises are all that is required; and whose actual, dangerous ideas need not be examined until after Election Day.
By Vern Westgate, 12/1/2008 – Here is an example of the impact environmental activists have on our constitutionally protected private property rights. They come at us under the guise of “fixing” an issue by creating a “local” or “regional” body to control individual property rights. The error in their thinking is that they are promoting the “common good” in the same manner and for the same reasons that the United Nations attacks private property.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 11/19/2008 – It is seldom that we find a community so devastated by a lawsuit that it faces bankruptcy. It is even more unusual to see the exposure potentially repeat itself in a similarly explosive lawsuit. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case in San Mateo County.
In January, I published a Viewpoint article about the case of Joyce Yamagiwa, Trustee v. City of Half Moon Bay. The City of Half Moon Bay had prohibited development on a 24-acre parcel because the parcel was determined to constitute wetlands. The California Coastal Act prohibits residential development on wetlands. However, the California and United States Constitutions mandate the payment of just compensation for the taking or damaging of private property for public use.
By Clyde Cleveland, 11/7/2008 – At the end of 1776 Thomas Paine wrote a series of articles entitled "American Crisis." This series played a critical role in saving the Revolutionary war against the British. Most of the British officers returned home for the winter thinking that the war was over. It was a very bleak time for the colonial army after their humiliating loss in New York. Most of the troops went home for the winter, and those that stayed were freezing and starving. Many defected to the British.
Paine’s first letter in the American Crisis series shifted the public awareness, and troops enlisted and people donated essential materials. Paine’s articles made a major impact.
By Henry Lamb, 10/26/2008 – October 24 was U.N. day, celebrated by many as the birthday of the United Nations. In its 63 years of operation, it has spent untold billions of dollars in its quest to create global governance. Its goal is almost in its grasp. European leaders are pushing for a summit meeting with President Bush to create a new global “central bank,” with the authority to control global monetary policy in much the same way U.S. monetary policy is controlled by the Federal Reserve.
By Fred Kelly Grant, 10/28/2008 – At this very hour, Colorado landowners are fighting to prevent the United States federal government from taking their land. Ignored by the mass media, hundreds of farmers and ranchers in southeastern Colorado are facing loss of their property at the hands of the IRS. They are victims of “conservation easements” promoted by federal and state governments, land trust companies, and conservation groups.
Reinvention of Government – Part 1
I want you to know that the hard effort made by my fellow Local Santa Cruz Agenda 21 collaborators was noticed by important people in important places. Here is a letter on U.S. Congressional letterhead from my local Congressman Sam Farr. Sam Farr is Leon Panetta’s successor representing a district on the central coast of California. The letter was written to the Local Agenda 21 Committee.
By Freedom Advocates Staff Posted October 7, 2008 BILL NUMBER: SB 60 VETOED DATE: 09/30/2008 To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 60 without my signature. This bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), within 240 days after the Secretary of Homeland Security approves the state’s […]
By Marilyn Taylor, 10/2/2008 – Finally—after the long, hot summer without communiqué, the tension broke as the delegates emerged to publicize the fruition of their exhausting deliberation.
A lady approached one of the delegates. “What kind of a country have you given us, Mr. Franklin?” she asked.
In response, Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic, madame, if you can keep it.”
BILL NUMBER: SB 60 VETOED DATE: 09/30/2008 To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 60 without my signature.
By Michael Shaw, 9/16/2008 – The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is preparing to issue a water moratorium in South County on well drilling and new construction water hook ups. This action is a direct result of successful litigation that eliminated the Pajaro Valley’s illegal tax imposed on farmers for the water withdrawn from their own wells. The water agency now owes tens of millions in reimbursement that it cannot pay.
9/15/2008 – Property owner, Paul Carrick rents modest homes to others on his Santa Cruz mountain-top property where he also lives. The Santa Cruz County Planning Department has ordered Carrick to destroy the homes. His title has been defaced by “red-tags” (building code violations) filed against his title. Carrick has refused to implement the destruction of his own property and has sued the county to rid his title of the “red-tags.”
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 9/11/2008 – An attorney can expose a client to financial expense far exceeding the cost of the attorney’s representation. If an attorney makes arbitrary, capricious or irrational decisions causing financial damage to the opponent, costly litigation can be the result. Such was the case recently for Alameda County, California.
By Vern Westgate, 9/8/2008 – Check out the Al Gore video satire we posted called "Al’s Trick." We know you won’t be fooled by Al’s move to take his man-made Global Warming issue to the next step: Al, and the globalists he fronts, believe they have acquired another way for the International Community to impose a world tax through “Carbon Credits”.
By Iloilo Marguerite Jones, 9/5/2008
Jury Rights Day
September 5, 2008 marked the 338th anniversary of when jurors refused
to convict William Penn of violating England’s Conventicle Acts,
despite clear evidence that he acted illegally by preaching a Quaker
sermon. In refusing to convict Penn, the jurors ignored what they knew
to be an unjust law. This is known as jury nullification.
Scientific Smackdown: Skeptics Voted The Clear Winners Against Global Warming Believers in Heated NY
Just days before former Vice President Al Gore’s scheduled visit to testify about global warming before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, a high profile climate debate between prominent scientists Wednesday evening ended with global warming skeptics being voted the clear winner by a tough New York City before an audience of hundreds of people.
By Lawrence K. Samuels, 8/22/2008 – There was a time when volunteer fire departments, paid fire fighters and local residents would work hand-in-hand to put out wildfires. It was an amenable relationship sharing hardships, goals and camaraderie.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 8/12/2008 – Is a court denying “due process” when it renders a decision in a proceeding based upon an issue which was neither raised nor briefed by any party to the proceeding?
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By Vern Westgate, 6/24/2008 – When enough good people are educated and take action good things can happen. Here’s an excellent example:
Texans who are knowledgeable about their property rights and know they are founded in their unalienable rights took action. They actively opposed the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) road and rail system when they learned of this public/private partnership.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 6/10/2008 – In June of 2000, I authored an article entitled “Santa Cruz: The Gestapo of the West” that pertained to certain improper land use policies of the City of Santa Cruz, including favoritism and selective enforcement. Since then, I have crossed paths with countless individuals who have fallen victim to the unconstitutional practices of the County of Santa Cruz which similarly merit public exposure. The greatest deprivation of constitutional rights is occurring within the County’s enforcement power.
By Vern Westgate, 5/28/2008 – Freedom Advocate’s charter is to represent a cross-section of people from
all political parties and backgrounds who are united in the principles of
individual liberty, equal justice and the constitutional administration of
government. Life, liberty and property are threatened by the global warming issue.
The Big Lie: The notion that global warming is man-made is a big lie.
By Michael Shaw, 5/24/2008 – Santa Cruz mountain residents awoke May 22, 2008 to a fast moving inferno that quickly spread to 3800 acres with no relief in sight. Growing gale winds fueled the fire. Steep ridges and dense redwood tree vegetation have created a largely inaccessible terrain. More than a dozen homes have burned to the ground. More losses are expected.
By Andrea Sanchez, 5/22/2008 – Abusive building code enforcement policies were unanimously accepted by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, despite clear and steady opposition from the public.
By Michael Shaw, 5/14/2008 – Private property is more than a "thing." Your body, your thoughts and your actions obtain for you the benefits of various things, but it is the relationship between you and those things that form the essence of private property. Our forebearers recognized the idea and the ideal that every individual possesses unalienable rights. When this idea is respected it provides great advantages to individuals and society.
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Sam Farr’s letter supporting, endorsing, and admitting that he’s personally implementing U.N. Agenda 21 Sustainable Development throughout Monterey Bay. Also a video of Sam Farr saying he doesn’t know what Agenda 21 is. If there’s nothing to hide, why is Sam Farr hiding it?
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 4/24/2008 –
Summary: Known as the bastion of progressive liberal thinking, Santa Cruz, California has become totalitarian in its approach to land use planning and property rights. Those who curry favor get permits and those don’t get punished.
4/23/2008 – Professor Steven Yates summarizes his several year assessment of Terry Hayfield’s provocative and well annotated political assessment of the philosophy, methodology and participants behind an American commitment to implement Trotsky’s description of "Permanent Revolution." Is Hayfield onto the core analysis of contemporary political economics? Several relevant radio interviews with Hayfield or Yates are also in our radio archive.
By Dr. Steven Yates, Ph.D., 4/22/2008 – In Part One, we saw that according to Terry L. Hayfield, independent researcher (over 30 years) into the nature of our economic reality and of the attack on our sovereign republic: “The Permanent Revolution is the continual process of war, revolution, and terror intended to facilitate the global proliferation of a specific and unified Anglo/British capitalism based on the precepts of the Fabian Society …” The Fabians may have been socialists, but they understood that “capitalism, socialism and communism are integral parts of the same perpetual procedure.” Global socialism, that is, cannot exist without global capitalism getting here first.
By Terry Hayfield, 4/21/2008 – I want to thank Steven Yates for presenting “my thesis” in a public-debate forum. I also want to thank the Times Examiner for affording me the privilege of rebuttal.
My message is simple: The Radical Capitalist Class (RCC) is controlled by Capitalism and its resultant Permanent Revolution of Creative Destruction which is under the domination of the very influential Socialist ideology of England’s Fabian Society. The RCC is radical in the sense the continued success of the Permanent Revolution of Creative Destruction (Globalization) will require an eventual end to the concept of National Sovereignty (a most radical concept indeed).
4/11/2008 – Have you ever bought a puzzle and discovered all the pieces were there – but there was no picture? The purpose of this article is to provide you with that “picture” and a look at both allies and opposition.
Consider the word “sacrifice”. Define this as voluntarily giving up something of value in hope of a return of greater value or for a higher purpose.
4/2/2008 – What could sound more friendly and beneficial than Scenic Byways? It has the sound of bucolic, small town scenic back roads being preserved for those quiet drives. Like so many ‘good’ programs, this one can cost the holders of property their property rights.
3/19/2008 – “Right now we don’t go knocking on doors,” said Planning Director Tom Burns. The ambiguity of this statement causes one to seriously question, “When exactly will they be pounding on my door?”
3/17/2008 – Sustainable Development is the most extensive and broad ranging social engineering project ever undertaken. With respect to state, county and local political bodies, many have contracted their powers away. They applied for loans and grants that required “concessions.” Many times the concessions included authority over renewable natural resources and development. Those terms and concessions handed the scepter of power and ultimate authority over to the financier in perpetuity.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 3/11/2008 – Court warning to Planning officials — immunity lost! The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found a silver lining within a gray cloud. The Court applied the findings of the Supreme Court’s Lingle v. Chevron to eliminate government’s long-held defense regarding private property takings. The court ruled that government officials can no longer rely on the "substantially advances a legitimate state interest" defense when regulating property.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 2/19/2008 – In
1983 California voters passed an initiative requiring that the
legislative process be open to public review and comment. Since then
the legislature has modified the content of the open meeting law. The
state Constitution requires that all modifications to voter initiative
statutes be obtained through voter approval. Why don’t legislators
follow the law?
By Andrea Sanchez, 1/21/2008 – County government wrongly recorded personal tax liens against innocent residents of Felton, California. The liens make people chattel of the established system.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 1/18/2008 – The reaction of the Half Moon Bay City Council to the $36,795,000 judgment was a mixture of shock, mystification and dismay. In addition to compensating Ms. Yamagiwa for the loss of private property, it is hoped that Chief Judge Walker’s opinion will remind all government decision makers to first ask the question: “What about the Constitution?”
By Michael Shaw, 1/18/2008 – The recently decided Ninth Circuit case, Crown Point vs. Sun Valley, illustrates the contrast between social justice and equal justice. Social justice relies on the establishment of "civil law, " which is designed to expand government and its partners authority at the expense of individual liberty. Equal justice on the other hand respects individual rights and private property. The Crown Point case sets an example for equal justice.
Agenda 21 – The United Nations Programme of Action from Rio (pdf) The final text of agreements negotiated by Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Agenda 21: Programme of Action for Sustainable Development, Rio Declaration On Environment and Development, Statement […]
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 1/7/2008 – LAFCO, a regional land-use agency made up of appointed members, holds secret meetings in violation of the law.
By Diane Ross, 1/7/2008 – Australian leaders enforce Agenda 21 Sustainable Development by restricting private property use through policies like the "Native Vegetation Act." Public-private partnerships with willing corporations, councils, developers and others are used to advance the agenda. As a result, Australian businesses are becoming nationalized and private property is being abolished. Click here for a January 2010 radio broadcast with protesting farmer, Peter Spencer. Updates here.
By Nelson LaPlante, 1/2/2008 – Want a refreshing glass of recycled or reclaimed water? It may have recently been expelled by a stranger into a public toilet.
11/14/2007 – Deed restrictions, mandatory inspections, pre-enforcement and proactive enforcement exist under the banner of "streamlining" and "simplifying" the "permit reform" process. A continuation of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisor’s Hearing is April 15 2008. [The link goes to Agenda Item 37, takes a long time to download and is at times inaccessible. See page 19 of the 126 page document.]
By Sandra F. Mitchell, 10/30/2007 – As forests have become legally "protected" from fire-fuel management the frequency and ferocity of infernos has dramatically increased. Has the Forest Service adopted a "make it burn" policy?
By Genevieve LaGreca, 10/22/2007 – America was formed to set people free to run their own lives. Today,
our vastly expanded Nanny State looks after us. Is this a good thing?
Imagine you’re a pioneer of yesteryear. How would you fare with today’s
nanny on your back?
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 10/9/2007 – The Coastal Commission skims legal and ethical practices to obtain results in processing appeals of development decisions. Commissioners pre-sign forms for acceptance of appeals. The practice has lead the Commission to shop for Commissioners sympathetic to land use restrictions. This process also results in increased power to staff.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 9/13/07 – Since 1993, California planning department officials have relied on the State’s "Landgate" decision for providing them confidence that they and their employers are immune from claims of abuse. This article describes the history, the relevant law and the legal attack on the Landgate precedent. Michael Shaw, President of Freedom Advocates is a plaintiff in both cases described in that attack.
By Center for Intelligent Growth, 9/11/2007 –
Visioning processes, when used for land-use planning can be manipulated through peer and mentor pressure that can influence participants core beliefs. This highly influences the outcome of community consensus meetings.
By Henry Lamb, 8/22/2007 – The Canada Summit has just concluded and it is important to know the facts.
By Nelson Laplante, 8/11/2007 – The implementation of "green taxes" on automobiles in England is burgeoning under the false pretext that Co2 emissions cause global warming. This is an added example of the implementation of Agenda 21 (Agenda for the 21st Century) which would have people all over the developed world, give up their cars for walking, biking and mass transit.
By Nelson LaPlante, 8/6/2007 – City councils across Great Britain use cameras to spy on their citizens in hopes of catching violators of environmental laws or those engaged in ‘antisocial’ behavior.
Michael Shaw, President of Freedom Advocates made localized editions of the following presentation to audiences in central Wisconsin, Austin Texas, and at the Freedom 21 Conference in Dallas Texas during July 2007. Shaw’s presentation provides a focused assessment of globalist Sustainable policies designed to destroy American values and lifestyles.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 7/24/2007 – In May of 2006, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors added nearly 1,400 acres to the previously-existing 137-acre Hunters Point Redevelopment Project Area. Concurrently, the Board authorized the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to undertake a variety of projects and activities to alleviate “blight” in the neighborhood. Local residents harbored myriad objections to the Plan.
By Freedom Advocates, 7/9/2007 – Don’t get bored – be creative. Enliven community "consensus" meetings and "visioning" workshops with bureaucrat bingo. Here’s a great example!
By Vicky Davis, 6/18/2007 – The link between ‘free trade’ – or more correctly, the fraud of ‘free trade’ and environmentalism is the path to global communism and the redistribution of wealth. The plan is laid out in the Brundtland Report, published in the UN record in 1987.
6/14/2007 – England implements a path to merge with the European Union through the elimination of local county control. This process, called “regionalization” is being used all over the United States and in other countries as well. In England the origins of Regionalization can be traced to Fabian Socialists. It is no wonder the plan has made such an advance under the leadership of former Fabian Chairman, Tony Blair.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 6/13/2007 – 20 years ago approximately 300,000 acres of land in the United States were subject to conservation easements donated to private, tax-exempt charitable trusts. Today, over 7,000,000 acres are so held, an almost 25-fold increase. This amount of acreage is in addition to the millions of acres held in trust by federal, state, and local governmental entities.
By Nelson LaPlante, 6/13/2007 – New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg is involved in Sustainable Public Private Partnerships that will result in increased fees and controls on New Yorkers.
By Mike Satren, 5/30/2007 – The deliberate "reintroduction" of aggressive gray wolves is causing conflict between environmentalists and multiple-use conservationists and changing how residents interact with their own surroundings.
The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) gives the United Nation’s International Seabed Authority (ISA) control over 70% of the earth’s surface. 153 nations have already ratified the treaty. Henry Lamb has put together a 10 minute slide presentation on LOST. Watch it!
By Henry Lamb, 5/21/2007 –
What’s going on here? Why are government officials so eager to sell off our transportation infrastructure? Because it’s a win-win deal for everyone – except the people who pay taxes and use the highways. Governments get a pot full of cash up front, and the “public-private” partnerships get a long term cash-cow. The taxpayers and highway users get ______, well, you fill in the blank.
By Cliff Kincaid – Evidence shows that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) involving the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and its associated "Superhighway," is being expanded without congressional approval or oversight as part of a plan to create an economic and political entity known as the North American Union (NAU).
5/16/2007 – On April 30, 2007, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association presented a new initiative to the Attorney General’s Office entitled the “California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act” to be voted on at the June 2008 election. It will reverse the eminent domain Kelo case for Californians by specifically defining “public use” as meaning use and ownership by a public agency for the public use stated at the time of the taking, such as roads, parks and public facilities.
By Michael Shaw, 5/12/2007 –
Kevin Howe’s article Monterey Herald, dated March 1, 2007, discusses the water regionalization program for the Central Coast of California. In his article, Howe states, "If Monterey Bay water officials are looking for alternatives for ensuring regional water supply; they might start by deciding just what the ‘region’ is.
By EdWatch, 5/8/2007 – This is an enormous conflict of interest: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) fronts for and is funded by drug companies as an "advocacy" group for the mentally ill; NAMI pushes government programs and grants that lead to the wildly increased use of dangerous, ineffective, and expensive drugs on children…
5/8/2007 – "Sea Shepherd founder says mankind is a ‘virus’ and we need to re-wild the planet." These sentiments are consistent with the environmental objectives contained in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the UN Global Biodiversity program.
5/4/2007 – Most property owners affected by the Board of Supervisor’s future vote (May 22, 2007) to eliminate timbering on smaller (80 acre and less) forest lands have not been notified by Santa Cruz County of the plan to downzone their properties.This ordinance takes away current and future economic "use" of their properties, and also increases the risk of fire danger in the mountains.
By R.P. Adamson, Jr., 5/2/2007 – The demand for ethanol didn’t arise legitimately on the open market. The demand for an oxygenated fuel originated in the halls of government where a mandate could be passed to ensure such a demand. Furthermore, the taxpayer or end consumer is not only coerced to pay for the scam through subsidies and tariff enforcement but is also forced to pay the longer-term cost of wasted resources and engineering inefficiencies.
By Jim Beers, 5/2/2007 – The Clean Water Authority Restoration Act (CWARA) moves the Clean Water Act (CWA) beyond protecting wetlands and waterways, and creates legislation that would regulate nearly every wet area in the nation. This could include ditches, farm ponds and possibly groundwater. "Navigable" is the one little word deleted from the Clean Water Act.
By Byron J. Richards, 4/25/2007 – The World Health Organization and World Trade Organization (WHO/WTO) Codex Alimentarius, is attempting to put the vitamin and health supplement industry under the control of global pharmaceutical corporations. A Bill called the "Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act" (S1082), sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), is on the Senate floor. This bill, S1082 allows the global pharmaceutical corporations to further their monopolistic agendas.
4/25/2007 – Freedom 21 Santa Cruz announced that its name will change to Freedom Advocates.
By Wyatt Hull, 4/19/2007 – In America the garbage bins of domestic life are being inspected to assess what residents are throwing away and to fine those breaking recycling rules. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) monitoring and spy cameras are being installed at household rubbish dumps in Great Britain to monitor what residents are throwing away and to penalize those breaking the rules.
By Genevieve LaGreca, 4/13/2007 – Jefferson fought for a country in which the government had no power to encroach on the mind, the life, the liberty, or the property of the individual. He fought for a country in which the individual was unshackled for the first time in history and could live for the pursuit of his own happiness, instead of being a pawn in the hands of the state.
By Judi McLeod, 3/23/2007 – The latest ambition of Al Gore (An Inconvenient Truth) and Maurice Strong (Secretary General of the 1992 United Nations Conference where Agenda 21 was unveiled) is to ban the incandescent light bulb worldwide. At the UN 1992 conference, 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 air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.”
3/23/2007 – The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), the NAFTA Super Highway, and the "Amero" all combine to create The North American Union.
3/14/2007 – Daily Mail reports that homeowners who refuse to make their properties energy efficient will face financial penalties under drastic government plans to transform Britain into the world’s first ‘green’ economy.
By Thomas Sowell, 3/16/2007 – While the public has been led to believe that "all" the leading scientists buy the global warming hysteria and the political agenda that goes with it, in fact the official reports from the United Nations or the National Academy of Sciences are written by bureaucrats — and then garnished with the names of leading scientists who were "consulted," but whose contrary conclusions have been ignored.
By Dr. Madeleine Cosman, 3/14/2007 – Sustainable Medicine is a body grab. Who owns your body? Who shall decide what is done or not done to your body? Who shall determine whether your life is worth living?
By Dr. Madeleine Cosman, 3/14/2007 – Sustainable Development is a private property land grab. It is justified in the name of global equity, overcoming economic disparities, and assuring global integrity of the environment. Sustainable Medicine is a body grab. It is justified in the name of achieving global medical equity, overcoming health disparities, and assuring an enduring global environment free of too many people.
3/13/2007 – The Federal Reserve is not federal. The Federal Reserve is not a reserve. It is a consortium of international bankers who create United States money out of thin air and then charge the taxpayers interest, while they perpetuate their scam.
By Michael Shaw, 3/13/2007 – "Regionalizing” water enables the abolition of private property (which is an objective of Sustainable Development policy). Throughout the country, schemes are arranged to accomplish this goal. The central coast of California provides an example of a typical "regional" maneuver.
This article is the subject appendix of Michael Shaw’s commentary on Monterey County, CA and the surrounding area’s emerging water policy.
By William Roberts – Chapter Seven of Agenda 21 calls for the establishment of a “culture of safety.” All of Agenda 21, Chapter 7 is the expansion of UN Resolution 44/236 and the foundational material for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA’s) "Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Planning" programme that fails to provide safety and destroys liberty.
By Wyatt Hull, 2/7/2007 –
Advertised as the results of months of public input at workshops held throughout the county, the TFTF Draft Plan reveals the Regional Transportation Commission’s continued agenda of imposing artificially structured choices upon Santa Cruz County citizens.
By Henry Lamb, 2/5/2007 – In the last decade, billions and billions of dollars have been spent by governments and foundations on research and action programs related to global warming. In order for the bureaucracies, recipients of grant awards, and non-government organizations to continue to receive their funding, it is imperative that the global warming hysteria continue.
By Genevieve LaGreca, 1/31/2007 – With a new Congress convening, it’s time to recall the ideals of America as expressed by Thomas Jefferson in the American Declaration of Independence. This expression of the the Declaration is updated to reflect the current usurpations and threats we face. This writing makes an urgent call for our recently elected representatives to fulfill the promise of America envisioned by our Founders and for we, the people, to insist that they do.
By Michael Shaw, 12/18/2006 – The Santa Cruz County Planning Department and most recently the Santa Cruz County Superior Court system have again demonstrated that the environmental movement is: (1) merely a front for destruction of private property and the freedom that private property supports and (2) not committed to improving or “saving the environment.”
By Wyatt Hull, 12/15/2006 – Under a benign sounding program called “Pathfinder,” single-family houses in the United Kingdom are targets of the wrecking ball. The aggressive tactic of “public/private partner” redevelopment called “Smart Growth” (rails, trails and high-density housing) is occurring on both sides of the Atlantic. “Eminent domain” and “compulsory purchase order seizures” are on the rise but there is also hope in the form of successful individual resistance.
12/5/2006 – People are misled by the words “United” and “Human Rights.” Divisiveness and anti-human policies prevail. Many of our federal, state and local agencies are implementing policies that match these divisive anti-human policies.
This brief commentary with indepth hyperlinks pertains to the Joint Management Plans, Regulations, and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 12/4/2006 – San Francisco policy-makers have stonewalled an entire community’s effort to have a say in what the Redevelopment Agency does to their neighborhood based on an alleged “procedural” defect in the referendum petition process. Although the petition had included a complete copy of the text of the proposed ordinance, it had failed to include the full text of no less than ten separate documents which had been incorporated by reference into the ordinance during the drafting phase. Unless this opinion is challenged, all citizens’ fundamental right of referenda in California will be in jeopardy.
By Judi McLeod, 8/2/2006 – Maurice Strong, a Canadian oil billionaire, was also the Secretary General of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro where the unveiling of Agenda 21 occurred. He said, "….current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class, involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable."
May 13, 2010 Update from Judi McLeod here.
By Citizen Sue, 10/24/2006 –
The "rehearsed" participants wanted to: regulate car drivers, raise gas taxes, increase parking costs and eliminate public parking. Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission facilitators leaned toward rail transit and away from cars.
By Carol Knapp and Valarie Stewart, 10/16/2006 – Private property advocates respond to Los Angeles Times’ missing coverage of the Hollywood & Vine eminent domain redevelopment controversy.
Many locales promote historical societies, and pass ordinances that affect basic aesthetic choices, alterations and repairs of privately-owned structures.
By Dr. Steven Yates, P.h.D., 10/9/2006 – Modern day imperialists from powerful economic and political arenas guide the merger of the United States, Canada and Mexico. This is a must read for adults and teens.
By Michael Shaw, 10/3/2006 – Liberty Garden is a coastal oasis in Central California. It is a demonstration of how private property and ecological stewardship work hand in hand. There a former weed lot now supports a wild wonderland with a plethora of productive native plants, which in turn support an array of indigenous species. Liberty Garden proves that if people are free to create voluntary associations, the laws of economics and the consequence of stewardship will cause the earth to improve.
By Nick Peros, 9/30/2006 –
Buckle your seat belts, put on your helmets and brace yourself for the most colossal transportation wreck in the history of Santa Cruz County. Responsible parties include the County Board of Supervisors, County Tax Collector Fred Keeley, highly paid consultant, Eileen Goodwin and the 100 “stakeholders” of the Transportation Funding Task Force of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission.
For over 30 years the California Coastal Commission has been overzealous in its attempts to control private property. In Dennis Schneider’s case the Coastal Commission attempted to impose unreasonable building conditions on his yet to be built house merely because it could seen from certain spots off-shore. This is an example of how power-grabbing agencies with non-elected officials attempt to destroy private property rights – one property at a time.
By Freedom Advocates Staff, 9/27/2006 – Aptos High School (AHS) violated the families of 360 students when it conducted a secret behavioral control exercise that compelled the students to publicly confess their sexual behaviors, personal thoughts, and family secrets, according to “Crossing the Line crosses the line” in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. AHS dismissed its violation of law and family autonomy as an “oversight” and expects the story to stop there. It doesn’t.
By Orlean Koehle, 8/1/2006 – Property owners need to make a bold statement and a firm stand – no more encroachments on our rights and “taking” of our land – not 200 ft, not 100 ft, not 50 ft, not even one foot!
7/27/2006 – "Agenda 21 and the United Nations" – Prepared for the Mises Institute Austrian Scholars Conference, March 16-18, 2006, Auburn, Alabama.
By Carol Knapp, 7/12/2006 – Several years ago the City of Los Angeles divided LA into Neighborhoods with Councils for the purpose of implementing Sustainable Development policies. Carol Knapp understands the implications of her neighborhood council, and has documented and filed a formal grievance against certain people and entities for their illegality and breach of public ethics. The patterns of LA are sweeping the Country.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 7/11/2006 – A true nightmare story of what can happen when you find yourself outside the political “inner circle.” A relative of a disgruntled employee told Hillary Falconer of Briarcliff Farm that she was going to report Falconer to the county and other agencies. Shortly thereafter, Briarcliff Farm was inspected by the enforcement unit of the Planning Department of the County of Santa Cruz. And thus, the nightmare began!
Santa Cruz "red-tagging" is an experiment in social engineering. Those in favor with those in power get special treatment. Those who are not in favor often end up with alleged building code violations called "red tags." This is not the story of a free America that has rights protected by the Constitution. Rather, it portrays the “Gestapo of the West” where only the wealthy or those willing to commit their life savings or retirement funds have a chance to protect themselves.*
By John Stossel, 7/5/2006 – "It’s the money!" says Dr. Baliunas. "Twenty-five billion dollars in government funding has been spent since 1990 to research global warming. If scientists and researchers were coming out releasing reports that global warming has little to do with man, and most to do with just how the planet works, there wouldn’t be as much money to study it." And the politicians would have one less excuse to take control of our lives.
6/13/2006 – Highly paid consultants and aspiring politicians facilitate transportation funding meetings that have predetermined outcomes. The people drawn from the community to attend these meetings are “just for show.”
By Henry Lamb – In communities across America, “stakeholder” councils are being formed, or have already been formed, to advance Agenda 21 to transform cities and towns into “sustainable communities.” The “consensus process” is used to gain the appearance of public support for the principles of sustainability, applied to a particular community. The process is designed to take the public policy- making function away from elected officials and place it in the hands of non-elected officials, while giving the appearance of broad public input into the decision-making process.
By Rauni Armbruster, 5/31/2006 – Many of the attorneys and volunteers dedicating time and energy toward neighborhood improvements actually have ulterior motivations.
By Michael Chapman, 5/9/2006 –
In this writing and in his galvanizing new DVD, education expert Michael Chapman, proves how the United States and UNESCO’s goals for education are one in the same. Chapman explains how programs like The Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) have more to do with controlling the economy and society than sustaining the environment.
By Lawrence Samuels, 4/26/2006 – When does a voting majority ever have the right to take away legal property from another? According to one of the most renowned U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Robert H. Jackson, the answer is never. According to Jackson, "One’s right to life, liberty, and property, . . . and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no election."
By Michael Shaw, 4/26/2006 – Why have Presidents from either party failed to protect American interests and why do they advance a globalist agenda that undermines America’s borders, trade interests and foundational principles? This short article by Michael Shaw explains why Americans do not have a pro-American party to choose from. Don’t expect the next GOP/DNC nominee to be any different.
Public-Private Partnerships, The Undermining of Free Enterprise, and the Emergence of “Soft Fascism”
By Dr. Steven Yates, March 26, 2006 –
"Sustainable Development: The Hidden Threat to Liberty" was presented to the Austrian Scholars Conference 2006, March 18, 2006 Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama. One of the presenters was Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Steven Yates.
2/14/2006 – Responsible mayors are learning about Agenda 21, and examining its consequences to their constituents. Other mayors are wined and dined at conferences such as the New Cities Project, Conference of Mayors, League of Cities, The Sundance Summit and United Nations sponsored meetings for mayors, etc. Read the press briefs and articles demonstrating how globally-networked cities are evolving into Smart Growth/Sustainable Communities through global-to-local action. Smart Growth/Sustainable Communities work to eliminate private property and individual liberty.
The Modesto Bee and Albert Segalla are spreading the word about Agenda 21. Mr. Segalla wrote this Letter to the Editor after listening to Daniel Beckett’s talk “What is Wrong with Sustainable Development?” during a presentation in Tuolumne County, California. Tuolumne County is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and includes a part of Yosemite National Park. Modesto is located in the Central Valley in Stanislaus County, California with a population of 200,000 people.
11/30/2005 – The Nature Conservancy is a beneficiary of a public/private partnership – the remake of the American economic system. As inside players in the Sustainable Development scam, the Nature Conservancy has harmed many lives. Public private partnerships scheme to implement the Wildlands Project in order to take global corporate control of land and resources.
By Dr. Steven Yates, 11/28/2005 –
Twisting the use and meaning of words (logical positivism) has become commonplace. One circumstance is the "new" meaning given to "free trade" by the inner core Sustainable Developers. Dr. Steven Yates describes how modern free trade agreements implement the opposite of free trade. The policy results in public/private partnerships that benefit operators of global corporate socialism while making free enterprise extinct.
"…A new type of living quarters will be developed along the lines of uniting establishments for public use with residential units. This is the trend in many architectural projects represented at the USSR Exhibition of Urban Construction in the spring of 1960…"
By Camille Giglio, 10/31/2005 –
Residents of Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County, CA will "age graciously" and or "age in place" with the help of the non-profits, faith based groups, foundations and government health care planners according to a two year long planning process called: "Contra Costa for Every Generation."
By Michael Park, 10/26/2005 – With the current hurrican season in full bloom and Houston being threatened as I write this (Vern), it may be a good time to take another look at the "New Urbanists" ideas on community planning. The following were Michael Park’s thoughts when Katrina hit…
Summary: People without cars were far more likely to have perished in the Katrina disaster than those who could drive away. Mississippi officials want “New Urbanists” to design rebuilt communities without planning for functional automobile use. Who will suffer most?
By Michael Shaw, 10/26/2005 – The political targets of Sustainable Development include the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. The economic target is free enterprise and the ideals of private property. Justice becomes a fatality of this new order.
Summary: Last month the Monterey County Herald newspaper reported that Coast Guard search crews entered the Moss Landing Harbor in inflatable boats with machine guns mounted on their bows. Then, carrying M-16 rifles, they approached residents and boarded and searched their boats in the name of safety and "homeland security."
9/30/2005 – Kazman explains that as convenient as driving may be, it is much, much more than that. It is a lovely activity, and a moral activity, and control over it is one of the last things you would want to give up to any government.
9/7/2005 – Despite what you might be hearing, the reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) will not foster respect for private property rights.
By Michael Shaw, 8/16/2005 –
At the concluding session of the 6th annual Freedom 21 conference, Michael Shaw characterized Sustainable Development as “the plan to create a global police state”, and he decried environmental scares as a fraud designed to cover up the Sustainable transformation of America’s systems of government, justice and economics.
Shaw challenged the audience to envision a coming era; “when Natural Law reigns, and the lands and resources are returned to citizen control, when free enterprise is regarded by the law. Then”, he said, “America will lead a global renaissance unimaginable today.”
Read his complete speech notes and view his power point illustrations.
By Henry Lamb, 7/5/2005 – A briefing paper that discusses the threat Agenda 21 poses to the U.S. Constitution.
By Freedom 21 Santa Cruz Staff –
Summary Update 2009 – The town of Felton in Santa Cruz County continues to be in dilemma over water. Sustainable Development mercenaries gave the town an electoral “choice” for water controls: Heads insiders win; Tails the citizens lose! If only Felton residents had understood this back in 2005, today they would not be facing rate increases brought on by the phony “Friends of Locally Owned Water” (FLOW) group. FLOW now means government controlled water through the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.
By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 6/13/2005 – On May 25 and with little or no press coverage, the Supreme Court delivered a huge blow to freedom. Citizens are no longer entitled to reasonable Due Process requirements for property right cases. The case, Lingle vs. Chevron fosters Sustainable Development policies.. The high court in this unanimous decision can no longer be said to be a protector of unalienable rights but instead has effectively adopted a political – economic system where rights are granted and rescinded by ruling edict. Saving the Republic will require an increasing public exposure of how the transformation of America is occurring. Apparently, the high court will not stand in the way of the globalist scheme to withdraw American’s freedom. The court has sanctioned, by this decision, the nation’s transformation of the economy from free enterprise to public/private partnerships. In doing that the court has abandoned Natural Law at its core.
In this review, Attorney Ronald A. Zumbrun, founder of the Pacific Legal Foundation and now of the Zumbrun law Firm in Sacramento California analyzes the shocking decision.
By Henry Lamb, 6/30/2005 –
June 2005 Hollow Rock, Tenn. — United Nations biosphere reserves are being created across America through a little-known program called "Man and the Biosphere" (MAB). A Biosphere Reserve is a massive land area divided into three zones:
core wilderness areas; buffer zones; and a transitional area. The plan
is to continually enlarge each of the zones. For example, The Southern
Appalachian MAB (SAMAB) was originally designated to be the Smoky
Mountains National Park, an area of 517,000 acres. It has now grown to
embrace an area stretching from near Birmingham, Alabama, to near
By Don Casey, 6/29/2005 – Usually "Sustainable" programs are labeled by their proponents as "local". They are not. As Don Casey reports from Alabama, the program uses buzzwords that also appear in your community. America is being transformed into political "regions" via a sweet sounding stealth program that is being managed by global policy.
6/29/2005 – Are the change agents in your state still denying the existence of Agenda 21, calling it a "conspiracy theory"? Rich in links to federal, state, and other programs, the USA 2002 Report to the United Nations summarizes our "progress" in attaining the ominous objectives of Agenda 21.
By Michael Shaw, 6/29/2005 – Throughout America public/private partnership work to destroy neighborhoods at taxpayer expense.
By Michael Shaw, 6/29/2005 –
People know that a soviet system of government is a dismal failure. A failure so bad, in fact, that it’s inconceivable to consider that soviet-style “change agents” might actually be Americans living and working in our own neighborhoods. Even worse, would be to discover that your smiling political leaders might also be “agents of change.”
By Michael Shaw, 6/28/2005 – An axiom of political theory holds that the riches of all the people can be gathered up by simply blurring the boundaries of the people and by raiding the public treasury. Today, the public policy strategy designed to implement this goal is called Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development has become well established in communities from Santa Cruz to Bismarck and states including California and North Dakota.
6/28/2005, Santa Cruz, CA — County Supervisor, Ellen Pirie released this sketch depicting the Aptos Village Plan. One can see very dense multi-story housing mixed with commercial development right at the edge of the railroad tracks. There is limited parking and residences don’t have garages.
By Dan Byflield, 6/27/2005 – Smooth salesmen and lawyers representing land trusts, environmental organizations and government agencies are swooping down upon America’s beleaguered and highly regulated rural landowners. With a smile, some cash and a contract, America’s landowners are rapidly losing private control of natural resources.
By Diane Alden, 6/27/2005 – The green matrix is the network of connections in a worldwide political and economic agenda involving science in service to that agenda. It includes dabs of Eastern mysticism, Hegel and Marx and venture capitalism, as well as various world elite playing masters of the universe.
"Vision" programs are everywhere. What are they and where did they come from? In short, a "vision plan" is a Sustainable Development program designed to transform a system of private property into collective land management and centralized government. Don’t be fooled by the smiles and cookies at your communities visioning sessions! Dr. Steven Yates reports from South Carolina.
By David Kelley, 4/12/2005 – Political-economic theory in America is increasingly losing its compass. Sustainable Development activists promote policies of unlimited government intervention and many intellectuals promote the opposite side of the political spectrum – anarcho capitalism. This essay written in 1974 charts the course for a political-economic theory predicated on reason and logic – the necessity of limited government.
By Nancy Levant, 4/12/2005 – America’s new political system, Communitarianism, is up and operating in all 50 states, one new community at a time. These communities comprise of brand new housing, interconnected or very closely clustered single dwellings, nice walkways, not much grass, commons areas, security details…but there is much more to these communities than meets the eye much more.
3/24/2005 – In a stunning reversal California Department of Fire and Forestry (CDF)
Santa Cruz mountain Chief, Steve Wert announced that the department
would support the federal imposition of a Habitat Conservation Plan for
Santa Cruz county despite uncontroverted citizen input that such action
takes private property and will lead to worsening fire risks and
potential losses of human life.
3/24/2005 – California Department of Forestry Fire Chief Steve Wert called for a
citizen to replace Aptos-La Selva Fire Chief Gary Smith as chairman of
the County Fire Safe Council at the council’s recent meeting.
3/24/2005 – Local UN Agenda 21 Meets Citizen Resistance
Feds driven out of County Fire Safe Council
2/24/2005, Some Santa Cruz County politicians celebrated the United Nation’s Human Rights Day with typical public deception. Papers were handed out that OMITTED a critical part of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
By Susanna L. Jennings, 2/15/2005 – The visioning process includes: “values” research, how to run "facilitated" workshops and to how to use “consensus building” to create scenarios for area “change”. When public officials and NGOs (non-government organizations) use the term "visioning" it really means Agenda 21 principles are being implemented.
By Jay Lehr, Ph.D., 2/10/2005 – When textbooks preach Sustainable Development "science" rather than teaching the facts, children are being indoctrinated. Heartland’s Jay Lehr reviews the recently-released The Future of the Earth: An Introduction to Sustainable Development for Young Readers.
1/29/2005 – LA SELVA BEACH , CA — A handful of county government insiders posing as community service volunteers were vocal participants in a successful attempt to shut down Michael Park as he delivered a facts-based speech on local Smart Growth policies regarding transportation and housing to the La Selva Beach Improvement Association on October 21, 2004. Read the transcript and see for yourself what they didn’t want the public to know.
10/13/2004 – "My relationship to power and authority is that I’m all for it… People need somebody to watch over them… Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. News & World Report, November 26, 1990
By Chris Horgan, 10/13/2004 – Designated Wilderness is land where no mechanized use is allowed. It is severely restrictive.
By Thomas Paine –
As land around the country becomes swallowed up by the government and its partners through "habitat protection plans" the silence behind the science is deafening. The red-legged frog is another species used on the central coast in steal land and limit human action.
By Susanna L. Jennings, 10/13/2004 –
Community plans are specifically designed to reflect aesthetically the collective values they seek to impose — at the expense of individual expression and privacy.
By Nancy Redwine –
"Liberty Garden proves that if people are free to create voluntary
associations, the laws of economics and the consequence of stewardship
will cause the earth to improve."
Michael Shaw, Abundance Ecologist
By Susanna L. Jennings, 10/12/2004 –
In the name of "protecting" and "enhancing" our neighborhoods, community planners and local busybodies are fanning out all over the country to change our towns and neighborhoods. They call it "visioning".
By Michael Shaw, 10/12/2004 –
It is ironic that "progressive" Santa Cruz politicians are neck deep in a right wing government/private partnership scam that destroys neighborhoods at taxpayer expense. A friend was right when he said it is like Russia — except that Lenin and Stalin were not this sophisticated.
By Michael Park, 10/12/2004 –
Measure J proponents argue that Measure J will fund Highway 1 widening and alternative means of transportation projects. Opponents see the measure as an ineffective crutch to support an allegedly unsustainable car culture. Both sides fail to explain what this bond will truly accomplish.
10/5/2004 – Summary: “Traffic calming devices” include lane reductions, planted median strips, corner bump-outs, cement roundabouts, speed bumps and chicanes occupying former parking spaces. They are all different types of hazardous obstacles — whose purpose is to delay you or discourage you from using your automobile. Traffic calming is not just physically hazardous. It harms our way of life as well.
9/10/2004, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — What you haven’t heard about the San Diego Wildfires and how changed policies have destroyed lives, property and nature.
9/10/2004, KING COUNTY, Wash. — Are gardens and ecosystems mutually exlcusive? King County’s 65-10 rule denies future generations the American gardening tradition.
By Michael Park, 9/10/2004 – Update to 2004 article: Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), Nancy Pelosi and WM Broomfield (R-MI) all use the term “Agenda 21” and “United Nations” on this CSPAN video at 11:43:30.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Though Congress never voted to support and implement Agenda 21 (aka Sustainable Development) — and its implementation has been accomplished through executive orders and the activities of NGOs — there is evidence that some representatives tried very hard to push it through early on.
By Alan Caruba, 9/10/2004 – SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey — The federal government has no business underwriting the publication of a book that deliberately subverts key elements of the US Constitution.
8/4/2004 – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Santa Cruz County government is once again admonished by a high court for abusing citizens.
By Michael Park, 8/4/2004 – The transportation options available in feudal society are only quaint in hindsight. Smart Growth calls for a reversion to the limited mobility of the pre-automotive society.
By John W. Whitehead, 8/4/2004 –
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia. — In the pursuit of security, America has strayed far from the liberties envisioned by our founders. Will we stop now and reverse the trend?
6/15/2004 – LA SELVA BEACH, Calif. — Michael Shaw is the owner and proprietor of Liberty Garden, where — using a program of seedbank management — he created a native plant oasis on the central coast of California. In this excerpt from his treatise “What is Private Property?”, Shaw explains that if people are free to create voluntary associations, the laws of economics and the consequence of stewardship will cause the earth to improve. “Private property and a healthy planet are inseparable,” Shaw says.
Good article to read if you are new or have friends that are new to Sustainable Development!
By Daniel Beckett, 6/15/2004 – In this straightforward expose of Agenda 21 — the blueprint to advance Sustainable Development — Beckett examines the notion of “sustainability.” His conclusion: The American people need to be better informed so they understand that Sustainable Development is a pseudonym for centralized control over human life.
WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/15/2004 – The American ideal assumes that self governance begins with the family. Fatherhood has been under a long-term attack in America. For some, the motive for this attack goes to the core of the battle about the role of government. Modern political philosophers understand that with the emergence of a global collective, the governing role of family diminishes as central government assumes the greater authority over marriage and children. Dr. Stephan Baskerville of Howard University examines how family law in America works to destroy family units and family authority.
Summary: FLORIDA — Like Dorothy’s Wizard, the main force driving the new paradigms in fishery management policy today have remained relatively hidden, cloaked in an obscure fog of distant international environmental policy meetings. It’s now past time to pull back the curtain and see exactly who is back there, writes Sid Preskitt.
By Ivan Osorio, 6/15/2004 – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nongovernmental organizations, especially environmental, play an increasingly important role in international politics. With the financial backing of major U.S. philanthropies, such as the Ford Foundation, environmental activists use United Nations forums and other international meetings to influence global trade and environmental policy.
By Wendall Cox, 6/14/2004 –
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — What can appear to be choices may very well be the result of manipulation or contrivance. Wendell Cox writes about the striking similarities between the "groupthink" tactics of Fidel Castro and the "visioning" processes that occur in urban development and regional planning exercises.
Achieving Abundance Ecology requires a direct relationship between man and the land, Abundance Ecologist Michael Shaw said in a presentation to the Trans-Heritage Association annual meeting and conference in Alpine Texas in May 2003. Shaw speaks from experience, having received acclaim for creating an ecological oasis from a weedy 75-acre parcel on the central coast of California — what he calls "Liberty Garden."
"To release the potential productivity and diversity of a landscape, an owner must be free to engage in rigorous disturbance, and free to pursue a reasoned and creative process of trial and error. This process would be suited to the choice of each individual and the uniqueness of each property," Shaw said. Read some key excerpts from Shaw’s presentation to the Trans-Texas Heritage Association.
What to Do About the Threat of Sustainable Development Summary: 8 helpful tips from Freedom 21 Santa Cruz [now Freedom Advocates] to improve the impact of your local efforts.
4/20/2004 – Wildlands and Smart Growth programs are implemented through state and federal government agency directives. The Wildlands programs use government regulations to wrest control of rural lands away from private property owners. Smart Growth is a term used to describe high density commercial and residential development built within walking distance to rails and work. You will find similar programs developing in your community. It is not just property owners that are under attack. It is also your safety and freedom that is at stake.
Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) have two primary effects on the landscape; first, they prohibit the innovation that promotes ecological diversity and productivity, and second, they lead to an increased accumulation of fire fuel. Even the ostensible purpose of an HCP — environmental protection — is not served. The local adoption of an international fire code, called the Urban Wildand Intermix Code (UWIC), is the first step toward creating a countywide HCP.
Local citizen Nick Vrolyk makes clear to Santa Cruz County fire districts that their responsibility will change very dramatically from one of fire protection to one of facilitating the access to our private properties by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), under the auspices of fire protection. USFWS’s agenda is to look for and map endangered species and wildlife habitats.
One must look to the real purpose in order to understand the goal of Habitat Conservation Plans — they are part of a program designed to eliminate private property.
4/20/2004 – George Archibald reports on United Nations International Baccalaureate (IB) schools operating within the United States. UNESCO maintains that the IB curriculum promotes human rights, social justice and the need for "sustainable development".
Parents who send their children to these schools have a responsibility to understand that Article 29 Section 3 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights stands in sharp contrast to the essence of the American experiment. Under the United States Declaration of Independence each individual has an unalienable right to life, liberty and property. Under Article 29 section 3 of the United Nations Declaration for a new global order, man’s rights will not be unalienable, but rather decreed and rescinded by a ruling elite.
David R. Legates, 3/23/2004 – Some scientists say that mankind caused the warmest decade on record. David Legates, Director of the Center for Climatic Research at the University of Delaware, shows how the evidence says otherwise.
By Susanna L. Jennings, 3/3/2004 –
The people of Santa Cruz County truly believed in 1978 that by allowing the government to limit growth in the County, they would be able to preserve the small town character of the county that they loved. But, by giving the County apparently unlimited control over the free market and building permits, they have created the opposite situation.
Oregon State Senator Ted Ferrioli proves that instead of conserving precious resources, fundraising efforts to acquire land for conservation are a ripoff to the taxpayer with no guarantee that the promised benefits will materialize.
By Colleen Shaw, 3/3/2004 –
Santa Cruz County officials claim that the Housing Element is necessary to solve a housing shortage problem, but once it is approved and goes into effect, residents will not have many of the common amenities now available. By this analysis, the only housing choice available to most families will be dense multi-family units with limited parking.
Summary: Michael Park reviews an enlightening audio lecture by economist George Reisman.
By Henry Lamb, 3/3/2004 – Few people realize that regional commissions even exist, or the growing influence they have over the lives of ordinary people, by providing the mechanism through which appointed individuals, rather than elected officials, develop public policy.
3/3/2004 – Students taking the new SAT will be required to report personal opinions on sensitive subjects – opinions that they may understandably wish to keep private, Charles Lewis argues. Will personal and political views be used to judge who can attend college?
3/3/2004 – While Santa Cruz County is radical enough to call SD/A21 by name, neighboring Monterey County has a differently packaged program to promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda 21 – an interactive, web-based, Community Planning Model.
3/2/2004 – The United States has experienced an explosion in federal, state, and local regulations in recent years and it is not the result of elected officials responding to the expressed desires of their electors. Robert Eckert shows how the Packard Foundation and a host of other corporate global-government providers are busy working to regulate every aspect of our lives and the lives of our children.
Summary: This compelling Flash animation by Hawaii Pacific University Associate Professor Ken Schoolland portrays the sound principles of liberty upon which individuals and society flourish. The legal, social and moral principles that guide a society based on individual liberty are simple indeed!
By Michael Park, 2/6/2004 – Since its founding in 1972, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission never intended to meet the transportation needs of residents. Rather, it has sought to shape their travel habits and manipulate their lives through behavior modification programs, the diversion of funds into fiscally irresponsible and largely unwanted alternative projects, and the intentional negligence of much-needed highway improvements.
Congratulations to the citizens of Richland County, South Carolina, who understand that the position of Environmental Program Manager has more to do with ushering in a police state than the protection of the environment. Richland County citizens showed up, spoke out, and just said "NO" to the position. Doug Kendall describes the dictatorial powers and consequences to the people of Richland County had it been approved.
By Allan Carlson, 2/5/2004 –
There are consequences when a country’s children are raised by the State. Allan Carlson examines the historical example of Swedish government education.
12/20/2003 – Proposal "too expensive and illegally conceived" FAIRFAX, Virginia — Noted constitutional lawyer Gilbert K. Davis filed suit on December 5th against the Commonwealth of Virginia and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to obtain an injunction prohibiting further advancement of the $4 billion Dulles rail project, which Davis contended is being moved forward in violation of the Virginia Public Private Transportation Act (PPTA) and its implementing guidelines.
By Michael Shaw, 11/24/2003 –
Issue: Many parents have allowed a government-mandated educational system to co-opt parental authority over their children.
By Joanne Nathan, 11/24/2003 –
When you hear terms like, "Community Plans", "Town Plans" and "Village Plans"… take notice and take action!
11/24/2003 – SUMMARY:
"…your proposal doesn’t make it affordable. It just benefits a lucky few and raises prices for the many. Your restrictions hurt the people you want to help, Sam."
Naval Post Graduate Professor and Hoover Institute Fellow David Henderson has a revealing discussion with Congressman Sam Farr over housing at Fort Ord, in Monterey, California.
In a powerful 50 minute presentation, abundance ecologist Michael Shaw described the nature, origin, structure and pace of the implementation of Sustainable Development/Agenda 21 in Santa Cruz and across the nation to residents of Auburn, California. The presentation incorporated examples from the Sierras, including a proposed Auburn City Tree Ordinance that dictates what a homeowner can do with trees on their own two acre lot. A report from this event (from the Auburn Journal) follows, with annotation by Freedom 21 Santa Cruz [now Freedom Advocates].
By Harold Johnson and Timothy Sandefur, 11/5/2003 –
SUMMARY: The credentials and character of Janice Brown are beyond dispute. In her jurisprudence, courts should function, first and last, as defenders of freedom, say Johnson and Sandefur in this article published during her judicial nomination hearings.
11/24/2003 – Pacific Legal Foundation Vice-President M. David Stirling explains how the Endangered Species Act is anti-environment and therefore anti-human. The devastation caused by the recent California fires exemplifies how such policies undermine life for humans, plants and wildlife. The "Let it Burn" attitude is more than disturbing when it emanates from a group called the "Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics".
By Michael Park, 11/23/2003 –
Plans for Recreational Rail in Santa Cruz County raise a number of issues for the community, and with future plans for a full-blown Smart Growth project, authorities have not disclosed all of the details – nor the consequences to the lives of county residents.
By Freedom Advocates Staff, 11/23/2003 –
In a tutorial showing teachers how to recruit and use students as activists, a former high school social studies teacher unwittingly exposes a model for social predation that is instituted in K-12 and college campuses across the USA. This is a must-read for anyone who has or knows children in a government school.
By Don Lively, 11/19/2003 –
Ask 100 people about “smart growth” and likely 99 will look blank or reply, “Sounds great!” — the desired response of proponents of this regional land use control measure. The following comments reflect concerns of smart growth-savvy citizens from both sides of the Bay — and portray implications every Contra Costa County resident should understand about the county-wide project called “Shaping Our Future-Contra Costa County” (SOF-CCC), generically labeled “smart growth.”
SUMMARY: Excerpts from "An Agenda 21 Report for Santa Cruz County Local Agenda 21-Santa Cruz: Education". Includes: Your child is the prime target; Enlisting the government education system for indoctrination of your children; All subjects ripe for environmental indoctrination; Coming to your schools: all sustainable indocrintation all the time; Get with the program; The "Desired State" of education: getting along; Indoctrinational goals for your children; Sustainable indoctrination. [Note Headlines are editorial comments, emphasis added.]
SUMMARY: Unedited excerpts from "An Agenda 21 Report for Santa Cruz County Local Agenda 21-Santa Cruz: Transportation". The headlines are editorial comments, includes: Your car, enemy of the people; Desired state: rebuild your neighborhood sans car; Plans for taxing your car, somebody has to pay for the unused government transportation system; A metropolitan transportation vision for rural Santa Cruz County.
8/18/2003 – SUMMARY: Geopolitical Journalist Joan Peros shares what she’s learned at press conferences and meetings on the global stage, and exposes a connection between homeland security to an agenda for global governance.
SUMMARY: Something seemed fishy in the San Lorenzo Water District when its Board of Directors introduced plans for using ratepayer fees to fund indoctrination programs. In this commentary, Lisa Rudnick presents the opposition to the Board’s actions, and exposes how the program may not only be a questionable use of ratepayer funds, but that it may be illegal.
According to the “Monterey Bay Begins on Your Street” brochure funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the primary culprit responsible for environmental threats to the sanctuary is “YOU!”
On the surface, the Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary seems like a good thing but "safeguarding" (enforcement) "goes
beyond protecting the resources within
its boundaries." Eleven major watersheds, from seashore to mountain
summit, encompass a 7,000 square mile landmass that is bigger than the
By Michael Shaw, 8/10/2003 –
While Santa Cruz County Schools wrestle with severe budget cuts, few have heard about a huge scandal in the state Department of Education that involved $20 million in fraud, $11 million of embezzled tax funds, harassment of whistleblowers, and a court order for Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin to personally pay damages to the whistleblowers. This Stockton Record story by Steve Wampler exposes something that is potentially more troubling than having an education system that is mismanaged by corrupt administrators who absconded with millions in public funds for themselves and their friends: the media, particularly in Santa Cruz County, seems to have been an active participant in covering up for the Eastin administration. While the author calls his story “Shame on Eastin,” it might be better called “Shame on us California voters” for failing to monitor fraudulent use of tax dollars meant for our children’s classrooms.
SUMMARY: Sound off Central Wisconsin Radio Talk Show presented the Freedom 21 Forum on Smart Growth to AM 550 WSAU listeners on November 7, 2002. This exciting and informative show featured local Abundance Ecologist Michael Shaw and a national panel of Sustainable Development experts that included: Citizen Activist and Former Vice President of the Independent Truckers Association Bill Elmhorst, Memorial Medical Center Pharmacy Director Clark Palmer, and representatives from the Committee for Fairness In Law, Inc.
By Kay J. McClanahan, 8/11/2003 –
When Kay McClanahan retired after being recognized as South Carolina Woman of the Year for her pioneering achievements as a forensic detective, she thought she’d settle down to farm the land she and her husband had spent a lifetime acquiring. But, someone else had a different plan for the McClanahan farm — and that plan didn’t include Mr. and Mrs. McClanahan.
By John Berlau, 8/10/2003 –
After being freed from slavery in the 1860’s, Joe Neal’s great-grandfather bought 75 acres of wooded land and turned it into a fertile farmland that has been managed by Neal’s family for three generations. But, if Sustainable Development/Smart Growth planners get their way, Neal and his neighbors will lose their heritage in the name of "the environment". In this Insight story by John Berlau, you will see how the posterity of slavery has long fought for its freedom and rights, but today are faced with threats to their livelihood and property that that are greater than anything they’ve faced from segregationist politicians.
With the Sierra Club, and its government and non-government organization partners, being referred to as a "chapter of the KKK", Smart Growth may be threatening the rights of these citizens, but could ultimately change the political landscape of South Carolina. Santa Cruz residents will find an uncanny similarity between the Town and Country Plan that is threatening Neal’s property and the Santa Cruz Local Agenda 21 Action Plan that has guided our local planners since 1995.
11/7/2002 – Panel introduces Smart Growth / Sustainable Development as a program that will eliminate private property, discusses the affect of Smart Growth policies in Santa Cruz County, and how significant changes to policy and society are being implemented without a vote from citizens.
Biographies of the participants in WSAU’s Freedom 21 Sustainable Development Forum.
11/7/2002 – Panel discusses: How Smart Growth is designed to depopulate rural areas and transition human populations into high-density occupation zones; How global organizations are gaining control of USA water resources; How sustainable development plans are being implemented by collectivist counsels outside of the democratic process, and; Threats to Private property in Santa Cruz, California, and throughout the USA.
11/7/2002 – Panel and callers discuss: Cases where citizens have resisted, and defeated Sustainable Development / Smart Growth programs; Individual and property rights written into the Constitution; How Sustainable Development programs are being implemented by a soviet system — a system of councils that report to the "apex council".
SUMMARY: The Nature Conservancy is coming under fire after the Washington Post described how the $3 billion environmental charity may have played loose with IRS laws to benefit supporters, including corporations that have paid millions in environmental fees. This story provides a comprehensive overview of how your taxes and donations have been used by The Nature Conservancy, provides links to the Washington Posts "Big Green" series and to a library of supplementary stories.
SUMMARY: Landmark Legal Foundation has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate whether millions of dollars in agency grants to the Nature Conservancy and its state affiliates — the nation’s largest environmental organization with assets of more than $3 billion — were misused. The Foundation has also asked the agency to suspend current and future grant payments to the group pending the outcome of the investigation.
SUMMARY: Liberty Matters News Service (5/22/03) — The Washington Post’s in-depth investigation of questionable land deals made by the giant green Nature Conservancy has kicked up a lot of dust. Joe Stevens and David Ottaway gathered reams of material and conducted exhaustive interviews that revealed the Conservancy may have been playing fast and loose with IRS rules governing the activities of charitable organizations.
4/30/2003 – Ray AmRhein asks the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency "Who owns the groundwater in a farmer’s well" and finds the answers, and the agengy’s practices, violate the law — and the private property of Santa Cruz County residents. In this Watsonville Register-Pajaronian article (4/30/2003), AmRhein uses his 49 years of experience in water law to compare PVWMA practices with the law, and finds that "for over 10 years the [PVWMA] directors have been acting under the false premise that the state owns the water."
The United States stands as the "last major impediment to global governance", according to the May edition of WorldNetDaily.com’s magazine, Whistleblower Magazine. Of particular note for Santa Cruz County residents is that this renowned national publication specifically sites Santa Cruz as a ground-zero point for implementation of global government at a local level. This is groundbreaking research for a national publication. Spread the word…
SUMMARY: Do we have to choose between protecting the environment and growing the economy? J. David Breemer from the Pacific Legal Foundation argues that we don’t. In fact, he says, "environmental improvements happen because of, not in spite of, private property and free enterprise."
By Henry Lamb, 5/23/2003 – While the media spotlight is focused on the Security Council’s debate about rebuilding Iraq, the rest of the U.N. bureaucracy lumbers along toward its published goal of ruling the world. The Commission on Sustainable Development concluded two weeks of meetings in New York, on May 9. It was the 11th annual session of this U.N. body, created as a result of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The purpose of the Commission is to implement "Agenda 21."
Santa Cruz County, California is in a rain zone that dumps approximately 978,000 gallons of water for each resident every year. The failure to implement even a basic water storage plan allows the water to flow unused into the ocean. Jack Ward researches the question “Do we have a water shortage in Santa Cruz County?”, and finds a resounding NO! “Has it occurred to anyone else that the major problems confronting Santa Cruz County are contrived and are caused by the same politicians that we entrusted to solve them?”
5/23/2003 – SUMMARY: Sharon Votaw thought she and her husband had purchased a farm; but, they found a conglomeration of local, state, and international government and non-government agencies already had firm control.
5/23/2003 – A conglomeration of local and international government and non-government organizations groups are now in advanced stages of implementing programs that subjugate Santa Cruz County water use and citizen water rights to regional control by non-elected officials. This Freedom Advocates issue statement summarizes what we can do together to advance freedom and protect your private property.
By Jenna Moore – The San Lorenzo Valley Water District exceeds jurisdiction to promote water programs opposed to local public interest.
By oism.org, 5/22/2003 – Will Chicken Little finally get the pink slip from “special interest” groups? Right. on the bright side: maybe the emperor doesn’t need clothes after all. This summary of Access to Energy research provides access to vital information you should know about the Global Warming myth, including a petition signed by 17,000 scientists opposed to the Kyoto protocols and the myth of human-caused global warming.
By Freedom Advocates Staff, 5/21/2003 –
When it comes to travel, Californians still want independence and freedom of choice. An endless barrage of expensive "expert studies" has failed to convince taxpayers to opt for collectivist models of transportation, yet road maintenance and infrastructure improvement have been "sidetracked" for 30 years. Why?
“Perhaps it’s time to stop trying to manipulate the UN, and start asserting our national sovereignty,” Representative Ron Paul told Congress in this April 29, 2003 speech. “Americans deserve to know how their representatives stand on the critical issue of American sovereignty.”
4/28/2003 – Summary: The ESA has become a most effective tool in the hands of the preservationists and those intent on destroying the livelihoods of millions of Americans. T. R. Mader, Research Director for the Abundant Wildlife Society of North America tells how and offers solutions.
SUMMARY: Excerpts from a letter to Cato Institute Director of Natural Resource Studies Jerry Taylor, from Michael Shaw regarding "Sustainable Development: A Dubious Solution in Search of a Problem."
"Sustainable Development/Agenda 21 is the ultimate collectivist design, and is therefore, more than dangerous. Fortunately, its underlying precepts are simple to understand and condemn. The challenge is in the exposure."
By Henry Lamb, 3/3/2003 –
Summary: When Earth First! co-founder, Dave Foreman, first voiced his vision in 1990, of wolves and grizzly bears roaming, unmolested by humans, through unbroken wilderness from Mexico to Canada — many people laughed. The "Wildlands Project" is no longer a laughing matter. Nine bills have been introduced to expand wilderness in America and surround them with "primitive areas" in which human activity is severely limited. Dave Foreman’s vision should be rejected. Free people create free markets; neither can survive when the government owns the sources of production.
By Henry Lamb, 2/24/2003 – Sustainable communities will ensure that individuals and nations pursue the future only along the paths deemed "sustainable" by those
self-appointed bureaucrats who think they know what is best for the world. [California’s Senate Bill SB 375 "Sustainable Communities Strategy" of 2008 follows this principle.]
By Freedom Advocates, 2/23/2003 –
The Global Biodiversity Assessment report directed by the United Nations Environment Programe (UNEP) calls for urgent action to reverse unsustainable effects on global biodiversity. The report is based on the false premise that “Population growth has exceeded the capacity of the biosphere.” In order to understand what is sustainable, one must understand what is not sustainable…
By Nick Peros, 2/20/2003 – If there is a bedrock principle upon which our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our nation was constructed, it is this: "government is empowered by the Consent of the governed"… There are people among us in Santa Cruz County and other portions of the United States and other nations that believe this method of public policy development is obsolete.
By Henry Lamb, 2/20/2003 –
From one end of the country to the other, "Smart Growth" has become the politically-correct buzz-word to mask a variety of policy initiatives designed to bring about sustainable development of sustainable communities that will produce sustainable lifestyles – as determined by the authors and promoters of Agenda 21… Anything less is a major erosion of the first principle of freedom: legitimate government is empowered by the consent of the governed – not by the recommendations of Agenda 21, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, or by the "visions" on non-elected professionals, no matter how well-meaning they may be.
It will take increasing public awareness to restore our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The damage from Agenda 21, Sustainable Development policies is pervasive. We are experiencing: lack of respect by government for human dignity and natural law stressful living, rather than enjoying vital, flourishing, […]