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To get Agenda 21 policies into America took vast amounts of federal tax dollars in the form of Grants. In June 1993 Pres. Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12852. President’s Council on Sustainable Development. This money went to state and local governments, and it created a whole new community of sustainable development NGO's (non-governmental organizations).
June 29, 1993. 3. Mission
The Council will carry out its mission to advise the President on matters involving sustainable development by carrying out four essential objectives:
(a) Forging Consensus on Policy. The Council shall continue to bring together diverse interests to identify and develop innovative economic, environmental, and social policies and strategies that advance sustainable development;
(b) Demonstrating Implementation of Policy. The Council shall work with diverse interests to encourage and demonstrate implementation of sustainable development in real world settings. It should report on successes and recommend strategies to replicate those successful projects throughout the United States;
(c) Getting the Word Out About Sustainable Development. Sustainable development depends on the actions of individuals from every sector of society, and on our ability to learn from one another's efforts and experiences. To foster learning and the exchange of ideas, the Council shall gather and disseminate information on sustainable development. It should also build on its previous work to educate Americans on sustainable development.
(d) Evaluating and Reporting on Progress. The Council shall recommend national, community and enterprise level frameworks for tracking sustainable development. For each framework, it shall identify and report on a set of currently available indicators to measure progress, and recommend other appropriate indicators for which data do not exist.
2 months ago
The UN/Agenda 21 has made significant inroads into the lives of Americans. See http://www.freedomadvocates.org/images/pdf/local-agenda-21.pdf.
That link is to the document titled "The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide: An Introduction to Sustainable Development Planning." In includes a Foreward by Maurice Strong, Chairman, Earth Council. It was published by ICLEI. (International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives.* See Arizona members below.)
Per Maurice Strong: “In 1992, the leaders of 179 countries gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Earth Summit to finalize a global action plan for sustainable development, called Agenda 21. In this document, they recognized that because “so many of the problems and solutions being addressed by Agenda 21 have their roots in local activities, the participation and cooperation of local authorities will be a determining factor in fulfilling its objectives.” Agenda 21 further calls upon local authorities in every country “to undertake a consultative process with their populations and achieve a consensus on ‘Local Agenda 21’ for their communities.”
"When this mandate was set out in 1992, there was little information available on how to proceed. It therefore gives me particular satisfaction to report that, since 1992, more than 1,300 local authorities from 31 countries have responded to the Agenda 21 mandate by developing their own Local Agenda 21 action plans for sustainable development.
"The task of mobilizing and technically supporting Local Agenda 21 planning in these communities has been led by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and national associations of local government. Now, with the further support of the International Development Research Centre and the United Nations Environment Programme, ICLEI is able to present the first
worldwide documentation of Local Agenda 21 planning approaches, methods, and tools in this Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide.”
* http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/members/member-list. (Members of ICLEI include Chandler, Flagstaff, Goodyear, Tempe, and Tucson.)
2 months ago
Mike: Thanks for the publicity. You stated: “According to our crazies, including the website Gilbert Watch, run by Anita Cristy and which features Gilbert Town Council’s Jared Taylor as one of the “contributors,” Common Core is a subtle way of indoctrinating our unsuspecting kids with the one-world government of Agenda 21.”
My last name is spelled Christy.
Where on my website did come up with common core being “a subtle way of indoctrinating our unsuspecting kids with the one-world government of Agenda 21”? (Not that I disagree, but I haven’t seen a solid connection in the research….yet.)
Where in Council Member Taylor’s posted email did you come up with that?
This is what Jared Taylor wrote:
First, thank you for your service to our State. Second, I’d like to share my thoughts on a bill coming before you this session: HB 2047 – Common Core Assessment.
Common Core (CC) was designed with good intentions, but has not been tested or validated. Further, it unwisely hands to the federal government powerful controls on our school system. The best and only proven solution to improving education is to keep education local and close to parents. This is not a partisan issue.
I speak for myself, but the A-rated school I work for had 100% of our graduating class go to higher education without Common Core or any other state/federal program.
HB 2047 is another well intended bill to replace AIMS with PARCC. Unfortunately, education is an industry where people are attracted to the latest lobbyist-driven fad at the detriment to our student’s academic success.
So how should we assess our students? We have options. The taxpayers have already sunk millions into AIMS. Why toss it aside for something unproven and, well, untested? There are many options such as the ACT & SAT for HS students and other validated tests like Iowa & Stanford for the lower grades.
Please vote ‘No’ on HB 2047 when it appears before you this session. Our taxpayers and children deserve better than this questionable assessment.
2 months ago
Not that the constitution matters much anymore, but isn't the creation of a state exchange unconstitutional? Seems to me that it violates HCFA (Arizona Health Care Freedom Act), Ariz. Const. art. XXVII sec. 2(1)
HCFA protects people’s rights to make their own health care decisions. To that end, it prevents government from directly or indirectly compelling participation in any health care system (Ariz. Const. art. XXVII sec. 2(1)). “Compel” is a term of art that includes penalties, taxes, and fines.
As a vehicle for enforcing the individual mandate/tax (including reporting to the IRS on who has not purchased government-approved insurance) and the source of penalties against employers (direct compulsion) and individuals (indirect compulsion), a state exchange violates HCFA. And because HCFA is part of our Constitution, state exchanges are unconstitutional.
6 months ago
I think Kim has a great idea! Had the Gilbert Governing Board followed its own Strategic Plan and involved the community from the beginning, Kim's and others' ideas could have been brought forward and vetted. But instead, the Board just rammed through shutting down Gilbert Jr High School, take it or leave it.
That's why I'm voting for Julie Smith, Eric Johnson, and Daryl Colvin for School Board.
7 months ago
The Board never led. They never governed. With the exception of Staci Burk, they did their best to flim flam their way away from their own INEPTITUDE to whomever was available.
The issue isn't whether or not Gilbert Classical Academy has outgrown its elementary school site, because it has. The issue isn't whether or not GCA is a phenomenal school. It is. The issue isn't that Gilbert Jr High School has a declining enrollment. It has. The issue is that this Governing Board has NEVER GOVERNED! It is a rubber stamp to whatever the District Officials want to do.
This so-called Governing Board doesn't Govern at all. They failed the Gilbert community, because they DIDN'T FOLLOW THEIR OWN STRATEGIC PLAN. That plan stated in 3 different places to INVOLVE COMMUNITY! They didn't do that.. The ONLY speaker to place the blame where it belonged was KAREN UDALL, a former Gilbert Board member.
Nothing will change until these people are REPLACED with people whose commitment is to the Gilbert community, and to fiscal responsibility. Those people are Julie Smith, Daryl Colvin, and Eric Johnson. Each of these people have a stake in Gilbert. They are committed to Gilbert's children: ALL OF THEM.
7 months ago
Mr. McClellan, you are wrong. I know Mr. Colvin very well, and this isn't a plea for votes. It is Mr Colvin's plea to reinstate a NON-DENOMINATIONAL Invocation/Prayer. It would be very similar to how the Gilbert Town Council opens its meetings. On the agenda it reads: "The invocation may be offered by a person of any religion, faith, belief or non-belief, as well as Councilmembers. A list of volunteers is maintained by the Town clerk and interested persons should contact the Clerk for further information."
It is indeed open to all faiths. I feel sorry for a Christian living in an Arab country, where their faith isn't tolerated at all. Who is safer? A Muslim in America? Or a Christian in Iraq? Afghanistan? Algeria? Bahrain? Chad? Egypt? Guinea? Iran? Libya? Sudan? Syria?
I do not understand why the Left cannot TOLERATE a simple Invocation. I have attended both school board meetings and town council meetings. The "warp speed moment of silence" is devoid of meaning. The Invocations at the Council meetings are reverent and respectful, and those attending tolerate each person's differing beliefs very well.
8 months ago
Thanks Bill. That's my impression as well. Do you have any idea why Gilbert has such a low # of illegals? Maybe that's not a fair question. There are too many variables to factor? We are a much newer community, etc, etc.
Another comment. You indicated that the prison population is overwhelmingly white. Wouldn't that be expected? Our Arizona population is 73% white as of the 2010 census. So, 39.3% whites in prison seems comparatively low. Your figures indicate that there are 28.8% Mexican/Americans in prison, plus another 12% are Mexican Nationals. Census data show 29.6% "Hispanic or Latino." I don't know if illegals are included. They would have had to answer census questions.... Some of them might have....some not. Still, if you add both Mexican/Americans and Mexican Nationals in prison, it equals 41.6%. This is disproportionately much higher than the census indicates.
Blacks total 4.1% per the census, but 13.3% in prison. Only American Indians do their level best to match the census percentage. They have 4.9% in prison and make up 4.6% of Arizona's population.
Just some observations. 10 months ago
I have a question for whomever can answer it. I live in Gilbert and recently requested and received some statistics from the Police Department. I discovered that in 2010, there were 9424 arrests of those legally in the US., and 248 arrests of those not in the US legally. In 2011, there were 7645 arrests of those legally in the US, and 247 arrests of those not in the US legally. Seems odd the # of arrests went down, yet Gilbert remains a very safe Town.
The number of illegals seemed extremely low for our population of around 208,000. Do other police departments have this kind of information available? For example, Mesa? Tempe? Thanks. 10 months ago
Linda! This is too funny!! We watch our country sliding into a faster and faster decline, and we try to stop it every way possible. What can one do to get the "American public" to see what we are becoming? We have allowed our government to turn us into a vast, entitled, demanding, "helpless" society. What is there to do but poke fun at the entire circus? Satire. Thank you for the hearty laugh this morning!!Feb 19, 2012