Patrick Henry Hays is the Mayor of North Little Rock, Arkansas and he also is the President of ICLEI USA, the subsidiary of ICLEI Global. I am advised by deep background that Mayor Mays sent a generic email to the five James City County supervisors to deal with the possible withdrawal of JCC from ICLEI. I am also told that Mayor Hays advised a certain supervisor that there was no relationship between ICLEI and Agenda 21! Such a thing seemed incredible to me based on the obvious truth that ICLEI implements and is a disciple of Agenda 21.
I was directed to the JCC web page for the video of the July 12, 2011 meeting. Highlights:
One supervisor (McGlennon) brought up how ICLEI is being treated differently from other domestic organizations and that it cannot even lobby due to its 501 c 3 status. (If ICLEI USA is a 501 c 3 organization, how does it keep that status)
Then at 1:35 of the meeting, Supervisor Kennedy made these comments. He had spoken to Mayor Hays for an hour. He is what he said:
“He knows nothing about it [Agenda 21] and the first time he heard about it [Agenda 21] was a month ago on the Glenn Beck show.”
Supervisor Kennedy did not credit any truth to these statements he said Mayor Hays said it to him on July 12! That very day! Here it is decide for yourself!
Let me fill the readers in on the relationship between Agenda 21 and ICLEI:
Here’s one cite from the ICLEI website:
Our programs, and projects promote participatory, long-term, strategic planning process that address local sustainability while protecting global common goods. This approach links local action to internationally agreed-upon goals and targets such as:
ICLEI has on its website “case studies” on local governments and Agenda 21.
At the worldwide level, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) has established a Local Agenda 21 Initiative with Local Authority participants from more than 20 countries in every region of the world. One element of that Initiative is a research programme which is developing and testing tools and methods for local sustainable development planning. * * *
Even where regional and national campaigns have not been established, dozens of local campaigns have been established by local authorities in Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Tanzania, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Africa, and the United States. * * * The worldwide community of Local Authorities is preparing to report at the 1996 UN Conference on Human Settlements on both the progress and the findings of Local Authorities in implementing Chapter 28. Local Agenda 21 is quickly becoming a worldwide movement. This growing movement will help assure that Agenda 21 remains a household word and a serious commitment to action well into the next century.
Let’s see if Mayor Hays has spoken on Agenda 21. It is not mentioned by name but he is deep into the type of activity forbidden by the Constitution for local governments and their leaders:
For the first time in the history of climate negotiations, the United Nations has officially recognized the crucial roles of local governments in fighting climate change — as local governments are now identified by delegate nations as “government stakeholders”.
Mayor Patrick Hays, North Little Rock, AR, Corporate President and Chair of the Board of Directors of ICLEI-USA, summarized the sentiment of local governments from our point of view in Cancún:
“This is an important achievement that builds on critical climate actions of local communities throughout the world… We welcome this recognition, and simultaneously call on the international community to follow the lead of local governments who have been on the front lines of climate change for the past 20 years,” said Mayor Hays.
I will let the reader draw whatever conclusion from these things but ICLEI and Agenda 21 are clearly related and I would think the top leadership of ICLEI USA ought to know that.