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My heart is warmed by what I found at the Abingdon Tea Party web site today – this posting about a recent presentation about ICLEI to the Abingdon City Council.  Abingdon is a member of ICLEI.  Catherine Turner of the Abingdon Tea Party and Richard Macbeth of the Tenth Amendment Foundation spoke after months of research on the dangers of ICLEI and Agenda 21.  They also did a FOIA request for ICLEI docs.  That is a great idea!  Go Catherine and Richard!  Highlights:

From the FOIA request, copies of all the correspondence and communication with the group ICLEI and its group of carefully chosen stakeholders, namely the Abingdon Go Green Committee were released. From this ream of 1000-plus pages and about $600 in “copying/labor” fees later, the relationship with ICLEI became clear. The Go Green Committee, as we learned, is made up of some two dozen or so members, about half of whom are department heads for the Town of Abingdon, (including Jackson and Worley) as well as Mayor Morgan. With Kelly and Cowart acting as the primary liaisons to ICLEI, it would beg the question:  How much prior knowledge do they have about ICLEI? Under the guise of “Sustainable Development”, and based on the frequent communication regularly exchanged with ICLEI, are they accepting of the principles of AGENDA 21? Is the Abingdon Go Green Committee complicit with these ideals?

It appears the City of Abingdon bought a lot more than just ICLEI – they got an unelected committee that corroborates with ICLEI on sustainable development.  The Constitution came up as well:

The Council has also received a copy of the Carroll County MD Times article that details why their Board of Supervisors severed ties with ICLEI.  *  *  * Whether or not Agenda 21 causes Mr. Jackson or any of the rest of his Abingdon Go Green Committee colleagues to lose sleep,  the constitutional caution that Rich Macbeth explained before the Town Council is no laughing matter; to the extent that the Town is partnered with ICLEI, each council member stands in violation of their oath of office by implementing foreign policies that are clearly inconsistent with the Constitution of Virginia and of the US Constitution.

Macbeth also cited court cases (I wonder if a certain blogger’s posting was part of the extensive research?) agreeing with this assertion.

Based on the article here in the local newspaper, Abingdon did not get out of ICLEI.  But I still contend that this was a crucial effort.  Now, the Abingdon Tea Party and the Tenth Amendment Foundation needs to keep up the pressure on the local officials until they quit ICLEI and renounce sustainable development.



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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