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The CROOKED NHA

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Say you’re a 501c3 non-profit group with a clever name and cute logo. Convince
a few strategic folks—a congressman, a senator, and a press that might as well be
your own PR firm—to back you up. Then take 19 counties in SWVA, and draw a
boundary line around them. Hold 12 “public information meetings”, without mentioning any of this to the 19 elected county boards. Your own board of directors has some tourism folks and planning district commission figureheads across the region—names that pop up on board after board—so you’ve got “district-wide participation”. Get their network to write some letters of support. Take ‘em to your buddies in Congress. Then get everything inside the boundary line designated a National Heritage Area, fast-tracked through those hallowed halls as easy as one-two-three, with no debate.

Then, bingo! In the immortal words of Nancy Pelosi, we’ll find out what’s in the
bill after we pass it. Congratulations! You are now the unelected “managing entity” of almost 21% of the state. As long as you do things just like the National
Park Service says, the Secretary of the Interior will turn on a pipeline of federal
grant money that will keep all your special interest groups’ special interests welllubricated. Just like that. In the name of preserving the unique cultural heritage of a huge chunk of SWVA—how did it ever survive this long without you?— you are now the man.

Really? Is that all it takes for a noble, self-governing country with a proud history to be snookered out of its representative form of government, not to mention the US and Virginia Constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights? A 501c3 with a gleam in their eye? In this issue, we follow the money and find out.

After examining some NHAs that have been around for a while, we’ve determined that across the board, their management plans start out sounding like promoting the natural assets of the region— the art, music and food—is the answer to all of your economic prayers, we documented that a few years
down the road, the plans for the region start sounding a lot more like the UN’s
official policy on land.

“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….” http://www.sovereignty.net/p/land/unproprts.htm

But since we’ve encountered a reluctance to believe such a plan could ever replace the authority of our local boards and planning commissions, we decided to document the victims.

What we found is shocking. And in case there is still denial of the connection to the global plan of action, Agenda 21—the “secret” that’s been around for 30 years— we prove that it’s no secret. UN Agenda 21 is Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development—no matter how sweet it is made to sound—is UN Agenda 21. And the management plan for The Crooked Road National Heritage Area is one and the same.

Who are Heritage Area VICTIMS?

Bart Dye’s bad fortune, along
with that of several other farmers
in his area of Shoals in southwestern Indiana, began in 1977, when,
as president of the Martin County
Farm Bureau, he organized the
farmers to oppose the expansion of
nearby Hoosier National Forest,
which was gobbling up farmland…………….
“Over 700 homes and businesses are currently within the
boundaries of the national lakeshore, despite the promise by the
federal government in 1965 that
there would be no condemnation of
homes and businesses,” said William Theis, a leader of STOP,
which he said has 310 members and
has collected 16,000 signatures on
a petition against dunes park expansion. “Literally hundreds of people
were forced to sell their homes
against their will and feel they were
not adequately compensated.”

The Yukon Cleansing

The Park Service essentially told everyone they
could go on living their accustomed
“subsistence lifestyle,” as it was a
“cultural value” worthy of protection.
But the deep changes NPS brought
pulled the future out from under the
people, for their rights didn’t extend
to the next generation and their present lives now operated under an incomprehensible permit system

 

Congress created the Yuma Crossing NHA, and hardly any of the locals knew about it until Lee Ott saw the surveyors on his property………

 

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground from Charlottesville to Gettysburg… is a sweet deal that could leave the Partnership “with a near monopoly on real estate development opportunities within the [JTHG] area………..

In the National Coal Heritage Area the people of
Hinton wanted funds to repair a local road. They lobbied their
legislators for several years, and finally the federal funding came
through. At that point, the National Park Service stepped in.
Because the local road was in a Heritage Area, Park Service
officials announced, the money would be used to create a Scenic
Parkway. The Scenic Parkwaycalled for condemning dozens of
properties, forcing people out of their homes.…..

The Wheeling National
Heritage Act Corporation…take properties away
from their present owners and
give them to other private retail
businesses of the City’s choosing….

 

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What did a historic survey find?

Private landowners ostensibly selling their properties to the National Park Service are in fact not bona fide sellers but are giving up title to
escape the legal expenses of a
foredoomed condemnation.

A problem arises when Park
Service officials are using
their jargon term SELLER
outside their circle, understood by the public in the
generally accepted meaning of
a free agent conducting business. A clever Park promoter
even coined the slogan WILLING SELLER/WILLING
BUYER, falsely implying that
the two parties are on an
equal footing. This slogan has
developed into a mantra recited at hearings and discussions on Park expansion for
the deception of legislators
and the general public.
 It is reasonable to assume that
Park Service extortion was
exercised in most of the
1,130 title transactions.

 

 

THE NHA: WHO IS ARC & THE SWVACHF ?

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At the bottom of this bowl of alphabet soup lies the origin of the push to put SWVA under the jurisdic-
tion of the National Park Service. The NHA brainstorm didn’t just start back in August of 2012, when a
few local newspapers discreetly announced some “public information meetings”. (There were twelve
meetings total, with about 30 attendees being the largest group.) The Crooked Road Heritage Music
Trail evolved from an Arts & Crafts Initiative launched in 2001 by Governor Warner that became
known as ‘Round the Mountain, SWVA’s Artisan Network. By 2006, Governor Kaine adopted
“Appalachia Forward”, a program that laid the foundation for getting funding through the Appalachian
Regional Commission, a federal-state-local partnership composed of the governors of the 13 Appala-
chian states and a federal co-chair.
In 2008, the VA legislature set up the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission. In 2010, they set up another non-profit, Friends of Southwesimages (1)t Virginia, to manage funds coming into each of the developing entities. The Commission then became a non-profit Foundation in 2011 and according to VA Code §2.2-2734, the SWVACHF was established as a body politic and corporate. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage the economic development of Southwest Virginia through the expansion of cultural and natural heritage ventures and initiatives related to tourism and other asset-based enterprises, including Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Center, The Crooked Road, ‘Round the Mountain, and other related cultural and natural heritage organizations and venues that promote entrepreneurial and employment opportunities.
When—and by whom—the decision was made to seek NHA status remains unclear. But in 2008, an
economic impact study of The Crooked Road was conducted by Sustainable Development Consulting
International, LLC, something that the National Park Service “encourages” in their NHA guidelines.
What is made abundantly clear in the analysis of ARC programs done by Regional Technology Strategies (see below)
is that The Crooked Road et al is the Appalachian Regional Commission’s flagship project, a
“creative cluster” in a “strategic series of projects”. And that their agenda is one of “Formulating A Sus-
tainable Economic Development Process For Rural America”. Sounds noble enough.

Only it’s not yo’ daddy’s sweat equity and all-American can-do spirit that will build this new rural economy for Southwest Virginia….it’s the Triple Bottom Line, the new-fangled business model that levels the playing field between filling a demand by producing a good product with equal parts social equity and environmental justice.

Oh…
and that includes equity between species, along with mitigating your carbon output. As the report confirms,
TBL  was borne of UN Agenda 21 and what became known as Sustainable Development.
The  report credits the Conservation Fund for their efforts in creating the TBL model “embedded
within the strategies” of ARC goals. A non-government organization (NGO)  involved in promoting
government control of land use since the UN Habitat I Conference in 1976 and part of the EPA’s Smart
Growth Network, the Conservation Fund is an ARC grant recipient.
The Ford Foundation, a major contributor to ARC, funded the report. The Ford Foundation is also part
of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. They are partnered with ICLEI
(International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), the self-described implementation arm of
UN Agenda 21 and led the discussion on creating Sustainable Cities last June at the 20-year anniver-
sary of the Rio Accords.
The RTS report advocates for standardizing “Triple Bottom Line” Sustainable Development practices,
touting the Global Reporting Initiative. The Ford Foundation is a GRI supporter.
If this is not the new economic model that the rural voters of Southwest Virginia desire, it is time that
SWVA Counties defend the unalienable rights of their constituents.
Word count: 1044

ARC + SWVA=Agenda 21

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The Crooked Road, ‘Round the Mountain and the other colorful-sounding spin-offs of our

new-fangled “asset based economy”—the Appalachian Regional Commission dubs it their ”creative cluster”— take their foundation in Sustainable Development/UN Agenda 21. How do we know this? From their own account.

RESPONSE TO ANTHONY FLACCAVENTO’S CHALLENGE : The Washington County Tea Party  doesn’t need to make this stuff up, when the facts so clearly speak for themselves! We accept your challenge by reporting the truth.

 

What Sustainable Development Is and Is Not

 

A Challenge to the Washington County Tea Party

Prepared by Anthony Flaccavento, January 23, 2011

Materials gathered by the Washington County Tea Party portray “sustainable development” as a sinister effort to undermine American values and install socialist policies that eliminate private property. Based on nearly 20 years of work, research and writing in this field, I am putting forth this challenge to their attack on sustainable development. It is divided into four sections, corresponding to four core elements of their “argument”.

Sustainable development is being driven by the United Nation’s Agenda 21

· Contrary to the WCTP’s contentions, “Agenda 21″ and the UN have absolutely nothing to do with the vast majority of sustainable development (SD) projects and initiatives in Washington county, neighboring states or the nation as a whole. Out of a dozen sustainable development initiatives in the Appalachian region and more than 30 nationwide with which I am personally familiar, not a single one was launched or driven by Agenda 21, or is managed or directed by it. In fact, all of these initiatives were started at the grassroots, by a broad base of community people including local businesses, farmers, civic leaders, elected officials, etc. In 20 years of work and consultation with SD groups around the nation, I have never once heard “Agenda 21″ even mentioned.

 

We suggest that you start here, Mr. Flaccavento, and get it right from the horse’s mouth—as some of us quaint folks say around here in Appalachia!

 

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Prepared for: Appalachian
Regional Commission
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Building on the concept of sustainability,
a new corporate philosophy and ac-
counting form has emerged that takes
into consideration not only the tradi-
tional economic “bottom line,” but also
considers less quantifiable indicators
that measure social and environmental
impact…………………………….
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The concept of the triple bottom line
originated from the notion of sustainabil-
ity and sustainable development. Ecol-
ogically sustainable development (ESD)
thinking was first espoused in the
Brundtland Report (World Commission
on Environment and Development,
1987) and reiterated during Agenda 21
and the Rio Declaration on Environment
and Development (1992)……………….
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Social and Environmental Justice:
Advocates of social and environmental
justice stress the need to promote op-
portunity and equity within our society,
between societies, between genera-
tions, and between species………………….
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This broader perspective, sometimes
called sustainable development or the
Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is relevant to
the types of economic development
projects typically funded by ARC within
the tourism program……………………
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[The Ford Foundation] felt that the ARC
work would provide a platform for build-
ing a better understanding of the oppor-
tunities and challenges for adopting a
TBL perspective in rural areas including
Appalachia…………………………….
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…new government policies and new
government roles will be needed to
change existing organizations into more
flexible and fluid entities that will support
sustainability…Developing this compre-
hensive approach will be a
central governance challenge……..
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A recent study was completed of the Crooked Road portfolio of projects. Since ARC has
provided funding for virtually all of the Crooked Road projects (mostly in tandem with
other Federal, state, or local funds) it provides a test of the value of using a more strategic
project funding that could be encouraged in other ARC states.
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…..first-rate TBL uses relevant, common indicators to make it easier to
compare performance or “value added” across organizations and requires honest, open and
transparent disclosure. Ideally, it has been suggested that TBL should lead to improvements incorporate performance. TBL reports should include key goals for improving organizational
performance into the future – preferably quantitative and time-bound goals. The Global
Reporting Initiative, a program developed under the auspices of nearly 20 agencies including the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the United National Environment
Program and the World Resources Institute, standardizes TBL measures and areas to be reported
and currently has more than 1,300 participating organizations.
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Here is another analysis of Sustainable Development and The Global Reporting Initiative………

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I spent several hours navigating through the myriad of resources, data, and links. I am sure, most Americans do not have the interest or the time to research what is happening to their country.

GRI is encouraging organizations to report (read snitch) on Sustainable Development compliance in their countries.

The list of past supporters includes….The Ford Foundation.

“The Global Reporting Initiative and the United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding
in 2008 to set internationally recognized sustainability reporting
standards. It was done to foster sustainable development in developing
countries and transition economies.”
The real ultimate goal is to spread the wealth and arrest development
in countries like U.S.

Should United Nations dictate to the rest of the world what economic justice is? I do not wish to receive lectures on respect for diversity from UN totalitarian governments that disrespect women, other religions, and repress minorities through genocide.
We had informants under the communist system—it allowed the
totalitarian government to better control the masses. We have whistleblowers
in capitalism; we do not need UN’s rules to control us
through organized snitching……I fail to see how a private corporation
is obligated to report anything to the United Nations.
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh