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Main story: Green schemes make activists see red (July 15, 2012)

Tom DeWeese urges citizens to fight Agenda 21 “at every level of government.” Photo courtesy of the American Policy Center.

Several national groups lead the fight against Agenda 21, including the California-based group Freedom Advocates, which in a website Q & A leaves little doubt as to how vast it sees the reach of this United Nations agreement.

Question: “My place of worship often speaks of ‘interfaith’ programs. Does this mean Sustainable Development, Agenda 21?”

Answer: “Yes, Sustainable Development, Agenda 21 commands a one world religion based on ‘Gaia’ (earth worship) through the values of the Earth Charter.”

One national guru of the movement is Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center in Warrenton,Va. The self-described “businessman, grassroots activist, writer and publisher” has been fighting against Agenda 21 for two decades.

DeWeese acknowledges in his writings that the U.N. pact at first blush appears to be “a harmless, non-controversial document” that suggests voluntary ways to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. But deeper study, he said, reveals the agreement’s true purpose — to control private property and personal behavior.

“It means,” he explained in one fundraising appeal, “government will control how hot your shower may be, how much air conditioning or heat you may use, controls on owning and using your car, controls on food production, controls on population growth, and so much more.”

In March, the Rock River Patriots hosted DeWeese for a talk in Oconomowoc and an appearance in Madison, among other Wisconsin appearances. In a DVD distributed by the group, DeWeese urges citizens to take the battle to the doorstep of public bodies: “If America is to survive, you and I must stop sustainable development and Agenda 21 now, at every level of government.”

Federal tax filings show the American Policy Center raised $900,000 in 2010, almost all from unspecified contributions and grants. DeWeese said in an email the group has no membership dues and is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. “We receive no grants from corporations or government sources. On occasion, we receive a small donation from private foundations — never more than $1,000.”

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Bill Lueders was reporter, editor and Money and Politics Project director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from 2011 to 2015.

2 replies on “Sidebar: Agenda 21 movement leader came here to speak”

  1. Agenda 21 must be stopped, the people simply do not understand the level of risk we are all at, with depression ADHD, diabetes, and so many other illnesses at an all time high. Yet not enough people are asking why, They just go to the doctors get there pills (which are just as harmfull) and help line the Rockerfellers pockets. They are now beginning Shale Fracking in the US and UK and this will lead to, terrible health and environment disasters. Including sinkholes. People are waking up but will it be to late? will we be able to repair the damage,

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