College Station and Irving applauded for withdrawing from ICLEI

June 19, 2012

Local governance has gone global. You have heard the term “sustainable development” and have likely heard about “Agenda 21”. We at AFP have discussed this issue over the years – Agenda 21 is a plan to develop our communities under the guidance of the federal government and the U.N. and subsequent erosion of individual liberties.

Many local governments have blindly often joined International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)  – local governments for sustainability  –  which among other things, promotes “urgent action on climate change”.

But who would fall for that?

Besides lots of California cities – and we all know how much we want to emulate The Republic of California – 15 Texas cities along with a shocking 563 cities in North America have succumbed to the ploy.

Local government officials are often “buying into” this governance. To date, 13 Texas cities are members.

But the good news is that thanks to an awakened public, one Texas city has pulled out.

In May, officials in the City of College Station, announced that the city government would be withdrawing from ICLEI, an international organization linked to the United Nations and its controversial “Agenda 21.” Local Tea Party activists and concerned citizens promptly applauded the decision as another victory for national sovereignty and property rights.

And Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and city manager Tommy Gonzalez pushed back by withdrawing membership from ICLEI.

Congratulations to these elected officials and to the tea party and other activists in Irving and College Station for encouraging city officials to withdraw. That is one of the “6 Practical Steps to Restore and Protect Liberty” advocated by our friends at Freedom Advocates. For more information, go to:

Texas cities who are members of ICLEI are: Arlington, Austin, Bryan City, Coppell, Dallas, Denton, Edinburg, El Paso, City of Garland, Grapevine, Houston, Plano and Richardson. Note: If we have missed any cities you are aware of who are ICLEI members, please email us at and we’ll add them to the list. While cities may not be members, their parent associations to the Texas Municipal League, and the Texas Association of Counties are members.

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