I recently reported on the Solutions Institute, which has developed a networking system for those who want to build a coalition of like-minded, grassroots activists to advance their cause. While this can work for the wrong reasons in some cases, if good people, who advance good ideas use the tool, much can be accomplished. For example, a recent victory occurred in Alaska involving Agenda 21 and the people involved stood together because one person took a stand.
The people of Borough of Kodiak, Alaska shot down a zoning bill, which would have greatly restricted their property rights and made a terrible transformation to their community.
According to the Solutions Institute issued a press release:
Many residents were deeply concerned, but a coalition did not exist. Activism brought these people together, and all who contributed to the bill’s defeat are to be commended for defending long-standing property rights. SI provided assistance, but the individuals who devoted their time and resources to the cause carried the day for Kodiak.
The following video was inspired by local activist Jamie Fagan’s own words about how the people shutdown Agenda 21 in their town.
Fagan had heard the founder of Solutions Institute, Dan Johnson, speak and began a local chapter to fight against the National Defense Authorization Act’s Indefinite Detention. Rosa Koire’s book Behind the Green Mask: UN Agenda 21 also was being read by Fagan at the time.
Though Fagan was able to put an anti-NDAA resolution before the city council, it ultimately failed to pass by a vote of 3 to 4.
However, Fagan had Johnson and Koire come in and give presentations for both causes and it panned out that a network of supporters totaling just 150 were brought together via email.
After the defeat of the resolution, Fagan said that his core group, which amounted to around 6 to 8 people, would have to wait another year to present the resolution again to the city council, and so they didn’t know what else to do at the time. But that soon changed.
“It came to our attention in October that many sections of the proposed code revision were absolutely horrific,” Fagan wrote. “I also learned that Rosa Koire knew our Community Development Director, Bob Pederson, during his stint as CDD in Island County WA. She made no bones about how she felt about him. She feels he ought to be locked up for the horrible things he did as CDD in Island County. Many others in Island County feel the same way.”
“Some of the other people who had been loosely following Kodiak PANDA, whom I did not know at the time, got in touch with me about the code revision,” Fagan added. “Many people worked very hard reading and scrutinizing the 340 pages of bureaucrat-speak. It turns out that many people had been fighting this code for a few years, but they did not have the organization or numbers to make much of a difference. Thanks to a lot of hard work, we were able to put together a list of the worst parts of the proposed code revision and mail them out to all 5500 Kodiak addresses. Also, several people ran radio and newspaper ads pointing out the worst of the code. Many others were handing out flyers and collecting signatures on a petition to defeat this code. The combination of all of these things, plus the fact that many people in Kodiak has already been aware of the horrific nature of this new code, lit off an unbelievable and unprecedented firestorm of support to defeat it. People who have lived in Kodiak over 50 years and who are very politically active say they have never seen anything like it!”
From these small efforts, Fagan and his group grew to over 400 people! That’s roughly 3% of the population of the island, and between 20-30% of the voting population.
Though some members of the Borough Assembly spoke about resurrecting the code revisions, Fagan believes it will be all talk. On the other hand, I am not one that is so optimistic. However, the people do believe that those in office will not stay in office in the next election.
Here is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when the people put their feet to the ground and fight against the corruption in government. They not only take a stand, but they retain their freedoms in the midst of that stand and noticeably others join in.
Well done Kodiak!