It all sounds so reassuring and reasonable! Acting for the Obama administration, the nation’s attorney general has placed the United States into an international grouping of cities whose advertised purpose involves combating violent extremism. Some of the cities in the new group will even be in other countries where terrorism has occurred or is surely a threat. All of the members of this new group will share their experiences and planning. Everyone should be most grateful that the Strong Cities Network (SCN) has been created.
Let’s take a closer look because when you actually look deeper at this network reveals some problems.
The first is that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided to announce U.S. participation in the SCN at the United Nations. Then, in her speech before the world body last September, Lynch noted that SCN would have an International Steering Committee and an International Advisory Board “run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a leading international think-and-do tank” based in London, whose members include veterans of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
Representatives of Norway’s Oslo and Canada’s Montreal joyfully announced membership in the new SCN during the world body’s confab. And the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, added his enthusiasm for the new organization.
Boiled down to its essence, the SCN is actually a new law-enforcement body whose laws will govern participating cities, including New York, Atlanta, Denver, and Minneapolis, that have already signed on as members. Law-enforcement measures for these cities will dovetail with or emanate from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the United Nations, not from the U.S. Constitution and locally elected officials and the laws governing them. In her remarks at the unveiling of this new organization, Attorney General Lynch claimed that the new arrangement would work toward being “an alliance of nations” and would aspire to be “a global community.”
The Strong Cities Network, therefore, should be known as a nascent global police force controlled by the United Nations. Where central or global authority doesn’t govern police power, it is controlled locally. When it is controlled by a national or international governing body, as it was in the hands of Germany’s Gestapo, the Soviet Union’s KGB, or the ruling body in a communist-led country, tyranny reigns.
In the United States, attacks against the very concept of local control over police power have been varied, with campaigns regularly complaining about treatment of rioters and protesters. This style of lawlessness customarily includes calls for replacing local control with state or even national oversight. What’s important to understand is until the unveiling of the SCN and its Institute for Strategic Dialogue, however, there were no calls for global oversight over police.
In her speech at the UN praising the creation of the SCN, Attorney General Lynch used the word “global” five times. She also employed the terms “international” and “world” while at the podium. Then she closed her remarks by introducing Sasha Havlicek, the CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
Widespread understanding of the slogan “Support Your Local Police and Keep Them Independent” has never been more needed. It reminds all who encounter it that trading the American system of local control over police to any national or international governing body is suicidal. Unfortunately, the Obama administration and its attorney general seem determined to destroy America’s long-standing police policy and, by doing so, deliver our independent United States of America into the steadily growing power of the United Nations.
This is something all decent Americans must oppose.
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The Strong Cities Network, a global police force controlled by the United Nations?
What is the Strong Cities Network?
Launched at the United Nations in September 2015, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) is the first-ever global network of mayors, municipal-level policymakers and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms.
Led by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and comprised of more than 140 cities across 45 countries, the SCN builds collaboration between mayors, political actors and frontline teams to tackle polarisation, hate and violence in local communities in every major global region.
The Global Parliament of Mayors is a governance body of, by and for mayors from all continents with a vision to the world in which mayors, their cities and networks are equal partners in building global governance.
They state “local communities” are uniquely placed to counter violent extremism and create stronger and safer cities. Their “programming” spans training, research, project implementation, capacity-building and learning resources aimed at enriching the understanding of and enabling more effective local responses to the challenge of violent extremism.
The SCN’s Fundamental Principles?
- A commitment to address violent extremism in all its forms;
- A recognition that violent extremism and prevention efforts should not be associated with any particular religion, nationality or ethnicity group;
- A commitment to work in partnership with local communities on an inclusive, collaborative, and non-discriminatory basis and in compliance with international human rights standards.
Strong City Network Members – UK
Mayor Sadiq Khan features on the Strong Cities Website
Who runs the Strong Cities Network?
ISD is a global organisation dedicated to powering solutions to extremism, disinformation, and polarisation.
For 10 years, ISD has responded to the rising challenge of extremist movements and the ideologies that underpin them, delivering cutting-edge programmes built from world-leading expertise in communications and technology, grassroots networks, knowledge and research, and policy advice.
Alongside its flagship programmes across education, research and communications and grassroots networks, ISD provides strategic advice to over 15 governments and 100 cities worldwide.
ISD also provides high-level strategic advice to the tech sector to harmonise efforts with governments and civil society.
Setting an annual course for the network’s activities, engagement and objectives, the SCN International Steering Committee ensures that city leaderships and the needs of members are at the core of what we do.
Who funds the SCN?
Initial funding for the Strong Cities Network comes from the U.S. Department of State, with additional funds from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the delivery of a specific programme of learning exchange between municipalities in Denmark and those in Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
Before we move on to an alternative view from US media networks I felt it pertinent to share the following posted on the SCN’s Frequently Asked Questions page…..
“I am sceptical of the intentions of the Strong Cities Network. How can I be assured that it doesn’t have other motivations or covert operations?”
Unfortunately, there has been some negative and misleading reporting around the Strong Cities Network and its aims, activities and supporters. Thankfully, these remain relatively isolated and the majority of mainstream press around the network has been very positive.
If you have read or heard something about us which causes you to doubt our intentions or activities, please do read our ‘Myth-busting’ document, which we hope provides important clarifications in a clear and transparent way.
The Strong Cities Network, a global police force controlled by the United Nations
‘Strong Cities Network was announced in the US in 2015 by Loretta Lynch before the United Nations.
In her remarks at the unveiling of this new organization, AG Lynch claimed that the new arrangement would work toward being “an alliance of nations” and would aspire to be “a global community.”
Boiled down to its essence, the SCN is actually a new law-enforcement body whose laws will govern participating cities, including New York, Atlanta, Denver, and Minneapolis, that have already signed on as members.
Law-enforcement measures for these cities will dovetail with or emanate from the ISD and the UN, not from the U.S. Constitution by-passing locally elected officials and the laws governing them.
In Europe, ISD has gained a reputation for being committed to the identification and targeting of “far right extremists”.
It’s not just any old alliance that is behind the ISD. A quick search of the group’s website reveals the identity of its Board of Trustees: a cadre of internationalists that is second to none.
The four major American metropolises have handed over control of their law enforcement policy and practice to the ISD, who in turn is controlled by a who’s who of top tier globalist, one-world government, CFR, Trilateral, Bilderberg, Rothschild power brokers.
And, in its various reports, the ISD has made clear that the disarmament of civilians, particularly those found in the “right wing,” is the only sure way to safeguard the world.
As is so often the case, the group identifies right-wing extremism with ownership of guns and ammunition.
This move toward international integration of global law-enforcement agencies runs in unequivocal opposition to the locally controlled police that are a part of and accountable to the community they serve.
The Strong Cities initiative will prove likely be another brick in the wall of enmity between police and people that grows higher with every encounter.
The UN’s Agenda 21 has its own Local Agenda 21 plan (global to local) initiated through a network of public/private partnerships, NGOs, Civil Society, Common Purpose and the Global Parliament of Mayors.
The Strong Cities Network appears to be the law enforcement arm of this agenda. But who will fall into the crosshairs of this UN law enforcement body?
What constitutes “far-right”? – could this label include citizens who DO NOT COMPLY to state diktat? or those with “wrong think”.
I believe the answer to that question is starting to unfold before our very eyes in the US and UK.
BLM’s defund the police narrative seems to slot in rather nicely with this agenda, doesn’t it?
The million-dollar question is will their plan succeed – more to follow ….
Strong Cities, Strong Communities
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Over the past 50 years, federal and state governments have relied on local governments as the principal entity to implement federal and state programs and policies. In this series of web pages and policy report, we document one of the most recent models of collaborative federalism: The Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative (2011–17). As part of a suite of place-based urban policies and programs designed to assist a diverse typology of communities confronting dramatic economic and demographic change, SC2 experimented with how the federal government engages with local government and how to facilitate greater cooperation among and across federal agencies.
At the time of its design, federal leaders did not have sufficient political capital for launching a traditional federal capacity-building initiative. They did not have the luxury of supporting a new program with large federal grants or elaborate federal technical assistance and training. SC2’s leaders had to devise new models and approaches for helping local governments that relied heavily on federal resources and staff. For example, a core SC2 principle and strategy was to embed federal government staff for designated periods of time within the offices of mayors and other local government agencies (the Community Solution Teams -CSTs) to ensure that any federal actions taken would be driven by and responsive to local priorities. Once priorities and potential federal resources or actions were identified, the CSTs could also help local government policymakers, directors, and their staffs navigate the vast federal bureaucracy and its processes and procedures.
The timeline graphic below outlines the major federal milestones for the SC2 initiative.
Above: In total more than 120 participants from 38 countries attended the UN General Assembly side event on 30 September
September marked two important occasions for the Strong Cities Network.
On 22 September, mayors and other representatives from some 20 cities around the globe participated in a meeting to revitalise the SCN’s International Steering Committee, which forms its leadership and decision-making body. During the course of the event, participants discussed the various challenges facing cities in preventing and countering violent extremism, as well as ensuring the SCN is fit for purpose. A short summary of the proceedings can be found here.
On 30 September, the SCN hosted a virtual side-event on the margins of the 76th United Nations General Assembly on The Role of Cities in Advancing Global Efforts to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism. Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North Macedonia and the United States Department of State, participants included mayors and other local leaders from around the globe as well as representatives of national governments, the United Nations (UN) and other multilateral bodies. You can watch a recording of the event on our YouTube channel here, and read a full summary here.
During these events, we also presented two documents for review:
The first highlights 10 steps that cities can take to prevent and counter violent extremism and is intended to help raise awareness among multilateral bodies, national governments and even cities who may not fully appreciate the range of P/CVE contributions they can make as part of a ‘whole of society’’ approach.
The second is an updated SCN fact sheet outlining the network’s mission, objectives and structure – to include the new
Revitalising the International Steering Committee: Summary
The International Steering Committee is the SCN’s leadership and decision-making body. Its role is to provide strategic direction to the SCN, promote the SCN’s mission, and ensure that the SCN remains driven and guided by its members. On 22 September, a meeting was held to revitalise the International Steering Committee and to discuss how to strengthen the network and further enhance its impact. You can read the short summary below.
UN General Assembly Virtual Side Event 2021: Full Recording
Watch the full recording of the SCN’s virtual side-event held on the margins of the 76th United Nations General Assembly. The event, The Role of Cities in Advancing Global Efforts to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism, was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North Macedonia and the United States Department of State, with speakers including Uzra Zeya, Under-Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Rights (United States), Vladimir Voronkov, UN Under-Secretary General for Counter-Terrorism, and Mayors Naheed Nenshi of Calgary (Canada), Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh (United States), and Andy Burnham of Greater Manchester (United Kingdom)