In its million-dollar maniacal pursuit to implement the 1998 Sustainability Accords in Albemarle County and Charlottesville, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) has operated as an enemy of free people, threatening individual liberties and property rights endowed us by our Creator.

Concurrently, Albemarle County Supervisor Dennis Rooker has scoffed at suggestions that United Nations ideology—promoted by homegrown internationalists and foreign agents—is infiltrating local government with a goal of undermining foundational American principles.

Despite being presented with incontrovertible evidence of such, Rooker has kept his head firmly planted beneath the comfortable sands of self-imposed ignorance. But facts affirm the accusation, and now, additional evidence is surfacing that dangerous infiltration is ongoing locally.

Over the objections of Rooker and Board of Supervisors’ chair, Ann Mallek, the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) recently was ejected from Albemarle County. Rooker pleaded for the County to retain ICLEI membership, touting numerous benefits without strings attached:

“It’s not a part of the United Nations. It’s not supported by the U.N. and it’s not governed by the U.N.,” Rooker said. “We have a tool that staff says is helpful, is inexpensive and that cannot be replaced by anything else that’s out there.”

Provably, Rooker was dead wrong about the lack of relationship between the two entities. Perhaps he might have been swayed on the ICLEI/Sustainability threat had he known that Jie Wu (aka Megan Wu)—the former ICLEI representative to Albemarle County—was (or is) a government official of the People’s Republic of (Communist) China. Her online biography lists her service to the PRC in their Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Wu was trained as a linguist at a university subordinate to the PRC’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is no evidence that Wu has renounced her Communist Chinese citizenship or forsworn her allegiance to the PRC, and yet, through Albemarle County’s ICLEI membership, Wu received carte blanch access to sensitive, local government operational information and data.

Wu and ICLEI may be gone (for now), but Koren Manning remains. Hired by TJPDC Executive Director, Stephen Williams, Manning is a paid employee of the organization, responsible for Livability Partnership website maintenance, social media outreach, and data analysis among other duties.

Manning holds or has held membership in a secretive, subversive group known as Planners Network: The Organization of Progressive Planning. In their mission statement, Planners Network (PN) advocates undermining America’s present political and economic underpinnings:

Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems.

The Network’s stated goals and objectives read like a page from Marx’s Communist Manifesto (or Charlottesville/Albemarle’s 1998 Sustainability Accords):

We believe that planning should be a tool for allocating resources and developing the environment to eliminate the great inequalities of wealth and power in our society, rather than to maintain and justify the status quo. We are committed to opposing racial, economic, and environmental injustice and discrimination by gender and sexual orientation. We believe that planning should be used to assure adequate food, clothing, housing, medical care, jobs, safe working conditions, and a healthful environment. We advocate public responsibility for meeting these needs, because the private market has proven incapable of doing so.

We seek to be an effective political and social force, working with other progressive organizations to inform public opinion and public policy and to provide assistance to those seeking to understand, control, and change the forces which affect their lives. [emphasis added]

But their utopian, socialist aspiration does not end there. The current PN mission statement has been sanitized from the original. The version found in Network newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s includes the following additional self-descriptive language:

We oppose the economic structure of our society, which values profit and property rights over human rights and needs. This system perpetuates the inequalities of class, race, sex and age which distort human relationships and limit the potential for a decent quality of life. We advocate a shift in current national budgetary priorities to favor human services, social production and environmental protection over military and other nonproductive expenditures. [emphasis added]

A Communist Chinese national and a neo-Marxist planning-activist inside Albemarle County Government—each bought and paid for with taxpayer dollars—should raise red flags to even casual observers. But instead, there is deafening silence.

Albemarle County Government, through ICLEI membership and affiliation with the TJPCD has entrusted confidential and sensitive information to a representative of a government hostile to United States’ interests and to a member of a group that seeks to remake America into a socialist gulag. And, Koren Manning and Jie Wu may be just the tip of a melting iceberg.

If Marxists and Communists infiltrate local government establishment and Dennis Rooker doesn’t acknowledge their presence, do the infill-traitors still pose a threat?

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  1. A Communist Chinese national and a neo-Marxist planning-activist inside Albemarle County Government—each bought and paid for with taxpayer dollars—should raise red flags to even casual observers. But instead, there is deafening silence.

    What, you expect to >i>hear the flags being raised? Also, the phrase “tip of the iceberg” refers to the fact that icebergs are dangerous to ships because they are much larger under water than what can be seen above water from the ship. The danger referred to is not of the iceberg melting. I admire you for homeschooling your kids, but they’re going to need ESL classes.

    What your purple-prosed, metaphor mixing, culturally illiterate rant lacks is any evidence that the information the ICLEI representative has is actually sensitive – that any harm could actually come from a Chinese official having it. You also indicate initially that you’re not sure if Wu is or merely was an official. The second time you just claim he is, illustrating how you believe what you want to believe.

    Oh, and a gulag is a Soviet labor camp.

  2. While we do not have any Communist in our local government we do have some in our county. We do however have a few Socialist leaning government officials and some others who don't have a clue of Communist effluence's that are driving their decisions. The greatest enemy we face today is within and it is the hardest to recognize.

  3. Ken said, “rant lacks is any evidence that the information the ICLEI representative has is actually sensitive – that any harm could actually come from a Chinese official having it.”

    What information should any Chinese official have? How about NONE, and no official or citizen of China belongs in a position of authority over the planning of this community? Where did you leave your common sense? Wu should be back in China, I hear they have a lot of quality-of-life problems that could use a dedicated planner such as her.

    And DeWitt, thank you for saying we do not have any Communist in our local government, that is quite comforting. While they may not (Rooker), describe what they promote as “Communist”, it clearly is.

    If Dennis Rooker doesn’t want to be labeled Communist, he ought to stop promoting Communist schemes.

  4. Harrison, first of all, I note that you can’t answer my question so you’re changing the subject. Secondly, Rob says he isn’t certain if Wu is a currently a Chinese official, and if you click his own link for her and then google the ministry she was an official for, you’ll she isn’t listed. Third, she is only one member of an international organization, hardly someone “in a position of authority over the planning of this community.” Fourth you need to look up “Communist.” It doesn’t mean anyone who agrees in any way with something Marx thought. Rooker is a managing member of a legal firm, and according to wikipedia has “owned and operated media, real estate and venture capital businesses.” That makes him a capitalist. You can look it up.


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