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 ….
I fell into politics quite by accident in 2014 and all because my local County Council brought in a policy switching off street lighting overnight my elderly neighbours felt vulnerable – this spurred me into action and the Right to Light Campaign was born.
I started the Right to Light Petition which garnered over 11,000 signatures enough to trigger a debate at Kent County Council. I delivered a speech in front of 88 Councillors and journalists but they refused to listen to the people and kept the lights off.
I worked closely with a local journalist who followed the campaign from start to finish, publishing articles on an almost weekly basis.
Word spread about the campaign and the Council’s refusal to listen – my phone became a hotline, I was invited onto BBC Breakfast and live radio something I would never have contemplated happening in a million years. Following a fierce 2 year battle and against all the odds streetlighting was restored throughout Kent.
Spurred on by success and having witnessed how badly represented people were at local level I joined UKIP standing as a candidate in Borough and County elections narrowly missing out on a seat by 22 votes on one occasion.
The run-up to the EU Referendum was an exciting time I joined the Grassroots Out Campaign and ran weekly street stalls delivering thousands of leaflets and meeting hundreds of people including Nigel Farage and Gerard Batten. I loved the buzz and the fun was infectious. I have been hooked ever since.
I became a prolific poster on Facebook building up relationships in many groups, I was approached by the owner of a Website/FB page called Fortis est Veritas asking if I would like to write articles to post on his platform. I have to date written 22 articles and really enjoy documenting the twists and turns of Brexit a very exciting time – we are writing history and it is essential that is fully documented.
I am very excited to now be given the opportunity to join the UNN family as a Political Analyst – the next chapter in a very exciting 5 years of my life.