This Richmond councilmember apparently has her head in the clouds.
As City Council faces difficult decisions this year on such issues as the city’s budget deficit and the allocation of new tax dollars, Councilmember Jovanka Beckles wants Richmond to take a step to ensure local residents will be spared from attacks by “exotic,” government-patented weaponry from space.
On the council agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, Beckles, a member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), is asking fellow councilmembers to adopt a resolution supporting the Space Preservation Act and the Space Preservation Treaty permanently banning “space-based weapons.”
As explained in the agenda item, three years ago Beckles met Richmond resident Amy Lee Anderson, who claimed to be a survivor of attacks from government-patented technologies and weapons that “interfere and disrupt the targeted individual’s health physically and psychologically by remote transmission.”
Such space-based attacks can come in the form of chemtrails, which conspiracy theorists claim are trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft that linger and are emitting a chemical or biological agent that attacks unwitting humans. People who believe they’ve been targeted claim to suffer from a host of unexplained symptoms such as memory problems, depression, coughs, nose bleeds, sinus problems and asthma symptoms.
To stop the alleged attacks, Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced the Space Preservation Act of 2001 to “preserve the cooperative, peaceful uses of space.” Although the legislation did not gain traction in Congress, the City of Berkeley passed a resolution supporting it in 2002.
Beckles wants the City of Richmond to follow in Berkeley’s footsteps, and she’s not the lone voice in Richmond city government supporting Tuesday’s resolution.
Fellow RPA member Marilyn Langlois, a member of Richmond’s planning commission, requested the resolution during open forum at City Council on April 7.
Contra Costa Times columnist Tom Barnidge had fun writing about Langlois’ testimony:
“She cited some ‘exotic’ weapons that could be scoping out Richmond residents at that very moment — electronic, psychotronic, high-altitude ultra low-frequency weapons; plasma electromagnetic sonic and ultrasonic weapons; lasers; chemtrails,” Barnidge wrote. “She didn’t name a culprit, but obviously it’s the government seeking mind control.”
In his e-forum Sunday, Mayor Tom Butt wrote about the issue with as much sarcasm and implied the resolution may be taking council time away from more important city business. He wrote:
“This seems an especially appropriate time to take up this challenge before the end of the month because even though it is only National Barbecue Month, National Salad Month and National Hamburger Month in the food-obsessed U.S., for our friends across the border in Canada, May is UFO Month in Canada. They probably know something we don’t.”
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