The Tea Party exploded on the U.S. scene after President Obama’s 2008 election, and its role in national politics has been well researched. Less studied is the fierce opposition Tea Party and property rights advocates have directed at local and regional sustainability planning efforts. Some perceive that this planning reacts to the United Nation’s 1992 document called “Agenda 21: the Rio Declaration on Development and Environment”. The Tea Party and property rights advocates suggest that the U.N. seeks to restrict individual property rights on how citizens may develop land and live. Dr. Frick will present research findings from her comparative case analysis of regional planning efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta, examining participants’ motivations, their use of the web and social media to communicate, organize, market their cause and refine their strategies, as well as planners’ responses and impacts on practice.Speaker BioKaren Trapenberg Frick is the University of California Transportation Center’s Assistant Director. She is also a lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and teaches graduate classes in transportation policy and planning. Dr. Frick is an expert on sustainable transport and community development policies and strategies as well as major transportation infrastructure projects. She holds a Ph.D. in City Planning from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA.RSVP now!