Put the Earth on Top Initiative Collects Enough Signatures, Faces Arcata Voters in November

Plaza flags with the Earth flag on top.

Plaza flags with the Earth flag on top. [Photo provided by initiative supporters]

Press release from Put the Earth on Top initiative supporters:

Put the Earth on Top initiative qualifies for November ballot in Arcata.

The Humboldt County Elections Department informed us yesterday that we had gathered a sufficient number of valid signatures on our petition to qualify for the November ballot in Arcata.

The initiative directs the City of Arcata to fly the Earth flag at the top of all city-owned flagpoles, above the US and California flags.

Flying the Earth flag at the top is only logical. The Earth includes our nation, which includes our state.

We need to pay more attention to the health of the Earth, because we can only have a healthy nation if we have a healthy Earth. Excess nationalism, corporate greed, and rampant militarism threaten all life on Earth, both with unchecked global warming, and with the risk of nuclear war. By flying the Earth flag at the top, we make a strong statement that caring for the Earth is our first priority.

Volunteers gathered signatures for the ballot initiative between March 6 and April 26, when the petitions were turned in. The Humboldt County elections office reviewed the petition forms and found 1381 valid signatures. This is significantly more than the required 1137, which represents 10% of Arcata registered voters.

The measure will appear on an upcoming Arcata City Council agenda, where the council will have the option of approving it directly or placing it on the November ballot. Supporters are urging the council to let the voters decide, so it will be clear that the people of Arcata have chosen to Put the Earth on Top.

Text of the ballot initiative:

 

The people of the City of Arcata do ordain as follows:

It shall be the official policy of the City of Arcata to fly the Earth flag at the top of all city-owned flagpoles, above the flag of the United States of America and the California flag, and any other flags that the city may choose to display.

For the purpose of this measure, the Earth Flag shall be defined as the flag featuring the “Blue Marble” image of the Earth, photographed from the Apollo 17 spacecraft, in 1972.

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I like stars
I like stars
2 days ago

No rainbow flag?

What a bunch of bigots.

rollin
rollin
2 days ago
Reply to  I like stars

No hammer and sickle? WTF?

Winston1984
Winston1984
2 days ago

“I pledge allegiance to the New World Order, one government, under Klaus, divisible by race and class, with starvation and poverty for all.”

Thesteve4761
Thesteve4761
2 days ago
Reply to  Winston1984

Who are you quoting?

rollin
rollin
2 days ago
Reply to  Thesteve4761

The Democrat mission statement

Xebeche
Xebeche
2 days ago
Reply to  Winston1984

IMAGINE

AnonD
Anon
2 days ago
Reply to  Winston1984

“You will own nothing and you will be happy.”

This Is My Name
This Is My Name
2 days ago
Reply to  Winston1984

Sinter Klaus? Aka Santa Clause? Aka big sugar?

Corporate Serfdom
Corporate Serfdom
2 days ago
Reply to  Winston1984

Just more Rothschild winning. Just ask Greta, grandparents are Rothschild.

a guest of a guest
a guest of a guest
2 days ago
Reply to  Winston1984

And, also— Earth.

(I apologize for the punctuation. College just didn’t tickle my/ the Truth,
more sales pitch for a ride on a sinking ship than eliciting a fire within.)

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Alf
Alf
2 days ago

Sounds like those proposing this stupidity aren’t very well versed in US Flag display rules. I believe this proposal to be unamerican, if not anti American. Of course, that’s nothing new for Arcata, or Humboldt either.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/7

thatguyinarcata
thatguyinarcata
2 days ago
Reply to  Alf

Ya the first thing that came to my mind was that this seems like inviting a totally unnecessary fight with other levels of government

Two Dogs
Two Dogs
2 days ago
Reply to  Alf

I am sure they are very well versed in the rules. I am sure they are very tickled with themselves for coming up with this insult. I am sure they are proud that they are sowing division as per the communist agenda. I am sure they are morons with no morals or loyalty to our country.

rollin
rollin
2 days ago
Reply to  Two Dogs

I’m sho you right

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson
2 days ago
Reply to  Alf

Meh. Flag “rules” went out the window a long time ago. Personally I think I quit giving a damn at all when American flag bikinis and undershorts came around.

Also, that “thin blue line flag”. And protestors at a certain event I won’t mention wearing the American like a cape, or in the case of Kid Rock, actually cutting a hole in one and wearing it like a poncho.

Second also, getting one’s American flag underwear in a bunch over a piece of fabric has always struck me as fetishizing. Soldiers, sailors and Marines don’t die for the flag, or even make an oath to it.

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Last edited 2 days ago by Angela Robinson
Two Dogs
Two Dogs
2 days ago

Tell that to these guys.

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Sandy Beaches
Sandy Beaches
2 days ago
Reply to  Two Dogs

Also in picture is Ira Hayes, First Nation, Native American.

Sandy Beaches
Sandy Beaches
2 days ago
Reply to  Two Dogs

Ira Hayes is solider far left in photo.

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson
2 days ago
Reply to  Two Dogs

I know all about those guys. My son is a 4th generation Marine (his father a Vietnam vet, his grandfather and great grandfather in WW2, his grandfather was also in the Korean War). Funny story. The famous pic was the second version, more stage set. The first, actual flag raising used a smaller flag. Also sadly, three in the very iconic (but staged) picture died later in the battle.

So, those very brave soldiers who fought and many died on Iwo Jima weren’t fighting for the flag.

Seth
Seth
2 days ago

Yup, although it made me want to vomit when trump fondled it.

thetallone
thetallone
2 days ago
Reply to  Alf

Anti-American? Maybe you are anti-earth. In any case, they are pieces of cloth, probably made in China. Unless we actually make Mother Earth a priority, this is all just posturing.

D'Tucker Jebs
D'Tucker Jebs
2 days ago
Reply to  Alf

So… let me see if I’ve got this right:
The Federal Government is overstepping its role and needs to return power to local citizens but,
Local citizens have no right to pass policies that contradict Federal traditions.
Did I get it right?

Last edited 2 days ago by D'Tucker Jebs
BigRick
BigRick
2 days ago

This is what our tax dollars pay for

D'Tucker Jebs
D'Tucker Jebs
2 days ago
Reply to  BigRick

How much, exactly, do you think it costs to switch the order of the flags?

AnonD
Anon
2 days ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

The waste of time,( in which salaries are paid), lack of focus on serious concerns, that’s the cost .

Last edited 2 days ago by Anon
BigRick
BigRick
2 days ago
Reply to  Anon

At least you get it

Watts lake yacht club
Watts lake yacht club
2 days ago

Wow…what an incredibly pressing and important issue…this should absolutely take priority over all other matters and public monies be allocated towards such dire necessities

Ben Round
Ben Round
2 days ago

Symbolically, that the earth flag would be ‘above’ all else can help remind US of that! Raising people’s awareness that the sanctity of the earth is WAY more important than any country, state, group, etc., will be invaluable. We ALL must wake up and face that REALITY, the relatively balanced eco-system, that has allowed humans to thrive, will be forever changed…. and NOT in ‘our’ favor.
Kudos to DM and those who supported this effort!

Slink
Slink
2 days ago
Reply to  Ben Round

I’m torn. What they are proposing is totally illegal and a blatant disrespect of the American Flag. But you’re not wrong when you suggest putting the Earth above country might change perceptions. It’s totally symbolic, but humans respond to symbols.

rollin
rollin
2 days ago
Reply to  Ben Round

“the relatively balanced eco-system, that has allowed humans to thrive, will be forever changed…. and NOT in ‘our’ favor.”

yawwwn, says who?

Corporate Serfdom
Corporate Serfdom
2 days ago
Reply to  Ben Round

Tell that to the corporation that puts paper straws in plastic bags.

It’s all bullshit.

Some of us just recognize virtue signalling morons who drive their cars, instead of riding their bikes, who think taking a vaccine is a pass for poor choices, that am abortion is easier than prevention

etc.

By all means fly your flag, but don’t think being a truckatarian isn’t obvious.

Last edited 2 days ago by Corporate Serfdom
Corporate Serfdom
Corporate Serfdom
2 days ago

Then stop being truckatarians, and get a program to make sure you can feed your family locally, otherwise you are all bark , and no bite.

Xebeche
Xebeche
2 days ago

If we put the earth first the whole world would benefit.
IMAGINE

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson
2 days ago
Reply to  Xebeche

Yeah. I have on occasion pointed out to people ranting about “globalism” that the planet is just a tiny speck in the universe. But it is the only speck we really have. All of us.

Perspective is hard I guess.

Corporate Serfdom
Corporate Serfdom
2 days ago
Reply to  Xebeche

Then let the earth rid itself of the parasites, those who have no idea when to stop eating more than is necessary.

Sandy Beaches
Sandy Beaches
2 days ago

American Flag should always fly highest. America is not politics, America is bigger than that.

GOING GOING GONE
GOING GOING GONE
2 days ago
Reply to  Sandy Beaches

Only in Arcata. That’s why we wont spend a dime or ever support any business there. Stupid ignorant town full of rules not worth supporting

AnonD
Anon
2 days ago

🙄 We have sooooooo many other millions of issues to address Arcata, like,

Sandy Beaches
Sandy Beaches
2 days ago

My grandfather on Dad’s side, Lieutenant US Army Engineer, KIA Germany. Fighting for the Values the Flag represents. The Flag has been definitely used in many ways beyond its original purpose. Best to keep it simple and see it there for all Americans and not used for purposes like this or for politicians wrapping themselves in it.

🇺🇸🌎
🇺🇸🌎
1 day ago

Just because we are all blessed to be along for the ride on our precious spaceship, planet Earth, does not mean we should subsume our Constitution to the malign authoritarianism of a nefarious globalist order—salivating as it schemes to enslave humanity for all-time.

Better that we restore Constitutional rule at home and then perhaps other countries might likewise choose to live in accordance with We the People’s inalienable, God-given rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

shrox
shrox
1 day ago

Yeah, most M-class planets look like that…I’m not sure using that NASA image would be legal for a city to ordain.

Last edited 1 day ago by shrox