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Why would acceptance of grant monies include agreeing to NOT boycott Israel?

Posted by on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:17 AM
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Galveston County, Texas, flood victims have been offered access to a portion of money set aside to rebuild their homes and small businesses within the borders of Dickinson, Tx. The grant application is brief and easy enough, but there's a clause in it that has left many people scratching their heads. Any ideas as to why it might be in there?

http://abc13.com/dickinson-residents-must-agree-not-to-boycott-israel-for-aid/2552457/

http://www.ci.dickinson.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/2016

10. Sole Source. Applicant agrees and acknowledges that the City has only appropriated $_____ for this Agreement. Under no circumstances shall the City be liable for payment of Funds from donations, the City’s General Fund or from any other City revenue sources in excess of the amount appropriated.

11. Verification not to Boycott Israel. By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement.

12. Miscellaneous. The laws of the State of Texas govern this Agreement and venue shall be in Galveston County, Texas. Waiver of one provision or on one occasion with respect to this Agreement does not constitute waiver of other provisions or on other occasions. If any provision of this Agreement should be held to be invalid or unenforceable, the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby. This Agreement may be amended only in writing by the parties. This Agreement may not be assigned by a party without the written approval of the other. This Agreement does not and is not intended to confer any rights or remedies upon any person other than the parties. CITY OF DICKINSON: By: ____________________ City Administrator Date: __________________ ATTEST: ________________________ Alun Thomas City Secretary (SEAL) APPLICANT: __________________________ By:______________________ Name: ___________________ Date: ____________________ 

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numbr1wmn
by Lina on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:19 AM

sounds like a scam

noozjunkee
by Bronze Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM


Quoting numbr1wmn:

sounds like a scam

First, I didn't ask if it sounded like a scam. Second, it's not a scam. The police station, local libraries, places of business and the Rotary club have added links to their websites and posted signs about where to get information. It has even been disbursed through 211. Third, it's received airtime on news stations and has been cleared as legit and not a scam.

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Sparkles4Lui
by Platinum Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:26 AM
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What the EVER LOVING F*CK??!!
numbr1wmn
by Lina on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Its a public forum and it's my opinion

Quoting noozjunkee:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

sounds like a scam

First, I didn't ask if it sounded like a scam. Second, it's not a scam. The police station, local libraries, places of business and the Rotary club have added links to their websites and posted signs about where to get information. It has even been disbursed through 211. Third, it's received airtime on news stations and has been cleared as legit and not a scam.

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:29 AM

What organization is funding the grant? 

noozjunkee
by Bronze Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:29 AM

LMAO...Are you for real?

laughing

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Its a public forum and it's my opinion

Quoting noozjunkee:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

sounds like a scam

First, I didn't ask if it sounded like a scam. Second, it's not a scam. The police station, local libraries, places of business and the Rotary club have added links to their websites and posted signs about where to get information. It has even been disbursed through 211. Third, it's received airtime on news stations and has been cleared as legit and not a scam.

Thanks for your reply



numbr1wmn
by Lina on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:29 AM
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LMAO you are rude and you ask me If I am for real? 

Grow up.

Quoting noozjunkee:

LMAO...Are you for real?

laughing

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Its a public forum and it's my opinion

Quoting noozjunkee:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

sounds like a scam

First, I didn't ask if it sounded like a scam. Second, it's not a scam. The police station, local libraries, places of business and the Rotary club have added links to their websites and posted signs about where to get information. It has even been disbursed through 211. Third, it's received airtime on news stations and has been cleared as legit and not a scam.

Thanks for your reply




numbr1wmn
by Lina on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM

I agree. I can't see any reputable place doing this.  I think its a scam

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

What organization is funding the grant? 


4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:31 AM
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Yes, just ignore her.  She is trying to troll and she sucks at it but at least she will keep your post active for others to see.  

Quoting noozjunkee:

LMAO...Are you for real?

laughing

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Its a public forum and it's my opinion

Quoting noozjunkee:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

sounds like a scam

First, I didn't ask if it sounded like a scam. Second, it's not a scam. The police station, local libraries, places of business and the Rotary club have added links to their websites and posted signs about where to get information. It has even been disbursed through 211. Third, it's received airtime on news stations and has been cleared as legit and not a scam.

Thanks for your reply




Sparkles4Lui
by Platinum Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 9:33 AM
DICKINSON, Texas (KTRK) -- It was one of the hardest areas hit by Hurricane Harvey, but a clause in a grant application has many asking questions in the city of Dickinson.

In section 11 of the application, applicants must agree to not boycott Israel during the agreement.

"The application clearly requires people to have a certain political expression in order to get government benefits," Attorney Randy Kallinen said.

The ACLU of Texas issued a statement and called the requirement unconstitutional. A recent Texas law requires all state contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel.




The city of Dickinson attorney said they are following the law. House Bill 89, also known as Anti-BDS, prohibits state agencies from contracting with and certain public funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel. The bill was signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May.

Kallinen said when it comes to individuals, there may be questions about how the law is interpreted.

"Conditioning the much needed relief from Harvey and other disasters upon adopting a certain political position is really something that is very distracting and slows down the process of rebuilding after Harvey," he added.
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