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Fri Oct 20, 2017, 07:03 PM

This Texas town offers hurricane relief - if your politics are right

Source: Washington Post

This Texas town offers hurricane relief — if your politics are right

By Kyle Swenson October 20 at 4:37 AM

Nearly two months after Hurricane Harvey socked the Texas coastline, residents are still in the early stages of the costly and complicated cleanup process. Now in one Houston suburb, residents hoping to receive aid to help relaunch their lives have to factor Middle East political tensions into their recovery efforts.

The city of Dickinson, Tex., located about 30 miles southeast of Houston, recently posted applications online for relief grants “from the funds that were generously donated to the Dickinson Harvey Relief Fund,” the city’s website says. The application, however, includes a provision requiring applicants to promise not to boycott Israel.

Section 11 of the four page document is titled, “Verification not to Boycott Israel.”

The text reads: “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.”

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The aid grant application has triggered a strong rebuke from the American Civil Liberties Union.

“The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to boycott, and the government cannot condition hurricane relief or any other public benefit on a commitment to refrain from protected political expression,” Andre Segura, ACLU of Texas legal director, said in a statement Thursday night.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/20/texas-town-makes-hurricane-harvey-aid-applicants-pledge-not-to-boycott-israel/

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Fri Oct 20, 2017, 07:08 PM

1. 1st amendment doesn't apply in Texas or what?

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Response to MattP (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 20, 2017, 07:15 PM

2. Not in the minds of authoritarians

They hate the first amendment.

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