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Website Helps Sandy Victims and Non-Profits Find Grants

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Grant funders are invited to post their nonprofit support for Hurricane Sandy and other disaster victims through the free “Enter a Grant” GrantWatch.com portal.

One year ago Hurricane Sandy whipped across the eastern coast of the United States and inland, taking with her beaches, boardwalks, businesses, and homes, and deposited rain, sea, and sand on roads and buildings. At the time, many government agencies, foundations, and corporations mobilized to provide grants and loans for those stricken. “The restoration is not completed,” Libby Hikind, CEO and founder of GrantWatch.com notes. “There are many organizations, businesses, and individuals who are still desperately trying now, a year later, to recover from Sandy. In searching, we have found little grant money available at the present time.”

Hikind encourages grant funders, who have the resources to assist the many Hurricane Sandy victims still suffering, to publicize their grants on the GrantWatch.com website.

With over 12,000 grants listed, GrantWatch.com is the number one website for USA and International federal, state, local, and foundation grants.

Government agencies, foundations, and corporations that have grants to assist Super Storm Sandy’s victims (and other funding categories) can post their funding opportunities (for free) through a dedicated portal on the GrantWatch.com home page. Funders Enter a New Grant by completing a short form.

Hikind recommends that grant funders and grant seekers think creatively when posting or searching for Sandy related grants. Funders with capacity building, housing, environment, social service, health and medical, education, operating support, and other grants should also consider it appropriate to list their grants in the disaster relief category. Grant seekers should consider all funding categories that might possibly be relevant to their situation and mission when searching for grants to help them recover from Sandy.

The following are examples of grants that are listed under a variety of different categories on GrantWatch.com, other than disaster relief, that would be appropriate for Sandy victims:

- Grants to USA Non-Profits for Social/Civic Services, Education, Arts, & Environment – Grants to Pennsylvania & New Jersey Non-Profits for Education, Income, Health, & Basic Needs – Grants to New York Municipalities & Non-Profits for Tree Planting & Other Urban Forestry Projects – Grants to U.S. Non-Profits, State/Local Institutions for the Preservation of Cultural Collections – Grants to USA & International Non-Profits for Preservation, Leadership, & Community Service

Libby Hikind also points out that government agencies and philanthropic organizations charged with assisting in the recovery efforts are now looking ahead to provide funding for projects that strengthen future disaster resiliency.

As such, she suggests that grant funders and grant seekers utilize GrantWatch.com as a resource for both posting through the Enter a New Grant portal or locating grants which increase capacity, educate the public on environmental and safety issues, improve infrastructure, disaster and emergency preparedness and other projects that help to improve the ability of communities and organizations to be better prepared for future disasters.

Grant seekers who have located grants to help in their recovery can go to GrantWriterTeam.com and request an experienced grant writer to help them apply for the monies they need and deserve. Professional grant writers complete their writer profile on GrantWriterTeam.com and bid on a multiple of grant writing projects.

GrantWriterTeam.com is the new innovative online program that Hikind recently developed to provide organizations with a team of professional grant writers and to provide grant writers with ready-made grant writing opportunities.

GrantWriterTeam.com’s services are especially important now when there is much competition for available funding. Finding the best grant writer to respond to the request for proposal is critical.

Libby Hikind says: “Organizations and individuals should not be struggling to obtain funding in order to recover from Hurricane Sandy or any other disaster. Both GrantWatch.com and GrantWriterTeam.com are here to help connect grant funders with grant seekers so that everyone benefits.”

Treat Terrorists like Pirates

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

International law today paralyzes civilized nations in their war against terrorism. In fact, Israel’s former Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak once bragged that “we fight against the terrorists with one arm tied behind our back.” But in my view, phony liberals who warn that we shouldn’t “sink to the level of the enemy” are pretentious, racist, and hypocritical.

Few among us understand that the most ancient foundations of international law are supposed to bolster, not weaken the war against terrorism. The historic parallel to today’s terrorist organizations are the pirates, those gangs of outlaws who instilled fear in the hearts of passengers on land and sea, and were defined as early as the time of the Roman Empire as “enemies of humanity.”

In the Paris Declaration of 1865, the political powers of the time outlawed the pirates. The UN conventions of 1958 and 1982 defined piracy as an international crime. The purpose and the method of today’s terrorists are identical to those of the pirates.

This means that by the very fact that they’re fighting against the law itself, they are not entitled to the protection afforded citizens of countries, nor the protection of international law as soldiers of a sovereign state. Therefore international law permits any person any place to attack and capture or kill pirates. The very membership in a gang of pirates excludes the members from the law and removes all their legal rights.

Jurist Douglas R. Burgess Jr. (The Dread Pirate Bin Laden, Legal Affairs, 2005) has argued that, like piracy, the crime of terrorism should be “defined and proscribed internationally, so that terrorists would be properly understood as enemies of all states.” Consequently it should become the law that anyone who offers terrorists shelter or congregates near them must also be considered a criminal and the enemy of all of humanity.

Whatever step that needs to be taken in pursuit of the war against terrorists will hence be considered legal.

Terrorists must understand that any law that they break ceases to exist for them and will no longer offer them protection. If they intentionally attack a civilian population, they must understand that the attacked party will intentionally attack their civilians. If they kidnap people for ransom, they must understand that their own peaceful civilians will be kidnapped in return.

For this matter, anyone who participates in a demonstration supporting Hezbollah, Hamas, the PLO or any other terror organization must understand that he or she will become a legitimate target for elimination or arrest.

The international establishment must change the rules of engagement regarding terrorists, and start acting against them and their communities using their methods. This is not only the righteous and moral thing to do, it is also a legitimate policy based on the foundations of international law.

Legal experts in the west in general and in Israel in particular must cease protecting the enemies of civilization and the law and devote their skills to the defense of the free society that nourishes them.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/treat-terrorists-like-pirates/2013/08/14/

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