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RE: [FSGP] New Meetup: BSA Protest Action

From: Janice R.
Sent on: Friday, January 29, 2010 9:48 AM
Yes, the Cradle of Liberty chapter of the BSA is still under its "sweetheart deal."

From: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/81438042.html

" ... 
Corbett spread fliers in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election to force Kelly to change his May 2007 vote to end a dollar-a-year lease agreement between the city and the Boy Scouts' Cradle of Liberty Council that dates back to 1928. The Boy Scouts built their local headquarters on the city-owned property at 22d and Spring Garden Streets.


City Council voted to charge the Scouts market-rate rent - set by the city at $200,000 a year - because the Scouts' national policy against openly gay Scouts or leaders clashed with a city antidiscrimination law, Kelly testified yesterday. The matter is in litigation, and the Cradle of Liberty Council still occupies the building."


So the BSA seems to be suing the City in order to keep its rent-free status AND discriminate against atheists and gay/bi boys.


I couldn't find any other news about the litigation.



-Janice



From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [FSGP] New Meetup: BSA Protest Action
Date: Fri, 29 Jan[masked]:41:32 -0500

I'm confused. Does the Cradle of Liberty chapter still get to rent the facilities for $1 a year? Because that's not what it says on the Scouting for All Web site, unless I'm missing something:
 
"Recently, the City of Philadelphia made an important and fundamental decision to end their lease with the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The council has been using a building on city property since 1928 for $1.00 a year. Recently, the city came to the decision that the council could stay on the property, but that they would be required to pay fair market value rent of about $200,000 a year."

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