Bloomberg, “New York ‘Anarchist Jurisdiction’ Label Sticks So Far With Biden”

  • Agencies to weigh label in deciding grant winners, per notice
  • NYC, Seattle, Portland lawsuit challenging marker unresolved

Courtney Rozen, February 9, 2021

New York City, Seattle and Portland are among cities that may still be cut out of eligibility for federal grants under former President Donald Trump‘s vow to punish them for protest-related violence, even with a new president in the White House.

At least two federal grant announcements published since Biden took office include a reference to the previous administration’s “anarchist jurisdictions” label. Those two instances amount to one more than during the Trump administration, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis. The Trump administration crafted the marker last year to punish cities that saw large-scale demonstrations against police brutality beginning in May.

The Department of Veterans Affairs said in a Monday ad seeking proposals for equipment to assist veterans with disabilities that it would weigh a city’s designation as an “anarchist jurisdiction” when reviewing applications. A Maritime Administration posting, published Jan. 22, includes the same criteria for funding small shipyard projects.

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