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Help End Eminent Domain Abuse, Roll Back the Kelo Decision

In February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act (PRPA). . . again. And it again sits before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which has

IN: Hey Richmond, Remember the Constitution?

The city of Richmond, Indiana, wants to push property owners off of their land for code violations, but is refusing to tell them what those violations are. Doris Ashbrook, Don Nordstrom

SC: Teeth Whiteners = Small-business Owners or Mall-Kiosk-Criminals?

The growth in over-the-counter teeth whitening products isn’t just proof of their popularity—it’s a testament to how these products provide a viable business model for entrepreneurs working hard to climb

End Policing for Profit

Sign the petition to stop policing for profit! The cops in Bal Harbour, Fla., have been partying with your stuff. The police department there spent $21,000 on an “anti-drug beach bash.”

TN: Music Lessons Are Illegal In Music City, and That’s Not All

In February, the City of Nashville destroyed 63-year-old Pat Raynor’s home-based salon and her livelihood. Nashville is one of only a few cities in the country that prohibits home-based businesses

NJ: Rosie’s Weenie Woes in Englewood

Rosie D’Rivera’s eye-popping blue Weenie Wagon offers tasty hot dogs and fantastic condiments, including pineapple habanero sauce, kimchi, black beans, chili, and cactus. But Rosie, a former graphic designer with

PA: When Did Bureaucrats Become Art Critics? One Artist’s Fight to Keep His Gallery from Greedy City Planners

The Philadelphia Development Authority (PRA) is seizing Philadelphia artist James Dupree’s beautifully renovated art studio through eminent domain to make way for a parking lot and grocery store. But eminent

CA: Help Us Root Out Harmful Laws in San Francisco

San Franciscan Kimberly Conley breaks the law every day when she stores her bicycle in her garage. According to Chapter 6 of the San Francisco Housing Code, “Private and public

Taxicabs = 21st Century Technology with 19th Century Regulations

The transportation industry has seen a staggering amount of innovation in recent years, thanks to hard-working and thoughtful entrepreneurs. But regulators and cartels are pumping the brakes. Whether it’s banning

IL: Legalize Food Carts in Chicago

Did you know that sidewalk vendors are not allowed to sell any food other than raw, uncut produce or frozen desserts in Chicago? That means no fruit salad, no corn

DC: Stop Policing for Profit in the District

In January 2013, D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the Civil Asset Forfeiture Amendment Act, which would substantially improve D.C.’s forfeiture laws. The Institute for Justice is joined by the ACLU,

NY: It’s Time to Legalize Airbnb in New York City

Short-term rental sites like Airbnb have taken off. These sites allow people to rent out their homes, apartments (or even castles) for short periods. It’s a win-win. Homeowners and renters can earn

MI: Help Protect Masters-Level Psychologists

Psychologists with doctoral degrees are attempting to eliminate masters-level psychology in Michigan in order to protect their industry from competition. This is bad for consumers and bad for Michigan. Voice your

Join the Fight to Stop Eminent Domain Abuse!

Eminent domain is for public use - things like roads and schools - but all too often, cities team up with their developer friends to condemn perfectly fine homes and

OH: Free Akron’s Food Trucks

Food trucks are banned in Akron, Ohio. That means innovative entrepreneurs like the owners of Streat Mobile Bistro, The Orange Trük and Zydeco Bistro can’t serve their delicious fare to eager Akron customers. The Institute for Justice

Support Front Yard Vegetable Gardens

 Orlando, Fl., couple, Jason and Jennifer Helvenston Orlando protest yard sign Can the government prohibit you from peacefully and productively using your own property to feed your family? The city of Miami

FL: Help Bring Food Trucks to the Streets of Miami!

Miami’s laws make it impossible for food trucks to operate outside of special events. The city prohibits trucks from parking in public parking lots and metered and unmetered parking spaces.

GA: Protect Peach State Property: Reform Georgia’s Civil Forfeiture Laws

Too many of Georgia’s innocent residents are losing their property. That's why the the Institute for Justice has joined with the ACLU and Americans for Prosperity to advocate for the

CA: Open Los Angeles’s Streets to Vending

In Los Angeles, the city that brought us the food-truck revolution, traditional sidewalk vending is illegal—turning aspiring entrepreneurs into criminals. All that these vendors want to do is earn an honest

The Nationwide Assault on Food Trucks and Street Vendors

Email us for a free "Legalize Street Food" or "Legalize Street Vending" sticker Love food trucks and street vendors? So do we. But unfortunately, some brick-and-mortar restaurants and establishments view the

CA: Street Widening Project Threatens Karate Kid’s Dojo and 7 Other Businesses

UPDATE: IJ Releases Coalition Letter on March 20—Read it Here Eminent domain is for public use, things like roads—but can’t be used to take property a city simply doesn’t need.  The City

DC, VA & MD: Fashion Trucks are Trending (But Not In DC)

Lia Lee’s fashion truck, Street Boutique, serves the trendy Arlington neighborhoods of Clarendon, Ballston and Crystal City in Northern Virginia. She offers stylish, eclectic clothing and jewelry out of her

NJ: Free the Garden State Food Trucks

 Email us for a free "Legalize Street Food" sticker JUNE 2014 UPDATE: Food trucks will soon be allowed to vend in Bergen County parks. More than 20 trucks are expected to

VA: Food Trucks Banned in Alexandria

Food Trucks Get Trial Period in Alexandria MAY 2014 UPDATE: The Alexandria City Council greenlighted a 16-month trial period for food trucks in the city’s parks, parking lots, schools and driveways.

PA: Make Food Trucks Legal in York

In the small but vibrant city of York, Pennsylvania, there’s a large creative scene and a strong sense of local pride. One might assume that the food-truck scene would be


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