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Private Property

  • March 12, 2019    |   Private Property

    Take action and tell Mayor Hall that you oppose his assault on Pleasant Ridge! Recently, the Institute for Justice won a preliminary injunction in Indiana court for its clients in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Charlestown, In., vindicating their right to keep their beloved homes as the case proceeds. For years, Pleasant Ridge residents have…

  • January 22, 2016    |   Private Property

    The problem begins when miniscule local governments have no tax base to pay the bloated costs of their administrations. Rather than balance the books by consolidating with neighboring cities and eliminating redundant services, these governments have turned to treating their citizens like ATMs. In many Missouri towns, their first idea was to take money from…

  • November 11, 2015    |   Private Property

    For decades, Californians faced a double injustice. The state’s redevelopment agencies routinely used eminent domain to seize perfectly fine homes and businesses and transfer them to private developers. Billions of tax dollars would then flow into these developers’ ill-conceived schemes—schemes that often failed to meet expectations. The redevelopment agencies were responsible for at least 200…

  • September 17, 2015    |   Private Property

    Save North Side STL, an organization dedicated to saving 47 homes on the north side of St. Louis from eminent domain, is asking the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to remove their neighborhood from the list of locations it is considering for its relocation. The NGA is currently considering three other sites—none of which would…

  • September 16, 2015    |   Private Property

    Civil forfeiture is a legal tactic that allows police and prosecutors to seize cars, homes, and cash. Property owners don’t have to be convicted of a crime to lose their property—in fact, they don’t even have to be charged with one. And it gets worse. Who often gets to keep for their own use the…

  • September 15, 2015    |   Private Property

    Sign the Petition to Stop West Haven Eminent Domain Abuse! Just 50 miles west of the birthplace of the infamous Supreme Court case Kelo v. City of New London, eminent domain abuse is preparing to strike again. Last summer, the city of West Haven, Conn., approved a plan by developer duo Sheldon Gordon and Ty Miller…

  • December 18, 2014    |   Private Property

    Charlie Birnbaum’s parents—both immigrants and survivors of the Holocaust—left him many things: a love of this country, a deep passion for music and a home right near the boardwalk in Atlantic City. That home—his parents’ foothold in their adopted country—has been a source of love, tragedy and renewal to his family for the past 50…

  • May 21, 2014    |   Private Property

    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 yet again failed to take action on this important legislation. The bill, H.R. 1944, is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo decision,…

  • May 15, 2014    |   Private Property

    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. Take action now: Tell the Richmond Common Council that property owners have the right to keep what they have worked so hard to own, and, if their properties…

  • January 30, 2014    |   Private Property

    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 businesses for private development. This is an unconstitutional abuse of eminent domain and it must be stopped. Join the fight to stop eminent domain abuse:…

  • January 29, 2014    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Can the government prohibit you from peacefully and productively using your own property to feed your family? The city of Miami Shores, Fla., says yes—as do many other cities across the nation. If your city prohibits vegetable gardens on your property, report it to us today. For 17 years, Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom…

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