IJ Defeats Land Grab in North Carolina

  • February 10, 2016

    Last month, the Institute for Justice and local property-owners-turned-activists struck a decisive victory for property rights in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. This fight provides a perfect example of how threatened property owners can employ grassroots activism to quickly defeat redevelopment projects. Here’s the blow-by-blow: In the center of Mt. Airy lies an abandoned factory known…

  • February 3, 2016    |   School Choice

    IJ is committed to defending the right of parents—not politicians, not bureaucrats—to choose the education that best fits their child’s needs. When needed, we defend this right in court, and we’ve been doing so for 25 years. We also support a parent’s right to choose outside of the courtroom, from legislative chambers, to the halls…

  • January 22, 2016    |   Private Property

    In far too many states, civil forfeiture enables law enforcement to take ownership of property without even charging its owner with a crime.   And some states make challenging forfeiture cost-prohibitive—so innocent owners can never even get their day in court. Michigan and Illinois require property owners to post a bond equal to 10 percent of the value…

  • December 14, 2015    |   Private Property

    The overwhelming majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government allow law enforcement to use civil forfeiture to seize and keep your property without even charging you with a crime, much less convicting you. Worse yet, the very government officials who take your car, home, or cash often get to keep it…

  • December 2, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    Food carts—selling hot dogs, tamales, and other delicious foods—are a staple of urban life. Yet until recently, Chicago banned the sale of any sort of prepared food from carts in the city. Street vendors, who are most often immigrants on the first rung of the economic ladder and willing to work long hours in search…

  • November 20, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    This week, San Diego won a major victory in its bid to deregulate taxicabs. A California superior court judge ruled against a group of taxi companies seeking to prevent the city from issuing any new taxi permits. IJ intervened in the case to represent two taxi drivers who simply wanted to work for themselves. In…

  • November 20, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    Sidewalk vending gives aspiring and hard-working entrepreneurs a chance to provide for their families and pursue the American dream. But Los Angeles bans the practice, turning tens of thousands of Angelenos into criminals. With its low capital and training requirements, sidewalk vending can be a chance to earn a living for people with few other…

  • November 4, 2015    |   Private Property

    As Oklahomans debate civil forfeiture reforms, there have been calls for more facts and fewer hypotheticals. The debate is welcome news as civil forfeiture is one of the biggest threats to property rights in Oklahoma and across the United States today. Civil forfeiture is a law enforcement tactic that allows police and prosecutors to seize…

  • October 23, 2015    |   First Amendment

    The Potato Man lives, but he almost got mashed. The cheerful, anthropomorphic mascot of the Potato House restaurant had been threatened by the Downtown Revitalization Board of Sulphur Springs, Texas. His smiling mug didn’t fit their image of the downtown. But after locals rallied to his defense, the city relented and allowed him to stay.…

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