Activism Projects

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    DC’s small business regulations are too numerous and too burdensome, and they’re hurting hard-working Washingtonians just trying to earn a living. The Institute for Justice is working with business owners across the District to fight for simpler regulations. The current licensing process is difficult for both business owners and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    The District’s new rules for childcare workers are going to keep hundreds of hard-working and qualified people from earning an honest living! The DC Office of the Superintendent of Education (OSSE) enacted several burdensome education requirements for childcare workers in December 2016. According to new rules, all District childcare center directors must earn a bachelor’s…

  • July 18, 2017

    Should African-style, natural hair braiding—a totally safe and time-tested craft—require entrepreneurs to spend big bucks for 500 of hours of training before being allowed to enter the industry?  Louisiana’s Board of Cosmetology thinks so. In Louisiana, braiders must spend 500 hours in a classroom at one of only two licensed schools before passing an exam…

  • July 18, 2017

    African-style, natural hair braiders in Tennessee are facing major harassment and fines for practicing their craft without a specialty license. Braiders are being fined anywhere from $1,000 to $11,000 merely for operating without a government permission slip. Some have been told that they must shut their doors, leaving them with the tough choice of continuing…

  • July 18, 2017

    Home baking is a way for entrepreneurs to get started small in their own homes without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on professional equipment and commercial kitchen space. States across the country have embraced these businesses as job creators and revenue generators, but New Jersey is now the only state to completely…

  • July 18, 2017

    IJ celebrated a victory with hair braiders in Maryland in 2015.  Maryland does not currently regulate African hair braiding, earning it an A in our 2014 50-state report card, Untangling Regulations.  A state senator introduced legislation that would create a specialty license, requiring 200 hours of coursework or a 15-month apprenticeship—but most problematically, it would…

  • July 18, 2017

    African-style, natural hair braiders, teaming up with IJ, scored a major victory in Kentucky in 2016 when the Commonwealth passed a law that exempts braiders from needing to get a government-issued license to braid hair. Previously, braiders were forced to take 1,800 hours of unnecessary cosmetology training and spend six months as an apprentice before…

  • July 18, 2017

    The New Jersey Hair Braiding Freedom Coalition is dedicated to removing the onerous 1200-hour training and two-part exam cosmetology license requirement to braid hair in New Jersey. Hair braiding is a time-tested, safe practice that is deeply rooted in African cultural heritage and carries with it significant historical importance. The art and foundation of “traditional”…

  • July 18, 2017

    Washington, D.C., has one of the best food-truck scenes in the country. Indeed, the success of the local food truck industry—aided by D.C. bureaucrats’ uncharacteristic decision to avoid strangling it in red tape while it was in its infancy—gave hope to many that D.C. might actually be working to rehabilitate its (well-deserved) reputation as a…

  • July 18, 2017

    Until September 2015, it was illegal for pushcart vendors to sell any food other than whole produce or packaged frozen desserts in Chicago. The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship teamed up with street vendors across the city to form the Street Vendors Justice Coalition, to fight for the vendors’ right to earn an honest living. After…

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