Activism Projects

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    African-style, natural hair braiding is a time-tested practice that is deeply rooted in African cultural heritage.  And it’s totally safe:  it is simply braiding hair.  Yet some states require braiders to obtain cosmetology licenses in order to braid legally, which can require thousands of hours of irrelevant training in using harmful dyes and chemicals—practices braiders…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Orleanians love food trucks. Yet, despite their enormous popularity, food truck entrepreneurs in the Crescent City faced some of the worst laws in the nation. They could not operate within 600 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants, had to move every 45 minutes, and were banned entirely from the Central Business District and French Quarter. These…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Hampshire has officially joined the 22 other states that allow African-style natural hair braiders to work without a permission slip from the government. At the beginning of 2017, New Hampshire was one of the worst states in the nation for braiders.  In order to work legally in the Granite State, braiders were required to…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Food truck owners in Sarasota County scored a victory in 2016 after they teamed up with IJ to fight to reform some of the very worst food-truck laws in the country.  As part of our National Street Vending Initiative, IJ teams up with food truck owners and traditional street vendors nationwide to challenge anti-competitive and…

  • March 8, 2017

    Greetings, activist! At IJ, we know the importance of keeping state and local governments in check. When governments abuse their power, IJ is there fighting to protect property rights, free speech, educational choice and economic liberty. Tell us which of IJ’s four pillars is your favorite and why and you could be featured on IJ’s…

  • March 14, 2016    |   Private Property

    Take action and tell Mayor Hall that you oppose his assault on Pleasant Ridge! Mayor Bob Hall of Charlestown, Indiana, has for years waged a single-minded war with the aim of destroying 354 homes in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, in order to pave the way for private development. In 2014, the Institute for Justice won…

  • March 14, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Support braiding freedom!  Contact your state legislator and tell them to vote YES on S.B. 269. For 25 years, IJ has advocated for entrepreneurs’ right to earn an honest living.  We often do this by challenging government-issued licenses that have nothing to do with protecting the public’s health and safety, but everything to do with protecting…

  • February 11, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    The Institute for Justice, a non-profit, civil liberties law firm, is offering high school students in Florida a chance to win a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to help pass a law and increase economic opportunity in their state.

  • February 10, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    That’s right. Cookies. In New Jersey, it is illegal to sell baked goods made in your home kitchen. That’s because the state has yet to pass a “cottage food” law that permits small, home-based entrepreneurs to prepare and sell baked goods that are perfectly safe, such as cookies, muffins and breads. This penalizes the many valid…

  • 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…

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