December 2009, Volume 18, Number 6

Saving Lives: IJ Challenges the Federal Ban on Compensating Bone Marrow Donors

By Jeff Rowes Doreen Flynn’s three young daughters have Fanconi anemia, which causes leukemia, a deadly blood cancer.  Sometime in the next few years, the girls will need bone marrow transplants, but, as with most patients, no one in their family is a compatible donor.  Doreen’s greatest fear is that her girls will share the…

A Victory for Educational Choice

In October, the Institute for Justice scored an important victory over the state of Washington’s Blaine Amendment when the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction repealed a ban on special education services at religious schools. For years, the state’s senseless ban had forced parents like IJ clients Shari DeBoom, Margaret Hamilton and Dee Apodaca into an…

Making Luck while Making History

IJ finds itself at the center of major legal and social issues with surprising regularity for an organization of our relatively modest size. That comes in significant part from having identified issues that go to the heart of what is required for a society of free and responsible individuals to flourish, issues where the threat…

Rotten Law Spoiling Produce Entrepreneur’s Right to Earn an Honest Living

You would think that in this economy, government would be trying to eliminate—not erect—barriers to entrepreneurs. Not so in San Juan County, Wash., where the local government recently passed an ordinance designed to force certain sidewalk vendors out of business. But one San Juan entrepreneur is fighting back. On September 16, produce vendor Gary Franco…

Help IJ Make the Most of Our Historic Challenge

IJ received an extraordinary opportunity last year thanks to longtime donor Robert W. Wilson, who issued a three-year, multi-million-dollar challenge grant to help make IJ the nation’s premier force for liberty. He challenged IJ to do more of our strategic litigation and do it better than ever. There are two components to the challenge grant.…

7 Big Misconceptions About Campaign Finance Laws

IJ litigates campaign finance cases because laws that govern campaign finance frequently stifle free speech and penalize participation in the democratic process. These laws are proliferating at the federal, state and local level as well. Regardless of the locale, the same misconceptions drive support for campaign finance laws. Here are seven misconceptions underlying campaign finance…

Homes Saved: Victory for Long Branch Homeowners as Eminent Domain Nightmare Ends

By Scott Bullock The Long Branch, N.J., property owners are finally safe at home for good. On September 15, 2009, an order negotiated by the Institute for Justice was entered in court that both dismissed the eminent domain actions filed against the homeowners and ensured that the city and the developer must work to restore…

New IJ Study Documents the Power of One Entrepreneur

By John E. Kramer Let’s face it: America could use some entrepreneurial heroes right about now. And the good news is, they are out there. A recently released Institute for Justice report documents how one entrepreneur can transform not only her industry, but also the lives of those around her. The Power of One Entrepreneur:…

Leave a Legacy of Liberty with IJ

Three years ago, the Institute for Justice launched an exciting new program called the Four Pillars Society as a way to honor our friends and supporters who have chosen to include IJ in their will or other long-term financial plans. Since 2006, membership in the Four Pillars Society has grown five-fold. Every year, dozens of…

Gerrit Wormhoudt: A Gentleman and a Champion of Liberty

By Chip Mellor I met Gerrit Wormhoudt 25 years ago when I was struggling to figure out how to create a public interest law firm that would restore constitutional protection for rights at the heart of the American Dream—economic liberty, property rights, free speech and parental rights in education. This would involve challenging not only…

Activism in Action

The Castle Coalition’s multifaceted approach to defeating eminent domain abuse through outreach, organizing and activism continues to prove successful, ensuring hard-working property owners get to keep what they have worked so hard to own. Each day, we are contacted by property owners facing the loss of their homes, their small businesses or their land at…

D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

On September 30, IJ joined children, parents, teachers and activists from around the country in a rally at the U.S. Capitol to save the Washington D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). Since 2004, this program has provided an educational lifeline to thousands of low-income families in the nation’s capital. It has been a huge success: Parents…

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