August 2014, Volume 23, Number 4

Tour Guides Win Major Free-Speech Fight

By Robert McNamara One of the hallmarks of IJ’s success is our resilience and our never-wavering commitment to liberty. That resilience paid off in a big way in June with a resounding victory for occupational speech when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously struck down Washington, D.C.’s tour-guide licensing scheme. The…

New Jersey and a Bankrupt Casino Want to Bulldoze a Home and Replace It with NOTHING.

By Robert McNamara Charlie Birnbaum’s is a classic American story. His 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…

Turning the Spotlight on Economic Liberty

By Chip Mellor IJ strives to set the terms of debate in all we do. Most notably, that involves elevating public appreciation of the principles at the heart of our work. We take on issues that affect people of modest means who lack access to media or political clout, which means the general public and…

Arkansas Orthodontist Wants Dental Board To (Em)brace Economic Liberty

By Matt Miller Dr. Ben Burris is a licensed dentist and orthodontist who owns Braces By Burris, one of the largest orthodontic practices in the U.S. He has 11 offices throughout Arkansas and employs more than 100 people. In part because of his success, it is important to Dr. Burris that he give back to…

Supporting IJ can be as easy as clicking a mouse

You can support the Institute for Justice just by shopping online! With AmazonSmile, you get the same products that are offered on Amazon’s main website, along with the satisfaction of supporting liberty. All you have to do is visit http://smile.amazon.com, log in and select IJ as your charity. Every time you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5…

Braiding Initiative Seeks to Untangle Restrictions On Natural Hair Braiders

By Paul Avelar Natural, African-style hair braiding has been around for more than 5,000 years. It is a time-tested, safe practice that uses no dyes or chemicals and is deeply rooted in African cultural heritage, carrying with it significant historical importance. Government has no business licensing something as safe and common as braiding hair. Nevertheless,…

Mythbusting the IJ Way: Latest Report Proves Street Food is Safe

By Dick Carpenter Longtime fans of IJ have heard us say, “We change the world, and we have fun doing it!” That is especially true on our strategic research team, where we often engage in our own version of Mythbusters. Like the popular television show, we put myths (often masquerading as fact) about free speech,…

IJ’s Strategic Research Makes Media Waves Nationwide

In military terms, a force multiplier dramatically increases the impact of a group. This is precisely what Street Eats, Safe Eats has become in our already-successful National Street Vending Initiative. In just the first three weeks after the report’s release, it was featured in 133 separate news stories in 55 different cities, including seven statewide,…

IJ Defends School Choice in the Peach State

By Tim Keller Georgia’s thriving six-year-old Tax Credit Scholarship Program is the most recent educational choice program to be challenged in court. IJ swiftly and successfully intervened in the case to defend the program on behalf of the parents and children whose lives have been improved thanks to the generosity of their fellow Georgians. The…

IJ Helps Bring Civil Forfeiture Reform To Minnesota

By Lee McGrath IJ is the national law firm for liberty. We litigate for a living. But there are times when IJ uses other tools—like legislative advocacy—to protect fundamental constitutional rights. Our most iconic legislative achievement occurred after the U.S. Supreme Court’s awful Kelo v. City of New London decision in 2005, when IJ turned…

New Report Highlights Ongoing Battle Between Government and Food Freedom

In California, the federal government seized half of a couple’s raisin crop—worth half a million dollars—without compensation. In Utah, restaurants have to erect a literal wall between customers and bartenders. And Houston prohibits residents from sharing food with the poor. From bans on front-yard vegetable gardens to bans on subjectively “large” sodas, a new report…

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