February 2014, Volume 23, Number 1

The Government vs Your Food

There are few things more intimate than sitting around the table to eat with family and friends. But with alarming frequency, government is also demanding a seat at the table. This uninvited guest seeks to dictate what we have on our plates and in our glasses . . . and, ultimately, what we put in…

Defending School Choice in North Carolina

This past summer, North Carolina became the latest state to promote freedom in education. The state’s General Assembly passed and allocated $10 million for a new Opportunity Scholarship Program. This will provide up to 2,500 scholarships worth up to $4,200 to working-class families. To receive the scholarship, families must be eligible for the federal free…

IJ Earns Two Civil Forfeiture Victories In Michigan

Good news from Michigan! Just two months after IJ jumped in to contest the seizure of more than $35,000 from a family-run grocery store near Detroit, the government hoisted the white flag and “voluntarily” dismissed its own case. But wait, there’s more good news: The government also dismissed its case against new IJ client Mark…

Turning Individuals into Activists is Liberty in Action

Every day, special-interest groups convince the government to play favorites and limit the ability to start a business, prevent parents from getting their kids a quality education, silence voters and seize private property.  IJ’s activism team helps give individuals the tools to fight government abuse. For years, the Institute for Justice has advocated at the…

With Deepest Gratitude for Robert W. Wilson’s Legacy

Robert W. Wilson’s generosity transformed the Institute for Justice and for that we will always be enormously grateful. Bob was one of IJ’s earliest supporters. I would have lunch with him several times each year and while he was always enthused about our work, he refused to give us more than $35,000 each year. But…

Got Free Speech? IJ Challenges Oregon’s Ban on Raw Milk Advertising

You might not think that free speech has much to do with food freedom, but it does. Christine Anderson, a small-scale producer of “raw”—or unpasteurized—milk found that out the hard way. Christine owns Cast Iron Farm, a small, family farm in McMinnville, Ore. She is part of a seventh-generation farming family and is committed to…

Free the Treats! IJ Fights for the Right to Sell Home-Baked Goods

Jane Astramecki and Mara Heck love baking delicious treats at home in their Minnesota kitchens. The mouth-watering recipes include pecan chocolate chip cookies and mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Both women take their culinary passion very seriously. Jane has a certificate from Le Cordon Bleu in pâtisserie and baking and teaches cake-decorating classes at a local Michael’s…

IJ Delivers a One-Two Punch for Free Speech in Sacramento

Most of IJ’s victories come in court, but every once in a while, one of our lawsuits forces the government to take a hard look at what it was doing and think twice about keeping the law on the books. That’s exactly what happened in Sacramento, Calif., where local fitness entrepreneurs Carl and Elizabeth Fears…

Litigation by Letterhead

Sometimes, the Institute for Justice does not need to file a lawsuit to get results. Often, a letter letting the government know that it is doing something unconstitutional is enough to make it back down. Take the city of Maple Valley, Wash., for example. Like Sacramento (see previous story), Maple Valley arbitrarily restricted businesses’ ability…

IJ Plants the Seeds of Liberty in Florida

For most lawyers, picking a food fight might be considered unprofessional. But in Miami Shores, Fla., that’s exactly what we did. As part of our National Food Freedom Initiative, IJ teamed with Miami Shores residents Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll to challenge the town’s ban on front-yard vegetable gardens. Hermine and Tom are a married…

Supporting IJ After IJ Supported Us

For more than 45 years, my family has owned and operated our transportation business in the heart of the El Segundo Barrio of El Paso, Texas, on the border of the United States and Mexico. It is a vibrant, diverse community and a hub for entrepreneurial small businesses. In 2006, the city of El Paso…

FIght for Liberty Every Month by Joining the Merry Band of Monthly Donors

As Marvin Rosenbaum wrote in the previous article, monthly giving offers a rewarding way to support the Institute for Justice and ensure our fight for freedom continues year after year. Members of the Merry Band of Monthly Donors provide IJ with steady income that advances our work as the national law firm for liberty. Monthly…

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