October 2011, Volume 20, Number 5

Divine Justice: IJ Case on Behalf of Monks Puts Lid on Louisiana Casket Monopoly

By Jeff Rowes and Scott Bullock The brothers of Saint Joseph Abbey and IJ set major economic liberty precedent in July when a federal judge in New Orleans struck down the Louisiana law that made it a crime for the monks to sell their handmade caskets to the public. The court ruled that the Constitution…

Power to the People to Protest

By Michael Bindas In July, IJ scored a major free speech victory vindicating the right of citizens to protest the abuse of government power. The victory, handed down by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, came on behalf of St. Louis activist Jim Roos, who has dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate…

First Round School Choice Victory in the Hoosier State

By Bert Gall The most recent legal victory in the battle for school choice comes from Indiana, where IJ helped thwart the teachers’ unions’ attempt to shut down the state’s new Choice Scholarship Program. The program, signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels in May, awards scholarships to low- and middle-income parents that they may…

IJ Scores Texas-Sized Victory for Free Speech

By Matt Miller IJ has a lot to say about eminent domain abuse. We write about it; we publish reports about it; we comment on specific plans to take people’s homes for private projects. Through the activism work of the Castle Coalition, we encourage others to write and protest against the use of eminent domain…

Economic Liberty is as American as Baseball and Apple Pie

Baseball is America’s pastime. Part of that pastime is buying some “peanuts and Cracker Jack” from a vendor while walking to the game. But that century-old tradition is under attack. Entrepreneurs Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick own and operate two well-known vending stands outside of Turner Field in Atlanta—the home of the Atlanta Braves. Their…

Streets of Dreams

Atlanta’s city-wide monopoly on street vending is certainly the most restrictive vending law in the nation, but by no means is it the only law that keeps or puts vendors out of work. The Institute for Justice’s new strategic research report, Streets of Dreams: How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Protectionist Barriers…

20th Anniversary Celebration

By Chip Mellor Twenty years ago when we first opened our doors, the Institute for Justice faced very long odds going up against deeply entrenched precedent and powerful interests on behalf of principles that were ignored or disparaged by the media. But this adversity was and continues to be what makes IJ’s work all the…

IJ Activism Drives Reform for Nashville Limo Laws

By Christina Walsh Sometimes the fight for freedom requires a bold and public statement. That was the case in Nashville, Tenn., where the Institute for Justice and our clients staged a “Freedom Ride” around the Metro Council building in July to protest the anti-competitive regulations recently imposed on limousine and luxury sedan drivers. More than…

Judicial Engagement Catching on in Courts Across the Nation

By Clark Neily IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement celebrated its six-month anniversary this summer with a bang. The decision striking down Louisiana’s economically protectionist casket sales law is a model of judicial engagement, featuring serious legal analysis, careful consideration of the evidence presented by both sides, and a categorical rejection of the rubber-stamp style of…

“My Streets! My Eats!” Campaign Champions Chicago’s Mobile Food Vendors

Following IJ’s Atlanta street-vending case launch, the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School launched the My Streets! My Eats! campaign in Chicago. My Streets! My Eats! combines the oldest and newest tools of grassroots organizing—from meetings promoted with flyers and buttons to social media networking—in an effort to convince Chicago’s…

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