Charlie Birnbaum’s 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 and renewal to his family for the past 50 years.
Unfortunately, a New Jersey state agency, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), is trying to change all that. CRDA is trying to use eminent domain to seize Charlie’s property as part of a “mixed-use development” project to complement the Revel Casino, which has twice gone bankrupt.
Our world-wide petition has accrued over 100,000 signatures. People as far away as Chile, Greece, Russia, South Africa and India have been touched by Charlie’s plight and recognize the injustice of what is transpiring here in our nation. You can join them.
Sign the Petition and tell New Jersey to end their lawsuit to bulldoze Charlie Birnbaum’s family home.
CRDA is just trying to take Charlie’s home because it thinks it can. Eminent domain has traditionally been understood as the power of government to take private property for a public use, like a road or a public school. But some state agencies, like New Jersey’s CRDA, abuse eminent domain to take property for purely private development, like shopping centers and high-end boutiques.
Charlie has joined with IJ to fight back and stop CRDA’s unconstitutional attempt to seize his home using eminent domain.