July 22, 2016

Susette is the Kelo in Kelo v. New London. She led her neighbors in a seven-year battle to save their homes from being taken by the government for private development, culminating in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2005.  Her little pink house, saved from the wrecking ball and moved to another location in New London, became a national symbol of the fight against eminent domain abuse. During the court battle and following the backlash against the decision, Susette became an ardent crusader against eminent domain abuse, speaking before activist groups and testifying in state legislatures and before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the need to reform eminent domain laws. A book about her fight, entitled Little Pink House, was published in January 2009 and has recently been made into a feature film, set to be released in 2017. Susette is the mother of five adult sons and works as a registered nurse.